Getting around in Windows
On this page:
- Windows 8.x
- Windows 7
Windows 8.x is designed for using touch, mouse, and keyboard together, on hardware ranging from touch-enabled tablets and laptops to PCs and all-in-one computers, including those without touch capability.
Getting around your PC
See Microsoft's Getting around your PC.
Start screen and Desktop
- 8.1: Microsoft updated the Windows 8.1 interface
by returning the
By default, the Start screen is displayed. Move your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen to make thebutton appear. Click it to display the desktop; click it again to display the Start screen. button, providing its ease of
access along with the option of the Metro interface. The intent is to
provide a seamless experience on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phone
- 8: The Start screen has a default application
display you can customize:
- Right-click any app and the Application bar will appear at the bottom, with options for the application you have selected.
- To add an app to the Start screen, click
If an application is already on the Start screen, you'll seeinstead. .
Power User menu
The Power User menu displays the most commonly used applications from the Control Panel, File Explorer, Command Prompt, and Task Manager, as well as Restart, Run, Search, and Shutdown/Update. Access it in one of the following ways:
- In 8.1, right-click the button to launch the Power User menu. In 8, move your cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click.
Viewing and closing apps
Note: Some applications and features in Windows 8 (e.g., Control Panel, Internet Explorer) have both a Windows 8.x version and a pre-Windows 8 version. Windows 8.x applications (formerly called "metro" style applications) have neither close nor minimize buttons; they are designed to run as full-screen applications and cannot be resized.
- Tap the down arrow to view all apps (similar to
viewing all programs in previous versions of Windows).
Alternately, you can right-click an open area of the Start screen, and the Application bar will open at the bottom. Clickon the lower right, and a list of all available apps will appear.
- To close Windows 8.x applications, go to the top of the screen (your cursor will become a hand) and drag down to the bottom of the screen.
Search Settings and other Charms
Options for accessing the Charms menu:
- Tap the upper right-hand corner and move down to select a charm.
- Hover your mouse pointer at the upper right-hand corner of the
screen. Then, move your mouse pointer downward to select a charm. The
following options will be displayed:
Initiating a search
Win-q. Type your
search term(s) and choose the appropriate result.
Typing while in the Start screen initiates a search. For best results, choosefrom the drop-down menu.
Accessing the Control Panel
Win-i. On the panel that appears on the right, click . The Windows 8.x version of the Control Panel will appear.
- From the Start screen, type
control panel, and click the resulting .
Windows 7 does not offer a complete Classic View or Classic Start menu. To use a Classic theme, right-click anywhere on the desktop, and then choose . Under "Basic and High Contrast Themes", select .
In Windows 7, there is no Classic View in the Control Panel. Instead, you can switch between, , and .
To customize your Windows 7 Start menu and Taskbar, right-click theicon and click .
In Windows Vista, you can choose whether to use the default views for some items (e.g., Start menu, Control Panel) or switch to Classic View. The option to switch is usually visible in the left frame, or by right-clicking and selecting .
This is document alac in the Knowledge Base.
Last modified on 2015-07-22.
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