So you recently got a new computer or you have just upgraded to Windows 8 and you are now wondering, how do I work this thing?
It is a bit of a leap from Windows 7 but don’t despair, once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite good. It can still be awkward if you don’t have a touch screen but with the help of some keyboard short cuts you can get around this.
So the first hurdle is the lock screen, simply hit any key to access the login options. Once logged in you will be faced with the new tile interface called Metro. Think of these as your desktop short cuts, and don’t worry, the desktop is still there. Some of these tiles can be live tiles, giving you the latest information or images. To move these tiles around simply click and hold or right click for the tile settings.
Where’s my lucky Charms?
If by now you are on your desktop, you are probably wondering… where is the start button. While this has probably been the biggest bone of contention since the beginning of windows 8, there is no need to worry, it is just different! The start menu has, for the most part, been replaced by what is called the charms menu. This can be accessed using Windows key + C or by swiping from the right on touch screens. Here you have search, sharing and settings options. A nice feature of this new method for accessing apps is the improved search function, simply press the windows key and start typing the name of the application you are looking for. The apps will quickly narrow down in the list as you type and simply hit return to use your selected application. It’s a very quick way of accessing applications once you get used to it.
I just can’t do it captain! I can’t find the power button.
By now you may also be wondering how do I power down this thing? Well the power options now reside under the settings button on charms menu. So to quickly power down you would hit Windows key + C… settings… power. And don’t worry, you are not the first person to wonder how to turn off the computer after using Windows 8 for the first time.
If you are using Windows 8 without a touch screen, it can be a bit frustrating but don’t despair, we have all the keyboard short-cuts to make life that bit easier.