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Windows 8 comes with hundreds of settings, sprinkled between two completely different control panels. You’ll rarely stumble randomly across the setting you need. So, instead of clicking aimlessly at menus, let Windows do the hunting.

Follow these steps to find the setting you need:

  1. From the Start screen, summon the Charms bar’s Search pane.

    You can summon the Charms bar’s Search pane in any of three ways:

    • Mouse: Point the cursor at the screen’s top- or bottom-right corner; when the Charms bar appears, click the Search icon.

    • Keyboard: Press Windows+Q.

    • Touchscreen: Slide your finger from the screen’s right edge inward and then tap the Search icon.

  2. In the Search pane, click the word Settings.

    That tells Windows to search through its settings, rather than your apps or files.

  3. In the search box, type a word describing your desired setting.

    When you type the first letter, every setting containing that letter appears in a list. If you don’t know the exact name of your setting, begin typing a keyword: display, mouse, user, privacy, or something similar.

    Don’t see the right setting? Press the Backspace key to delete the letters you’ve typed and then try again with a different word.

  4. Click your desired setting on the list.

    Windows takes you directly to that setting on the appropriate control panel.

    When searching for a setting, always try the Search pane first. A few minutes spent at the Search pane yields better results than scouring the hundreds of settings stuffed in the two Windows 8 control panels.

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

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