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Understanding the Windows 8 Start Screen - by Denver Network Support Company


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Understanding the Windows 8 Start Screen - by Denver Network Support Company

  1. 1. Understanding theWindows 8 Start Screen
  2. 2. DENVER IT SUPPORT SPECIALISTSN O R T H S T A R , I N C .Helping your Organization to beMore ProductiveNORTH STAR, INC.Presented byUnderstanding theWindows 8 Start
  3. 3. How to Work in Windows 8
  4. 4. The Windows 8 Start Screen is thecomplete replacement for theubiquitous start menu which most PCusers have been accustomed tosince the launch of Windows 95some seventeen years ago.
  5. 5. The changes are profound as theyare controversial but, fortunately,there is not a particularly steeplearning curve involved in findingyour way around the new interface.
  6. 6. As your chosenDenver IT Support Company,we’re here to get you startedwith Windows 8the right way.
  7. 7. Understanding the Windows 8Start Screen
  8. 8. The new Start Screenis Windows 8′s one-and-only start menu.
  9. 9. The code has been completelyremoved, so if you want to workwith a more familiar interface likethat of previous editions ofWindows, you will need a third-party program such as Stardock’sStart8.
  10. 10. The full-screen interface,previously dubbed“Metro,” will be the firstthing you see when youlog into Windows.
  11. 11. When you log in for the first time,you will be given the chance tochoose a color scheme and abackground.
  12. 12. If it’s your first timeusing Windows 8,you will likely findyourself a littleoverwhelmed atfirst.
  13. 13. While the Start Screen is heavily biasedtoward touch-screen platforms, it is alsoperfectly adequate with the traditionaldesktop or laptop computer.
  14. 14. The following guide willhelp you to acquaintyourself with the all-newWindows 8 interface.
  15. 15. An Overviewof the StartScreen
  16. 16. The first thing youwill notice whenyou start Windows8 for the first timeis the various tileson the left-handside of the StartScreen.
  17. 17. These tilesrepresent the newWindows 8 defaultapps such asNews, Sports,Messaging, Mail,Weather, Photosand Desktopamong others.
  18. 18. Some of them will also show liveinformation on them. The weather tile,for example, shows weather forecastsfor your location.
  19. 19. When you clickon one of thetiles, the full appwill open,providing furtherdetails andfunctionality.
  20. 20. Desktop applications will be represented bysquare-shaped tiles with the icon and name ofthe program they are connected to.
  21. 21. To access the settings, networking,search and device features, move themouse pointer to either the top- orbottom-right corner of the Start Screen.
  22. 22. A new menu will appear. To zoomout of the Start Screen, move themouse pointer to the bottom-rightof the screen and click on the “-”symbol in the corner.
  23. 23. To access the advancedsystem menu, right-clickin the bottom-left cornerof the Start Screen.
  24. 24. If you want to use the traditionalWindows desktop, click on the Desktoptile. The desktop will automatically openif you attempt to run a desktop programsuch as any program designed for aprevious edition of Windows.
  25. 25. By moving the mousepointer to the top-leftcorner of the StartScreen, you will be ableto glance through a listof open applicationsincluding desktopapplications and the newWindows 8 apps.
  26. 26. If you are on the desktop,simply moving the pointerto the bottom-left cornerof the screen will bring upthe Start Screen option.
  27. 27. Adding Shortcuts tothe Start Screen
  28. 28. Be aware that thefollowing instructions donot apply to Windows 8apps.
  29. 29. When you install a new program, itshould add a shortcut to the StartScreen automatically, even if it is aprogram designed for an older versionof Windows.
  30. 30. The same is true of the new Windows8 apps which are installed through theWindows 8 Store.
  31. 31. However, adding a custom shortcut to the screenmay not be immediately obvious for some.
  32. 32. The quickest way to do thisis to open the advancedsystem menu by right-clicking in the bottom-leftcorner of the screen andclicking “File Explorer.”
  33. 33. Navigate to the program, drive, folder,or file that you want to add to theStart Screen and click “Pin to Start.”
  34. 34. When you returnto the StartScreen, you willsee the newshortcut.
  35. 35. To do this, right-click on the shortcutand click “Open file location” in themenu bar which appears at thebottom of the screen.
  36. 36. This will open the StartMenu folder in WindowsExplorer.
  37. 37. Press “F2″ andtype in a name forthe highlighted filebefore pressingEnter.
  38. 38. You can close thewindow whenyou’re done.
  39. 39. To remove a shortcut on theStart Screen, right-click on itand click “Unpin from Start.”
  40. 40. Do NOT click “Uninstall”unless you want tocompletely remove theshortcut.
  41. 41. You will still be able tofind the shortcut by right-clicking anywhere on theStart Screen and clicking“All apps.”
  42. 42. Organizing YourStart Screen
  43. 43. Organizing the StartScreen is easier andquicker than organizingthe traditional Start Menuin Windows 7 and earlier.
  44. 44. Drop the tileto the rightof the bar.
  45. 45. Drag each tile into the section youwant it to be in.
  46. 46. You can, for example, have a separatesection for video games and anotherone for utilities and another formultimedia and Internet applications.
  47. 47. To name the groups, zoomout of the Start Screen byclicking on the small “-”button in the bottomright-hand corner.
  48. 48. Right-click on thegroup you want torename and click“Name Group,”type in a nameand press Enter.
  49. 49. CustomizingYour StartScreen
  50. 50. You can customize your Start Screen onlyin a limited variety of ways usingWindows 8′s built-in tools.
  51. 51. This includes changing thecolor scheme and choosingfrom a preinstalled set ofbackground images.
  52. 52. To customize the Start Screen, movethe mouse pointer to the bottom- ortop-right corner and click “Settings”followed by “Change PC settings.”
  53. 53. Your changes will takeeffect immediately.
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