Microsoft released its new operating system, Windows 8 and an upgrade to 8.1.Whether you’ve installed Windows 8 yourself or bought a new PC with it, you’re now faced with an unfamiliar operating system that at first glance seems more difficult to customize than earlier versions of Windows.the new interface is drastically different than anything Windows has ever looked like before.
Before experienced about windows 8/8.1, you have to know about several thing which will be easy for you.
• Fact About it
There are two versions of Windows 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT. Difference between them, They look exactly the same, but they run on different processing chips depending on what gadget you use it on. Windows 8 runs on standard chips like AMD and Intel and is the version for desktop computers and laptops. Windows RT 8.1 is a Windows-based operating system that’s optimized for thin and light PCs, Tablates that have extended battery life and are designed for life on the go.
One of the main features of the new operating system is that Windows 8 is designed specifically for touchscreens.you can use a mouse and keyboard, but the full potential of the new Windows is maximized when using a touchscreen
• Touch, Mouse, and Keyboard
Whether you’re using a PC with a touchscreen or one with a mouse and keyboard, knowing some of the basic actions in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 can go a long way toward helping you use your PC quickly and efficiently. With a few taps, clicks, or keystrokes, you can find things fast, switch between apps, and get around on your PC.Before you read the details, it’s important that you’re familiar with the Start screen, Apps view, and desktop. You’ll likely use each of these as you work, use apps, stay in touch with your friends, surf the web, and do anything else on your PC.
To do some common actions on your PC by using touch, mouse and keyboard follow below the action
a) open the charms
Touch ; Swipe in from the right edge of your screen.
Mouse ; Move your mouse pointer all the way into the upper-right or lower-right corner. When the charms appear, move up or down the edge and click the one you want.
keyboard ; Windows logo key + C
b) Show commands for an app
Touch ; Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen.
Mouse ; Right-click within the app.
keyboard ; Windows logo key + Z
c) Switch to your last app
Touch ; Swipe in from the left edge of the screen.
Mouse ; Move your mouse pointer all the way into the upper-left corner of your screen, and then click.
keyboard ; Windows logo key + Tab
d) See a list of recent apps
Touch ; Swipe in from the left edge, and with your finger still on the screen, move it back toward the left edge.
Mouse ; Move your mouse pointer into the upper-left corner, and then move it down the edge.
keyboard ; Windows logo key + Tab
e) Close an app
Touch ; Drag the app from the top edge of the screen to the bottom of the screen.
Mouse ; Drag the app from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen.
keyboard ; Alt+F4
Touch ; Touch the screen with two or more fingers, and then move your fingers toward each other (pinch) to zoom out or away from each other (stretch) to zoom in.
Mouse ; Press Ctrl while you rotate the wheel button.
keyboard ; Ctrl+Plus Sign (+) or Ctrl+Minus Sign (-)
g) Select an item
Touch ; Swipe down or across the item, or press and hold to select it.
Mouse ; Na
keyboard ; Na
• What’s New ?
Screenshots Without Paint
In Windows 8/8.1 you can take screenshots without using Paint so that there’s an amazingly easy way to make screenshots. You have to do now is to press Win+PrtScrn on desktops (Windows 8/8.1) or Win+Sound+/- on tablets (Windows RT). On this way the system will make a screenshot and automatically save it in the new Screenshot folder of Picture library.
See What’s Running
In windows 8/8.1, if you launch a Windows 8 app, play with it for a while, then press the Windows key you’ll switch back to the Start screen. Your app will remaining running, but as there’s no taskbar then you might be wondering how you’d ever find that out.
You could just press Alt+Tab, which shows you what’s running just as it always has.
Holding down the Windows key and pressing Tab displays a pane on the left-hand side of the screen with your running apps. (To see this with the mouse, move your cursor to the top left corner of the screen, wait until the thumbnail of one app appears, then drag down.) You can also press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to see all your running apps in the Task Manager
Windows 8/8.1 made a huge change in Internet Explorer. Click the Internet Explorer tile from the Start menu and you’ll launch a full-screen version without toolbars, menus or sidebars, which like so much of Windows 8 may leave you initially feeling lost.
Right-click an empty part of the page or flick your finger down from the top of the screen, though, and you’ll find options to create and switch between tabs, as well as a Refresh button, a ‘Find’ tool and the ability to pin an Internet shortcut to the Start page. Click the spanner icon and select ‘View on the desktop’ to open the full desktop version of Internet Explorer
Arrangement of Two Runing Apps
Windows 8/8.1 gave a new concept which run apps side by side. Basically Modern apps are run in full-screen which called immersive but Microsoft change in impressive way, there are ways to view up to four at once.
swipe from the left and the last app you were using will turn into a thumbnail; drop this, and one app displays in a sidebar pane while your current app takes the rest of the screen. And you can then swap these by swiping again.Windows 8.1 expands on this and can display up to four apps simultaneously, if you’ve enough screen space. Move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, and when it changes to a hand icon, drag and drop your app to the left or right. Once you’ve moved it enough, a dividing line will appear, you can drop the app, and it’ll appear in just that part of the screen. Use the bar between your apps to resize their window widths, or if you need to make one full-screen again.