Windows 8 For Dummies, Dell Pocket Edition
As you work, you’ll constantly switch between the
screen-filling Start screen and the traditional screen-
filling desktop, covered in the next chapter.
Despite the drastic remodel, the Start screen still
offers a way to start programs; adjust Windows set-
tings; find help for sticky situations; or, thankfully,
shut down Windows and get away from the computer
for a while. Some Start screen tiles needn’t be opened
to see their contents. For example, the Calendar tile
constantly updates to show the current date and day,
as well as your next few appointments. The Mail tile
cycles through the first words of your latest e-mails.
Your Start screen will change as you add more pro-
grams and apps to your computer. That’s why the
Start screen on your friend’s computer, as well as in
this book, is probably arranged differently than your
computer’s Start screen.
Try the following tricks to make the Start screen feel a
little more like home:
✓ See the Start screen’s tile named Desktop?
Click that one to fetch the familiar Windows
desktop. Whew! If you prefer to avoid the
Start screen, you can stay on the traditional
Windows desktop as much as possible. (I
explain the desktop in Chapter 2.)
✓ Does your mouse have a little wheel embed-
ded in its back? Spin the wheel, and the
Start screen moves to the left or right,
accordingly. It’s a handy way to move
quickly across the entire Start screen, from
left to right.
✓ As you move your mouse pointer, the Start
screen follows along. When the pointer reaches
the screen’s right edge, for example, the Start
screen brings the offscreen portions into view.
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