Dear Computer Lady,
I have just acquired a new computer which has Windows 8.
Can you help me get started?
I don’t have the faintest idea on how to make it work!
Here are a couple of tips to get you started.
1. Use the windows logo key on your keyboard. If you want to use a program, I will use Word for an example, tap the windows logo key, and type “Word” (without the quotes)
This will search through your programs for the “Word” Program. You can then click on the search results, or press the enter key to open the program.
This also works for the Control Panel (try typing “Power Settings”) and for data like your contacts, emails and documents.
2. Shutting down your new Windows 8 computer can be a puzzle as well. Some manufactures put a shutdown shortcut on the taskbar, but if they don’t it can be hard to find. You can search for it using tip #1 or you can use this method.
point your cursor to the upper-right corner of your screen. A menu will appear down the right side.
Click “Settings” in that menu.
Click “Shut Down”.
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