Troubles Using Windows 8

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I am new to windows 8 and find it very confusing, things keep disappearing etc. Right now I don’t have any audio anywhere except on my desktop sounds. Can you help?

Thanks in advance! Lynda

Dear Lynda,

While I can’t tell you what to do about the audio unless I could take a look at your computer, I can help you with Windows 8 a little bit.

The easiest way to find programs and settings on your Windows 8 computer is to tap the Windows Logo key on your keyboard and type the name of what you are looking for.

If you want to open Paint, for example, tap the windows logo key, type, “Paint” and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

If you want to change your power settings, tap the windows logo key, type, “Power Settings” and click on the menu item that most closely matches what you want to do.

If you are still having problems finding your way around Windows 8, get in touch with your local computer repair shop. They should be able to set up your Windows 8 computer so that it looks and acts like the version of Windows you are most comfortable with, even XP.

I have done this for quite a few of my customers now, and it has made the computer much easier to use with a start button, start menu, and shortcuts to all the commonly used items like your computer and the control panel.

I hope this helps you become more comfortable using your new Windows 8 computer.



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