Reset tiles in the “Start menu” screen on Windows 8

If you ever want to wipe the slate clean of tiles, so to speak, try this:

  1. Start key
  2. Gesture from right to activate the charms menu. For non-touch devices (PCs), do an Alt+C and click Settings:image
  3. Tilesimage
  4. Under “Clear info from personal tiles” click the Clear buttonimage

Done!

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The My Music section of XBOX Music on Windows 8.0

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Music app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen. Live tile is off.

There’s an interesting command I discovered several weeks ago that exposed an even more interesting and previously unused feature of the [XBOX] Music app on Windows 8. In this post, all the screenshots were taken either with the print screen key [Prt Scn] or the Start + S combo [OneNote required] to get those tight lasso shots like this next photo below.


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There’s this little hyphen icon in the lower right portion of the screen in the Music app:

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Mouse pointer needs to be moved to this portion of the screen to activate and display
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The my music section of the Music app on Windows 8.0
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Arranged by Genre
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Date added is default
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The arranged by drop down box in-line with the little carrot pointing downward

This is the easiest, best way to get that same record store style experience. Especially with the new touch devices. Even on a non-touch PC like my Dell it’s a nice feature. In some cases, preferable to the built-in search that you get in all metro or modern apps in Windows 8. You just type and the search kicks in. When finished typing you just hit enter. You also get that same integrated search functionality from the Start screen and you can choose which app to use to search from. For example, the Bing app.

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Bing app in Windows 8

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Windows 8.1 will upgrade Internet Explorer to 11

India Times
At a Glance: Changes Coming with Windows 8.1 | PC & Laptop | www.indiatimes.com

Caught this in a Bing search for Windows 8.1:

“_ Internet Explorer 11, the next generation of Microsoft’s Web browser, will come with Windows 8.1.”

For more information, check out the following Microsoft blog post.

Blogging Windows
Continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1

Outlook 2013 RT

Technology news related to electronic mail on ARM [chip] touch devices.

[MSFT] Office News
Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update

Applies mainly to the touch devices. Those being the [Microsoft] proprietary Surface RT (not Surface Pro) or [3rd party] ARM devices running Windows RT.

Surface Pro (AMD/Intel) should [in theory] allow it. Haven’t checked to see if it’s free or there’s a cost.

On my Dell desktop at home running Windows 8 Professional, even with OneNote 2013 RT installed, I can still use the legacy OneNote 2013 [desktop] version installed with the Click to Run digital distribution of Microsoft Office 2013 via Office 365 Home Premium.

The biggest advantage to having an Outlook 2013 RT will be more intuitive, modern, touch user interface.

Good news for Outlook users with touch devices, such as tablets running Windows 8. I’m not sure about modern MS Office for Mac equivalent for iPads. They do have a Mac version of Office but I’m not sure about the metro UI.

Touch device tips

File Explorer

The screenshot below [figure 1] is from a free metro app I installed a while back called Metro Commander.

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Figure 1

Good app compared to the Desktop app. You need to download it from the web using the Store app [figure 2].

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Figure 2

The app is a metro or Modern UI app so it runs in what I like to call native mode that some may call metro or modern. UI stands for user interface. The screenshots are from my desktop that I’m typing from this very moment. It should be more touch intuitive, if you will, than File Explorer that you would use to explore the file system in the legacy Desktop mode.

Start menu

Swipe [gesture] from the right to get the Charms menu then tap the Start button [figure 3]. Tapping on this button will get you to the Start menu or as I sometimes call it the Start screen.

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Figure 3

Connecting a Surface Pro tablet to an LED TV

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Photo of my LG 47LV5500 taken in my apartment back on Saturday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2013 at 7:44pm [CST].

MODEL NO./NO. MODELE :  47LV5500-UA

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Searching for how to set this up. I think there’s either an article on this but for now I found this on Microsoft Answers forum on their website.

can i connect my HD TV to a surface tablet – Microsoft Community

Has some links. Will need to research this further and update this post when I have something solid to report.

Right now, all I have found is the landing page for Windows Media Center.