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    Windows 8

    What do I do now?


    I just got a new laptop equipped with Windows 8. Now, I'm looking for tips and tricks to using the new operating system. I'd love to know how to customize the live charms and anything else people have found to be helpful.

    Thanks!

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    San Jose - California
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    For a start, let familiarize yourself with Keys that you can use in addition with your mouse or touchpad

    From the start screen, click on Store, then just type anywhere: Windows 8 Cheat Keys, you'll see it is listed on the right, click on it then click install.

    go back to your Start Screen You should have a tile in cyan color with label: Windows 8 Cheat Sheet, click on it and familiarize yourself with all the keys available.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 30 Dec 2012 at 08:52.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8


    Thank you. I just downloaded the app.
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    San Jose - California
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    Now that you have the Cheat Sheet. For easy reference, you can Snap the Cheat sheet to the left or right of the screen by moving your mouse cursor to the top of the screen until you see a "Hand Cursor", slowly move it to the left or right until you see a vertical line, release your mouse. it should snap to the left or right of the screen and it will stay while you learn about the keys.

    Here's the screen shot.Hope this helps

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by sarah45502 View Post
    I just got a new laptop equipped with Windows 8. Now, I'm looking for tips and tricks to using the new operating system. I'd love to know how to customize the live charms and anything else people have found to be helpful.

    Thanks!
    Well, if you like Win7 and earlier, then get familiar with the Desktop and how to get it to work for you. You could start by going Start Screen > Desktop > right click on Desktop > Choose personalize > Deal with anythings you'd like to personalize especially showing the Desktop icons you'd like to show. And, consider what happens when you do WinKey+x, for example. Also, click in the bottom left corner of the screen to see what happens. You'll may want to add some shortcuts to the task bar, get some notification icons showing, and perhaps add a toolbar to the task bar to function something like the old start menu. There are several approaches to adding the shortcuts you want--for example, you can right click on some the Metro Apps and pin them to the task bar in the desktop. You also might want to check out Stardock Start8 and Classic Shell. And, in general, it is very important to check out the information in my sig and the links below it.
    Last edited by znod; 30 Dec 2012 at 06:49.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello and welcome!

    On the Desktop, if you need these items handy on Start, you can right click on a folder, hard drive, library, Computer, Control Panel subsections, and programs; then hit Pin to Start. It'll make a new tile on the Start Screen, where then you can click and drag the tiles around.

    Within the fullscreen apps that can be searched, you can literally just type to search without needing to open the Search Charm.

    You will use the Charms often. The Settings Charm is THE MOST used next to Start. This has (if you're in apps) settings that can be changed in the apps, as well as a few other things. This is also where the power options are for shutdown, sleep, or restart.

    To close said apps, you move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen, click when you see a little hand, and drag down. Pretty fun!

    Your laptop's touchpad should be equipped to take advantage of the touch gestures in Windows 8. Flick a finger from the right side of the touchpad inwards opens the Charms bar, left will switch apps, top or bottom will open the app command bar in the apps or Start Screen.

    You can make tile groups and name them as well. To do this, you click on a tile on Start, and move it around until you see a vertical translucent white bar. A group can be made. Then to label it, on your touchpad, do a pinch gesture to zoom out; or click on the lower left corner on the - symbol. Then, right click on that group, and label it!

    Please have some hygiene and keeping Start organized.

    Picture password is the MOST fantastically cool thing in Windows 8. It lets you just draw some lines or circles or dots onto an image to log in. This is done in PC Settings.

    Speaking of such, PC Settings is like your most frequently used list of Control Panel items. It's like a lite Control Panel. This is where you can change some common settings, like using a picture password or changing Start Screen colors or lock screen picture or lock screen app notifications. To access this, you go to the Settings Charm, and on the bottom of the flyout you will see it.

    Checking out the Customizations forum here will find you some cool things of what you can do to customize further. For example, I currently have my Desktop wallpaper slideshow as my Start Screen background....

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    Most important tip of all, use these forums and the resources here to learn the Windows 8 and take advantage of it to the fullest extent!
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    Windows 8


    Thanks for all of the tips. I have my Cheat Keys locked and I'm ready to go. I definitely think I like Windows 7 better but hopefully I'll get used to Windows 8.
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    Oregon
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    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    IMO, It's about how you look at Windows 8. If you keep in mind that is it just Windows 7 with a different Start screen, it will reduce a lot of frustration. For me, I boot Windows 8 (which I like BTW) in the morning and immediately click to the desktop where I do 95% of my work -- just like I did with Windows 7. It is familiar and everything runs well. In other words, I don't make the Modern UI my main entry point or interface. Work from the desktop and just pop over to the Start screen as needed.
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    It's a lot of information at once but really not difficult.
    Basically you can
    toggle between Desktop or any App & the Start Screen with Windows key
    go to Desktop from anywhere using W + D
    go to Search from anywhere using W + Q


    you can also get to Desktop by pressing Enter while on Start Screen if the top left tile is your Desktop tile
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    Sarah,
    Hello and welcome aboard! I installed Classic shell to help me stay productive (I have a job that requires my PC) while I'm learning Win8. Classic Shell really helps!
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