How to get started on Windows 8
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Windows 8 changes the way we access our programs. We will show you some tips to get started and learn your way around the new interface.
First thing to note is corners. Windows 8 uses the corners of your screen for some basic functions such as Start menu, Charms and switching between open applications & programs.
Next we have some changes that I like to make to new Windows 8.1 systems. If you haven’t upgraded to Win8.1 yet please run all your Windows updates then open the Store app to see the upgrade option. I like to have my Desktop show up when I start my PC rather than the Start menu. So this is how you can make those changes yourself.
Right click your taskbar and select properties.
Next, select the tab named Navigation along the top of the window that opens.
Now you can make the changes, along with some other ones should you choose to. I check the two options, “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” & “Show my desktop background on Start.” Showing your desktop background on Start is purely cosmetic, I like the way it blends the desktop and Start, try it out!
Lastly, lets learn how to add, remove, change and group things on our Start menu. Once you master this, you’ll love the new start menu and wonder how you ever made out with the old XP/Win7 menus.
First, right click on any blank space on your Start menu, now you should see customize at the bottom of your screen, click it.
You can now edit the names of your groups.
Moving the tiles around (could be called icons) is as easy as clicking and draging the tile into the group you want.
Last thing you should know is how to find all your installed apps and pin them to the tasbar or Start menu.
Right click an icon and choose “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar” to make it quick to access your favorite apps. You can also search and sort your apps from this window.
I hope this helps your adjust to Windows 8. It really is a good operation system once you figure your way around it. I will cover other features that I find useful in Windows 8 in future articles. If you found this information helpful please share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or any other social medium.