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Switching between apps with Switcher


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Switching between apps with Switcher

In a previous movie, while touring the user interface, we touched on a feature that can be very useful. So we're going to take a closer look now at the switcher. Switcher allows us to have multiple apps running at the same time and easily switch between them, even view more than one at a time. To work with the Switcher, we need some apps running. Let's run, for example, the calendar. We'll click that tile. We'll return to our start screen by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard. That's the fastest way back. And run the weather. It's always good to have the weather up while we're scheduling events in our calender.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 7 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Switching between apps with Switcher

In a previous movie, while touring the user interface, we touched on a feature that can be very useful. So we're going to take a closer look now at the switcher. Switcher allows us to have multiple apps running at the same time and easily switch between them, even view more than one at a time. To work with the Switcher, we need some apps running. Let's run, for example, the calendar. We'll click that tile. We'll return to our start screen by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard. That's the fastest way back. And run the weather. It's always good to have the weather up while we're scheduling events in our calender.

We'll hit the Windows key again to go back to the start screen. And how about our Reading List. Maybe we even want to have that running at the same time. And once again we'll hit the Windows key on the keyboard to return to our start screen knowing that we have multiple Apps running in the background. So the switch to them all we have to do is go to the appropriate hot corner. Let's go up to the top left corner of our screen and as we guide out mouse down the left-hand side the switcher opens up with thumbnails representing each of the apps that are running.

So to switch to our calendar we click that tile. There we go. Back up tot the top left corner, slide down and switch tot eh weather. Now wouldnt it be nice if we could schdule event sin our calendar based on the weather and see both pices of information at the same time? It's possible with the switcher. We'll go up to the top left corner again. When the switcher appears, slide down. And this time we're going to drag the calendar in over the weather. If you don't go far enough, where you go to the center, that would replace the weather.

But on the left side, or on the right hand side, you can see it's about to split the screen. So, you can let go. And see both apps simultaneously on your screen. This will only work if your resolution is set high enough on your monitor. It needs to be at least 1366 by 768. That's the minimum. Now there's also a barrier in between these two. Notice when you move your mouse, a double arrow appears over that barrier, meaning we can slide this. We don't need to see that much weather.

It would be better if we could see more of our calendar, so let's click and drag the barrier to the left. Now we're seeing more calendar and less weather. We can drag it as far as we can and eventually you can see the weather pane is not shrinking down. There's its minimum. But we could go farther left, and eventually the weather will disappear. And when we release, we're looking at a full screen calendar again. If you're going to be working on a touch device, maybe a tablet, a smartphone, switching between running apps is very similar.

But a little bit trickier. First of all, to access the Switcher, you need to swipe in from the left edge of the screen and, when the previous app thumbnail appears, swipe ever so slightly back to the left. If you do it just right, you should be looking at the Switcher. Now you can simply tap the app that you want to access, and you've switched over to it. So that's a quick look at how the Switcher works. Let's close up any running apps now, that could be running here, before we continue on to the next movie. We can use the switcher to do it, too.

On screen, for example, we'll go back up to the left-hand corner, slide down to see what's running. And, simply right-click, and choose Close. I'm going to close up my reading list. The Switcher remains open, so I can right-click the weather, and close it as well. Now I'm just left with my Calendar, and I click anywhere on the Calendar, it fills the screen. And as you can recall, we go up to the very top of the screen. When we see the hand appear, just simply click and drag straight down to the bottom of your screen, and when the app flips around.

You can release knowing that you've closed it up.

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