Group apps on Windows 8 Start screen

The Start screen apps are initially displayed in a fairly random order, but if you’d prefer a more organised life then it’s easy to sort them into custom groups.

You might drag People, Mail, Messaging and Calendar over to the left-hand side, for instance, to form a separate ‘People’ group. Click the ‘minus’ icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to zoom out and you’ll now find you can drag and drop the new group (or any of the others) around as a block. Right-click within the block (while still zoomed out) and you’ll also be able to give the group a name, which – if you go on to add another 20 or 30 apps to your Start screen – will make it much easier to find the tools you need.

Windows 8.1 now provides a special Customise mode with much the same functionality. Right-click an empty part of the Start screen, or swipe up, tap Customise, then drag and drop tiles or rename app groups to whatever you need.

 

How to Automatically Shut Down a Windows PC at Night

Shutting down a Windows PC is as easy as clicking a couple of buttons. But if you have a habit of working late nights, then you might have the tendency to forget to shut down your computer after use. To avoid this, you can quickly configure your Windows computer to shut down automatically at night when it is not in use, i.e., if you are actually using the PC, the system won’t shut down. Here is how you can do so.

To automatically shut down your Windows computer at night, we are going to use the regular “Task Scheduler.” To open the Task Scheduler, press the Start button and search for and click on the option “Task Scheduler.”

 

Once the “Task Scheduler” has been opened, select “Create Basic Task” from the “Actions” panel located on the right side.

The above action will open the task creation wizard. Here enter a meaningful name and description of the task you are going to create, then click on the “Next” button. That way, you can easily find the task when needed.

 

Here in this screen, select the radio button “Daily” and click on the “Next” button to continue.

 

Now enter the starting date and time. Also, make sure that you are choosing for the task to reoccur every day.

 

Since we are going to shut down the system, select the radio button “Start a program” and click on the “Next” button to continue.

 

Now enter “shutdown” in the program or script field and as the argument, enter /S. You can also enter /F as the second argument which forces your computer to shut down. This is helpful when you have programs which may conflict with the shutdown process. Make sure that you add a space between the two arguments.

Once you are done with the configuration, just go through the summary, and if everything is fine, click on the “Finish” button. You are not yet finished, though.

 

Back to the main window, find the task you just created, right-click on it and select the option “Properties.”

 

The above action will open the task properties window. Here in the “General” section, select the checkbox “Run with highest privileges.”

 

Navigate to the “Conditions” tab and select all three check boxes: “Start the task only if the computer is idle for,” “Stop if the computer ceases to be idle,” and “Restart if the idle state resumes.” Also, select the time as “30 minutes” in both the fields.

 

Once you are done, navigate to the “Settings” tab. Here select the check boxes “Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed” and “If the task fails, start every.” Now, enter the time as “30 minutes” and the number of attempts as “3.” Also, change the time of “Stop the task if it runs longer than” to one hour.

 

Once you are done with settings, click on the “Ok” button to save the changes. With this, you have successfully configured the automatic shutdown at night.

 

If you ever need to, you can always change the settings as required from Task Scheduler’s main window.

That’s all there is to do, and it is that simple to use task scheduler to configure automatic shutdown at night when not in use.

 

 

 

How to repeat YouTube videos

YouTube does not allow you to automatically repeat your favorite YouTube video, but there are plenty of third-party services that allows you to repeat any video. Follow the steps below to repeat any of your favorite YouTube videos.

Browse to your favorite video and edit the URL in the address bar. Below is an example of the video URL we are editing, this URL could be changed to your favorite video or music video.

www.youtube.com/watch/?v=dD40VXFkusw

Erase everything in front of youtube, so in our example we are erasing “www.”

After youtube type repeat to make the above example URL the URL shown below and then press enter.

youtuberepeat.com/watch/?v=dD40VXFkusw

After pressing enter, you are forwarded to the link below, which will repeat your video until you close the page. This page also has a repeat counter to let you know how many times the video has been repeated.

www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=dD40VXFkusw

 

Take advantage of tabbed browsing

Take full advantage of tabbed browsing on all Internet browsers. While reading any web page if you come across a link that interests you open the link in a new tab so it doesn not interrupt your reading.

A new tab can be opened by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the link or if you have a mouse with a wheel press down on the wheel to use it as a middle mouse button to open the link in a new tab.