How to use Windows 8

Okay so after the holiday festivity you decide to finally sit down and have some quality time with your brand new PC. Now it might be a regular desktop, a laptop, or a new tablet. There is also the factor of whether or not it is touch enabled or not. Those who have received a brand new Windows 8 PC are either having two experiences right now, they are either happily exploring the new features in Windows 8 or ripping their hair out in frustration of the drastic changes. So in order to help those in need of a tutorial which Microsoft decided to cut off, here is our tips on how to use Windows 8.

The Start Screen

Windows 8 revolves around the new Metro start screen. Metro is the design style of the entire OS and what Microsoft has been using on all of its products lately. The Start screen is where you will be spending most of your time in launching apps. In order for you to come back to the start screen you press the Windows key on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can also go to the top right or bottom left corner of your screen and hit the Start button. You can easily pin or unpin any app on the Start screen by right clicking them or swiping down on them. This should bring up some added options such as uninstall and the ability to turn of live tiles. Any installed apps not on your Start screen will be on your apps list. Go to the top right corner and hit search. From there you can search any files on your computer, apps, and settings. It should also be noted that the charms bar, the bar that holds search, share, start, devices, and settings, holds different features on different apps. Search inside of an app will search within the app the same goes for the rest of the charms, each will have in app functions. The last thing you need to know about the Start screen is making groups. Apps can be divided into groups and labeled. Just drag each app to a category you see fit and then go to the bottom right corner of the screen and click on the button or pinch and zoom. From there simply right click and start labeling your group of apps.

 

Windows 8 Start Screen

Tips

How to Print: Open up the Charms bar and hit Devices.

How to multitask: Apps can be snapped next to each other. Just drag and drop. Go to the top left or bottom left. It should open a list of apps you have open.

How to close apps: Drag from the app from the top of the screen to the bottom.

Free antivirus: Windows 8 comes with free antivirus. Just open the charms bar and search through your apps for a program called Windows Defender.

Free how to use Windows 8 ebook: Go to the Windows Store and open the search charm. Search for the Nook app, it has a free how to use Windows 8 ebook.

Free Music: The Music app comes with the option to stream free music. In order to get rid of the ads buy the Xbox Music pass.

Start Button is gone: Miss the start button on the desktop? There should be an app that lets you get it back on the Windows Store.

Free Storage: Want more gigs for storage? Use the Skydrive app. It stores any of your files so that you can access them anywhere. At school? Go to Skydrive.com and download the homework you left at home.

Apps: Xbox Music,Tweetro,StumbleUpon,Xbox SmartGlass,Freshpaint,Skype,Nook,Fhotoroom, Wordament.

Xbox Music

Mouse and Keyboard Shorcuts

Check out the full keyboard shortcuts straight from the Windows website.

Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+start typing
Search your PC
Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-) Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+scroll wheel Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C
Open the charms
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+F
Open the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+H
Open the Share charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+I
Open the Settings charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+J
Switch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+K
Open the Devices charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+O
Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Q
Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+W
Open the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Z
Show the commands available in the app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+spacebar
Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+spacebar
Change to a previously selected input
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Tab
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+Tab
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgUp
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgDown
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+period (.)
Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key
+period (.)
Snaps an app to the right