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Using Windows 8

Windows 8, available October 26, 2012 is Microsoft's new operating system. Microsoft has changed the way in which you use your computer with Windows 8. CalTel has created this site to provide you with useful information on using Microsoft's new operating system. Please watch the introductory videos at the bottom of this page.

  • What's New?
    1. Hot Corners
      Because the Start menu no longers exists in Windows 8, you can now use the 4 corners of your screen to navigate through Windows 8.
      • Top left corner:
        This is a multitasking corner. It lets you switch between applications. You can either switch directly to the most recently used application or cycle through a "Switch List" of the recently used applications to select the desired app.
      • Bottom left corner:
        This corner activates the Start Screen.
      • Both corners on the right:
        Both of them perform the same job: to activate the Charms Bar. The Charms Bar provides an easy and contextual access to services like search, share, device access and settings.

      Read more here.
    2. Start Screen
      The start menu has been changed to a "Start Screen". To get back to the start screen at any time, move your mouse ALL the way to the bottom left corner and click. Also, you can use your Windows key on your keyboard.
    3. Charms Bar
      Microsoft has introduced the "Charms" bar. The Charms bar shows all available options from inside any app. You can activate the charms bar by swiping your finger from the right hand side of the screen or moving your mouse to the lower right hand corner of the screen. In the Charms bar, you can do the following:
      • Search
        SearchSearch allows you to search your entire computer for content, programs and files. Simply type in what you are looking for in the search box and click on the magnifying glass or press 'Enter' on your keyboard. Click on the results you want.
      • Share
        ShareShare allows you to share selected content with others through other applications. For example, you may share a picture you received on facebook with a another friend using your email.
      • Return to the Start Screen
        Start ScreenUse this to return to the start screen.
      • Devices
        DevicesSend selected items to devices connected to your computer.
      • Settings
        SettingsView and change the settings for the application you are in. From here you can also view network settings, change your speaker volume, and power off your computer. You can also change other settings in your computer by clicking "Change PC settings" at the bottom.
    4. Live Tile Apps
      With Live tiles on the start screen, applications in Windows 8 can keep you up to date, providing useful at-a-glance information, even if the application is not running. Only applications designed for Windows 8 will have live tiles.
    5. Online Account Sync
      Windows 8 needs a Microsoft account to backup and sync your personal data and to access features such as the Windows Live Store. If you already have a Windows Live account, that will become your Microsoft account in windows 8.

  • Finding Applications
    1. Through right-click
      All appsRight-click on the start screen and it will bring up a bar at the bottom of the screen. Click on "All apps" and you will see a list of all available applications on your computer. Left-click on the application you want.
    2. Searching for apps
      From the Start screen, simply begin typing. As soon as you hit your first letter on the keyboard, the search page will come up and show you all of the available applications whose names contain the letters that you typed. Left-click on the application you want.

  • Managing the Start Screen
    1. Rearranging the start screen
      You can move arround and arrange application tiles on your Start Screen. Simply point at the application you want to move, hold down the left mouse button and drag it to the group you want. Dragging an application tile to an area by itself begins a new grouping.
    2. Pinning applications to start screen
      Right-click on the start screen and it will bring up a bar at the bottom of the screen. Click on "All apps" and you will see a list of all available applications on your computer. Right-click on the application you want to pin to the Start Screen. The following icons will appear at the bottom of the screen: Pin to Start Screen
      Then click on "Pin to Start". The application will now be available on your Start Screen. You can drag it around and arrange it how you like.
    3. Naming groups
      In the lower right hand corner of the Start Screen, click on the Zoom icon icon. This will zoom out and give you an overview of all of your Start Screen groups: Zoom out
      Name group Right-click on the group you wish to rename. In the bar at the bottom of the screen, click on "Name group".
      Name group dialogType in the name of your group and click "Name". Then click anywhere to zoom back out to your Start Screen. You will see your new name above the group of icons.

  • Managing applications
    1. Switching Between Applications
      Switching applications if you move your mouse to the upper-left corner of the screen a picture of your most recent application will appear. To switch to that application, just click on it.

      Switching applications If you want to switch to another application, move the mouse pointer straight down and the sidebar will change to show you all open applications. Click on the application you want to switch to.

      You can also close an application without opening it by right-clicking on the application's icon, and clicking on "Close".
    2. Closing an Application
      Move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen. It will change to a hand. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the window to the bottom of the screen.
    3. Desktop App
      Desktop AppClassic applications that were designed for Windows Vista and Windows 7 are mostly still compatible with Windows 8. These older programs now run inside the Desktop Application. Click on the Desktop App Tile on the Start Screen to get to a classic Windows 7 style desktop.

  • How to shut down the computer
    1. Using the Power icon
      Bring up the Charms Bar and click on "Settings". You will see the following in the lower-right corner of the screen:
      Next, click on "Power" and then "Shut Down". If you would like to restart your computer, click on "Restart" instead.
    2. Logging off
      If you would like to log off of your computer, click on your name in the upper-right hand corner of the Start Screen and choose "Sign out". You do not need to log off before shutting down.
    3. Logging off then shutting down
      Click on your name in the upper-right hand corner of the Start Screen and choose "Sign out". It will take you to a welcome screen. Click on it and then click the power button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen and choose "Shut down". If you would like to restart your computer, click on "Restart" instead.

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