Find the Information You Need in Windows 8 Help and Support

When you don’t know where else to start, fire up Windows 8 Help and Support and begin digging at the top. To summon the program from the Start screen, type the word help. As you begin to type the word, the Start screen clears immediately and begins displaying names of all matching apps. When the words Help and Support appear, click or tap the words to launch the program.

The Help and Support window rises to the screen.

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The program offers three sections:

  • Get Started: This section introduces the confusing new Windows 8 and then explains information about the basics: using a mouse and keyboard, running your fingers on a touchscreen tablet, installing programs, and adding new devices and printers to your computer.

  • Internet & Networking: This section moves to the specifics of connections: connecting to the Internet, as well as to other computers through a network.

  • Security, Privacy, & Accounts: Always trying to be more secure, Windows explains how to create strong passwords and avoid viruses and other malware.

Windows Help and Support works much like a website or folder. To move back one page, click the little Back arrow in the upper-left corner. That arrow helps you out if you’ve backed into a corner.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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