Set Up Your New Surface: Sounds – Quick Tip #6

audioHow To Set Up Sounds On Your Surface:

In my last post in the “Back to the Basics” series, I covered how to configure your application notifications. These included anything that is installed on your Surface tablet, like email, alarms, Skype, and so on.

In this post, I will talk about how to customize the sounds on your new Surface tablet. There are essentially three types of sounds on the Surface: touch keyboard, system, and application sounds. I will cover these one at a time.

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Using Skype on Surface Tablets

In this post, l’m going to go over some tips and tricks for using Skype on Surface tablets.

The Modern (or Metro) version of Skype comes pre-loaded on every account created on a Windows 8.1 machine (like your Surface) and it works both with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3 lines. As a result, it’s likely that when you start using Skype on Surface tablets, this is the version you’ll use. Continue reading Using Skype on Surface Tablets

Set Up Your New Surface: Notifications – Quick Tip #5

How To Set Up Notifications On Your Surface:

OK, so you got your new Surface and you love it but now you get all these notifications from applications you installed, and they all make a sound, and you hate it because they do it at 3AM when you’re trying to sleep. Sound familiar?

This post is to help you figure out where to turn those notifications on\off and customize how you receive them.

In a gist, the Search and apps settings are your friend when dealing with notifications. Continue reading Set Up Your New Surface: Notifications – Quick Tip #5

Surface Pro 3 WiFi Problems: It Might Just Be Your Router

So, we’ve had more than one article talking about Surface Pro 3 WiFi issues but up until now, our tips have focused on the Surface Pro 3 side of things. However, it is also possible that the problem is in the WiFi router, not your Surface, and can be fixed by adjusting your wireless router setup.

I also want to note, that while a lot of people have been frustrated with the Surface Pro 3 WiFi problems, Surface tables are not alone in having these issues. For example, Apple has been delivering new versions of Yosemite (10.10) in rapid succession in order to address (among other things) WiFi issues with the new OS. Continue reading Surface Pro 3 WiFi Problems: It Might Just Be Your Router

Surface Pro 3 Hits the Skies – Airlines Equip Their Pilots

Airlines equip their pilots with Surface Pro 3:

We just came back from Puerto Rico. We were there to sign our lease and get some things organized – in case you haven’t heard, yes, we are moving there!

Our flight had a “stopover” (stay on the same plane) in Nashville, which by the way, I hadn’t realized that a direct flight can include stopovers, as long as they are not “layovers” (change planes).


So, anyway, we had a 1 hour stopover and I peered into the open cockpit trying to get a quick picture – hopefully without getting into trouble. Lo and behold, the captain invited me to come in and gave me a tour – it was awesome – thank you Southwest Airlines!

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Set Up Your New Surface: Tile Groups – Quick Tip #4

This is the 4th entry in our “back to the basics” series for new Surface owners (we’re anticipating people getting Surface tablets for the Holidays) to help them get up and running with their new tablets as soon as possible.

My last post in the series, covered the basics of customizing your Start Screen tiles in Windows 8.1. In this post, I’ll cover working with tile groups, so you can better customize the Start Screen on your Surface to fit your personal preferences which, in turn, will make it easier and more enjoyable for you to use.

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Set Up Your New Surface: Tiles – Quick Tip #3

This is the 3rd tip in our “back to the basics” series for new Surface owners (in anticipation of people getting Surface tablets for the Holidays) to help them get up and running with their tablets as soon as possible.

In this post, I’ll cover the basics of customizing your Start Screen tiles in Windows 8.1.

Knowing how to do so will let you better customize your Surface to fit your personal preferences, which will make it easier for you to use. Continue reading Set Up Your New Surface: Tiles – Quick Tip #3

Set Up Your New Surface: Colors – Quick Tip #2

Personalize the Colors on your Surface:

Whether in commercials or at the store, I’m sure you’ve seen Surface Start screens with some pretty awesome colors. But, when you unpack and do the initial setup on yours, it comes with the drab dark blue – boring! OK, it may just be me but I prefer to have something more lively.

The good news is that you can easily customize the Start Screen (or just Start) and Desktop colors on your Microsoft Surface tablet. Below is a walk-through on how to do both. Continue reading Set Up Your New Surface: Colors – Quick Tip #2