If you have installed Windows 8, what should you do next? You have to get used to the new operating system, because it won't be long before your boss, friends or family will expect you to do something serious with it. This guide serves this purpose. We'll show you how to get your desktop back, how to change Windows settings, what fancy touch gestures it has, and how to operate with your mouse and keyboard without touching the screen.
In other words, we'll tell you how to get to where you want to go in Windows 8 so you can get to work as quickly as possible.
The main interface of Windows 8 looks a bit like the smartphone interface, and you can manipulate it like a smartphone. Windows 8 also has a lock screen interface: A beautiful picture, no specific buttons, seemingly a bit out of the window. So the first gesture that needs to be mastered is to slide up and unlock the screen. If you use a mouse or touch pad, press any key, or click the mouse.
Then you go to the "Start" screen and you see a bunch of dynamic tiles. Each tile corresponds to a software or application. Touch any one of them and you can open the program. You can also hold it and drag it to any location. If you feel like you've had enough of the new Windows 8 interface, and you want to go back to your already-used desktop, you can do that by clicking on the Desktop (desktop) tile. Mouse or trackpad: Click to open the application and click to drag the tile. Keyboard: Windows + D, immediately return to the desktop.
On the start screen, slide any tile down, and you can select it and open a menu that uses this menu to uninstall, cancel the fix, resize, and so on. You can select and cancel a fixed number of tiles at the same time. Use the mouse or touchpad: Right-click on the tile.
On the start screen, or in the application, a single finger is dragged on the screen to enable scrolling, with two fingers kneading together to narrow the view of all applications on the start screen. Slide with two fingers on the trackpad, or use the mouse to scroll through the page, or you can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel while holding down the CTRL key.
When you are in a program (IE), sliding down from the top of the screen, or sliding up from the bottom of the screen, you can open a menu (the program is different, the menu will vary). In IE, there will be an open page tag at the top, and a "back", "forward" and "Refresh" buttons and a URL address bar at the bottom. Use the mouse or touchpad: Right-click anywhere in the space (without activating any other features). Keyboard: Windows + Z.
Drag from the top of the screen to the location to close an application, mouse or trackpad: click and drag. Keyboard: Alt + F4.
Swipe left from the right side of the screen to activate the Charms (Super button) menu. With this adoption, you can quickly search or share, send files to devices (such as printers), or access computer settings. Mouse or trackpad: The Charms menu appears when the cursor is moved to the upper-right or lower-right corner. Keyboard: Windows + C.
Touch the Start button on the Charms menu, or press the Windows button on the keyboard to return to the start screen again. Mouse or trackpad: Move the cursor to the lower-left corner, and then click.
If you open several applications and swipe right from the left edge of the screen, you can pull them one by one. You can slide again, and they'll loop up. Mouse and Touchpad: Place the cursor in the upper-left corner and click the small image that appears there. Keyboard Windows + Tab.
You can open the application switch by sliding from the left edge to the right and then to the left. Mouse or touch pad. Move the cursor to the upper-left corner and drag it along the left edge.
If you have multiple applications open and want to display two of them on the screen, you can do this by dragging an application from the left edge, dragging it to the left or right side of the screen, and holding it down to form a smaller view. Or you can swipe down from the top of the screen, just as you want to close the application, and then place it on the left or right side of the screen. Use the mouse or touchpad: Click and drag from the top left corner, or right-click an application's thumbnail in the application switch.
Drag the Three-dot divider to make the smaller of the two applications larger, or let the larger one become smaller; keyboard: Windows + period.
When you use multiple applications and multiple desktop programs at the same time, the situation becomes a bit tricky. Desktop applications do not appear in the application switcher. It's convenient to have a keyboard: by pressing ALT + TAB, you can switch between Windows 8 apps and traditional programs.
Handy keyboard shortcuts
Windows + H = Open the "Share" super button
Windows + I = Open the "Settings" Super button
Windows + K = open Device Super button
Windows + Q = Search Application
Windows + F = search for files
Windows + W = search Windows Settings
Windows + X = access to common administration tools (or right-click in the lower left corner)
Windows + E = Run File Manager in desktop environment
Windows + O = Lock screen orientation
Windows + R = Open the Run dialog box
Windows + L = Lock Computer
Windows + Print screen = Save screenshot to your pictures > screenshots folder
Windows + 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0 Any key = run the corresponding program locked to the taskbar
Ctrl + Shift + Esc = Open Task Manager
With the familiar desktop interface and the "Search" super button, you can easily find a lot of things. But some things are more difficult. For example, how do you turn off your computer? It took us a few minutes to find a way to close it. Here's how to do some common tasks:
First, some questions can be found in the "Settings" Super button, where you can easily connect to a wireless network, change the volume or screen brightness, adjust the keyboard layout, and turn off the computer power. In addition, if you call the "Settings" Super button in an application, you can also adjust the specific setting of the application.
With the "Set" Super button, you can also access the "Control Panel" of this old friend. The bottom of the "Set" Super button has a "Change computer settings", which allows you to change the background of the lock and start screens, set up user accounts and passwords, manage Desktop alerts and privacy settings, add printers and other devices, and check for updates to your computer. You know, this menu looks like it's not showing, but the left and right sides can scroll up and down.
Using the Super button to send something from one place to another is also convenient, without the need for drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste. For example, if you are looking at a photo, a file, or a Web page, you can pull the "share" super button and send it to any application that supports sharing, such as e-mail or social networking clients. If you have a networked device, such as a printer or another screen, you can also send photos or files to print on the printer, or use the "Device" super button to display them on another screen.
To view a list of all the applications on your computer, go back to the Start screen, right-click (or drag up/down, or press Windows + Z), and then select all applications. A quicker way is to press CTRL + TAB directly in the "Start" screen space.
Do you want to update the application? Open the Windows Store application: All available updates appear in the upper-right corner.
To make the most effective use of the new interface, you may sync e-mail messages, calendars, places, contacts, social networks, and SkyDrive to your Microsoft account, which is the account you use when you log on to your computer. All of your dynamic tiles will pop up with new information-new status updates, picture uploads, emails, and so on. You need to go to a variety of applications, including instant messaging, mail, weather, and SkyDrive, and then add the accounts individually with the "Set" Super button. Let's take a look at some examples of networking applications: by opening the contacts, you can import your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Hotmail, Outlook, Gmail, and LinkedIn, and their status updates appear on the network. Because these accounts are synchronized to your Microsoft account, you can access them after you log on to any Windows computer with a Microsoft account.
If you want to add another user, or log on to someone else's computer with your own ID, just click on the "Set" Super button > Change your computer settings > user, and then scroll down to add user. If you want, you can sync your passwords to different computers, as well as the Advanced User menu, Then click "Trust this Computer" and confirm it on the Microsoft website.
Your data will be stored in the cloud.
Now you can go and show your Windows 8 tips with the other amateurs. Show yourself!
How to find something
Now that you know how to navigate in Windows 8, how do you find what you want? You can use the "search" Super button in the Windows 8 Charms menu, which is quite powerful. You can search by entering something from anywhere on the start screen. Then change the search type to get different types of search results.
For example, if you want to listen to a song, you can first search for local files, if not in the local file, you can click "Music" to search for Xbox music, if you haven't found it, click IE for a web search. None of this needs to leave the search bar. In fact, you can also search for applications, from locations in maps and weather applications, to stocks in financial applications, and to the names of new applications in the Windows Store App Store.
Each time you download a new application, as long as it supports the search button, it is possible to add a new search category. So the number of categories can be more and more. To keep your favorite search categories in a more prominent position, press (or right-click) them to move them to a higher position. Alternatively, you can hide those unwanted categories.
To quickly access your favorite apps and desktop programs, fix them on the start screen by right-clicking them or holding them on the touchscreen.
If you prefer Google Chrome and Google search compared to Microsoft IE and Bing search, you can easily install them from getyourgoogleback.com and set them to their default values.
To set an application or desktop program to the default startup method for a type of file, you can right-click them in the File Manager and click "Choose Default Program".