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Using Windows 8 Bing Search Metro App Episode 10

Using Windows 8 Bing Search Metro App Episode 10

Bing Search is usually installed with Windows 8 but may be added using the Windows App Store.

Right Click to Select and show options. You may resize the Bing tile and toggle on and off live tile display of trending public searches. Other options include Unpin and Uninstall.

The photo used as the Bing background can be used as your Lock Screen picture. To display the App options bar at the bottom of the screen, right click the Bing photo or enter the Windows + Z key combo.

When a Bing link is clicked the page or photo is shown in the Start Screen Internet browser. To return to the Bing app, mouse to upper left corner to display Switch List of apps and left click the Bing app. Or use Windows + Tab Key Combo to show Switch bar and last used app in the top left corner of the screen.

To modify settings such as search filters, history as well as rate and review Bing on the Microsoft Store, mouse to upper right corner or use Windows + I Key Combo to access the settings panel.

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Windows 8 Charms Episode 5

Episode 5 Windows 8 Charms

The Windows 8 Start Screen combined with a new set of icons Microsoft refers to as Charms replace the Start Button and Start Menu.

To activate Charms, slide the mouse to the upper right corner of your screen and then down until the five Charms icons are displayed against a dark background.  You may also pressed the C key while holding down the Windows Key.  The first Charm is used to Search apps, settings and files.  This Charm replaces the search function found in previous versions of Windows.  The new Search is better integrated and more useful than previous versions.

To locate an app or program, type in the name while apps is highlighted.

To change a setting, click on Settings below the search box and type the key word associated with the setting you wish to modify.  Likewise, click Files and begin typing the name of the file you are searching for.

The second icon is used to Share Start Screen a.k.a. Metro applications.  Share allows photos, news clips and e-mail text to be shared using e-mail or your sky drive account.  The Share Charm does not work with desktop applications or programs.

The third charm displays the Start Screen.

The fourth charm allows you to view and select attached devices such as additional display screens.

The fifth charm displays frequently accessed computer settings such as Internet access, system volume, brightness and power.  This charm may be quickly accessed by typing the i key as you hold down the Windows Key.  Clicking the Change  PC Settings link will take you to the PC settings screen where you can personalize the lock screen, start screen background and your account picture.  This is where you also manage user settings.  Windows 8 Start Screen apps can automatically notify users when changes have been made such as new incoming e-mails.  You may use the symbolic slider to the right to turn off or on the ability of apps to display these notifications.  You may manage a listing of apps that can be searched and delete your search history.  You may select apps that can share using this option.  This is the screen from which most common changes in settings are made.

You have one additional screen that allows access to more traditional and detailed computer settings.  To go to this feature, move your mouse mouse to the bottom left corner of the desktop screen. When the Start Screen icon is displayed,  right click or press the x key while holding down the Windows Key to display a list of computer management options familiar to users of previous versions of Windows.  The computer management menu displays everything from programs and features, device manager, disk management, task manager, search to the  run prompt.  The Windows 8 Task manager has been greatly enhanced and will be detailed in a future screencast.

Experiment with the Charms.  In particular, the new search Charm will prove very useful navigating the visually disorienting Windows 8 full screen display of apps and programs.  Because it is so useful, Microsoft has provided a special search keyboard combination.  Access the search function from almost anywhere including the desktop by typing the q key while holding down the Windows Key.

 Windows Key + Q: Display Search

Windows Key + X: Display computer management menu.

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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Episode 2

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Episode 2 Text and Notes

Welcome to episode two of the Start Screen Tips tutorials. Our first Windows 8 Pro screen cast introduced Windows 8 Lock and Start Screens. We demonstrated how to use your mouse and hot spots to access the desktop, charms and start screen. Some may be concerned by the apparent need to mouse back and forth between hot spots in the far right or left corners of the screen.

The saving grace of Windows 8 is a healthy smattering of new short cut keystrokes. Let’s start by looking at keyboard shortcuts used to switch between the desktop and start screen. The Windows Key finally earns its place on your keyboard. Pressing the Windows key bypasses the need to click the bottom left hot spot corner of your screen. Holding down the Windows key and using it like a shift key as you press the D key takes you to the desktop. The Windows key will toggle between the Start Screen and the last used program or application. If the pressed while on the desktop the Start Screen is displayed. When pressed a second time the desktop is displayed. If you are using a Start Screen App such as Weather the Windows key would toggle between the Weather App and the Start Screen.

To access the Charms Bar, hold down the Windows key and press the C key. This keyboard combo eliminates the need to swipe up and down to display charms. Use the Windows plus C key combo to CHARM your computer. Use your arrow keys to move up and down the charms bar and your enter key to select a charm. Pressing the Escape key will clear the Charms Bar.

Need a short cut to the power option? Hold down the Windows key and type the I key to display the Settings menu to display the power options icon.


The Start Button search function has been replaced by a more powerful and easy to access Windows 8 search. To find a program or app while in the Start Screen, simply begin typing the name of the app. As I type notepad, search automatically finds the notepad program. Left click or press Enter to run. Notice, because notepad is a desktop program, you are automatically switched to the desktop. Click the right corner X


An iNetSynch close Notepad and other desktop programs.

Windows Key: Toggle to Start Screen

Windows Key plus C Key : Turn on Charms Bar

Windows Key plus D Key: Display Desktop

Windows Key plus I Key: Display Settings Panel With Power Options

To find and run program: Switch to the Start Screen and begin typing the name of the program