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The Windows Phone Team recently put together a list of a few hidden Windows Phone 8 settings that might make your life a whole lot easier.

1. Tell callers you’re tied up with a pre-written text

In Settings, go to Applications > Phone and tap Edit replies and fill in the blanks with alternatives like, “Got a mouth full of pizza. Talk later.” Here’s a video that shows how it works.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Add sizzle to your email signature

Just tap on a mailbox, tap open the More menu at the bottom (the one with the three dots), then tap Settings. 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.

6. 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.

7. Cut down on your contacts

To remove them from the mix, go to Settings, then tap Applications > People > Filter my contact list and pick an account from the list.

8. 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.)

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