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Windows 8 User Accounts

Windows 8 allows several people to work on the same computer, yet it keeps everybody’s work separate. To do that, it needs to know who’s currently sitting in front of the keyboard. When you [more…]

How to Unlock Your Windows 8 Screen

Starting Windows 8 is as easy as turning on your computer — Windows 8 leaps onto the screen automatically with a flourish. But before you can begin working, Windows 8 stops you cold: It displays a locked [more…]

What to Expect When You Run Windows 8 the First Time

If you’ve worked with Windows previously, you may not recognize Windows 8. When you first turn on your computer, you won’t see the familiar desktop. Instead, you’ll be awash in a screen of brightly colored [more…]

Sign up for a Microsoft Account for Windows 8

Whether you’re signing in to Windows 8 for the first time, trying to access some Start screen apps, or just trying to change a setting, you’ll eventually see a screen similar to this one. [more…]

The New Start Screen in Windows 8

The new Start screen in Windows 8 whisks you away from traditional Windows desktop and drops you into a foreign land with no helpful translator at your side. That’s right: Windows 8 no longer has a Start [more…]

What’s an App to Windows 8?

Short for application, apps herald from the world of smartphones: cellphones powerful enough to run small programs, as well as make phone calls. The Windows 8 apps differ from traditional windows programs [more…]

Launch a Windows 8 Start Screen Program or App

Windows 8 stocks your Start screen with apps — small programs for performing simple tasks. In fact, Windows 8 now refers to all Windows programs as apps. [more…]

View or Close Your Open Apps in Windows 8

Windows 8 Start screen apps, by nature, consume the entire screen, with no visible menus. That makes it difficult not only to control them but also to switch among them. The same holds true when you’re [more…]

How to Find a 8 Windows Start Screen App or Program

You can scroll through the Windows 8 Start screen until your eagle-eyes spot the tile you need, and then you can pounce on it with a quick mouse click or finger tap. But when the thrill of the hunt wanes [more…]

The Windows 8 Charms Bar and Its Hidden Shortcuts

The Charms bar is simply a menu, one of a million in Windows 8. But the Microsoft marketing department, eager to impart a little humanity to your computer, calls it a [more…]

How to Run Older Programs under Windows 8

Many companies design their software to run on a specific version of Windows. When a new Windows version, like Windows 8, appears a few years later, some older programs feel threatened by their new environment [more…]

Eight Tips for Playing Music and Video in Windows 8

Windows 8 is not just for those 9-to-5 work hours. You can use Windows 8 to play your favorite tunes or to watch your favorite videos. Just keep the following things in mind when you start to play around [more…]

Eight Quick Tips for Getting Started with Windows 8

Whether you've just purchased a new computer loaded with Windows 8, or you've decided to upgrade your system software, the following tips will help make your transition to the Windows 8 user environment [more…]

Five Tips for Using the Windows 8 Start Screen

The Windows 8 Start screen is a dynamic and ever-changing feature of the Windows 8 environment. You will need it to access your user account, to add or view apps, or to share cool websites with friends [more…]

Six Tips for Working with the Windows 8 Desktop

Most new Windows 8 users have used earlier versions of Windows. Moving around in Windows 8 will be very familiar to most of you, however, there are a few things that might leave you scratching your head [more…]

Nine Tips for Working with Apps and Files in Windows 8

The main purpose of any operating system is to enable you to work with your files and software, whether full-blown programs on your desktop or smaller apps on mobile devices. Windows 8, like its predecessors [more…]

Ten Tips for Getting Things Done Online in Windows 8

Windows 8 gives you a lot of options for where and when you access the Internet. For example, you might be surfing on your mobile device while microwaving your lunch. Following are some tips for optimizing [more…]

Seven Tips for Customizing Windows 8

Windows 8 will be loaded on your new PC and ready to use as-is, but most users like to tweak the settings and customize the appearance of their desktops. Many folks are so averse to change that they try [more…]

Five Quick Tips for Networking with Windows 8

Windows 7 and 8 enable you to quickly set up a home network, or “Homegroup.” Through the use of Wi-Fi and passwords, you can network with your teenager locked in her room upstairs and your spouse in the [more…]

Five Tips for Managing Your Photos in Windows 8

You probably have tons of photos taking up space on your hard drive. The good news is that Windows 8 makes organizing and managing your photos easier than ever before. [more…]

Upgrade to Windows 8 Using a DVD or Flash Drive

Sold on a DVD, the Windows 8 Upgrade can be installed only on a computer that currently runs Windows. For that reason, it’s usually easier to simply upgrade online, downloading Windows 8 and letting it [more…]

How to Print Pictures from Windows 8

Printing pictures in Windows 8 is as easy as it can be. The Windows 8 Photo Printing Wizard offers nearly as many options as the drugstore's photo counter, printing full-page glossies, wallet prints, and [more…]

How to See the Files on a Disk Drive in Windows 8

Like everything else in Windows 8, disk drives are represented by buttons, or icons. The File Explorer program also shows information stored in other areas, such as MP3 players, digital cameras, or scanners [more…]

Where’s the Start Button in Windows 8?

Windows 8 dropped something integral to every version of Windows for more than a decade: the Start button. That little round button that lived in your screen’s bottom-left corner lives no more. [more…]

How to Navigate the Windows 8 Desktop on a Touchscreen

Fingers work well for tapping the Windows 8 Start screen’s extra-large tiles. And if you grimace enough, your touchscreen’s touch controls will still work on the desktop’s tiny buttons and thin borders [more…]

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