Windows 8 Tips

Overview:

Windows 8 or 8.1 has got a different look and feel to the previous versions of Windows. If you are used to Windows XP and Windows 7 then the transition to Windows 8 may be slightly daunting.  

This document will act as a tips and tricks documentation in order for you to get used to Windows 8 and get as much as possible out of it. 

 

The start screen: 

The start menu from previous Windows versions is no more. Instead you have got a start screen.  

At a first glance this start screen can prove slightly confusing as it is cluttered with “tiles”. Most of these tiles are for applications that you will probably never use. You can, however, change the start screen so it looks exactly the way you want it. You can remove the tiles for applications you don’t use. You can change the size of the tiles and rearrange them in to groups depending on your preferences and also give the groups different names. Right-clicking on the tiles or within the start screen will give you the different options. Feel free to experiment in order to get the start screen to look like you want, you can’t go wrong, if you delete something by mistake it can always be retrieved. 

 

Applications:

At the bottom of the start screen there is an arrow pointing down. If you click on this arrow you are brought to the application/program section of your start screen. Here you can select applications/programs that you use often and pin them to your start screen or to your task bar for easy access. Again right-clicking on the applications/programs will give you these options.  

 

Search function:

The search function is now located within the start screen.  

While you are in the start screen start typing the word of what you are searching for and the search box will appear along with any search results. 

 

Taskbar:

If you use a specific program on a regular basis then your best way forward would be to pin this program or application to the task bar.  

You can either pin a program/application by right-clicking on it from the application section on your start screen (see section 5 above) or by right-clicking on the program icon in the task bar after you have launched it and selecting “pin to task bar” 

If you have got, for example, Word open and right-click on the icon on the task bar you can also pin specific documents that you might use often. Once you don’t need to use these documents any more you can easily unpin them. This function can be used for other programs for example: Excel, Outlook, internet explorer/Chrome/Firefox, Access, Power point, etc.  

Again it is always worth experimenting to find out what is best for you.

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