12 Windows 8 Starter Tips and Tweaks – Part2

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Redo Your New

For whatever reason – and maybe this is just an issue I’m having – but Windows 8 doesn’t populate your right-click context menu’s “New” submenu very well. I’ve installed the Office 2013 preview, but still can’t right-click on a folder and create a new Word or Excel document from scratch.

I’ve also found a way to fix that, and to fix it for any file type that you want to add to your default right-click context menu.

Hit up your registry (again, type “regedit.exe” in your Start Screen), and navigate on over to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. Find the folder of the file type you want to add as an option to the “New” submenu previously described. Right click on that folder/file type and hover over “New,” then select “Key.” Right-click on the key and rename it to the phrase, “ShellNew.” Within this “ShellNew” folder, right-click on the right-most pane of the Registry Editor, hover over “New,” and select “String Value.” Rename this String Value “NullFile.” That’s it!

Now, you’ll find this file type as one of the available options under your right-click context menu > New sub-menu.

Automatically Log Into Windows 8

We’re big fans of security at Maximum PC. But if you’re the only one who will ever have physical access to your computer – or you really trust your cat – there’s no need for Windows 8 to mandate that you always type in a password or PIN to log on.

You can instruct the operating system to bypass the password step of your login process by first typing in “netplwiz” on your Start Screen. In the “User Accounts” screen that pops up (once you’ve clicked on the “netplwiz” icon, uncheck the box for, “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”

Stop Opening My Files

Let’s face it: For a desktop or laptop user, Windows 8’s default applications for multimedia are absolutely horrible. Photos is crap. Video is crap. Music is crap. And it’s annoying that, in some instances, these are the apps that load when you double-click a file within File Explorer.

Let’s change that.

Type “default programs” into your Windows 8 Start Screen and click on the subsequent icon that appears in the search results. Click on the “Set your default programs” option. Now, pick an application on the left that you want to use to open your file types – like Windows Media Player, for example. Or, if you’re fancy, perhaps you have an app like Media Player Classic already installed and waiting.

Once you’ve picked your app, you can either select the “Choose defaults for this program” option to piecemeal together the different file types that the app should pull up. Or you can also do what we do: the nuclear option. Click on the “Set this program as Default” choice, and said app will now open up all the files it can possibly open up. Everything. The whole kit and caboodle, as it were.

So that’s our Windows 8 tweak guide. Did we miss any helpful tips? Let us know in the comments section below!