Getting around Windows 8

Microsoft introduced several changes in the user interface of Windows 8. Some users found the changes refreshing while some missed the old user interface familiarity. The biggest change in the user interface was the missing Start button while new App view and Charms side bar were highlights of the new interface. Let’s try to learn the way to finding important settings and performing different tasks in Windows 8.

Charms Side Bar:


The Charm Side bar serves as a new door to access settings of Windows 8. It can be accessed from desktop by different ways such as pressing Win+C keys, dragging the mouse pointer on the top or bottom right corner of the screen. The charm side bar does not stay permanently on the screen; it disappears after 3 seconds of inactivity. It contains five different features such as Settings, Devices, Start, Share and Search. Each feature on the Charm Side bar gives you access to different functionality of Windows 8.

· Settings– Allows you to change PC settings, Shutdown/Hibernate/Standby/Logout PC, Change Network settings, access to volume function, access to Control Panel, and Personalization options

· Devices – lists attached devices and gives you option to send file to any attached devices

· Start– takes you back to start screen and Live App view

· Search– allows you to search and access applications, settings and features of Windows 8.

Accessing recently used Apps:

You don’t have to dig into My Recent Documents list to access recent Applications. Just position the mouse pointer on the top left corner of the screen and click and you can toggle between all recently accessed Applications. Holding Win+Tab key also brings in the list of recently accessed Applications on the screen.


App View:

Windows 8 provides you an easy way to view all installed applications on your computer. To get the App view

1. Right click in an empty area above the task bar in Start Screen

2. Click on All Apps.



Using two Applications Side by Side:

If you wish to work with two apps simultaneously, you can stack them side by side.

1. Open the first application and drag it towards left side of the screen.

2. Open the second application and drag it towards right corner of the screen

3. You can see both applications stacked vertically besides each other.


In Category: Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

Show 0 Comments
No comments yet. Be the first.

Leave a Comment

Get your free copies of the following tech guides by joining the Digital Answers mailing list.