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Fingers work well for tapping the Windows 8 Start screen’s extra-large tiles. And if you grimace enough, your touchscreen’s touch controls will still work on the desktop’s tiny buttons and thin borders. Here’s how to control the desktop with your fingers:

  • Select: To select something on the desktop, tap it with a fingertip; the pad of your finger may be too large.

  • Double-click: To double-click something, tap it twice. Again, your fingertip works best.

  • Right-click: To right-click an item, press your fingertip gently on it and wait for a small square to appear onscreen. When the square appears, remove your finger, and the pop-up menu stays on the screen. Then you can tap your desired option on the menu.

If your fingertip seems too wide for delicate desktop window maneuvers, buy a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to use with your tablet. They turn your tablet into two computers: the lightweight Start screen apps for casual computing and the full Windows desktop for doing some real work.

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

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