Tips for Navigating Windows 8

If you’ve bought a new PC computer or laptop over the last year, chances are you’ve had to familiarize yourself with the new Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft’s latest update represents the biggest redesign in the classic operating system’s look and feel in over a decade. The old Start menu is replaced with a touch-oriented Start screen that is geared towards mobile device users. There is also a new color scheme and tiled interface that is easy on the eyes.

For many users accustomed to the classic Windows look and feel, navigating Windows 8 can be a difficult transition. Here are a few tips to make your experience with Windows 8 just a bit easier:

1) Advancing from Lock Screen.

Windows 8 opens on a lock screen but doesn’t say what to do next. If you’re on a computer, tap the space bar or spin the mouse wheel; if you’re using a tablet device, swipe upwards to reveal the login screen and enter your password to proceed.

2) Organize your interface.

The new glitzy interface may be cluttered with programs you don’t use. To remove the apps you don’t want, right click or swipe down and select Unpin to remove them. Then, drag and drop the remaining tiles into easily identified groups to suit your needs. If an app has a larger tile that takes up two slots, you can also right click it and choose “Smaller” to free up valuable Start screen space.

3) See all your applications in list form.