Everyone is excited by the new Windows 8 operating system and we are sure that every one of you has read a few reviews and watched some videos demonstrating the functions of the new Windows 8. If you have already installed the new operating system on your computer, then you’ve probably noticed that it has nothing to do with previous Windows versions and it is pretty difficult to find the functions and applications you need. The new, unique appearance of Windows confuses many people and we decided to write the following articles in order to present you with some tips and tricks to make the Windows 8 more functional and user-friendly. Keep in mind that the following tutorials are presented for PC users and involve the use of a keyboard and a mouse.
The new Metro interface can be quite confusing at first, so you can click on the “Desktop” tile located in the bottom left side of the screen which will take you to a more familiar interface. If you want to get back to the Metro interface, you can press the Windows-logo key.
The Internet Explorer integrated in Windows 8 looks pretty strange and people can’t use it properly, so you may want to switch to the classic version of IE. All you need to do to fire up the old Internet Explorer is press the Windows-logo key on the keyboard and click on the Internet Explorer icon. The Metro interface featured in Windows 8 may look pretty strange at first, but when you get used to it, you’ll find that it is more functional than any of the previous interfaces.
If you want to see all applications installed, then you have two options. The first one is to right-click on the blank space between tiles. A small pop-up menu will appear at the bottom of the screen aid it will show only one option – All apps. Click it and you’ll see a list of installed applications.
The second method is much quicker and it can be used when you need a certain application. Go to the main tile screen and start typing the name of the application, feature or accessory that you need. Windows will immediately show you a list of items that match your search criteria and narrow it down as you continue typing.
The streamlined interface offers different options for different items, so you may not always have access to the “X” in the top-right corner of the screen. Don’t worry, because you can still use the keyboard shortcuts which worked in previous versions of Windows. If you want to close something, just hold the “Alt” key and press “F4”.
Most of us are used to shutting down our PCs by clicking Start->Shut Down. However, this option isn’t available in Windows 8 and you may have some difficulties finding the power button if you don’t know where to look. The regular way to shutdown your computer using the Metro interface is to move your cursor to the bottom-right corner of the screen. A small menu will pop-up and show you several other icons. Click on the gear icon that says Settings and find the “Power” button which is near the bottom. If you want to do it quicker, click the “Desktop” tile and press the “Alt+F4” combination. This will instantly show the shut down screen.