Adobe Competition Winner


Software4Students are dedicated to bringing you the best prices and discounts in software.

So to help you save even further we recently gave students the chance to WIN €50! 

Students who purchased ANY Adobe software product between 28th November and 7th December 2012 were automatically entered into a draw to win €50!

The Winner is:

James Rowson!!!

Congratulations James!  Whether you spend it on yourself, your friends and family or buy software from our Christmas Shop, we are delighted to help you out.

P.S. We expect you to victory dance like Carlton in this video when you find out!

In unrelated fun news, take a look at this Christmas decoration light show to Psy's hit Gangnam Style:

Windows 8 Tips, Tricks, Secrets and More


When Microsoft launched their latest addition to their range of leading operating systems with Windows 8, naturally Software4Students were very excited with the prospect of being able to play with new software! We were especially excited to start getting to know new software designed and driven by the leading software giant, Microsoft who are known worldwide for their excellence building the best computer software.

From Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 comes the arrival Windows 8! And with the introduction of any new software, we wanted to get to know loads of tips and tricks for using Windows 8 and help you get to know the software that will most certainly become commonplace in the future (let us know if you agree with this below?).

On that note, we decided to get some helpful Windows 8 advice from the more knowledgeable software users so that we could share these tips with you. We have put together a list of Windows 8 tips we think you will find most useful.

If you want to buy Windows 8 Professional Upgrade disc now for only €60.49, click below:

Learn more about Windows 8 below:

Windows 8 Keyboard Commands

As you can see from the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts below, the “Windows” key on your keyboard is highly useful and will be the tool you will use most often if you have installed Microsoft Windows 8 on your PC.

Take a look:

• Press the Windows key and D to instantly access your desktop

• Windows key and tab opens a list of currently running programs

• Windows Key and Print Screen will automatically save a screenshot to your Pictures Folder

• Windows key and “W” allows you to search your system settings so you can quickly change your properties

• Windows key and “F” opens file and folder search

• Windows key and “I” gives you quick access to your Control Panel, Personalisation and the Power button along with many other useful features


Windows 8 Shortcuts

Not sure where to find your Notepad or your Control Panel? One of the best shortcuts we have found for accessing almost everything you need on your computer is:

• Go to your Windows Home Screen (App Screen)

• Right click anywhere on the screen other than the apps

• Click “all apps”

• View all the tools you need from Microsoft office to you Snipping Tool

Windows 7 prominently located their power button through the Start Button but is less visible with Windows 8. To get the power button in the new operating system, you currently need to navigate to the Charms menu, click the Settings charm, click the Power button and select Restart or Shutdown.

However, you can create a shortcut to locate the Shutdown and Restart buttons just one click away from the desktop and start screen. Follow the steps below:

• Navigate to your Windows 8 Desktop

• Right click on the Desktop and select “New” -> “Shortcut”. A shortcut menu appears

• Create a new shortcut

• Enter shutdown /s /t 0 (that's a zero) in the location box and hit “Next”

• Enter a name for the new shortcut and click “Finish”. A new shortcut will appear on your desktop

• Name your shortcut and click “Finish”

• Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties”. A dialog box appears • Click “Change Icon” under the Shortcut tab then click “OK” in the warning box that says shutdown.exe contains no icons.

• Click “Change Icon”

• Select an icon from the list of available images. Click “OK” twice (once to close the “Change Icon” windows and once to close the “Properties” windows. Your shortcut will now have an icon

• Choose the icon for your shortcut

• Right click the shortcut and select “Pin to Start”. The Shutdown icon will now appear on your Windows 8 Start Screen

• Drag the shutdown icon to a prominent location on our Windows 8 Home Screen

• Repeat the process for the Restart shortcut if with the command “shutdown /r /t 0”


Windows 8 Handy Tips

• Low powered computer users should close apps manually as Windows 8 does not automatically shut down background apps


• Have you downloaded a lot of Apps from the Windows Store and made your Start Screen look a mess?! If you want to organise your apps, you can make groups (see image below).

For example, you can drag People, Calendar, Mail and Messages to the left-hand side and name this group “People”.

Click the minus icon in the bottom right-hand corner to zoom out and you can drag and drop your group as a block anywhere on you Windows 8 Home screen. Right click on the group (while zoomed out) and you can rename your group which will make it much easier to find the Windows 8 tools you need!




Windows 8 Nifty Tricks

• Did you know you can create a picture password to log in to you PC with Windows 8?

Here’s how:

  • Go to you settings (Windows key and I)
  • Click “Change PC Settings”
  • Under Sign in options, click create a picture password

Select a file from your computer and choose 3 points that will act as your password when clicked

• Are you a keen social media user? Using the share buttons located in Windows 8 Charm Settings, you can share content from your PC via social media with ease. You can easily share a photo via email or Twitter or upload to your own SkyDrive to access anywhere.


Windows 8 Hidden Gems

• The option to hide all windows on your Windows 8 desktop still exists – it’s just hidden! Click where it was and you should still be able to hide the Windows you want.

• Windows 8 has a handy option to organise your files:

  • Create a folder on your desktop (give it a suitable name)
  • Drag all the scattered files into this folder and close
  • Right click on Taskbar
  • Select Tool Bar, New Toolbar o Navigate to the folder and click on it
  • You will now have a handy toolbar on your taskbar and a clean desktop!

Useful Links


With Special Thanks to all who contributed

Calum Young, Jane Leonard, Markos Hulberto, Sam (@relevantsam), Joshua Del Rosario (@dmj0shu4)


Got more tips to add to the list? Let us know below!


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Hurry! Windows 8 Discount for Students This Week Only!


At Software4Students we aim to give students, parents, family and teachers the best software prices and discounts in Ireland. We offer you hundreds of discount on premium software from leading brands such as Microsoft, Kaspersky, Adobe, Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking, Parallels and many more so you can take advantage of the best student technology and use it to help your study!

As an official Microsoft Partner, Software4Students can offer you the best money saving deals in Ireland specifically for students while also providing software discounts for teachers, parents and other family members. We want to make sure students can keep up-to-date with the latest software from Microsoft and other leading software providers.

We are going to keep the student discounts coming:

 ***Buy Windows 8 Professional Upgrade now for only €58.95 - Limited Time Only***

Windows 8
is the latest operating system from Microsoft built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7. Students will love Windows 8 which has been reimagined to focus on your life. Described as Windows 7, only better, Windows 8 will allow students the flexibility with the ability to access and download a catalogue of apps from the Windows Store.

It's all about the apps In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse great apps with Windows 8, all grouped in easy-to-find categories. You can immediately get to your photos, docs and other files, whether they’re on SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr or other services making Windows 8 the ideal operating system for students.

Hurry! Make sure you buy it now while this exciting new software is discounted. Offer ends Friday 9th November!

Windows 8 Pro Upgrade now Available to pre-order!


We have exciting news S4S fans...........Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8 Professional Upgrade is now available to pre-order from!

Watch this video to learn more about Windows 8.

Windows 8 is built on Microsoft rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 with improvements to the speed and reliability of the software. This all-new touch interface is described as Windows reimagined and reinvented to focus on your life with beautiful, fast and fluid design perfect for a range of hardware from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high definition screens.

Microsoft open a world of possibilities with the latest features designed to increase your productivity and improve your user experience. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

A beautiful Start

Vibrant and beautiful, the Start screen is the new face of Windows. Each tile on the Start screen is connected to a person, app, or whatever else is important to you, and lights up with the latest info.

In addition to the new look start screen, Windows 8 incorporates the desktop that you’re familiar with. Think of the desktop as one of the many apps you can run in Windows 8. In the desktop, you will see all the settings, devices and features you used in Windows 7 and you can run the desktop apps you ran in Windows 7 too.

Serious. Fun.

Go from full-screen game to spreadsheet in one swipe, or snap them side-by-side and do both. Catch up with friends, zip through your files, and get things done faster than ever.

A new era of PCs

Sleek and lightweight, with fast startup times and long battery life, Windows 8 PCs are built for work and play. If you prefer a touchscreen, a mouse and keyboard, or both, there's a perfect PC for you.

Cloud-connected with your Microsoft account

Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and you’re immediately connected to the people, files and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing history and browser favourites. You can connect your favourite services to your Microsoft account, too, like Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs and other files, whether they’re on SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr or other services.

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