Windows 8 operating system designed by Microsoft, was designed keeping in mind the increasing number of touch screen enabled devices. So, using a mouse to navigate through the various functions will be little bit difficult. Even though it may feel a little bit weird at times, all the functions in the Windows 8 operating system may be performed using a mouse.
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If one is using a personal computer instead of a touch screen enabled device, it is important to learn to use the mouse to access the various functions in the Windows 8 operating system.
Using the Mouse To Get Around In Windows 8
Windows 8 operating system’s shift towards touch screen enabled devices is very much to the fore in the locking screen function itself. Unlike in the earlier version of windows, there is no unlock screen button to click using a mouse. In a touch screen device, one may swipe the screen to unlock the screen. While using a mouse, one should drag to unlock the screen. After dragging the screen, one may enter the system password to unlock the screen.
Innovative Start Button
Of the many new feature introduced in Windows 8, Hot Corners is one among them. The Hot corners in windows 8 have replaced the start menu that was present in all the earlier version of windows.
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To access the hot corners, navigate the mouse to the bottom left of the screen. Click and the start option will pop up. If one is using the start screen to go back, simply click on the bottom left of the screen and it will take one back to the last application that one was working on.
Navigating Among Applications
To navigate between applications, click on the top left of the screen. Click once to navigate to the last application that one was using. To navigate to the other application, just move the mouse over the top left of the screen and one will be able to view them. Click on the application which one likes to navigate to. To navigate between applications in the desktop, one may use the Alt+tab option.
The New Charms Option
Charms is a new features introduced in Windows 8. Move the mouse to the top right of the screen and one will find that the charms option. Charms have shortcuts to the search option, settings option, share option, devices plugged on to the computer, and the start option. By clicking on the respective options, one will be able to access them quickly.
Charms are sensitive to context. If one selects the Metro Internet settings option in Charms, one will obtain the internet settings. Other computer settings such as volume, network and power settings also appear in the settings option in Charms.
The metro styled applications occupy almost the entire screen. One example for this is the metro style internet explorer in which a loaded web page will occupy the complete screen. To view the application bar for the present application, simply use the right click on the mouse.
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For example, in the metro styled internet explorer, the thumbnails will be viewed at the top of the screen and the navigation tools at the bottom of the screen. Following the above steps will help accessing the various functions in Windows 8 using a mouse easier and simpler.