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This is the new area to change common settings in the Windows 8 interface, and contains settings for most items that a home user would need to change

 

pcsettings_win8

 

The table below explains what can be changed in each section under PC Settings - highlighted items are explained in further detail in relevant sections:-

 

Personalize >

This first screen contains shortcuts to Lock screen, Account picture and Picture password settings, and also allows you to view recently used settings


PC and devices >

Lock screen

Change your lock screen picture or enable slideshow

Configure what apps display information on the lock screen

Enable/disable camera access from lock screen

Display

Change screen resolution and orientation

Bluetooth

Turn bluetooth on/off and manage bluetooth devices

Devices

View connected devices and add/remove existing devices

Mouse and touchpad

Change mouse/touchpad settings - you can change mouse buttons here if left handed

Typing

Spell check settings

Corners and edges

Configure app switching and corner navigation settings

Power and sleep

Change power saving settings

AutoPlay

Choose what happens when you insert a memory card or plug in a removable drive

Disk space

Shows details on disk space used and what apps are using the most space

PC info

Show information about your PC such as processor type, installed RAM, Windows version etc


Accounts >

Your account

Change your user account settings

Choose a picture for your user account

Sign-in options

Change password settings

Configure picture password or PIN

Other accounts

Create or manage other accounts on this computer


OneDrive >

File storage

See how much free space you have in your OneDrive account

Choose whether to save documents to OneDrive by default

Camera roll

Choose whether to automatically upload photos taken with camera to OneDrive and choose upload quality

Sync settings

Choose what settings to sync between your devices

Metered connections

Change settings for how OneDrive uses your connection if your bandwidth/speed is limited


Search and apps >

Search

Clear search history

Choose whether to search online

Change SafeSearch settings

Share

Configure which apps to use for sharing

Notifications

Choose how notifications are shown and whether to use audible notifications

Setup quiet hours so notifications don't disturb you during certain hours

Select which apps show notifications

App sizes

See what apps are installed and how much space they take up

Remove any unused applications

Defaults

Choose default applications for web, email, music/video players, photo viewing, calendar etc


Privacy >

General

Configure privacy settings

Location

Choose which applications can use your location

Webcam

Choose which applications can access your webcam

Microphone

Choose which applications can access your microphone

Other devices

Choose which applications can use other devices you have connected


Network >

Connections

Manage network, wireless and internet connections

Airplane mode

Turn off all wireless devices (wi-fi, bluetooth etc) for use in-flight or in other restricted areas

Proxy

Configure proxy server settings

HomeGroup

Setup/Join a HomeGroup

Change HomeGroup settings

Workplace

Change workplace device management settings


Time and Language >

Date and time

Change date, time and timezone settings

Region and language

Choose language and keyboard settings


Ease of Access >

Narrator

Configure screen reader settings

Magnifier

Choose to magnify items on screen to make them easier to read

High contrast

Change to a high contrast colour scheme

Keyboard

Enable on screen keyboard

Enable sticky keys, toggle keys or filter keys

Mouse

Change pointer size/colour

Other options

Turn on/off animations

Enable/disable Windows background

Choose how long notifications are shown for


Update and recovery >

Windows update

See what updates are available for Windows and other installed Microsoft software

Change automatic update settings

File history

Configure file history backup settings

Recovery

PC recovery and advanced start-up options