Getting Started With Windows 8

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!

Thanks, Paul

Dear Paul,

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 “Power”.
Click “Shut Down”.



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    • ron007
    • March 2, 2013

    Search is a very handy tool.

    Go a little crazy with the mouse. “Wave” it off the edges of the screen, and the corners. You’ll see lots of “stuff” pop up.

    On the right side the you’ll see the “charms” bar.

    In the bottom left corner you’ll see a mini start menu

    In the upper left corner there is something else

    Right clicking anywhere on the “Start Screen” will pop up a task bar at the bottom of the screen. The options on it will depend on what you click on.

    Consider the whole “start screen” as a “start menu” splattered across your whole “desktop” using huge bloated icons designed for the terminally short sighted.

    Click on the start screen and use the mouse scroll wheel. The whole start screen will scroll to the left/right.

    Here are some links to articles on various (random) features: – chapter 2 will provide some useful info

    • bjanuscheitis
    • March 2, 2013

    Another way to to shut down Windows 8 is to press the Windows Logo Key + i. This takes you to Settings where you can power off. You can use “Window+i” from any screen.

    • bjanuscheitis
    • March 2, 2013

    I recently got a new HP desktop computer with Windows 8. I’ve found that some of my favorite tools are now gone. The main one being Windows DVD Maker. I can create the movie via Windows Movie Maker Live, but have not been able to find a program that will burn that movie to a DVD so I can watch it on a DVD player. Do you know of any programs that are compatible with Windows 8?

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