Finding Hidden Hotspots in Windows 8
Part of the Windows 8 For Dummies Cheat Sheet
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 between apps, close them, or change their settings — you need to find the hotspots in Windows 8. Each hotspot triggers a different reaction.
The following three tables explain three methods of finding hidden hotspots in Windows 8: using a mouse, using a keyboard, or using your fingers on a touchscreen tablet or monitor.
|To Perform This Action . . .||. . . Point the Mouse Here|
|Return to the Start screen.||Lower-left corner and then click the miniature Start screen that appears.|
|Choose from currently running apps.||Upper-left corner and then lower the mouse pointer. Click an app's thumbnail to return to it.|
|Open the Charms bar.||Lower- or upper-right corners.|
|See options for current app.||Right-click a blank part of the app's screen.|
|To Perform This Action . . .||. . . Press These Keys|
|Open the Start screen.||Windows key.|
|Choose from currently running apps.||Hold down Alt and press Tab repeatedly until you've highlighted the desired app. Then release both keys.|
|Open the Charms bar.||Windows key and C.|
|See the currently viewed app's menus.||Windows key and Z.|
|To Perform This Action . . .||. . . Do This|
|Open the Charms bar.||Swipe from the right.|
|Open the Start screen.||Open the Charms bar and then tap the Windows icon.|
|Cycle through last used apps.||Swipe from left and then tap the desired app.|
|See options for current program.||Swipe from bottom.|
For many people, the new Windows 8 Start screen is a distraction to be avoided. The sooner they move onto the desktop, the better. For moving quickly to the desktop, reposition the Desktop tile to the Start screen's top-left corner so it's the first app listed. Then, whenever you see the Start screen, just press Enter to head straight for the desktop.