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Find the Windows 8 Desktop and the Start Screen

The Windows 8 Start screen treats the desktop as just another app: a small, single-purpose program. So, you open the desktop just as you’d open any other app: Click the Start screen’s Desktop tile. [more…]

Summon the Windows 8 Start Screen and Open Apps

The Start button no longer lives in the desktop’s bottom-left corner in Windows 8. Now, simply pointing and clicking at that little corner of desktop real estate fetches the new Windows 8 Start [more…]

How to Jazz Up the Windows 8 Desktop's Background

To jazz up your desktop, Windows 8 covers it with a pretty picture known as a background. (Many people refer to the background simply as wallpaper.)

When you tire of the built-in scenery, feel free to replace [more…]

Snap Apps Alongside the Windows 8 Desktop

Windows 8 normally keeps the Start screen and the desktop separated into two distinct worlds. You can work within the Start screen or within the desktop, but not both. Sometimes, though, that’s not good [more…]

The Windows 8 Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin in Windows 8, that glass wastebasket icon in the corner of your desktop, works much like a real recycle bin. Shown in the margin, it lets you retrieve the discarded files you thought you’d [more…]

Add Five Helpful Icons to Your Windows 8 Desktop

When first opened, the Windows 8 desktop contains only three icons: the Recycle Bin lives in the top corner; the taskbar’s left corner offers File Explorer [more…]

How to Drag, Drop, and Run in Windows 8

Although the phrase drag and dropsounds as if it’s straight out of a Mafia guidebook, it’s really a nonviolent mouse trick used throughout Windows8. Dragging and dropping is a way of moving something — [more…]

Select More Than One Item in Windows 8

Normally, you can select only one thing at a time in Windows 8. When you click another item, Windows deselects the first in order to select the second. When you want to select several things simultaneously [more…]

How to Make a Window Active in Windows 8

Windows 8 says the window atop the pile that is getting all the attention is called the active window. Being the active window means that it receives any keystrokes you or your cat happen to type. [more…]

Move, Close, and Resize Windows in Windows 8

A terrible dealer at the poker table, Windows 8 tosses windows around your desktop in a seemingly random way. Programs cover each other or sometimes dangle off the desktop. Luckily, you are able to move [more…]

Make a Window Fill the Whole Screen in Windows 8

Sooner or later, you’ll grow tired of all this multiwindow mumbo jumbo in Windows 8. Why can’t you just make one window fill the screen, like Start screen apps? Well, you can. [more…]

Place Two Windows Side by Side in Windows 8

The longer you use Windows 8, the more likely you are to want to see two windows side by side. For example, you may want to copy things from one window into another, or compare two versions of the same [more…]

Make Windows Open to the Same Size in Windows 8

In Windows 8, sometimes a window opens to a small square; other times, it opens to fill the entire screen. But windows rarely open to the exact size you want. Until you discover this trick, that is: When [more…]

Window 8 File Explorer File Cabinets

To keep your programs and files neatly arranged, Windows 8 cleaned up the squeaky old file cabinet metaphor with whisper-quiet Windows icons. Inside File Explorer, the icons represent your computer’s storage [more…]

Exactly What Are Folders and Libraries in Windows 8?

Figuring out what folders and libraries are and what Windows 8 calls items on your desktop can be dreadfully boring, but if you don’t read it, you’ll be just as lost as your files. [more…]

What Is a Path in Windows 8?

A path in Windows 8 is merely the file’s address, similar to your own. When a letter is mailed to your house, for example, it travels to your country, state, city, street, and house. A computer path starts [more…]

Flash Drives and Memory Cards with Windows 8

Digital camera owners eventually become acquainted with memory cards — those little plastic squares that replaced the awkward rolls of film. Windows 8 can read digital photos directly from the camera after [more…]

Keep Your Windows 8 User Account Private with Passwords

A password is more important than ever in Windows 8 because some accounts can be tied to a credit card. By typing a secret password when signing in, you enable your computer to recognize [more…]

Create Windows 8 Taskbar Shortcuts for Your Favorite Programs

Whenever you install a new program on your computer, the program usually asks way too many obtuse questions. But perk up your ears when you see this question: “Would you like a shortcut icon placed on [more…]

What’s Inside a Folder in Windows 8

Because folders are really little storage compartments, Windows 8 uses a picture of a little folder to represent a place for storing files. To see what’s inside a folder, either in File Explorer or on [more…]

How to Manage a Windows 8 Library’s Folders

The Windows 8 library system may seem confusing, but you can safely ignore the mechanics behind it. Just treat a library like any other folder: a handy spot to store and grab similar types of files. But [more…]

How to Create a New Folder in Windows 8

To store new information in a file cabinet, you grab a manila folder, scrawl a name across the top, and start stuffing it with information. To store new information in Windows 8 — a new batch of letters [more…]

How to Rename a File or Folder in Windows 8

Sick of a file or folder’s name when working in Windows 8? Then change it. Just right-click the offending icon and choose Rename from the menu that pops up. [more…]

Select Bunches of Files or Folders in Windows 8

Although selecting a file, folder, or other object may seem particularly boring, it swings the doors wide open for further tasks: deleting, renaming, moving, copying, and performing other file-juggling [more…]

How to Get Rid of a File or Folder in Windows 8

Sooner or later, you’ll want to delete a file in Windows 8 that’s no longer important — yesterday’s lottery picks, for example, or a particularly embarrassing digital photo. To delete a file or folder, [more…]


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