Microsoft Outlook Inbox Rules - Explained

Hate following rules?

Rules can be used to automatically sort incoming e-mail into folders based on, for example, who the sender is, who the message was sent to, or the importance of a message.

For example, you can create a rule to automatically move all mail sent to a group you're a member of to a specific folder.

How do I manage rules?

To manage rules, click Options> Create an Inbox Rule. You can use the Inbox Rules tab to create new rules, or to edit or delete existing rules.

What else do I need to know?

To create a new blank rule using the Inbox Rules tab, click New. You don't have to use the Inbox Rules tab to create a rule. You can also create rules directly from messages.

To create a rule directly from a message: Right-click the message in the message list pane. Click Create Rule, or open the message and then click Create Rule on the toolbar.

Rules are run from top to bottom in the order in which they appear in the Rules window.

To change the order of rules, click the rule you want to move, and then click the up or down arrow to move the rule to the position you want in the list.

Some types of messages won't trigger Inbox rules, including: Delivery status notifications, which include non-delivery reports and system messages. Read receipts and delivery receipts that are generated by an e-mail client.

Some automatic-reply (Out of Office) messages. You can create more complex rules by clicking More Options.

After you click More Options: You can set more than one condition for your rule. You can set more than one action for your rule. You can add exceptions by clicking Add Exception. You can turn on or turn off Stop processing more rules.

By default, the option to stop processing more rules is turned on. With this option on, when a message comes in that meets the criteria for more than one rule, only the first rule will be applied. Without this setting, all rules that the message met the criteria for would be applied.

For example, without Stop processing more rules selected, if you have a rule to move all messages sent to a public group to a particular folder and another rule to move anything from your manager to another folder, and your manager then sends a message to that group, you'll find a copy of the message in both folders.

If you want only the rule that moves messages from your manager to be applied, put that rule higher in the list than the rule that moves messages sent to the group, and then edit the first rule to add the option to stop processing more rules. You can edit the name of the rule using the Name box. Each rule you create will take up space in a hidden section of your mailbox.

This section is limited to 64 KB. The actual amount of space a rule uses depends on several factors, such as how long the name is and how many conditions you've applied. When you reach the 64 KB limit, you'll be warned that you can't create any more rules.

If that happens, you'll have to delete or simplify some of your existing rules before you can create more. Some ways you can reduce the space used by rules are: Delete rules you no longer need. Shorten the names of your rules. Combine one or more rules that do the same thing. Remove criteria from rules. When you create a forwarding rule, you can add more than one address to forward to. The number of addresses you can forward to may be limited, depending on the settings for your account.

If you add more addresses than are allowed, your forwarding rule won’t work. If you create a forwarding rule with more than one address, test it to be sure it works.

Office 2013 tweaks n goodies -Customer Preview

This time I would like to share some registry tweaks that might come in handy if you are planning to use or already using the Customer Preview version of Office 2013.

Disable template chooser screen
 You have probably noticed that a template chooser screen is opened by default when launching an Office application:












Personally, I find this feature really annoying. I have used other than blank Word/Excel template only very few times. 99% of the times I am launching Word, I am either starting with a completely blank document or opening the existing one. So, I do not really need the template selection screen before I can start. Luckily, this screen can be disabled using this registry modification:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General
Value: DisableBootToOfficeStart
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 1

The value created above disables the template screen on all applications of Office 2013. If you find the screen useful on some specific application, such as, for example, PowerPoint, you can override the setting for that specific application creating the following value:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\PowerPoint\Options
Value: DisableBootToOfficeStart
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0


Instead of "PowerPoint" key you can use "Excel", "Word", "Access" or any other name of Office application you want to enable/disable the template chooser screen for.

Disable feedback buttons
As you can see in the screenshot below, Office 2013 applications include the extra button – yellow smiley face – which is designed to allow users to provide their feedback to Microsoft.






If you find this button annoying, you can completely disable it by applying the following registry modification:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Feedback
Value: Enabled
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0


Once the above registry modification is made and your Office application is relaunched, the yellow smiley face will be gone.

If you are using Office 2013 actively and you find any issues you really think should be fixed in the final release of the application, I would suggest you to enable the button back (you can do that by setting "Enabled" value data to "1") and use the feedback tool to be sure that Microsoft is informed about the issue you are facing.

Disable inline replying (Outlook 2013)

One of the new features of Outlook 2013 is inline replying. Basically, when you click "Reply", "Reply All" or "Forward" button in the new Outlook, instead of opening a new window to write your email into, it makes the reading pane containing message body editable so you can start typing your reply just in place.

Personally, I really love this feature. The less opened windows you have, the smaller the mess in your taskbar is.
 
Being able to do everything in a single window might be especially convenient when using touch screen. Anyhow, if for some strange reason you do not like inline compose mode, you can disable it with this registry tweak:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Message
Value: DisableReadingPaneCompose
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 1


Once the modification is applied and Outlook is restarted, reply function behavior will revert to the one in previous versions of
Office – a new reply window will be opened when Reply/Forward buttons are clicked.
Disable trial notification
If you open File -> Account window in any Office 2013 application, you will see notification that the product you are using is unlicensed and requires activation:












If you do not have an activation key (you can actually get one if you have MSDN or TechNet subscription) and you would like to hide that trial notification, you can actually do that with the following registry modification:

Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Registration\{87D2B5BF-D47B-41FB-AF62-71C382F5CC85}
Value: HideTrial
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 1



Actually, "Data" might have any data since Office only checks if that value is presented. Also, the numbers (GUID) in the key name might be different on your system if you are using not Professional Plus version of Office 2013 Preview. For Home Premium version they GUID should be
{3252DC27-6CF2-4B0C-B355-B50DAA51F761}.

Once the modification is applied, the screen will look like that (it looks exactly the same as the one of activated Office 2013):










The change described above does NOT change license of your Office 2013 and does not make it legal for unlimited usage.

All it does is hiding the notification showed in the screenshot above.
Be ware that all of the registry modifications listed above (except for the one to hide trial notification) are applied only for a current user and they will not be effective on other users using the suite.
Also, make sure to do backups (right click on a registry key and selecting "Export" does the job) before making any registry modifications.

Windows Action Center – Troubleshooting

The Action Center will inform you when the following problems occur:
  • Windows Update (Important) - warns you that Windows Update is set to never check for updates, leaving your computer exposed to all sorts of risks. The recommended setting is to automatically download and install updates. To review the available options click the'Change settings...' button and then select the appropriate update option;
  • Spyware and unwanted software protection (Important) - warns you that Windows Defender and/or your other installed antispyware solution is turned off. To see a list of available options, click 'View antispyware programs';
  • Virus protection (Important) - occurs when your antivirus is not installed, disabled or has outdated definitions. It is strongly recommended to either install an antivirus, turn on your antivirus, if you already got one, or update your antivirus definitions;
  • User Account Control (Important) - warns you that the User Account Control is disabled. 
  • Network firewall (Important) - warns you that Windows Firewall and/or your other installed firewall (e.g. ESET, ZoneAlarm, Symantec etc.) is turned off. You should make sure you have a firewall always turned on. To see the available options, click 'View firewall options'. If you need a security solution, check out our Security for Everyone series for reviews of the best security solutions available for Windows 7;
  • Internet security settings (Important) - occurs when certain Internet Explorer security settings are lower than their default level. You can easily reset them to the desired level by clicking the 'Restore settings...' button in the Action Center message about Internet security;
  • Network Access Protection - refers to a security feature deployed in corporate environments to manage health information for client computers in a centralized manner. This setting depends on the Network Access Protection Agent service and further software settings and will not be an issue for home users;
  • Set up backup - notifies you that you should set up a backup task. This is not as important as the security issues above, although if you have enough available storage space, you could set your system to do regular backups of your files and settings;
  • Check for solutions to problem reports - notifies you about reported problems with your software and hardware and checks for solutions online;
  • Check for updates - notifies you about non-critical software updates, either for Windows components or for other Microsoft products;
  • Troubleshooting: System Maintenance - notifies about any maintenance routines that need to be carried on, in order to get your computer running more smoothly.

 

One great feature bundled with the Action Center is troubleshooting. If you are having problems with your computer, open the troubleshooting component and Windows will run tests to determine why the problem exists and how it can be fixed.

To test the troubleshooter, I decided to let Windows find out why I cannot run Aero in a virtual environment.
ToTroubleshoot a problem:

Click the Start button, type action, and click on 

Action Center.





 
Scroll down and click on Troubleshooting.

Click yes,  if you would like to get the latest troubleshooting updates.

Windows will now determine why you are having the problem.






In this case, Windows determined I need to update my drivers.



Windows may continue to detect problems.





Windows has found the exact problem: my graphics is my graphics card  (a generic VMware card) is not compatible with Aero

The Action Center is great and a move in the right direction. Computers will never completely fix themselves, But letting you know what the problem is helps greatly.

Recover Lost Data even from a formatted hard drive and more


If you lose your data, be sure to check the recycle bin first. If there are no files in the recycle bin, there is still hope.
Even though your files are deleted, the data may still be recoverable because the reference to the file has simply been deleted and not the data itself. As long as your file has not been overwritten, you have a chance at recovery

Lenovo preloaded with Superfish Adware - List of infected machines and how to remove


Our friends at IBM have been pre-loading Superfish, a "visual search" tool that includes ad ware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle of 2014.

------------List of infected machines at bottom of page!--------------


Essentially, the software conducts a man-in-the-middle attack to fill the websites you visit with ads, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers in its wake. The ad ware intrinsic to Superfish is designed to inject visual price-comparison ads into the web pages you visit, in a “Visual Search results” section “powered by Visual Discovery.”

If you see that, you’re affected (though maybe “infected” is the better word to use).


How do you get ride of it?
Doing so is easy: Just head to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program and look for Visual Discovery. If you see it, uninstall it!



Ditch that troublesome root certificate

The biggest problem with Superfish isn’t the ad ware itself so much as the way it hijacks legitimate SSL traffic. It does so by installing a self-generated root certificate in the Windows certificate store—a hallowed area usually reserved for trusted certificates from major companies like Microsoft and VeriSign—and then resigns all SSL certificates presented by HTTPS sites with its own certificate.
In other words, Superfish conducts a man-in-the-middle attack and breaks the sanctity of HTTPS encryption. And simply removing the ad ware itself doesn’t remove the rogue root certificate.
You can revoke that certificate manually,
First, press Windows key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run tool, then search for certmgr.msc to open your PC’s certificate manager.
Once that opens, click on “Trusted root certificate authorities” in the left-hand navigation pane, then double-click “Certificates” in the main pane. A list of all trusted root certificates will appear. Find the Superfish entry, then right-click on it and select “Delete.”

Is your Lenovo on the list?

  Lenovo has released a list of affected systems, but the wording is rather odd. The company states that Superfish may have appeared on the following models: (emphasis added)
G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45
U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch
Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70
Z Series: Z40-75, Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70
S Series: S310, S410, S40-70, S415, S415Touch, S20-30, S20-30Touch
Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 14(BTM), Flex2 15(BTM), Flex 10
MIIX Series: MIIX2-8, MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11
YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11BTM, YOGA2-11HSW
E Series: E10-30

Shame on Lenovo for letting this happen to begin with.

Google Search Tips and Tricks -Search images-Search for keywords-Compare foods


Google Search Tricks & Tips

 

1. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words.
You'll want to eliminate results with certain words if you're trying to search for a term that's generating a lot of results that aren't of interest to you. Figure out what terms you're not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search.

2. Search websites for keywords.
Think of the "site:" function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every Microsoft.com mentioned Google, use the search "Google site:Microsoft.com".


3. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s.
Google News has an option to search over 100 years' worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.

4. Compare foods using "vs."
Can't decide between a burger or pizza for dinner? Type in "rice vs. quinoa," for example, and you'll receive side-by-side comparisons of the nutritional facts.

5. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase.
This one's a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what's in the quotes. It's one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you're trying to find results containing a specific a phrase.

6. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words.
Here's a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It's helpful if you're trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn't make out the entire phrase (e.g. "imagine all the * living for today"), or if you're trying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. "* is thicker than water").

7. Filter search results for recipes.
If you search your favorite food, and then click "Search Tools" right under the search bar, you'll be able to filter recipes based on ingredients, cook time and calories. It's the perfect tool if you have certain dietary restrictions.


8. Use "DEFINE:" to learn the meaning of words—slang included.
Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, "DEFINE: mortgage." For words that appear in the dictionary, you'll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out "DEFINE: bae" or "DEFINE: SMH".

9. Play Atari Breakout by searching it on Google Images.

The legendary brick breaker game is available for easy access on Google. Just search "Atari Breakout" (without quotes) on Google Images and enjoy.

10. Search images using images.

Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? Or if you want to know where it came from? If you save the image, and then search it on Google Images (with the camera button), you'll be able to see similar images on the web.

11. On Google's search bar, Press the Mic and say "flip a coin" "heads or tails."

The feature released last month lets Google flip a coin for you when you don't have one on hand.


12. Google Dictionary

Put some extra language knowledge into your browser by adding in the official Google Dictionary extension. With it in place, you can double-click any word on the Web to see a pop-up bubble with its definition.

13. Chrome Quick Search

Highlighting text and dragging it to the top-most area of the browser -- next to your right-most tab -- will launch a search or navigation in a new tab rather than the current one.

14. Restart Chrome in a jiff
Type chrome://restart into the browser's Omni box.
But use caution with that command; if you've set your browser to automatically restore open tabs when it restarts, you could find yourself in an endless loop of re-launching.

15. Use the Download Bar!
Ever want to copy a file to your desktop after you've downloaded it? Easy: Click the file's tile in the download bar at the bottom of your browser and drag it directly onto your desktop.
You can drag a file from the download bar directly into an online service, too -- like Google Drive, Drop box, or Gmail. The file will be uploaded with
out any extra effort on your behalf.

16. Mouse-less Scrolling
You may know that pressing the space bar will scroll down one page's length on any Web page -- but did you know that pressing Shift and the space bar will scroll up in the same manner?

17. Delete Browser History
When we want to remove a series of history in Google Chrome, we can do it quickly without having to remove his website pages one by one. The trick, we can just click the first web page, press the shift key on the desktop and select the last web page you want to delete. Automatically, a row of web pages which are among the web page that has been clicked will take part too can participate block and removed from the history list.

18. Easily Store Web page in PDF format
When you come across the important web pages that contain information or other references, You can save the web page into a PDF format easily (The trick is to press Ctrl + P on the Windows desktop or Cmd + C on the Mac desktop.)
After the selection appears, immediately choose "save as PDF" to download a web page into a PDF format.



 

Google Chrome Lag and Slow Performance Fix

Google Chrome Lag and Slow Performance Fix

I am not gonna sit here and tell you why this does that, or that does this. What I will tell ya is that one of the reasons  is linked to Google Chrome itself, The other is within Internet Explorer.
I know what works, So let do this
We’ll start with Chrome,
Pop open the Settings menu (click the icon in the top right that looks like three horizontal bars, and select ‘settings’ in the drop down menu. Once you’re there, click on “Show Advanced Settings” towards the bottom of the page. At that point, you’ll be presented with a long list of options.
One of those options is titled
  
“predict network actions to improve page load performance.” 

This is a feature known as DNS Prefetching. While it certainly does improve the load time of pages, it’s also known to cause a bit of intermittent input lag every now and then, in addition to sending Chrome’s memory footprint straight through the roof. 
You can live without it. So Uncheck that.

Next, you’re going to want to open up Internet Options in the Control Panel. From there, go to connections and click on LAN settings. One of the options there is “automatically detect settings.”  For some reason, this option tends to cause some crossed wires with Chrome as the default browser. 
If the box is checked, uncheck it. With any luck, that should be just the ticket to fix things.

Oh, but one thing – if you’ve less than 2 GB of RAM, you’re probably going to have some problems...

OneNote from Microsoft has been made Free with not expiration


As of a few days ago, Microsoft OneNote is now freeware.
The full version of OneNote 2013, which runs on Windows 7 and 8, is down loadable Here

The download file itself is tiny, but this is merely an installer which will grab many additional files from the Internet.   
                           

Capture thoughts, ideas, and to-dos and sync them to all your device

Store and share your notebooks on Overdrive with your free Microsoft account
Doesn't expire - use OneNote for as long as you like




 


 




 

Office 2013 Fix for Common Errors

How to Troubleshoot and fix some common Errors in Office 2013

Older versions of add-ins might cause this type of problem. You might also see one of these errors when you try to start one of these Office 2013 applications:Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, or Visio.

  • Microsoft Excel has stopped working.
  • Microsoft Word has stopped working.
  • Microsoft Outlook has stopped working.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint has stopped working.
  • Microsoft Publisher has stopped working.
  • Microsoft Visio has stopped working.

  • It's important to make sure that Windows is fully up-to-date. A recent update could correct the start up issue you are experiencing with your Office 2013 application:

  1. Install the latest Windows updates to your computer.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Try to launch your Office 2013 application.
  4. If after installing Windows updates you are still receiving a "stopped working" error, continue to the next section and follow the instructions.
    Starting the application in Safe Mode is a great way to find out if the problem is caused by and add-in. To do this, go to your Start screen in Windows 8 or click Start > Run in Windows 7, and type one of the following commands:
  • Type excel /safe and press Enter to start Excel 2013.
  • Type outlook /safe and press Enter to start Outlook 2013.
  • Type winword /safe and press Enter to start Word 2013.
  • Type powerpnt /safe and press Enter to start PowerPoint 2013.
  • Type mspub /safe and press Enter to start Publisher 2013.
  • Type visio /safe and press Enter to start Visio 2013.
    If the Office application doesn't start in Safe Mode, the problem isn't with add-ins. Go to the More Information section for other reasons why your Office application is crashing.
    If the Office application starts, let's disable the add-ins one at a time.
With the Office application still in Safe Mode, click File > Options > Add-Ins.
Next to the Manage list, click Go.
Uncheck one of the add-ins in the list and click OK.

Restart the application (not in Safe Mode this time).

If the Office application starts, there's a problem with the add-in you unchecked. I recommend you visit the company website for the add-in to check for an updated version you can install. If there isn't a newer version or if you don't need to use the add-in you can leave it unchecked or remove it from your PC.

If the Office application doesn't start, repeat the steps to uncheck the other add-ins one by one. If all add-ins are unchecked and you still can't open your Office application, follow the steps under

Troubleshooting COM Add-ins.
A COM Add-in may also be responsible for the start up problem. With the Office application still in Safe Mode:
Click File > Options > Add-Ins.
In the Manage list, click COM Add-Ins, and then click Go.
Uncheck one of the add-ins in the list and click OK.
Restart the application (not in Safe Mode this time).
If the Office application starts, the COM add-in you unchecked is causing the problem. recommend you visit the company website for the add-in to find out if there's an updated version you can install. If there isn't a newer version or if you don't need to use the COM add-in you can leave it unchecked.

How to delete Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Yahoo, Twitter, other accounts

Want to ditch your online account? Shouldn't be a problem, right? Unfortunately, on many websites, including popular ones like Facebook, deleting your account can be a real pain.

Well the site AccountKiller.com collects direct links and deleting instructions to make account termination easy. Websites like Skype that do not allow deleting your profile in an easy way at all get blacklisted. Luckily there are websites that do care about your online privacy.
Below is the direct link for Yahoo account removal, 

Direct link to delete your account, and of course, all associated Yahoo services cannot be used anymore. So also Flickr (if you have it) will be deleted by this action! If you wish to delete only your Flickr account, find Flickr in our list: you can delete that one separately.
Direct removal link: https://edit.yahoo.com/config/delete_user



The service is free and easy to use, they have the direct link that will take to you to the right place to remove you info\account

Just go to Accountkiller.com and select the site from there list


Here are just a few of the sites
About.com
Academia.com
ActiveDen.com
Activision.com
Addresses.com
AddThis.com
Ad Fly.com
Adobe.com
AdultFriendFinder.com
Advertentieplanet.com
AdWords.com
AeroTrader.com
Affaire.com
CGHub.com
Candystand.com
CBS Sports.com
CGHub.com
CHcross.com
Chemistry.com
Cherryfun.com
Circuit Lava.com
ClassZone.com
Clickandbuy.com
ClickPaid.com
Clicktale.com
Clubs.nl.com
CNN.com
CodeRed.com
College Confidential.com
Commercial Truck Trader.com
Complaints Board
Conduit.com
EasyBib.com
Eating Well.com
eBaum'sWorld.com
eBuddy.com
Edmunds.com
edX.com
Ejaaba.com
eMusic.com
Engadget.com
eNotAlone.com
Epicurious.com
EquipmentTraderOnline.com
Etsy.com
Examiner.com

Exoclick.com
Exophase.com
Exoplanet War.com
Explore Talent.com
cPixEL.com
Cracked.com
Craigslist.com
CrunchBase.com
EasyBib.com
Eating Well.com
eBaum's World.com
eBuddy.com
Edmunds.com
edX.com
Ejaaba.com
eMusic.com
H & R Block.com
H&M.com
HabbieHotel.com
Habbo.com
Hacker News.com
Hattrick.org
HGTV.com
HireWriters.com
HotUKDeals.com
How The Market Works.com
HP support forum.com
HTCDev.com
Huuto.com
Hypster.com
RapidGator.com
Raptr.com
Reachably.com
Readability.com
Receivd.com
Rediffmail.com
Remember The Milk.com
ReviewCentre.com
Richmen.com.com
RipoffReport.com
Roblox.com
Rock, Paper.com
Shotgun.com
RockeTalk.com
RomUlation.com
RudeFinder.com
Rutracker.com
RVTraderOnline.com

Windows 8 Sharing Tool -Xbox 360


Working with the Windows 8 Sharing Tool


Windows 8 includes a new sharing tool that can be selected at any time from the Charms Menu. If you are looking at a picture, file, video, or other type of content that you want to share with other people, click/touch Share and you will be shown a list of apps that you can share this content with instantly. This list will vary depending on what apps you have installed.

This is where the real power of social apps comes into play and where apps that you can download from the Windows 8, Store can be much better and easier to use than visiting websites in Internet Explorer.

Let's say, for example, that you have photos that you want to share on Face- book or a video you want to upload to YouTube.

In earlier versions of Windows, you would open Internet Explorer or another web browser, go to the website, log in, and upload them. However, if you have a compatible app installed in Windows 8 for these websites, let's say a You- Tube app, you can be viewing the video you want to share, open the Charms

Menu, click/touch Share, and you will see the YouTube app appear in the list of compatible sharing apps Clicking/Touching this app will automatically share the video with the app, and therefore on the website as well, with a minimum of fuss to yourself. Sharing with Other People in Your Home


While Windows 8 makes it easy for you to share photos, videos, and more with friends and family on the Internet, it makes it just as easy to share things with people in your home on other computers. It does this using a Home Group. You can find the settings for the Home Group by Clicking Settings in the Charms menu and then clicking Change PC Settings.
The Home Group options are near the bottom of the PC Settings panel
here you will see switches making it easy to share Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos from this computer. Each computer in a Home Group can be con- figured differently so that, for example, a computer that's used in a home office might not share its Documents.

You can also share printers and other devices plugged into your computer. This makes it easy for people to be able to remotely print documents or access other hardware such as scanners or external hard disks, though the computer these are physically plugged in to will need to be switched on. 



Sharing with Other Media Devices


Below the options to choose what you want to share from your Windows 8 computer you will see an option to Allow all devices on the network such as TVs and game consoles to play my shared content, but what does this mean

Many devices in the home can now share content such as music and video even though they don't run Microsoft Windows. You might have a games console such as an Xbox 360 or a Wii U, an Internet-connected Smart TV, or an Internet radio. If you turn this option on, then all of these devices, if the feature is also enabled on them, will be able to access your shared content.

The advantage of this is that you can, for example, play your music library from your computer on your Internet radio in the garden, or watch videos you have stored on your computer on your living room TV.

Creating and Joining Home Groups


Any computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 can join a Home Group. You can find the Home group options in PC Settings under the Home group section. You can create a Home Group by turning the feature on, and you will be shown a password that will need to be entered on other computers when they join the Home Group

If a Home Group has already been created on another computer, you will see a Join button, which you can click/touch or tap where you will be prompted to enter the Home Group password. You can find this password in the Home- Group settings on the computer the Home Group was created on.
If you no longer wish for a computer to be a member of a Home Group, you can also leave the Home Group by clicking/tapping the Leave button.

Connecting Windows 8 and Your Xbox 360

If you have an Xbox 360 console in your home you can connect your Windows 8 computer to it.
This gives you the advantage of being able to enjoy your music, photos, and videos on your TV.

Connecting to Your Xbox 360 Using the Xbox Companion App

You can connect your Windows 8 computer to your Xbox 360 console through the Xbox Companion App which you can download for free from the Windows Store.
The Xbox Companion app allows you to remotely control your Xbox 360 console from your Windows 8 computer.
This includes being able to easily manage your Xbox Live account settings and games, and to use a Windows 8 Tablet as a remote gaming control for the Xbox console.

When you first start the Xbox Companion App, you will be asked to make your Xbox 360 console available. You do this on the Xbox console itself from the Dashboard by opening Settings, then Console Settings, then Xbox companion and
changing the status to available. Changing this status setting will make sure that Windows 8
can detect the Xbox console.
To connect your Windows 8 computer to your Xbox 360 console, you will need to be logged in to both the computer and the Xbox using the same Microsoft account

 Connecting to Your Xbox 360 Using Windows Media Center
When you connect your Xbox 360 console to your computer using the Windows Media Center software on your desktop or laptop computer, you can share your pictures, music, and videos with the console and enjoy it on your TV.

To do this, you will need Windows Media Center installed on your computer. You can check by going to the All Apps view where, if Media Center is in- stalled, it will appear in the Windows Accessories section. If you don't have Media Center installed, it is a chargeable extra that you can buy by searching for Add Features at the Start screen and selecting Add Features to Windows 8 from the Settings search results.
You will need to buy an upgrade to Windows 8, which you can do by clicking the I want to buy a product key online button, which will upgrade you to the full version of Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
To connect your Xbox 360 console to your Windows 8 computer using Windows Media Center, start Windows Media Center from the Video panel on your Xbox 360 Dashboard and follow the simple instruction

Connecting to other Devices in your home
While you can use Home Group to share files and printers between other Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers in your home, and you can use the Xbox Companion App or Windows Media Center to connect to an Xbox 360
console, you can also connect your Windows 8 computer to other networked devices in your home.
These could include a USB hard disk plugged into your Internet
Router or a wireless printer. There are a couple of ways that you can do this.

Connecting to Devices from the Charms Menu
Open the Charms menu and select Devices to see other hardware devices you can use and access from your Windows 8 computer. Not all devices will appear in this view, so you may find that the specific device you want to use isn't displayed, but this is a good way to connect quickly to hardware that's fully compatible with Windows 8 features.

Connecting to Devices from File Explorer    
To connect to other networked devices in your home, open Desktop from the Start screen and on the Task bar that runs along the bottom of the desktop, click/touch the yellow folder icon to open File Explorer. Once File Explorer is open on your desktop, look in its left-hand panel, where you will see a link for Network.

Click/Touch this link to see all compatible network devices in your home. This will include other computers running Windows and any compatible computers such as Macs, networked media devices such as Internet radios, and any additional hardware such as a USB hard disk plugged into your Internet router if your router supports this feature
You can access external hardware and computers directly from this panel to share files between them and your Windows 8 computer. Not all hardware devices will appear, however, and some that appear might not allow you to share files this way.

For example, if you have a non-Windows 8 tablet such as an iPad or Android device, you will probably not be able to share files wireless, you would have to physically plug that tablet in to a desktop or laptop computer to copy files to it. 

Microsoft Outlook.com quick tips

Quick tips for Outlook.com



Spell check


Spell check for Outlook.com is provided by your browser.
With most newer browsers, spelling is checked continuously as you write. Words not found in the spell-check dictionary are underlined in red. To take action, right-click the word.

With older browsers like Internet Explorer 7 or 8, you’ll need to run spell check . Click Spell check in the Outlook.com menu bar. When spell check is complete, a message will appear at the bottom of the browser. In the message, words that need your attention are underlined in red. To take action, click the word.

Your choices during spell check

If the correct spelling appears in the list of words, click it.
To have spell check ignore a word it doesn’t recognize in this and all future emails, click Add to dictionary.

To have spell check disregard all instances of the word for this email only click Ignore or Ignore all.
If spell check isn't working, try updating your browser.


See all your email (turn off message grouping)

When message grouping is on, you see the most recent email plus headers for earlier emails with the same subject line. To read an earlier email, click the header.
Message grouping is on by default, but you can turn it off.

Click the Options icon Options icon, and then click Options. 
Under Reading email, click Group by conversation and pre-load messages.
Select Show messages individually, then click Save.
To return to your inbox, click the Outlook logo

Change how your inbox looks
 Here's how to change the look of your inboxTo change the color, click the Options icon Options icon, and select a color from the palette.To change the size of the font in your inbox, adjust the zoom setting on your browser.To show the reading pane and be able to read emails without having to open them, click the Options icon Options icon, and under Reading pane click Right or Bottom. Change settings
Click the Options icon Options icon, and then click Options.
On the Options page, you'll find settings to manage your account, write and read email, block junk email, set automatic replies, etc.  

Sign in / sign out

To sign in

  1. Go to http://outlook.com and enter your email address and password. If you want to get to your inbox without having to sign in each time, select Keep me signed in.
  2. Click Sign in.
    If you’re signing in from a public computer, click Sign in with a single-use code, and follow the instructions on the screen. For more info, see What is a single-use code?.

To sign out

Click your name (upper right), then click Sign out.

Work with folders

To move messages to a folder, do one of the following.Drag the message header to the folder.
Select the check box for one or more messages, click Move to, and then click the name of the folder.To move messages with one click, set up an instant action.

To rename a folder, right-click it, then click Rename.
To add a new top-level folder, right-click Folders (upper left), then click Add a new folder.
To add a subfolder, right-click the folder you want the subfolder to live under, then click New subfolder.
To delete a folder, right-click the folder, then click Delete. You can’t delete the Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent, Deleted, or Messaging history folders.
To delete all the messages in a folder, right-click the folder, click Empty folder, and then click Empty.