In the opening startup screen in Windows 8, Microsoft tips off users to simply drag the mouse to the corners of the screen. This could be real tricky though as this could mean a great deal of things.

In the Start Screen, directing your cursor to either the lower right or upper right conjures the Charms bar. The Charms bar, situated anywhere in the borders of the screen is accessible in desktop mode or from the Windows and Start screen. What is the Charms bar? The Charms bar is basically the five icons located at the right corner of the screen. These icons correspond to the main system functions and are accessible anywhere in Windows.

The first thing you would seem to notice at the Charms bar would perhaps be the center icon that mimics a window (brings you back to the Start Screen) and the Settings icon, situated at the bottom. The Settings icon is a main icon because it is primarily used to shutdown and restart the system.

On the other hand, if you go to the left side of the screen, don’t be surprised when nothing comes up. This is so because you’re not running an app. Once you’re actively running an app or apps, the most recent ones would show in the form of thumbnails on this side. Alternatively, if you point your cursor to the left, it redirects you again to your most recently used application.

If you opt to point your cursor to the upper left, let it stay there for a while and drag it down a little, the app-switching bar will show. The app-switching bar is used to display all the applications that are running in your system. Dragging an application thumbnail to the right will make it annex the whole of your screen. The app-switching bar is also used to get into any Windows 8 application wherever you are in Windows 8, counting the desktop.

Users also have the option to run a Windows 8 application, although not a desktop program, in split screen mode or just let it come in to the left or right.

Lastly, one will be able to see the Simple Start menu once they right click from the lower left. Simple Start is used to swiftly launch common system functions including the control panel, disk management and the run dialog box. Simple Start shows both in the Start Screen or desktop mode.

Categories : Operating System, Windows
Tags : Windows 8


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Author : Milo Nash

I have over 6 years of experience varying position such as server administartor, hardware engineer, network engineer. I also do freelance work. Currently working on a UK based online game company.

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