Dear Computer Lady,
I would appreciate it if you could discuss in the newsletter/on-site the new Windows 8 in relation to ‘office’ type use. It seems aimed at Pad users.
I sit at a desk top, entering numbers, listing sale items, etc., searching for comparisons on multiple sites. Doing this with a touch screen, and/or using Win8 seems cumbersome on the face.
How will business type users be affected? Especially if ‘standard’ Windows is eventually phased out?
Or am I misunderstanding how this will work?
Thanks for your time, Mary.
While it is true that Windows 8 seems to have been designed with a tablet or touch screen in mind, it is still a powerful operating system that works well for business applications.
There are a couple of things you can do to make the touch screen interface a bit easier to use with a keyboard and mouse. One is to use keyboard shortcuts, and the other is to install a program that will give you back the old start menu.
Lets start with some of the keyboard shortcuts that will make Windows 8 easier to use on a desktop.
If you want to switch from the new start screen directly to your desktop, just press the windows logo key. Press it again to go from your desktop back to the start screen.
If you want to quickly open a program, go to the start screen (use the windows logo key) and start typing the name of your program. The start screen will show you a list of items that match what you are typing, when the program you want appears, click on it to open it.
Another option is to install a program that creates a start menu just like you used to have in earlier versions of Windows. There are quite a few programs being created to do this for you, and while I have not yet used any of them, PCWorld did a nice review on a free program called, Start Menu 8, which you can find at: www.iobit.com/
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