8 hidden Windows Phone 8 settings that you’ll actually make you Phone more personal and useful.
Respond to calls with a pre-written text message–“When the phone rings, just tap Text reply (when available) and either pick from one of the stock responses–“I’ll call you back” and “Please text me”–or quickly improvise your own custom excuse.”
For those, who want to add their own messages, can do so by visiting Settings, go to Applications>Phone and tap Edit replies and fill in the blanks with alternatives you like.
Watch this video to see how it works:
Create more memorable mailbox names— In Settings, go to System>Email+Accounts. Tap the account you’d like to rename, then type in something memorable under Account name.
Selectively hide contacts on your phone–Go to Settings, then tap Applications>People>Filter my contact list and pick an account from the list.
Switch up your lock screen icons–In Settings, go to System>Lock Screen, then tap on one of the five slots under Choose apps to show quick status. “In the list, you’ll see all the usual suspects–missed calls, new emails and text messages as well as Windows Phone Store apps.” Here are even more cool ways to customize lock.
Add tagline to your email signature–“Just tap your mailbox, tap open the More menu at the bottom (the one with the three dots), then tap Settings,” Microsoft explains. Notice that Windows Phone allows you to create a different signature for each account, so you can have something a little more HR-friendly for the office and show your true NSFW colors in personal correspondence.
And, to turn it off, Go minimal and turn it off.
Button up the Internet Explorer address bar–In Settings, go to Applications>Internet Explorer, then tap Use address bar button for and choose an option. Personally, I prefer my tabs toggle front and center. But if your favorites list or the ability to refresh a web page is more important to you, by all means go that route.
Keep photos and videos safer–In Settings, go to Applications>Photos+camera. Under Auto upload, tap SkyDrive and you’ll see options for uploading scaled-down images and full-resolution photos and videos over a Wi-Fi connection. If you use Dropbox or some other cloud service, tap Apps to look for an app that supports it. (Note that the quality option isn’t available in all markets.)
Can you read me now–In Settings, go to System>Ease of Access. Use the text size slider to bump up the font in emails or text messages. Another useful toggle is the screen magnifier. When this is switched on, you can tap the screen with two fingers to zoom in.
In other tips, if you want to know how to make the text on your Windows 8 screen larger or smaller wihtout changing the screen resolution of your monitor or laptop screen–follow these stes below:
- Open Screen Resolution by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Display in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Display.
- Choose one of the following:
- Smaller – 100% (default). This keeps text and other items at normal size.
- Medium – 125%. This sets text and other items to 125% of normal size.
- Larger – 150%. This sets text and other items to 150% of normal size. This option only appears if your monitor supports a resolution of at least 1200 x 900 pixels.
- Tap or click Apply.To see the new text size, close all of your apps, and then sign out of Windows. The change will take effect the next time you sign in.
For more, steps check out here.
Also, Microsoft shared a new video entitled “Windows 8 Student Tips – Internet Explorer on Windows 8,” explaining and demoing Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8: