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Tips and Tricks

Restoring Desktop Access in Windows 8.1

Get your desktop back in Windows 8.1! A lot of people have complained about the new Windows 8 ‘Metro’ or ‘Modern’ interface. This is the set of tiles that you see on a Windows 8 system, and it’s really great for touch-enabled devices. It’s not so great for when using a desktop or laptop computer. ‘We want our ‘desktop’ back!’ is what a lot of people have been saying. There’s good news, in the Windows 8.1 release, Microsoft has made some changes that can help you take the ‘Modern’ interface back a few steps to make it more like the Windows experience you are used to.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Right-click the desktop taskbar and choose ‘Properties’
  • A new window will show up, the ‘Taskbar and Navigation properties’ window. Switch to the ‘Navigation’ tab.
  • Check the box next to ‘When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start’.
  • Click on ‘Apply’ then ‘Ok’ to close the window.
  • Voila! Now, the next time you sign in to your computer you’ll be brought to the desktop, feels just like home again!

    There are some other things you can do in the ‘Taskbar and Navigation properties’ window to tune Windows 8.1 to make it behave the way you want. Check them out and let us know when you’ve got your ‘desktop’ back!

    Want more help configuring your desktop to be exactly the way you want? We’ve got you covered: call 912.634.1691 or visit us

    What’s going on?

    Marvin Gaye’s "What’s Going On?" Whether it’s Android or iPhone it’s not always clear what apps are running in the background. When our phones start running slowly or seem to freeze up, we want to know — What’s going on?

    Good news, there’s an easy tip that works on Android and iPhone to show you what apps are running, so you can close them, or switch between apps. For iPhone and Android, press and hold the ‘Home’ button to show a list of apps that are running or were recently opened on your phone or device. On Android, this is the button that looks like a little house, on iPhone this is the round button that controls most of the functions.

    After you press and hold the button a list of apps will appear. You can swipe right to close an app, or tap on an app to switch to that app.

    Now, you know ‘What’s going on’ and you can switch between apps or close apps that are slowing your phone down.

    Having trouble updating your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS version?

    We’ve heard from a lot of people recently that they are getting error messages when they try to update their iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS.

    The most common cause of this is not having enough free space on your iPhone or iPad. You might receive a message that there isn’t enough storage to update your device. This is because the update needs room to download itself to the device and it needs some room to move things around. This is like when you are cleaning your pantry, you might put some things on the kitchen table while you move a few things around to clean up. It makes it tough to reorganize when you don’t have enough space to put things as you are making a new system of organization or cleaning up your cabinets.

    The easiest way to update your iPhone or iPad when you receive an error about storage is to use iTunes to perform the update. When you try to download the update wirelessly and you don’t have enough storage, there’s no place to put things to give room for the new update. Using iTunes, the program automatically sets your files and settings aside to perform the update.

    Scroll down on this page at Apple’s support site:

    Still having trouble? Try these additional steps to get the update to work in iTunes:

    My iPhone or iPad is giving me a set of error codes that look like the numbers from a tax form!!

    Following up on our post about using iTunes to update an iPhone that is low on storage space, we’re taking a closer look at the error codes you might get from your iPhone or iPad. Rest assured, you don’t need to file a form 1602 with your taxes this year to get your iPhone or iPad to work properly 

    There’s actually a great guide at Apple’s site to help you learn what each error code means and take steps to resolve the issue.
    Check out:

    ‘Resolve iOS update and restore errors’