CTS Top 5 Tips for Windows 8

 There are a lot of people who are not keen on Windows 8, however, Microsoft are hardly going to say sorry, lets give you your money back and everyone go to Windows 7 again! So the best thing to do is learn to use the system. It really isn’t all that bad. 

We provided a video that is a lot of fun as well as being very educational http://www.ctsnww.co.uk/training/ but here are my top tips after using the system for some time.

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If you do nothing else please, please, please do number 1 below.

So here are my top tips when using windows 8:

1)      Create a recovery USB drive (you will need a large USB drive 16Gb – 32 Gb) but the small cost is worth every penny. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/create-usb-recovery-drive the days of booting into safe mode yourself from start-up are over, the system will try to repair itself automatically and if that and the advanced options fail you will be left with an un-usable system if you don’t have this recovery drive.

2)      Update to SP1 so you can improve your experience. This update will add a start button to the taskbar at the desktop, for many people this is justification enough to update. True it just switches you to the start screen, but that is where the programs are.

3)      Learn the corners:

Bottom Left-hand corner

The bottom left-hand hot corner of the screen will allow you to access the Start screen, if you’re in the Start screen and have the Desktop open, this corner will open the Desktop from the Start screen.

Top-left corner of the screen

Moving the mouse to the top-left corner and then down will display all the apps running on the computer. You can Click and drag any of these apps to the left or right-hand side of the screen and snap that app to that side of the screen. Each of these open app icons can also be right-clicked to close or snap.

Top Right-hand side of the screen

On the full top right-hand side of the screen you will be given access to the Windows charms. The settings menu in particular is likely to be context sensitive so will be applied to the current in use app if applicable.

4)    Learn to search: From the Start screen (displaying all of the apps) start typing for what you are looking for, the search will begin immediately. The old search box is still available through Charms just try the Windows Key + F.

5)    Any apps can be run side by side by using the Windows + . (period) key. There must be space on the desktop for the app and there you can cycle it’s position between right, left and full screen using those same keys. To use this facility properly you must have a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 minimum.


Steve Richards

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