Surface Reset

I recently found that my Surface was getting very slow – I’m not sure what caused it (an application, an update or a service I’d turned on) but every time I’d open an application it would take at least 10 seconds. Even switching between apps would take a substantial amount of time. I tried installing ...

Quick Application Launch on Windows 8

One of my favourite aspects of the Surface (and Windows 8) is how quick and easy it is to launch any application. All you have to do is simply hit the Windows Key (no matter what you are doing), then start typing the name of the application you want to launch (unless you are already ...

Switching between apps in Windows 8

One of my favourite, yet more hidden features of Windows RT is the task list. In case you haven’t gone through the basics of Windows 8 and found how to bring up the list of your current applications using swipes – then fear not – it really is very easy. Simply swipe in from the ...

Marking up your images with Skitch Touch

Often you will find that when you are creating a blog post or a set of instructions or a guide that you will need to annotate a photo or an image with arrows or words or a circle to highlight something. To date the best tool I have found to do this on the Surface ...

Keyboard Shortcuts

If there is one single easy thing that makes you more productive than anything else, in my mind that is keyboard shortcuts. As per anything Windows there is always a bunch of shortcuts that most people choose not to learn. For the Surface (and Windows RT) there is also a set of keyboard shortcuts that ...

Deleting Music from the Microsoft Music App

One of the least intuitive function you can do in the Music application that comes with Windows RT is deleting songs or albums. It is very easy to quickly amass a huge amount of albums and songs (via your XBOX Live Music pass) on your device before you find that you want to clean some ...

Surface Screen Capture

Writing blog posts I have quickly found I require to make screen captures of what I am talking about – often called a screen grab or a screenshot. You will often need to do this if you are putting together a presentation, an instruction manual or generally want to capture something from the screen for ...

Review: Wedge Touch Mouse

One of my major frustrations with the Microsoft Surface has been using the touchscreen when in desktop mode (ie working with the Office Apps or File Explorer) as none of these programs have been really modified or adjusted to deal with big clumsy fingers tapping away at the screen. There is of course the option ...

Grouping Tiles

Once you have been using Windows 8 for a while and you have installed quite a few more apps from the store on your device you will find that very quickly the ‘Start’ page starts getting quite cluttered and full of tiles. Luckily there is a couple of easy things that you can do to ...

Getting started on your new Surface

So you’ve just bought your brand new Surface, turned it on and have realised you actually don’t know what you are doing. After playing around for about another 30 minutes and getting know where it’s time to turn on the internet and find out how to really get started with Windows RT and the Surface ...