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    Maps


    I have a Maps icon on the desktop. It states that I am located in Cordele, GA. I have never been there in my life. How do I change it to my home?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    make sure you have the latest version of the Map app. it was released just a few weeks ago.

    bring up the context menu (mouse: right-click; touch: swipe from top edge or bottom edge) and click on find.

    type in the desired address. it'll find the address on the map. then select the "add to favorites". bring up the context menu again and go to your favorites. right-click on the desired favorite and at the bottom of the screen, you should see a "set as home" button.
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    You will need to allow to show your location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    make sure you have the latest version of the Map app. it was released just a few weeks ago.

    bring up the context menu (mouse: right-click; touch: swipe from top edge or bottom edge) and click on find.

    type in the desired address. it'll find the address on the map. then select the "add to favorites". bring up the context menu again and go to your favorites. right-click on the desired favorite and at the bottom of the screen, you should see a "set as home" button.
    I don't know how to find if I have the latest version of maps. I just purchased windows 8 a few days ago and am quite lost. What is the context screen you mention. I cannot find context screen so I cannot find "find". I was able to type my address into a bar and maps went to it but it won't stay permanent. I restarted the computer and it goes back to Georgia.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    first, we need to make sure your Maps app and all your other apps are up to date.

    Hit the <Windows> key on your keyboard to bring up the Start Screen.

    on your start screen is a Store tile. it's green. click or tap on the tile to load it:
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    the windows store will look something like this:
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    check the top right corner and see if there's an "updates" and a number. this will indicate if there are available updates and how many there are:
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    if no updates are showing, bring up the Charms bar. with a mouse, you bring the cursor to the top right edge of the screen and then move the cursor downward. with a trackpad, you put your finger on the right edge of the trackpad and swipe leftward. with a touchscreen, you put your finger on the right edge of the screen and swipe leftward. click/tap on the "Settings":
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    select "Apps update":
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    click on the "check for updates" button:
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    if there are apps to update, it'll look like this. click on the "install" button:
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    when I mean context menu... remember in Windows XP, Windows 7, etc., you would right-click and it would bring up a menu. that menu is a context menu. like this:

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    now hit the <windows> key to bring up the start screen again and load the Maps app.

    when you first load up the Maps app, it kind of looks like this:
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    you then need to bring up the context menu for the Maps app by either right-clicking with a mouse/trackpad or swiping from the top edge or bottom edge of the screen if you have a touchscreen. this is what the context menu looks like in the Map app. Click or tap on "favorites" in the top left corner:
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    then click/tap on the "add home" button:
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    enter the address and hit the "enter" key on your keyboard:
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    voilą. you should then see your address as your home:
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    some basics to windows 8:

    if you're using a mouse or trackpad, right-clicking is the same as in windows 7. you right-click and it brings up a context menu. the context meaning that the menu is specific to what object you're focusing on. so if you're on the desktop, the context menu refers to the desktop. if you're in Microsoft Word, right-clicking will bring up a context menu for MS Word.

    in windows 8 with a touch screen, you have 4 sides of the monitor. these are 4 things you need to know across all apps. so if you take your finger from the top edge of the screen and swipe downward, you'll bring up the context menu. or alternatively, if you take your finger from the bottom edge and swipe upward, you'll also bring up the context menu. if you take your finger from the right edge of the monitor, you'll bring up the charms bar.

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    now this charms bar is contextual as well. meaning that even though it looks the same, it will now be specific for the app that you're running. so if you're running the maps app, Settings will be for the Maps app. If you're running the News app, the Settings will be for the News app.

    so what I would advise is whenever you load up an app, right-click to see the context menu for that app. also bring up the charms bar for that app. that's how you find the features and settings of the app. or if you have a touchscreen, swipe from all 4 edges once the app is loaded to see all the features of the app.
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    Maps


    Thanks, that is what I needed. All is well till my next dilemma.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    good to know you solved your problem.

    don't forget to right-click if you have a mouse to see the options as well as check out the charms after you open the program. or if you have a touchscreen/trackpad, that you swipe from all 4 edges to see what happens.
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    Full screen


    Shift and f11 used to give a full screen on Windows 7 but how do I do it now?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    what are you trying to make fullscreen?
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhead86 View Post
    Shift and f11 used to give a full screen on Windows 7 but how do I do it now?
    Actually it's just F11 to make IE full screen. (Perhaps your keyboard treats function keys like capital letters and you need to shift. Most keyboards I've seen have dedicated Fn keys or have an Fn key that must be pressed along with a number key.) But at least as far as full screen IE goes, it's the same as Windows 7.
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