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.

An iNetSynch production.