Windows 8 on a Tablet

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How to Turn on Your Windows 8 Tablet the First Time

To turn on your tablet, press its power button. Windows 8 tablets usually load within a few seconds — much faster than your desktop computer. When you first turn on your tablet, Windows 8 runs you through [more…]

How to Connect Your Windows 8 Tablet to a Dial-up Net8work

Very few people still connect to the Internet through dial-up networks. Accordingly, Microsoft buried Windows 8’s dial-up networking options in a very dark corner of Windows 8. To connect to a dial-up [more…]

How to Change a Wi-Fi Network’s Settings for Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 offers many handy ways to change or keep track of your tablet's Wi-Fi network’s settings. However, it’s difficult to find the right switches until you follow these steps: [more…]

How to Connect Your Windows 8 Table to Built-In Memory Cards

Almost all Windows 8 tablets include a special slot for sliding in a tiny memory card. They’re much like the cards that people slide into digital cameras and cellphones every day. [more…]

Connect Your Windows 8 Tablet to a Portable Hard Drive or Flash Drive

If you carry around a lot of information — perhaps a large music or video collection — then your Windows 8 tablet’s hard drive won’t be nearly large enough. Only one gadget can handle the job: a portable [more…]

How to Install SkyDrive for Windows for Your Windows 8 Tablet

For the easiest access to SkyDrive, install Microsoft’s SkyDrive for Windows program on your Windows 8 tablet and on your desktop PC. To keep things simple, SkyDrive for Windows places a handy SkyDrive [more…]

How to Download Files to Your Windows 8 Tablet with the SkyDrive App

After you stock the SkyDrive app with files, you can access those files quickly and easily from your Windows 8 tablet’s SkyDrive app. Can’t find your tablet’s SkyDrive app? Download it for free from Microsoft’s [more…]

Open Your Windows 8 Tablet's Start Screen's Internet Explorer App

To open the Start screen’s browser on your Windows 8 tablet, tap its icon on the Start screen. The browser opens, filling the screen as shown. [more…]

The Start Screen Browser’s Menus on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Like most Start screen apps, the browser app on your Windows 8 tablet hides its menus. That lets you concentrate on the picture rather than the frame.

When you need the menus, you can reveal them using [more…]

How to Browse in Private on Your Windows 8 Tablet

When you want to visit a website without leaving footprints, head for your Windows 8 tablet's Start screen browser’s InPrivate mode (accessed from the Tab menu). InPrivate mode lets you shop for holiday [more…]

Manage Several Sites in Tabs on Your Windows 8 Tablet

It’s not obvious, but your Windows 8 tablet's Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer often keeps several sites open at the same time. For example, you may be viewing a website and then switch to the [more…]

Make Sites Available on Your Windows 8 Tablet with One Tap

Eventually, you’ll run across a website you don’t want to forget. When that happens, “pin” the site to your Windows 8 tablet's Start screen. Seeing that tile on the Start screen jogs your memory that you [more…]

How to Share Sites from Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8’s apps have a easy-to-use Share icon. Sharing items from your tablet begins with a trip to the Charms bar. Fetch the Charms bar by sliding your finger in from the right edge; then tap the Sharing [more…]

How to Change the Settings on Your Windows 8 Tablet's Start Screen

The Start screen browser on your Windows 8 tablet, like nearly all apps, lets you tweak its settings to meet your particular needs, and, just as with all apps, opening the settings area begins with a trip [more…]

How to Set Your Home Page on Your Windows 8 Tablet

The Start screen’s browser on your Windows 8 tablet doesn’t offer a way to set a home page — the page your browser display shows when first opened. Instead, it merely piggybacks on the home page you set [more…]

Remove Unwanted Sites from Your Windows 8 Tablet's Browsing History

Internet Explorer on your Windows 8 tablet remember everything you search for on the Internet. You can delete your past searches while in the Start screen’s browser, but it strips away [more…]

How to Add Your Social Accounts to Your Windows 8 Tablet

Before you can run Windows 8’s core apps — Mail, People, Calendar, and Messaging — on your tablet, you need a Microsoft account. Without a Microsoft account, the apps simply display a notice with the words [more…]

Switch between Your Windows 8 Tablet's Mail App’s Accounts, Folders, and E-mail

A tap on the Mail app’s Start screen tile brings the Mail app to your Windows 8 tablet's screen. Even if the app’s already running in the background, a tap on its tile brings it front and center. [more…]

How to Compose and Send an E-mail from Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8’s Mail app does a no-frills job of sending and receiving e-mail. It’s free, preinstalled on every tablet, and includes a spell checker. To write, spell-check, and send an e-mail from your Windows [more…]

Send and Receive Files through E-mail on Your Windows 8 Tablet

E-mailed files, referred to as attachments by computer linguists, can be tucked inside an e-mail message on your Windows 8 tablet. You can send or receive nearly any file, but with a few stipulations: [more…]

Manage Your Contacts in the People App on Your Windows 8 Tablet

After you link the People app on your Windows 8 tablet with your online social networks, your People app stocks itself with your favorite people, whether they’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other [more…]

How to Add Contacts to the People App on Your Windows 8 Tablet

The People app on your Windows 8 tablet hopefully contains all your contacts, but eventually, you will meet new people and make new friends. For people who don’t appear in your People app, you can add [more…]

Delete or Edit Contacts on Your Windows 8 Tablet's People App

As your social and professional relationships change, the People app on your Windows 8 tablet automatically takes care of the paperwork. When somebody unfriends you on Facebook, they simply drift off your [more…]

Manage Appointments in Calendar on Your Windows 8 Tablet

If you manage your appointments on Google’s online Calendar or one of Microsoft’s accounts, you’re in luck: Windows 8’s Calendar app on your tablet will harvest that information automatically, just like [more…]

Send Messages with the Messaging App on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8’s friendly Messaging app on your tablet lets you type back and forth with any contact listed in your People app. It even handles the mechanics of facilitating interprogram banter: Your friend [more…]

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