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Windows 8 Secrets by Rafael Rivera, Paul Thurrott

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Chapter 5

Make It Yours: Personalizing Windows 8

In This Chapter

  • Customizing the lock screen
  • Customizing the Start screen
  • Customizing app tiles and tile groups
  • Customizing user account pictures and other settings
  • Customizing settings and settings sync
  • Customizing the desktop
  • Using a multi-monitor setup more efficiently
  • Using Libraries with SkyDrive
  • Easing the transition between Metro and the desktop
  • Booting (almost) directly to the desktop

With its brand-new Metro interface, you won’t be surprised to discover that there are new ways in which to customize Windows 8 to work the way you want it to. Aside from the app-specific tweaks we discuss throughout this book, Windows 8 provides an entirely new PC Settings interface for customizing many Metro- and system-level features; new personalization features for the lock screen, Start screen, and app tiles; and more.

And customizing Windows 8 is not just about Metro. As with previous versions of Windows, this OS also provides a number of ways in which you can customize the Windows desktop, including useful new multi-monitor capabilities that will be valuable in a number of usage scenarios, especially for those who pick up a new Windows 8 (or RT) tablet and decide to dock it to a larger display—and a keyboard and mouse—at home or at work.

Rounding out the Windows 8 customization capabilities are a handful of ways in which you can make the Metro and desktop environments interact a bit more seamlessly with each other. Ultimately, the goal ...

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