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Windows 8 Tutorials – Part 1

Windows 8 is here and if you’re used to previous versions of Windows then you’re going to notice that quite a bit has changed in the latest OS offering by Microsoft. In fact, Windows has seen the biggest change since the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.

The Windows 8 interface could end up confusing even the most seasoned Windows user. The new touch-oriented start screen, useful apps, great visuals etc are all a bit new to all of us.

Do not worry, we at TutFreak have done our fair share of research and testing of the Windows 8 and are more than willing to share with out readers the tips, tricks and secrets of Windows 8.

Let us look at some tips, tricks and secrets of Windows 8 below.

Windows 8 Lock Screen

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Windows 8 Lockscreen

Windows 8 opens with its lock screen, which looks very pretty. Unfortunately, it displays no clue about what to do next. Do not fret! Just tap the space bar, spin the mouse scroll wheel or swipe upwards on a touch screen to reveal a regular login screen with the user name you created during installation. Enter your password to begin.

Basic Windows 8 Navigation

Windows 8 navigation tips

Windows 8 navigation tips

Along with the launch of its new interface are the all colourful tiles and touch-friendly apps. If you’re using a tablet then it will all be very straightforward: just swipe left or right to scroll the screen, and tap any tile of interest.

One may think its difficult to navigate on a regular desktop though. You just have to spin the mouse wheel to scroll backward and forward and then open your favorite apps or programmes.

Do not forget – you can also use the keyboard to navigate. Press the Home or End key to jump from one end of your Start screen to the other, for instance, use the cursor keys to select a particular tile, and tap Enter to select it. Press the Windows key to return to the Start screen; right-click (or swipe down on) apps you don’t need and select Unpin to remove them; and drag and drop the other tiles around to organise them as you like.

Create Groups for your Favorite Apps on Windows 8

The Start screen apps are initially displayed in a fairly random order, but if you prefer a more organised life then it’s easy to sort them into custom groups.

You would want to drag People, Mail, Messaging and Calendar over to the left-hand side. Click the ‘minus’ icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to zoom out and you’ll now find that you can drag and drop the new group (or any of the others) around as a block.

Windows 8 tips app groups

Windows 8 App Groups

Right-click within the block (while still zoomed out) and you’ll also be able to give the group a name, which – if you go on to add another 20 or 30 apps to your Start screen – will make it much easier to find the tools you need.

Quick Access Menu

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Quick Access Menu

Right-click in the bottom left corner (or hold down the Windows key and press X) for a text-based menu that provides easy access to lots of useful applets and features like Device Manager, Control Panel, Explorer, Search dialog and more.

Find all Applications

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Find all your Applications

The Win+X menu is useful, but is not a good substitute for the old Start menu as it doesn’t provide access to your applications. To find this, hold down the Windows key and press Q or either right-click an empty part of the Start screen or swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen and select ‘All Apps’ to reveal a scrolling list of all your installed applications. Browse the various tiles to find what you need and click the relevant app to launch it.

Pin to Start Menu for Easy Access

If there’s an application you use all the time then you don’t have to access it via the search system. Pin it to the Start screen and it’ll be available at a click.

Start by typing part of the name of your application. To access My Computer, type ‘Computer’. Right-click the ‘Computer’ tile on the Apps Search screen, and click ‘Pin to Start’. If you’re using a touchscreen or press and hold the icon, then flick down and select ‘Pin to Start’.

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Pin to Start Screen

Now press the Windows key, scroll to the right and you’ll see the Control Panel tile at the far end. Drag and drop this over to the left somewhere if you’d like it more easily accessible, then click the tile to open the desktop along with the Control Panel window, and press the Windows key to return you to the Start screen when you’re done.

How to Shut Down

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Shutting Down

To shut Windows 8 down, just move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen, click the Settings icon – or just hold down the Windows key and press I – and you’ll see a power button. Click it and choose ‘Shut Down’ or ‘Restart’.

Some of the tricks available in previous versions of Windows still apply – Press Ctrl+Alt+Del or if you are on the desktop, press Alt+F4 and you’ll be able to choose ‘Shut Down’, ‘Restart’, ‘Sign Out’ or ‘Switch User’ options.

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