Using the Windows 8 Charms Bar on a Tablet - dummies

Using the Windows 8 Charms Bar on a Tablet

By Andy Rathbone

Part of Windows 8 For Tablets For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Charms bar, an icon-filled strip that appears along the screen’s right edge, works everywhere on your Windows 8 tablet, whether you’re working on the Start screen, inside an app, or on the traditional Windows desktop.

You’ll find yourself constantly summoning the Charms bar to move quickly from one place to another, as well as to search and send information to other places.

To summon the Charms bar, slide your finger inward from the screen’s right edge. The Charms bar appears, with its five icons:

  • Search: Tap this, and a Search pane appears, letting you direct your search to various areas, including your apps, files, and settings. Icons for apps also appear on the Search pane’s bottom edge, letting you search through apps. You can direct a search for DeNiro to the Netflix app, for example.

  • Share: When you want to share what you’re seeing with friends, tap the Share icon. The Share pane appears, listing all the apps capable of sharing what you’re seeing. (The Share icon doesn’t work on the desktop.)

  • Start: Tap this for a quick way to return to the Start screen.

  • Devices: This gateway to devices attached to your Windows 8 tablet lets you send your screen’s contents to your printer, for example, or view your screen on an attached projector or TV.

  • Settings: Tap this to see all of your settings, different ways to change either the app you’re seeing, or your Windows 8 tablet’s general behavior.