Customise your Interface
Windows 8.1 featured some pretty massive changes like customise your interface compared to its predecessors; particularly Windows 7. If you’ve recently made the switch to this impressive operating system, you would be forgiven for feeling a little lost in terms of how to work it. With so many options available, figuring out how to utilise the system can be difficult. However, it really doesn’t have to be. Below you’ll discover how to customise the interface in 8.1 so it best fits your needs.
Step 1: Bring up the charms bar
To begin, you will need to swipe the screen from the right hand side with a mouse or your finger if using a touchscreen. This simple motion can actually be a little more difficult than it sounds. The key is to swipe either the bottom right or the upper right hand side of the screen. When done correctly it should display several icons as shown in the picture.
Step 2: Click on Settings
Once you see the charms bar, the next step is to click on ‘Settings’. This will display several options, including one which says ‘Personalise’.
This is the option you want to click on.
Step 3: Customise the background
The ‘personalise’ menu enables you to choose your background colour, image and accent colour. You can play around with the different options to see which one you prefer. Once you have made your final choice, simply click on the back arrow and it will save your changes before taking you back to the settings screen.
Step 4: Click to ‘Change PC Settings’
On the settings menu you will also find ‘Control panel’. This menu brings up all of the common settings you may want to change.
Step 5: Configure the lock screen
The lock screen is one of the most popular parts of Windows 8. It enables you to add apps to it which display in tile format. You can also select a background image or switch on the slideshow that plays when the screen is locked.
Step 6: Click on ‘Corners & Edges’
While still in the PC & Devices menu, you will see an option which reads ‘Corners & Edges’. Click on this to configure how you want to switch between your different apps and what you ideally want to happen when you click the corners. For example, when you move your mouse up to the upper right hand corner, you can change the settings so that the Start, Settings, Share and Devices menu pop up.
Step 7: Click the ‘Power & Sleep’ option
The next step is to select the Power & Sleep option back under the PC & Devices menu. This allows you to decide when your screen should switch off and whether it should go into sleep mode after a specific amount of time. It is worth noting that when your computer does go into ‘sleep’ mode, you won’t receive any emails and your apps won’t continue to run. They will only power back up once you come out of sleep mode.
Step 8: Click on ‘Ease of Access’
Finally if you find you generally have difficulty using your PC, the Ease of Access menu will be very useful. Within this menu you can even choose to have a narrator who reads things out to you if you have difficulty reading web pages or emails.