Details include the file name and path, and the kind of information that might be useful to programmers to track down the cause of the problem. For example, the Memory tab shows, in addition to which programs and services are using memory, how much is currently used, cached, reserved for hardware, and so on. Sales of the only smart speaker with Cortana built into it, the Harman Kardon Invoke, were too small to measure. Task Manager updates its data every two seconds, and each vertical line on the graphs represents a two-second interval. Hacking the Hack If you want details about each crash and system problem—excruciating detail, in fact—double-click any of them. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife his two children have flown the coop.
Not necessarily because it might help you accomplish something, but because. Windows 8 does a very good job of monitoring them, and closes or pauses them when you no longer need them, except for background tasks like updating its tile or fetching new mail. With this hands-on guide, bestselling author Preston Gralla helps you unlock the secrets of Microsoft's new, revolutionary operating system. Events that are normal, and in which no problems were recorded, have a blue icon of the letter i. Pinch with two fingers Zooms out. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, drawing program, database, and math program.
Be patient, because the test can take some time. The Event Viewer launches; it lets you read a wide variety of Windows 8 system logs and data. Once you determine which one you want to close, right-click it, and select End Task. Note Note: The Task Manager is also a great tool for speeding up system startup and stopping unnecessary programs from launching at startup. So saying goodbye to the current iteration of Cortana is a good thing for the company, not a bad one.
Youll find more than 100 standalone hacks on performance, multimedia, networking, the cloud, security, email, hardware, and more. Your choices are between one month and two years, and forever. In fact, the analyst firm Canalys found that , selling 3. Microsoft Office Web Apps Yes, Microsoft does offer this free alternative to Microsoft Office. To launch the Performance Monitor, type Performance Monitor at the Start screen, click Files, and click the Performance Monitor icon that appears. Not shown here is the Details pane, which you can choose instead of the Preview pane; it shows a small thumbnail and detailed information about the file you select. Or you can instead just look at the overview.
So use the following table of touchscreen gestures to get up close and personal with your Windows 8 device. You'll find more than 100 standalone hacks on performance, multimedia, networking, the cloud, security, email, hardware, and more. When you select Low, updates take place once every four seconds. Go to each day that has a crash, and see the cause: an application, an overall system failure, and so on. Does the problem happen at a certain time of the day? I prefer Google Docs or Microsoft Office Web apps, but if you need higher-level apps, this is a good place to turn. When you right-click any app, service, or process, you get a menu of choices that allow you to manage it in a variety of ways, including ending it along with any related processes if there are any , as shown in. The Performance tab has thumbnail graphs on the left showing high-level details about the performance of each measurement it tracks.
Save copies of files Lets you set how frequently your files are saved. When you select High, updates take place twice a second. On that tab, right-click the program or process whose priority you want to change, highlight Set Priority, and choose a priority, as shown in. To change the priority of a running program or process, use the Details tab. Cloud and Social Networking Hacks -Use SkyDrive to Sync Your Files Everywhere -Make SkyDrive Play Nice with Other Windows Folders -Recover Deleted Files on SkyDrive -More SkyDrive Hacks -Using Other Syncing Services -Configure Windows 8 Syncing -Create a Non-Syncing Windows 8 Account -Power Hacks for Windows 8 Syncing -Mastering the People App -Share and Share Alike in Windows 8 -Other Social Networking Apps 6. You just might be starting to learn.
Keep saved versions How long do you want to save the versions of your files? He welcomes feedback about his books by email at preston gralla. The first time you minimize Task Manager like this on Windows 8, you should drag it from that area and place it next to the icons for the Action Center, Power, Network, and Sound. It does this on a schedule of its own devising. But Previous Versions was hard to find and even harder to use. You see the date and time the folder or file was backed up at the top of each screen. But it can do much more than that; it can also help fine-tune system performance. Or, worst of all, your hard disk crashed, and you want to recover files.
He welcomes feedback about his books by email at preston gralla. Now, minimize the Task Manager. It probably signals the end of Cortana as a cutting-edge technology and standalone digital assistant. Schedule Windows 8 Maintenance Windows 8 does a very good of maintaining your Windows 8 device in top shape behind the scenes—checking for software updates, performing system diagnostics, and performing security scans. During that process, you can also create a new folder on your network to be your backup location. And it likely never will.