Windows 8.1 Update – The Essential Differences

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] POWER

[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!

  1. [Right Click] on a blank section of the taskbar, then select PROPERTIES.
  2. [Click] NAVIGATION.
  3. Under START SCREEN, Select WHEN I SIGN IN OR CLOSE ALL APPS ON A SCREEN, GO TO THE DESKTOP INSTEAD OF START.
  4. [Click] OK.

 

More information

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update – What’s New

How to get the update

All about using the taskbar

All about searching

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