Help with Windows 8

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 Beginning Users - I just received my new computer, how do I use it?

 

Tutorial 1: Getting Around

This session will start out explaining how to get between the Start Screen and the Desktop.  There are portions of this tutorial that address a touch screen.  Only some of the Windows 8 devices have touch screens, so if you do not have one, just skip those portions and spend your time with the segments that use a mouse. 

1.  Please read the content and view the videos found here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-around-tutorial
 

2.  Now take some time to get around the new view:
I really like the first two portions of this tutorial.  It starts out explaining the Desktop view, the one you are familiar with, is still there.  It also transitions us to the Start Screen view, the view where you will quickly get to your favorite apps, people, websites, folders, and other things that are important to you.
  1. Take a few minutes to toggle back and forth between the Desktop and Start Screen views.
  2. Try out a few of the key commands that are outlined toward the bottom of the tutorial.  Which ones will be important ones for you to remember?
  3. Try out the option to multitask - side by side apps.  Are you a multitasker?  Will this help with your productivity?

 


 Tutorial 2: The Start Screen
This session will walk you through the introduction to the Windows 8 Start Screen. 

1.  Please read the content and view the video found here: 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/start-screen-tutorial

2.  Now update your Start Screen:
Now that you have viewed the tutorial, take a minute to apply tasks from the tutorial by updating your Start Screen.  Do the following:
  1. Pin at least three apps to your Start Screen
  2. Pin a shortcut to a website or folder
  3. Optional: Organize your apps into categories

 


Tutorial 3: The Familiar Desktop

This session will walk you through the introduction to the Desktop view. 

1.  Please read the content and view the video found here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/desktop-tutorial

2.  Now update your Start Screen:
Now that you have viewed the tutorial, take a minute to apply tasks from the tutorial relating to the Desktop view.  Do the following:

  1. Take a minute to customize your background, theme or color of your desktop.
  2. Find at least two ways to toggle back and forth between the Start Screen and Desktop.  (There actually are even a few more.  Can you find additional ways?)
  3. You might have a few pinned apps on your task bar from the first tutorial. Now find a few of the Office apps you will use most frequently (Outlook, Word, Lync) and pin those to the task bar.
  4. Take a minute to review what the new Start button does.  There are different features there in Windows 8.  What are a few of the tasks that pertain to your use, that you need to remember for future use?

 

 Advanced Users - How can I be more productive?

Windows 8 multi-tasking