Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Narrator, which is a part of Easy of Access utilites of Windows 8.1, allows you to listen to the text displayed on the screen. Once you run it, it will read everything you can see. Narrator was created to help people with limited vision. It has several settings which you might want to change. In the following article, we will learn how to create a shortcut to open those settings directly, without going through multiple steps in PC Settings. Continue reading "How to create a shortcut to open the Narrator settings in Windows 8.1"
In Windows 8/8.1 as well as in Windows 7, the user interface for Taskbar Properties changed, and with the removal of the Classic Start Menu, one useful option got removed from the settings: the ability to clean up the Run history as well as Explorer navigation history.
Let's see how we can perform the cleanup without using third party software.
When you first install Windows 8.1, it shows you help tips on how to use the corners of the screen to invoke various aspects of the Modern UI. They look like this:
While such tips are quite useful for the novice user, they can become incredibly annoying for power users or for anyone who is familiar with Windows 8/8.1's corner navigation. If they annoy you, here is how you can disable them in few simple steps:
How To Find If You are Running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10
Almost all of my latest Winaero apps have separate builds for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. There are several reasons to provide separate 32-bit and 64-bit builds but it's mainly due to Windows compatibility - many times a 32-bit app does not work correctly in 64-bit Windows.
Sometimes, users of modern apps get confused which version they should use, because they can't tell if they are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit. Actually, it is very easy to detect.