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Share Sites and Their Information on Your Surface

When you are browsing the web on your Surface PC, eventually, you stumble upon something worth sharing with friends. It may be an entire web page; it may be just a recipe’s ingredients and instructions from a cooking site.

In previous Windows versions, you’d probably reach for the age-old copy-and-paste trick to shuttle the information to your friends.

Windows 8 updates that maneuver with the easier-to-use Share icon. Sharing items begins with a trip to the Charms bar.

Fetch the Charms bar by sliding your finger in from the right edge; then tap the Share icon.

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When the Share pane appears, you see every app capable of sharing your screen’s current contents. For example, tap the Mail icon, and the Sharing pane shows the Mail app, letting you type in an e-mail address and send the page on its way.

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The Share pane shows these items, from top to bottom:

  • Link’s name: The web link you’re sending appears at the top.

  • Previous recipients: The Share pane lists the last five people or apps you’ve shared things with previously. Tap a listed e-mail address to share the item with that person again, saving you the bother of typing in their e-mail address.

  • Apps capable of sharing: Here, the program lists all of your apps capable of sharing web links. Tap an app to load the app and share the link.

When you spot the People app listed, tap it to share the web link with your social networks. You can send the link via a Twitter or a Facebook post, for example.

Not all apps on your Surface can share, and some apps can only share certain things. If you don’t see an app listed, it’s not able to share that particular content.

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