Launch a Windows 8 Start Screen Program or App - dummies

Launch a Windows 8 Start Screen Program or App

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 8 stocks your Start screen with apps — small programs for performing simple tasks. In fact, Windows 8 now refers to all Windows programs as apps. (It even refers to your once almighty desktop as the Desktop app.)

Each tile on the Start screen is a button for starting an app or traditional Windows program. Click the button, and the program or app jumps into action. Windows 8 complicates matters, as it offers several ways to push a button:

  • Mouse: Point at the tile and click the left mouse button.

  • Keyboard: Press the arrow keys until a box surrounds the desired tile. Then press the Enter key.

  • Touchscreens: Tap the tile with your finger.

No matter which item you’ve chosen, it fills the screen, ready to inform you, entertain you, or maybe even do both.

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