How to Use Windows 8

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How to Use Windows 8
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Unlike most previous editions of Windows, Windows 8 sports an all-new, radically overhauled interface. That means you might need to re-learn how to do even simple and common tasks. But don't worry about being confused for long -- we've assembled this video collection of the top 14 things you'll want to do with Windows 8.

Open the Desktop in Windows 8
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Open the Desktop in Windows 8

You can find the traditional desktop in Windows 8, but you can't use the Start menu to get there -- because there is none. In this video, eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson shows you several ways to get to the desktop.

The fastest method: Press the Start key on your keyboard to open the Start screen, then tap or click the Desktop tile.

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Find an App in Windows 8
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Find an App in Windows 8

Need to open an app quickly in Windows 8? The Start button is gone, so there's no longer a search box, either. But searching for apps is as easy as typing into the Start screen -- watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson show you this (and some other tricks) in this short video.

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Close an App in Windows 8
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Close an App in Windows 8

The "modern" apps in Windows 8 don't have close buttons in their title bars. Even so, you can still close them by dragging the entire app to the bottom of the screen. eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson shows you how.

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Get to the Control Panel in Windows 8
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Get to the Control Panel in Windows 8

You'll find not just one, but two control panels in Windows 8 -- the old one on the desktop and a new "modern" one. Watch as eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson shows you how to get to both of them.

Spoiler alert: To open the modern Settings screen, open the Charms Bar and click the Settings charm. To get to the older Control Panel, start the desktop, open the Charms Bar and choose Settings -- then click Control Panel.

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Run Two Apps at Once in Windows 8
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Run Two Apps at Once in Windows 8

You might have noticed that modern apps in Windows 8 take up the whole screen -- they aren't draggable windows. But that doesn't mean you can't run them side-by-side. In this video, eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson shows you everything you need to know about multitasking apps in Windows 8.

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Shut Down Windows 8
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Shut Down Windows 8

People used to joke that you had to click the Start button to shut down your PC. Well, the joke's on us now: There is no Start button.

There are several ways to shut down your PC in Windows 8, but the most common method is to open the Charms Bar, click Settings, click Power, and then choose the shut down option you prefer.

Watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson demonstrate this and some other shut down methods in a short video.

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Get to the Start Screen in Windows 8
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Get to the Start Screen in Windows 8

The Start screen is Microsoft's full screen replacement for the old Start menu. You can easily get there by pressing the Start key on your keyboard. Or open the Charms Bar and click Start. Watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson demonstrate.

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Log Into Windows 8 Using a Picture Password
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Log Into Windows 8 Using a Picture Password

One of the coolest "ooooh!" moments in Windows 8 is when you get to log into your computer by making some simple gestures on a favorite photo. It's fun and it sure beats memorizing a new password.

You can set up your own Picture Password by visiting Settings (via the Charms Bar), clicking Change PC Settings, and choosing Users. Watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson show you exactly how.

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Rearrange App Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows 8
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Rearrange App Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows 8

It's easy to customize the Windows 8 Start screen -- you can drag tiles around to create any custom layout you like. Watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson show you how to get started personalizing your computer.

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Group Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows 8
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Group Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows 8

If you're having trouble finding your favorite apps on the Windows 8 Start screen, maybe it's time to divide them into logical groups.

The secret ingredient that makes it all possible is dragging tiles far enough away from their home that they land on the other side of an invisible divider. Watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson show you how to separate your games from your productivity apps.

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Change the Size of a Tile on the Start Screen in Windows 8
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Change the Size of a Tile on the Start Screen in Windows 8

Have you noticed that some Windows 8 Start screen tiles are wide rectangles, while others are small squares? Let eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson show you how to change the appearance of these tiles -- it's as easy as right-clicking a tile and choosing the appropriate choice from the options bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Name a Group of Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows 8
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Name a Group of Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows 8

One cool way to personalize your Start screen -- and make it easier to use in the process -- is to name your tile groups. To do that, zoom out and then right-click a group of tiles; you'll then be able to name it via the options bar at the bottom of the screen.

Want to see it in action? Watch this video featuring eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson.

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What Is the Difference Between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro?
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What Is the Difference Between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro?

There are two versions of Windows 8, and the ambiguously named "Windows RT" has some limitations you need to know about -- such as the fact that it can't run any traditional Windows programs like ones you probably already own. eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson explains the details in this short video.

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Find an App That Isn't on the Start Screen in Windows 8
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Find an App That Isn't on the Start Screen in Windows 8

Without the old Start menu, how do you see all the apps installed on your computer? It's as easy as right-clicking on the Start screen and choosing All Apps from the options bar at the bottom of the screen. Watch this -- and other tricks for getting to your apps -- in a video with eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson.

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