Windows 8.X Tips
Ummm... Might as well talk about it... Many of you folks are having your first experience with Windows 8.x, and my read is that in general people don't like the operating system (OS). For me (and others), it seems to stray a little too far from the old beaten path of stuff like XP. Often, there's no minimize button or close box. It's difficult to find browser tabs. Sometimes the Start Menu is available, but occasionally, not so much. To make matters much worse, there are different versions of the Win 8. (I'm running 8.1RT on the MS Surface, and a Dell 8.0 OS on a standard box.) So what works on one machine sometimes doesn't on the other. And every so often, what used to work on a single machine doesn't work anymore on the same beast. Keep in mind I'm not saying the OS is buggy -- I've been playing on these computers for many hours, and have made umpteen changes. But still, I don't feel comfortable stating, "Just do steps 'one', 'two', and 'three', and you'll get results' four' every time." Instead what I want to offer up are some general guidelines that will at least make the thing usable in the short term. Here we go...
- First thing to do is read the OS literature that shipped with the package or machine. I know that's boring enough to put a rampaging Godzilla to sleep, but you really should white knuckle your way through it taking notes as you go.
- Once you start the computer, take any and all tutorials you see. Again, take notes.
- OK, so the creature is up and running and probably at the 'Start' screen... Slowly slide your mouse around the outermost perimeter and watch what happens. There's magic in the perimeter! Figure out what all that stuff means.
- Never lose sight of the power of the right mouse button.
- A right mouse click on the bottom left corner can lead to the Holy Grail -- the Desktop and then some. That will at least make a few things familiar.
- Love the 'Windows' key. That will take you to the 'Start' screen.
- When browsing, the address bar hides secrets.
- For many screen games like Solitaire, you'll need to go to the 'Store' on 'Start', and download them. Some are free.
- Alt F4 is interesting.
- You may rarely see two panes displayed on one screen. Just use the middle slider bar to slide one out of the way.
- Watch out for ellipses at the bottom of the screen.
- You still get to a command prompt. Again, right clicking the absolute bottom left offers a ton of features when you're lucky.
- Finally, I hesitate to tell you this, because if you're new to computers, I'm handing you a loaded gun, but here it is... All Windows since Windows 3.1 have a feature called 'Task Manager'. On the 'Processes' tab you can see the running 'Apps'. If you double click an app, you'll be there. If you choose to 'End Task', you'll kill it. And no matter what, don't play with anything else in 'Task Manager'!!!
Hope this helps...
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