How to show the App bar for a Tile on the Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update

One of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update is a new context menu for tiles on the Start screen. Previously, in Windows 8 RTM and Windows 8.1 RTM, right clicking on the tile made the App bar appear at the bottom of the screen. In Windows 8.1 Update it does not show anymore and is replaced with context menus which actually have the same commands. The App bar is shown now only when you are working in Windows 8 using the touch screen and you press and hold on a tile. However, if you preferred using the App bar, follow the instructions in this article to show it even if you don't have a touch screen.

How to select multiple tiles on the Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings some changes to the Start screen to make it friendlier for classic Desktop users. The App Bar that appeared when you right clicked on tiles is now replaced by a new context menu. Before the update, you could select multiple tiles with just right click, but now when you right click on some tile, the rest of tiles get unselected and the Start screen shows the context menu. Let's see how to select multiple tiles using other ways.

Get desktop gadgets back in Windows 8.1 Update

As you may have noticed, Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar are missing in Windows since Windows 8 RTM. However, many users still like them and will be happy to get them again in Windows 8.1 Update. If you are one of those users, you can get them again by following the simple instructions from this article.

FIX: Mouse pointer sticks on the edge when moving between multiple monitors

In Windows 8.1 Update 1, if you have multiple monitors, you may have observed a strange behavior of the mouse pointer. When you try to move the mouse pointer across to the other monitor, it sticks at the edge of the screen. If you move the mouse pointer fast, it goes over successfully to the other display. This is a not a bug, it's a feature. Let's see how to fix it.

Hidden secret features in Windows 8.1 Update you may not have noticed

Windows 8.1 Update is a major update to the Windows 8.1 platform. It provides many UI and functionality improvements designed specifically for keyboard and mouse users. While most changes are obvious, there are some new features you might not have noticed even though you have Update 1 installed for a while. Let's explore some of these finer refinements.

How to hide or show the minimize button for Modern apps

In Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft made some changes to make the OS friendlier for keyboard/mouse users. Modern apps now have a title bar. You can make that titlebar visible by moving your mouse pointer to the top edge of the screen. We also showed you how to make the title bar show using a keyboard shortcut that opens the window menu. Today, we will see how to hide the minimize button if you prefer having a cleaner UI.

Fix: Windows 8.1 Update fails to install, errors 0x800f081f and 0x80071a91

Microsoft recently made available the Windows 8.1 Update for all Windows 8.1 users via the Windows Update service. However, many users are facing an issue that prevents the update from being installed. It fails with some error code, usually 0x800f081f or 0x80071a91. If you have a similar issue, then you need to do the following steps.

Windows 8.1 Update feature: View the disk space usage in PC Settings

The recently released Windows 8.1 Update comes with an option in the PC Settings app, to view your disk space usage. This feature will be definitely useful for all Tablet PC owners, as the PC Settings app is more touch friendly than File Explorer. Let's take a look at the disk space feature.

How to pin modern Store apps to the taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update 1

In Windows 8.1 Update 1, a useful change in addition to showing apps on the taskbar is the ability to pin them. Let us see all the ways in which you can pin Modern apps to the taskbar. 

How to hide Modern apps from the Taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update

One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is the ability to display running Modern apps on the classic taskbar in Desktop mode. It is enabled by default and provides a convenient way to manage apps. However, if you do not like Modern apps being shown on taskbar, you can change this behavior using system settings or simple registry tweak.

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