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How to Keep Track of Open Windows in Windows 8

You don't have to keep track of all those open windows on the desktop. Windows 8 does it for you with a secret key combination: Hold the Alt key and press the Tab key, and a little bar appears, displaying [more…]

How to Clean Up a Messy Desktop in Windows 8

When icons cover your desktop like a year's worth of sticky notes, Windows 8 offers several ways to clean up the mess. If you simply want your desktop clutter to look [more…]

Screen Resolution and Overcrowding in Windows 8

The best way to fight a crowded screen when working in Windows 8 is to experiment with your screen resolution — the amount of information your screen can display. Windows 8 requires a resolution of 1366 [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]


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