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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.
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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