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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Windows Mobility Center

The Windows Mobility Center is a handy, centralized hub for managing everything that makes a laptop a laptop (Figure 28-1): battery, wireless networking, external projector connection, and so on. The quickest way to get there is to choose its name from the secret Utilities menu (press +X, or right-click the Start button).

You can also open the Start screen, type mobility, and select Settings under the search box. In the search results, click Windows Mobility Center.

Here’s the list of tiles that may appear in your Mobility Center. You may not have all of them, depending on what kind of computer you’re using and what components it has. And you may have more of them, if your computer company installed its own options.

Note

Of course, many of the functions of this older control panel are now right there on the Charms bar when you tap Settings, which might be quicker to get to.

  • Display brightness. The slider dims your screen for this work session only, which can save enormous amounts of battery power. If you want to make brightness changes that are always in effect, you can click the small monitor icon to open the Power Options control panel.

  • Volume. Change your speakers’ volume, or mute them entirely. Click the icon to open the Sound control panel.

    Each setting in Mobility Center is illustrated with a cute little icon—but don’t be fooled. This is so much more than an icon! It’s also a button that, when double-clicked, opens up a Control Panel applet or a configuration page.

    Figure 28-1. Each setting ...

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