Manage Windows 8 applications right from the desktop

Windows 8 users must be aware that Start Screen is the only place where you can manage Windows 8 applications . From Start Screen you can pin any legacy app to the Task-bar, Turn the live tile on/off, unpin any app from the Start Screen, uninstall or change the sizes of their tiles.

However, this method might not be convenient for many, especially if you’ve also pinned additional items like files, apps etc on the Start Screen. Windows App Boss is a free portable tool(In Beta) which provides you a GUI for installing Windows Store Apps and allows you to manage Windows 8 applications right from the desktop.

Manage Windows 8 applications from the desktop

Upon launch, it displays a list of all Modern apps installed on your Windows 8 PC, along with related information, such as publisher number, version. The user interface is fairly easy to understand – with the uninstall button at the top right you can remove an app. The Install option allows you add to New Packages.

Windows App Bos is basically created to assist other Windows Store App developers. So, if you want develop and publish your own Modern UI apps, Windows App Boss provides a quick way to obtain a developer’s license from Microsoft – simply navigate to Tools > Developer’s License and click the ‘Acquire & Renew’ button.

Manage Windows 8 applications

Another great feature of Windows App Bos is Snapshot, It allows you to create backup of an app of your choice, this will allow you easily revert back any changes made to the app. You can create as many snapshots as you want. To roll back to a previous app state, simply select the location of the snapshot by clicking the Browse button – select the restore point from the list and hit Apply.

Customize Windows 8 Start Screen Size & Position

Many impressive tools have been built by a lot of developers that allows you to Customize Windows 8 Start Screen. One such tool adding to that list is Immersive Taille. It’s a portable application which allows you to change the size of the Start Screen, and move it to to user-defined positions i.e. top, bottom, left or right.

Once install, a settings screen will appear which will allow you to customize the Start Screen according to your needs. Immersive Taille supports multilanguage (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch and German) and by default have been set to French – you need to click the flag at the bottom-left corner to choose a different language.

Cusomize Windows 8 Start Screen

Basic tab provides you options to choose your preferred position for displaying the Start Screen. You can change your start screen position to Top, Bottom, Left, Right and Fullscreen + Taskbar modes. Changes will be applied instantly and you can check if the changes are correctly made using the Overview button.

Cusomize Windows 8 Start Screen position

If you are not happy with the results produced by the basic options and have a precise position in mind – where you want your start screen to appear then advance tab is here to help you. In advance options you can specify the specifying custom X and Y co-ordinates for Start Screen or re-scale it by by specifying custom width and height dimensions.

In the Settings tab you can control the behavior of Immersive Taille with your Windows 8 start Screen. As the name implies ‘Start with Windows’ force Immersive Taille to load at next Window Start-up.

  • Windows notification area options – lets you enable the app’s system tray icon.
  • Automatic shutdown – lets you select a shutdown timer for the app when minimized to system tray.
  • See Start Screen Software Startup – automatically show you the customized start screen at Windows Start-up.

Overall, Immersive Taille is a simple and easy to use open-source application that lets you further customize your Windows 8 Start Screen and make it more user friendly.

Easily Print Multiple Gmail Messages

Once in a while you must have felt a need to print multiple emails only to find out that you have to go through a painful and time consuming process of opening every email to print each one of them.

Gmail print all

Noting to worry about, Gmail Print All for Chrome is here to help you. Gmail Print All is a Chrome extension that allows you to select multiple messages or conversation threads in Gmail and lets you export to PDF, export them to Google Doc (from there you can print all the emails), share with others, or store with the rest of your important documents.

All you need to do is add messages to a Gmail label and run Print All from your Chrome Apps screen. Once you run the extension, you’ll get a new document in Google Drive with all of the messages inside. You can add a cover page, leave in Google Docs, or print and download in any format you choose. Each thread will gets its own page with the subject at the top. The pages are all well formatted which will let you easily add one and easily navigate through the messages.

How to Change the Default File Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 8

By default Windows 8 file Explorer open Libraries view when you open it. If you want to open a certain location, such as My Computer. You can use a following GUID (Globally Unique Identifiers) to open a specific location.

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

To select a custom location as default to be opened in File Explorer

  • Right-click on the File Explorer icon on the Task-bar  this will bring up the jump list. Right-click on the File Explorer option on the jump list and select Properties from the popup menu.
  • Change the Default File Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 8

  • Paste the above GUID (Globally Unique Identifiers) in the Target edit box and click OK.

How to Change the Default File Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 8

From now on, when you open File Explorer, it opens My Computer by default.

You can also select a custom folder to be opened as the default location in File Explorer

  • Open File Explorer, navigate to the desired folder, Copy the Full path in the address bar.
  • Follow the Same procedure as shown above and paste the Custom location in the target box to open a custom folder as default location.

How To The Customize Windows 8 Task Manager

With Windows 8 Microsoft have introduced a complete brand new task manager. Overall this new redesigned Task Manger is better and more advanced as compare to its predecessor but there are certain options such as processes that doesn’t provide as much details as the old Task manager of Windows 7 was suppose to do.

By default Windows 8 shows the running processes in groups such as apps,Windows processes etc. Although it gives Task Manger a more organized feel, but it also results in taking more time when you need to look for a particular process compared to the time it used take in old Task Manager since you need to first identify the group which contains the details of that particular process.

Group by type - Task Manager

Another irritating feature of new task manager is that by default the process tab shows the name of the running application rather than showing the process name.

If you are more of a Power user and like to bring back the more detailed user interface just like the old Windows Task Manger. Here are few tips to tweak your new Task Manger according to your need.

Disable Process Grouping:

  • Open Windows 8 Task Manager by using Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together or right click on Task-bar and select “Task Manager” item.
  • Click on View menu and uncheck “Group by type” option as shown in the Following screenshot.

Without group by type - Task Manager

That’s all, this will turn off the process grouping feature immediately and Task Manager will start showing all processes.

Show Process Names: A click on details tab also allows you to view process names, but you can also create a new column to show processes directly in the process tab. Just right-click on one of the column headers at the top and enable the “Process Name” option as shown in the following screenshot.

Process name - Task Manager

Set Up a Pattern Lock Security On Windows

Up till now, passwords  have been used as a major security measure to protect our computers, email account, devices from prying eyes. That said, with the advancement in technology other means of security like pattern based passwords has been introduced.

If you are a fan of Android’s pattern lock and looking for something similar to use on your Windows computer system than you need to try the pattern based locking technique provided by a tool named Eusing Maze Lock.

pattern based security

Eusing Maze Lock is a powerful application for Windows which use a pattern based technique to secure your device. After Installation, the first thing you need to do is to set your own unlock pattern by connecting the nine dots together (There is a default unlock pattern has been pre-set) and when you try to unlock your computer, you need to draw the exact same as you set up,

Eusing Maze Lock allows you to specify 3 x 3, 4 x 4, or 5 x 5 (25 points) grid for the lock pattern. All you need to do is, click the Reset Pattern button and join the circular nodes in a custom pattern of your choice.

Android Pattern based Security on Windows

You will find an Eusing Maze Lock icon in the system tray that will allow you to  lock your computer instantly or using a custom hotkey. Just like the automatic screen timeout feature found in mobile devices, you can also set up an automatically trigger to lock the screen after a specific interval of time. This proves handy in situations when you’re not around your Computer or have forgotten to manually lock it.

Key Features of Eusing Maze are:

  • Use Pattern based technique to lock your computer
  • It Support multiple monitors
  • Use the dynamic password technology to prevent key loggers
  • Internet access can be disconnected even when PC is locked
  • You can Backup your own pattern feature

All in all, Eusing Maze Lock is a pretty useful tool (especially with a free price tag) to add an extra layer of security on your computer. Eusing Maze Lock supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8.

Note: Please make sure to remember the default unlock pattern when you start the application.

Make Videos Sticky On Any Web Page In Chrome

Almost every Video-sharing Website show comments below the video player, following this format makes page appears less cluttered but this doesn’t allow a user to browse comment and watch video at the same moment.

If you like to add such a feature in your browser then a Chrome extension named Video Tape allows you to add this functionality on every web page with a video embedded on it. With Video Tape you can stick the video player anywhere on the web page in a way that you are free to scroll the rest of the page while video remaining visible all the time.

Make Videos Sticky On Any Web Page In Chrome

Once the video player is displayed on the web page, click the Video Tape icon in the toolbar and a popup will appear with a rectangle which represents the default position of the video on the page. All you need to do is drag the square in the popup to re-position the video player on the Web Page. In some cases( like I have to do for YouTube  you might need to change the DOM settings of Video Tape so that a video will appear above comments while scrolling the Web page.

Make Videos Sticky On Any Web Page

After that you are free to scroll through the rest of the page. Video Tape not just only works on YouTube and Facebook videos but for almost every Website that share video content.

As of now Video Tape is in beta, although it works fine most of the time but you might notice little quirks like Changing video CSS position from anything to fixed may sometimes make video start over again while this won’t be issue if you’re careful to play a video only after you have re-positioned it first. Though Video Tape is not supposed to do that but it also allows you to re-position some of the other elements(ex Images) on some web pages.

If you are a heavy video surfer, you might like to add this simple feature in your browser

Completely Uninstall Native Apps in Windows 8

By default Windows 8 comes packed with a bunch of Pre installed Modern/Metro apps. Many Users who have installed Windows 8 on a non-touch device or who don’t find the built-in apps useful may want to completely uninstall all of the native apps.

Uninstall Native Apps in Windows 8

While you can uninstall a native app by right-clicking on the app and then clicking on uninstall button, Windows doesn’t completely remove the app from your PC and the app data continuous to use some of your disk space. Though this isn’t that much of a big deal but If you’re running low on disk space, this piece of disk space could prove valuable.

Thankfully, the complete uninstallation of all native apps isn’t that hard to perform. All you need to do is to execute a command in the Powershell.

Follow these steps to completely uninstall Built in apps in Windows 8

  • First of all, Make sure to close all the running apps before you try to uninstall them.
  • Open PowerShell. To do this, first switch to the Windows 8 Start screen, type PowerShell and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter hotkey to open Windows PowerShell as an administrator.
  • In the PowerShell, type the following command to completely remove all the native apps from your current user account

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

  • To uninstall all native apps from all of the User account, you need to run this command

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

All the uninstalled native apps can be reinstalled again from the Windows App Store.