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Windows 8 Tutorials – Part 2

Read on to learn more about Windows 8. This article is part of our Windows 8 Tutorial series.

The App Bar

Windows 8 app bar aims to be simpler than old-style Windows applets, meaning that it is goodbye to menus, complex toolbars, and many interface standards. There will usually be a few options available on the App bar, though, so if you’re unsure what to do then either right-click an empty part of the screen, press Windows+Z or flick your finger up from the bottom of the screen to take a closer look.

Windows 8 Task Manager

Windows 8 Task Manager

Windows 8 Task Manager

If you launch a Windows 8 app, use with it for a while and then press the Windows key you’ll switch back to the Start screen. Your app will keep running though, but as there’s no taskbar then you might be wondering how would you ever find that out! You could just press Alt+Tab, which shows you what’s running just as it always has.

Holding down the Windows key and pressing Tab displays a pane on the left-hand side of the screen with your running apps. To see this with the mouse, move your cursor to the top left corner of the screen, wait until the thumbnail of one app appears, then drag down.

And of course, you can always press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to see all your running apps in the Task Manager, if you don’t mind (or actually need) the extra technical detail.

How to Close an App in Windows 8

Windows 8 apps don’t have close buttons, but this isn’t the issue you might think. Apps are suspended when you switch to something else and hence they are a minimal drain on your system, and if you need the system resources then they’ll automatically be shut down. (Their context will be saved, of course, so on relaunching they’ll carry on where you left off.)

If you want to close an app though, move the mouse cursor up to the top of the screen. When it turns from the regular mouse pointer to the icon of a hand, hold down the left mouse button and drag it down the screen. Your app should shrink to a thumbnail which you can drag off the screen to close it. If that’s too much of a work for you – then simply pressing Alt+F4 still works.

And when all else fails then press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager, right-click something in the Apps list and select End Task. Beware – closing something you shouldn’t and it’s very easy to crash or lock up your PC.

Using Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Click the Internet Explorer tile/icon from the Start menu and you’ll launch a full-screen version without toolbars, menus or sidebars – which like the rest of Windows 8 may leave you lost initially.

Right-click an empty part of the page or flick your finger down from the top of the screen, though, and you’ll find options to create and switch between tabs, as well as a Refresh button, a ‘Find’ tool and the ability to pin an Internet shortcut to the Start page. Click the spanner icon and select ‘View on the desktop’ to open the full desktop version of Internet Explorer.

How to Run Two Apps Side by Side

Run two apps side by side

Windows 8 apps are what Microsoft calls “immersive” applications, which basically means they run full-screen – but there is a way to view two at once. Swipe from the left and the last app you were using will turn into a thumbnail; drop this and one app displays in a sidebar pane while your current app takes the rest of the screen. And you can then switch these by swiping again.

Spell Check

Windows 8 apps all have spellcheck where relevant, which looks and works much as it does in Microsoft Office. Make a mistake and the old wavy red line will appear below the offending word; tap or right-click this to see suggested alternative words, or add the word to your own dictionary if you prefer.

Run Programs as Win 8 Administrator

Some programs would require you to run them with Administrator rights before they’ll work properly. The old context menu isn’t available for a pinned Start screen app, but right-click one, and if it’s appropriate for this app then you’ll see a Run As Administrator option.

Reduce the tile size of the App

You’ll notice that some Windows 8 apps have small live tiles, while others have larger tiles that take up the space of two tiles. Right-clicking on a Windows 8 app’s Start screen tile will display a few relevant options. If this is one of the larger tiles, choosing ‘Smaller’ will cut it down to half the size, freeing up some valuable Start screen real estate.

Uninstall Programs/Apps

If you want to hide an unused app select ‘Unpin from Start’. The tile will disappear, but if you change your mind then you can always add it again later by searching for the app, right-click it and select ‘Pin to Start’.

Or, if you’re sure you’ll never want to use an app again, choose ‘Uninstall’ to remove it entirely.

Apps and privacy

It is important to keep in mind that by default Windows 8 apps can use your name, location and account picture. If you’re not happy with this it can be easily changed. Press Win+I, click More PC Settings, select Privacy and click the relevant buttons to disable any details you would not like to share.

Administrative tools

Windows 8 tips Administrative tools

Experienced Windows users who spend much of their time in one advanced applet or another are often a little annoyed to see their favourite tools buried by Windows 8. Microsoft has paid at least some attention to this though, and there is a way to bring some of them back.

Open the Charm bar by flicking your finger from the right-hand side of the screen and select ‘Settings’ then ‘Tiles’. Change ‘Show administrative tools’ to ‘Yes’ and click back on an empty part of the Start screen. And it’s as simple as that. Scroll to the right and you’ll find a host of new tiles for various key applets – Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, Task Scheduler, Resource Monitor and more – ready to be accessed at a click.

That is all for now! Wait for more tutorials on the latest OS offerring by Microsoft!

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