Nine Tips for Working with Apps and Files in Windows 8
By Andy Rathbone from Windows 8 For Dummies
The main purpose of any operating system is to enable you to work with your
files and software, whether full-blown programs on your desktop or smaller
on mobile devices.
Windows 8, like its predecessors, is designed to make it easy for you to
work with apps and files. Keep the following brief tips in mind when
accessing your favorite apps or document files in Windows 8.
Apps versus files in Windows 8
Windows 8 uses the term app when referring to both traditional desktop
programs and Start screen apps. So whether you’re angry at some birds and
doing a little
target practice or needing to use the latest Microsoft Office program,
Windows 8 has you covered.
Where to find an app
When choosing a default program, remember, if you can’t find the program
you’re looking for on your computer, you can always search for an app in the
How to find apps in your Start screen
When starting apps from the Start screen, remember that the Start screen
always opens to display the tiles on its farthest left edge. To see the apps
programs that are hiding from your view, point at the screen’s right edge
with your mouse.
Save your work.
Unless you specifically save your work, your PC thinks that you’ve just been
fiddling around for the past few hours. If you don’t save your work, it
lost. Nobody wants to retype the same paragraphs again and again, or heaven
forbid, enter data into a spreadsheet more than once.
Install free versus paid apps
When you find a free app you can’t live without, click the Install button.
Paid apps let you click either Buy or Try for a limited trial run.
Find lost files and apps in Windows 8
Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 doesn’t search your entire computer. Instead,
Windows 8 first makes you specify which category you want to search.
Printing in Windows 8
This tip might be too obvious, but if the printed pages don’t look quite
right, perhaps the information doesn’t fit on the paper correctly – review
Limitations of older drives
When working with flash drives and other storage media, remember that some
computers with older drives can’t burn discs.
If you don’t care for SkyDrive, buy a flash drive, store your files there,
and keep the flash drive in your pocket.
For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For
Dummies, available online.