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    Tips, Tricks and Hacks on the Surface Pro

    I think we need a thread for tips and what not for the surface pro. Like settings, options etc.

    I would like to know what is working best for battery life interms of settings...

    I am using a little program called Start8 to get back the start button from windows 7. I like it. Anyone else have some cool finds or tips?

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    There is a software to change the metro screen background. So that's a possibility for pro users

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    I would guess all of the space freeing up tactics of the RT would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afy View Post
    I would guess all of the space freeing up tactics of the RT would work.
    Pretty much everything for RT works just not the other way (Windows RT is a limitation of Windows 8). As far as tips and tricks, that is sort of what this whole forum is about Read around and try using the search for the things you are interested in since there may already be a thread covering it
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    You could also set your pgae file size to 0. The only down side being you will get low memory warnings if you have a number of memory hog applications open.

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    *Push Fn+Up or Down arrow keys for easier page down function. Fn+Left or Right arrow keys for Home and End function.

    *To get perfect pen calibration use this command in the Run dialog. "tabcal lincal novalidate XGridPts=10,60,110,360,660,960,1260,1560,1860,1910 YGridPts=10,60,170,330,490,650,810,970,1020,1070"

    *To boot into BIOS hold the volume up button, turn on the PC, and release it when it shows the Surface screen

    *To select a boot device hold the volume down button, turn on the PC, and release it when it shows the Surface screen

    *To fix weird scaling in games, disable "DPI Scaling" in the compatibility options for the game. Or reduce DPI scaling to 100%

    *To fix black borders at non-native resolutions, press F7 and change secondary display to Extended (haven't verified this but heard it works)

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    Thanks for those. The BIOS trick would have been a lot more fun if I could have set the fans to "always on" and keep this toaster oven a bit cooler ��.

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    I started a topic just like this a while ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by curney View Post
    I think we need a thread for tips and what not for the surface pro. Like settings, options etc.

    I would like to know what is working best for battery life interms of settings...

    I am using a little program called Start8 to get back the start button from windows 7. I like it. Anyone else have some cool finds or tips?

    Microsoft Surface Hacking & Development Already exists, though its focus is not tips.
    The Surface RT's failure was not due to consumers having inflated or misguided expectations of it, but rather RT's failure to meet even the lowest of either. -me

 

 

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