All About Windows 8 Surface Apps
Part of the Surface For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The Windows 8 Start screen serves up a smorgasbord of apps, each built to handle a specific task. But no matter how much the apps differ, every app shares the same basic commands. These tips work in every app, whether it came bundled with your Surface or you downloaded it from the Windows Store:
Open an app: From the Start screen, tap the app's tile with a finger. (You can return to the Start screen with a press of your Surface's Windows key.)
Close an app: Apps needn't be closed, as I explain in Surface For Dummies. But if you really want to close your currently viewed app, slide your finger all the way down the Surface's screen, from top edge to bottom edge.
Change an app's settings: Fetch the Charms bar by sliding your finger inward from the screen's right edge. Then tap the Charms bar's Settings icon.
Search an app's contents: Fetch the Charms bar, tap the bar's Search icon, and type your search term in the Search box.
Print from an app: Fetch the Charms bar, tap the bar's Device's icon, and tap your printer's name. (Not all apps can print.)
View an app's menus: Slide your finger up from screen's bottom edge or down a bit from the top edge.
Return to your last-used app: Slide your finger from the screen's left edge to the right edge; your last-used app drags itself into view.
See currently running apps: Slide your finger in slightly from the screen's left edge, and then back to the left edge. A strip appears along the left edge, displaying thumbnails of your currently running apps. To return to an app, tap its thumbnail.