Microsoft has just released the second update to the Windows 8 operating system. Here are the essential differences you will need to make the best of the tweaks Microsoft has done.
A few new ways to do things
To make things a little easier, some steps have been simplified or made more obvious for use with a mouse. You can still do things the “old way”.
|Before the update||And now you can also…|
|Powering Off||Swipe from right.
[Click] the SETTINGS charm.
|[Click] on the Start Screen.
Note: Apparently not all PCs have this option.
|Searching||On the Start Screen start typing||[Click] on the Start Screen.|
|Closing a Windows Store App||[Drag] from top to bottom||Move your mouse to the top edge of the screen then [Click]|
|Minimizing a Windows Store App||Windows Store Apps don’t really minimize. Like iOS apps you just switch to another app and the previous app goes into a dormant state.||Now you can minimize a Windows Store App to the taskbar. To do so, Move your mouse to the top edge of the screen then [Click]|
Two Worlds Coming Together
Open Windows Store Apps now will appear on the Desktop Taskbar.
Pinning Windows Store Apps to the taskbar:
[Right Click] the Windows Store App on the taskbar and choose PIN THIS PROGRAM TO THE TASKBAR.
Or, on the Start Screen [Right Click] a Windows Store App tile and choose PIN TO TASKBAR.
Accessing the Taskbar from anywhere:
On the Start Screen or when using a Windows Store App move your mouse down past the bottom edge of the screen.
Love the Desktop? Start there!
- [Right Click] on a blank section of the taskbar, then select PROPERTIES.
- [Click] NAVIGATION.
- Under START SCREEN, Select WHEN I SIGN IN OR CLOSE ALL APPS ON A SCREEN, GO TO THE DESKTOP INSTEAD OF START.
- [Click] OK.