What’s New in Windows 8?

Windows 8

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s newest operating system. It features a tablet-inspired UI called Metro that is optimized to work well on touchscreen devices as well as traditional desktop PCs.

This update brings with it several modifications to the program menu and accessories, and this article discusses them in more depth as well as how best to utilize them.

The Start screen

Windows 8 brings with it an entirely different user interface, one tailored specifically for touch screens and optimized for tablets. When you first log on, you’ll experience an eye-catching screen filled with “live” tiles displaying real-time information about programs you use while providing easy access. On Day 1, most of these tiles may represent TileWorld applications provided with Microsoft’s OS; as you use your computer more, more traditional desktop programs could find their way onto this grid as well.

By tapping, swiping, or clicking from any side of the screen, a Charms bar appears that provides tools for performing system tasks such as shutting down, restarting, or signing out. In addition, this menu also contains a link for changing PC settings – opening up a second window full of all Control Panel options.

If you prefer keyboard navigation, there is an easy way to skip past the Charms bar and boot directly into your desktop environment: press Win (Ctrl+Alt+Del).

Windows 8’s Start screen is a grid of icons representing applications or folders you can launch by clicking them. Most tiles display dynamic information, such as the current weather for meteorology programs or recently visited websites for news readers; non-live apps can also be pinned directly onto this grid but will simply appear as ordinary icons with their familiar names.

Alternatively, if the tiled interface doesn’t suit you, features like Snap can help restore more traditional desktop experience on your computer. By positioning running apps along either edge of the screen with desktop visible behind them. Scrolling can also be used when scrolling with mouse or trackpad is too wide; when that becomes impossible use page-up/page-down keys instead to view individual screensfuls at a time.

The Start menu

The Start Screen presents programs specifically tailored for it as tiles that can be arranged and modified as desired. These apps, commonly referred to as Apps, can provide real-time information such as weather updates or newly delivered emails and RSS feed articles directly on each tile, making the Start screen an indispensable tool for those who rely on such applications often and require quick access to this type of information.

Windows 8 brings a different feel to its traditional Windows desktop environment. Programs no longer appear grouped together under a single All Programs view; rather, on the left side of your screen are tiles representing individual Modern apps or individual shortcuts to them. You can alter their appearance by resizing, rotating or placing icons/text on them to quickly perform common tasks such as shutting down, restarting, activating sleep/hibernation mode activating sleep mode / hibernation mode signing out/locking your computer / screensaver display etc.

A traditional Start menu provides quick access to essential Windows features and locations, including your user folder, My Documents folder, programs directory and Devices and Printers folder. A search field at the bottom of the menu makes finding specific applications, files or folders by name faster; while clicking Shutdown displays a menu of shutdown, reboot, sleep hibernate log off commands.

While Windows 8’s default Start menu can be reached by clicking an icon on the taskbar (or by swiping right on multitouch devices or positioning your mouse cursor in one of the corners and sliding up or down on non-touch displays), you can switch it up with various free and inexpensive programs that restore a traditional Start menu to its rightful place on desktop PCs – including StartIsBack, Power8, Pokki StartW8 Classic Shell; each offering its own approach and advantages over another.

The Charms bar

The Charms bar in Windows 8 is a toolbar which contains the operating system’s version of a Start button and four additional functions which vary based on which app or screen settings are being used, as well as providing quick access to desktop mode and transitions between different applications and tasks. Later versions of Windows saw this toolbar revised further so as to consolidate system notifications and quick settings into one interface.

To access the Charms bar on a touchscreen device or keyboard-operated computer, move your cursor to either of the top or bottom right corners. Its five white icons resemble charm bracelet charms in that they provide quick access to various functions and settings.

Each charm in the Windows 8 Charms bar serves a different function, for instance Search allows for quick file or app searching; Share allows for direct sharing from apps and webpages directly to social media platforms or services; Device provides quick access to connected devices like printers and external displays;

Settings, the final charm, provides access to six basic system preferences – Wi-Fi, audio, brightness, notifications, power, and language – along with accessing more advanced settings from the Control Panel. Furthermore, you can add custom charms created by third parties directly onto your Charms bar for customizing it further.

Although the Charms bar can be used with both touch and mouse controls, its positioning was made specifically to work better with tablet devices and touchscreen phones. It reflects how people naturally hold a tablet in their hand when using various functions – from closing an app or splitting their screen effortlessly without much effort needed – while making Windows 8 experience more consistent regardless if using desktop or Metro mode on device.

The taskbar

Windows 8’s taskbar is an essential feature, providing users with quick and easy access to programs, applications, settings, notifications and more. Convenially located either at the bottom left or top right corners of their screens based on which version of OS they use, users can quickly locate shortcuts to common tasks or features without searching through menus or folders – including clocks to keep track of time; system tray icons for controlling key features like volume levels or network connectivity; as well as frequently-used programs pinned directly in.

The taskbar displays windows of programs pinned to it as buttons that can be clicked to instantly launch them. It also shows an icon for each pinned program and informs users how many windows this particular one has opened by showing a number in its button. Users can move it around their screen by grabbing and dragging.

Users can adjust how their taskbar appears and customize its settings by using the “Taskbar settings” window. They can set it to appear only on specific screens with displays connected, configure it to show live tiles, pinned apps, documents or a combination thereof and adjust its size and transparency levels as necessary.

The taskbar can also be customized with special effects like Snap, Peek and Shake that help users navigate between all the windows that may be open at once and make multitasking and overlapping windows simpler. Windows 8 features Task View which enables them to see all their open windows at once on one virtual desktop and switch between them quickly without having to minimize or close each individual one individually.

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