MTA 98-360: Configuring Desktop Settings On Windows 8.1
MTA 98-360: Configuring Desktop Settings
Windows 8, along with its new Start screen, also provides new ways to change display settings. In addition, those with tablets or
touchscreens can take advantage of swiping features from the corners and edges of a tablet or laptop screen. In this project, you will
look at the Windows 8-based methods of changing the screen resolution, changing display settings, and controlling what happens
when one swipes in from (or hovers the mouse over) a corner or edge of the screen.
Steps for Completion:
1. The first task is to change the screen resolution. On a Windows 8.1 device, access the Charms bar on the right side of the screen.
2. Click Settings.
3. Click Change PC Settings. You will see a screen similar to this:
4. Click PC and devices.
5. In the PC and devices menu on the left side, click Display. You will see
something similar to the image on the right:
6. Click in the bar below the Resolution setting and drag the slider to a
7. Click Apply. A screen will appear asking if you want to keep the changes or
revert the screen resolution to the previous setting.
8. Click either the Keep Changes button or the Revert button. The screen
resolution will either save the new setting (if you click Keep Changes) or
return to the previous setting (if you click Revert).
9. In the PC Settings section on the left side of the screen, click Lock screen.
Note that you may have to scroll down the screen to see all of the available
lock screen settings.
10. Here, you can choose apps for which you want to show notifications on a
locked screen, choose an app to show alarms, and choose whether to use the
camera on the device when the device is locked.
11. Click on one of the smaller pictures to change the lock screen background.
12. If you have a camera setting at the bottom of the screen, click the Off
switch to change the setting to On and turn on camera use when the lock
screen is swiped down.
13. Hover your mouse over the lower-left corner of the screen. When the Start
button appears, click it. If you see the desktop, click the Start button again to show the Start screen.
14. On the Start screen, click your account name in the top-right corner of the screen and then click Lock. Your new lock screen will
15. Click the screen. The logon screen will appear.
16. Enter your password and press Enter to unlock your device.
17. To control how the mouse interacts with the corners and edges of the screen, hover your mouse over the top-left corner of the
screen. A small picture of the PC Settings will appear. Click the picture. The PC Settings screen will appear.
18. In the PC and devices menu, click Corners
19. By default, the left side of the screen can
be used, through hovering the mouse over
it (or through swiping on the tablet), to
switch between apps.
20. Also, by default, the Charms bar will show
when the mouse moves to the upper-right
corner of the screen.
21. By default, Windows Store apps do not
show on the taskbar. Click the Off switch
to turn the feature on (or, if it is on, to turn
it off). Turning this on will show the icon
for PC Settings and any other open Store
apps on the taskbar, and turning it off
will hide open Store apps (including PC
Settings) from the taskbar.
22. Click the left arrow next to the words PC
and devices to return to the PC Settings
23. Hover your mouse over the lower-left
corner of the screen to display the Start
24. Click the Start button.
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