Over the years, Microsoft Corporation has developed a number of operating systems, the most recent being Windows 8.1. The earlier versions of Windows include Windows 7 that was introduced in 2009 while Windows Vista was released in 2006. Windows XP was released in 2001. All the earlier versions of Windows were designed to run on desktop and laptop computers save for the recent Windows 8 that is well compliant with not only these types of computers but also on tablets. In this way, the interface of this operating system is so designed and simplified such that it works well with touch-screen properties.
Windows 8 brought about many changes on what users had been used to. This brought about a situation where the users found it difficult to use. The Microsoft company came to the rescue of the users by introducing the latest version of windows 8 (Windows 8.1). There are currently three editions of Windows 8.1. In addition to the standard version, there is Windows 8.1 Pro (which comes with additional features such as BitLocker for encryption) as well as Windows RT 8.1 mostly meant for tablets, some of the budget laptops and notebooks. For proper and optimized use on touch-screens, this edition comes with Office RT.
Getting Started with Windows 8
The desktop for this version looks similar to those of the earlier versions but the Start button is missing. You will be required to setup an account and its password. You can also set up more accounts depending on the number of users the computer is intended to serve. When signing in your account name and the picture associated with it will appear on the screen. Type in your password and press enter to log in. Alternatively, you can click on the arrow to select another account.
When navigation on the Windows 8, you can use the hot corners, the keyboard shortcuts or gestures if you are on a tablet. By placing your mouse pointer on the four corners of the screen, you will perform different tasks. The corner on where the start button traditionally rests will take you to the start button when you are on an application. Clicking on the corner on the upper-left of your screen will take you back to the application you used previously. You can also choose the app that you need from the list of apps you used by moving the mouse down. Both the upper-right and lower-right corners will take you to the Charms bar. Here, you will get the chance to change your computer settings, manage your devices as well as go to the start button if you wish.
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
By using these easy Windows 8 tutorial instructions, you will learn that you can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate on Windows 8 operating system. By pressing and holding Alt key (Flip property) and then pressing Tab, you will navigate between your open apps. Pressing Windows key at any time will take you to the start mode. Pressing the same and then “D” will take you to desktop view.