Windows 8 Applications & Programs

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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…]

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…]

How to Navigate the Windows 8 Store

Although desktop programs and Start screen apps look and behave differently, Microsoft unfortunately refers to both as appsin Windows 8. You’ll run across this terminology quirk when dealing with older [more…]

How to Access Your Windows 8 Files with SkyDrive

You can access your Windows 8 files from anywherewith Microsoft’s SkyDrive app. Basically, it’s your own private storage space on the Internet where you can dump your files and then retrieve them whenever [more…]

How to Start a Program or App in Windows 8

Windows 8 banished the Start button from its oft-clicked spot on the desktop’s bottom-left corner. Microsoft prefers to say, however, that it has expanded [more…]

How to Open a Document in Windows 8

Like Tupperware, Windows 8 is a big fan of standardization. Programs and apps are your tools: Load a program or app, and you can add numbers, arrange words, and shoot spaceships. [more…]

How to Save Documents in Windows 8 Programs

Thanks to Microsoft snapping leather whips, a Save command appears in every Windows 8 program, no matter what programmer wrote it. Saving means to send the work you’ve just created to a hard drive, flash [more…]

Choose Which Windows 8 Program Should Open Which File

Most of the time, Windows 8 automatically knows which program should open which file. Double-click a file, and Windows tells the correct program to jump in and let you view its contents. [more…]

Add New Apps from the Windows 8 Store App

When you’re tired of the apps bundled with Windows 8 or you need a new app to fill a special need, follow these steps to bring one into your computer. [more…]

Take the Lazy Way in Windows 8 with Desktop Shortcuts

Windows 8 tries to keep the Start screen and the desktop in two separate worlds, but you’ll constantly find yourself jumping between them. When you grow tired of meandering through the woods to find a [more…]

How to Access SkyDrive from the Windows 8 Desktop

The Windows 8 SkyDrive app makes it fairly easy to open files you've already uploaded to the cloud, but it offers little control. If the Windows 8 Start screen's SkyDrive app is too simple for your needs [more…]

Finding Hidden Hotspots in Windows 8

Every app you load in Windows 8 fills the entire screen. That lets you concentrate on the information in front of you. But that also means that you won't see any menus. When you need those menus — to switch [more…]

Find Other Computers on a Network through Windows 8

Windows 8 is happy to help if you need to access files from another computer on your network—for example, grab files from the computer in your family room. In fact, the Windows Homegroup system makes it [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Clues for Finding Missing Apps, Programs, and Files

Find Currently Running Windows 8 Start-Screen Apps

By nature, the Windows 8 Start screen apps fill the screen. Switch to another app, and it fills the screen, shoving away the previous app. Because the Start screen shows only one app at a time, your other [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Clues for Finding Missing Apps, Programs, and Files

Find Lost Windows on the Windows 8 Desktop

As opposed to the full-screen Start screen, the Windows 8 desktop works much like a spike memo holder. Every time you open a new window or program, you toss another piece of information onto the spike. [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Clues for Finding Missing Apps, Programs, and Files

Locate a Missing App, Program, Setting, or File in Windows 8

To help you find lost apps, wandering files, hidden settings, or even things like missing e-mail, Windows 8 offers an easily searchable index. To begin searching, fetch the Charms bar's Search icon. You [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Clues for Finding Missing Apps, Programs, and Files

Find a Missing File inside a Windows 8 Desktop Folder

Windows 8 includes a Search box in every desktop folder's upper-right corner. That Search box limits your search to files within that particular folder. In comparison, the Start screen's Search pane probes [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Clues for Finding Missing Apps, Programs, and Files

How to Find Lost Photos in Windows 8

Windows 8 thoroughly indexes your e-mail, down to the last word, but it doesn't index photos; it can't tell the difference between photos of your cat and photos of your office party. When it comes to finding [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Clues for Finding Missing Apps, Programs, and Files

How to Print from a Windows 8 Start Screen App

Many of the apps in the Windows 8 Start screen can't print at all, and those that do allow printing don't offer many ways to tinker with your printer's settings. So what's the deal here? The new, tile-filled [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 10 Ideas for Successful Printing

Add or Remove Programs in Windows 8

Whether you’ve picked up a new program or you want to purge an old one, the Windows 8 Control Panel’s Programs category handles the job fairly well. One of its categories, Programs and Features, lists [more…]

How to Turn the Windows 8 Firewall On and Off

After you've established your Internet connection, enabling the built-in firewall in Windows 8 can be your first (and best) line of defense against viruses and other malware. You can easily turn the Windows [more…]

How to Install an App in Windows 8

Windows 8 offers a Store app on the Start screen that lets you browse new apps by category, price, and noteworthiness. Most apps are free, but very few cost more than [more…]

How to Choose a Default Program in Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn't always know what program to launch for your files, or it may automatically open a program that you don't prefer. Fortunately, Windows 8 also makes it easy to select the right program [more…]

Using the Windows 8 E-Mail App

Windows 8 comes with an app for sending and receiving e-mail. A glance at the start screen's mail tile shows you the latest email by name and subject. The mail app works with hotmail, Windows Live, and [more…]

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