Using the Desktop & Start Screen in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1    |    Beginner
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To get the most out of Windows 8.1, you need to know how to navigate its interface. Explore the Start screen and desktop, and discover how to lock, log off, and shut down Windows.


  • Navigating between the desktop & the Start Screen
    Using the Start Screen
    Finding & opening an application
    Moving from one application to another
    Using the desktop
    Creating desktop shortcuts
  • Selecting items
    Using the taskbar
    Pinning an application to the Start Screen
    Pinning an item to the taskbar
    Locking, signing out & switching off
    Getting to know your PC


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    1.  Navigating between the desktop & the Start Screen in Windows 8.1
    6m 28s
    The biggest difference between Windows 8.1 and previous versions of Windows is the Start Screen. The Start Screen is optimized for use on touch-screen devices and can be used to open all the applications on your computer.… FREE ACCESS
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    2.  Using the Start Screen in Windows 8.1
    6m 34s
    The contents of the Windows 8.1 Start Screen are displayed as tiles. This interface can be used to locate and open the application that you want to use. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Finding & opening an application in Windows 8.1
    6m 48s
    In Windows 8.1, your applications can be accessed in different ways. The key access point is the newly-designed Start Screen, which can be modified to show all your applications and any system tools that you may want to… FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Moving from one application to another in Windows 8.1
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    If you have multiple applications open at once, you can move from one to the other quickly and easily. Windows 8.1 features a number of different ways of moving from active applications and windows. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Using the desktop in Windows 8.1
    6m 1s
    Different users use the desktop in different ways. For some, it's a launchpad for all the applications and programs that they may want to use. For others, it is an easily-locatable storage space for organizing folders… FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Creating desktop shortcuts in Windows 8.1
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    Applications and folders can be accessed via a dedicated icon that you have added to your Windows 8.1 desktop. It is also possible to access the desktop via the File Explorer application. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Selecting items in Windows 8.1
    6m 44s
    It is only possible to move, modify, and use items on your Windows 8.1 desktop if you know how to select them first. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  Using the taskbar in Windows 8.1
    6m 23s
    The Taskbar is a key element of the Windows 8.1 desktop. You can use it to store and access shortcuts to your favorite applications and folder locations. The notification area displays useful information relating to your… FREE ACCESS
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    9.  Pinning an application to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1
    4m 11s
    It is entirely possible to add applications and folders to the Windows 8.1 Start Screen. You can, for example, pin the Recycle bin or your picture library to the menu. It is even possible to pin to the Start Screen a… FREE ACCESS
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    10.  Pinning an item to the taskbar in Windows 8.1
    4m 54s
    Creating a shortcut to an application or website in your Windows 8.1 taskbar is known as pinning. The taskbar is constantly visible, meaning that it is a very good place to store your frequently used shortcuts. Once you… FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Locking, signing out & switching off in Windows 8.1
    5m 57s
    When you start Windows 8.1, you are asked to open a user session. Once this has been opened, you can pause it or simply close it and log out. And if you have finished using your device or computer, you can restart Windows… FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Getting to know your PC in Windows 8.1
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    In Windows 8.1, you are presented with a huge amount of information regarding the device that you are using. This information includes the Windows version that you are running, the CPU that is installed on your device,… FREE ACCESS


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