Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A lot has changed in Windows 8

If you are coming from Android and iOS devices, you may feel at home with Windows 8, but everyone else may get lost in the new operating system.

If you are feeling a bit confused by the new OS, here are a few quick tips and tricks that will immediately improve your Windows 8 experience.

Unlocking the Screen

Windows 8 launches to its lock screen but offers no clue what to do next. All you have to do to get started is to tap the space bar, spin the mouse wheel, or swipe the screen upwards.

The Start Menu

Windows 8 does not have a Start Menu. Instead, it has a Start Screen. Windows 8 loads the Start Screen after you unlocked it, and you can return to it anytime by left-clicking the lower-left corner or by hitting the Windows key. Right clicking the corner brings up the power user and administrative menu (device manager, Control panel, etc.).

Launching Applications

To find your applications, you press the Windows and 'Q" keys or right click the Start Screen and select "All Apps" and then navigate then menu by swiping the screen or using the mouse wheel. You can place your favorite apps on the top of the Start Street for quick access by right clicking their icons and selecting "Pin to Start."
You close your apps by moving their windows off the screen.

The Task Bar

Windows 8 does not have a task bar, but it does have task pane. To view this pane, all you have to do is either press the Windows and Tab keys or move your mouse to the top left corner of the screen.

Shutting down

When your Windows session is done, you have a few options to choose. You can either click the Settings icon in the lower right corner or press the Windows and 'I' keys, use the classic Cntrl+Alt+Delete, or Alt+F4 while in Desktop Mode. You then simply click the power button to select shut down or restart.

Windows 8 is a largest shift in Windows computing since Windows 95 and may take you a while to learn, but these tips and tricks will get you started on the long road to becoming a Windows 8 expert.

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