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Windows 8 has some major differences from previous versions, including a new Start screen and support for touchscreen gestures. In this course veteran trainer Tim Grey will help you get oriented. After exploring the interface and the preinstalled applications, Tim shows how to add or remove applications, send and receive email, browse the web, view and share photos, play music and movies, and much more. Plus, see how to switch to the traditional desktop interface, if you prefer it, and get tips on managing, protecting, printing, and backing up your files.
Many of thee applications you'll use in Windows 8 will operate in the desktop environment and that means that instead of filling thee entire screen the way metro applications do, they might fill just a window of a particular size, but in most cases you can (INAUDIBLE) Actually change the size of that window. For example, I'm browsing a Web page in Internet Explorer at the moment. And you can see that the page is taking up more space than is available. Now I can't necessarily fit an entire page on to the screen. That depends in large part on just how big the page is. In this case regardless of how large I make this window it will take scrolling at least vertically but I can adjust the size and position of this window. To begin with I can move a window around all I need to do is click on the title bar and drag to move that window into a different location. I can also resize the window.
For example I can move my mouse over to the right edge and then when I see that double headed arrow icon for my mouse pointer I can click and drag to the right in this case to enlarge the window. Or to the left to reduce the size of the window. I can also grab a corner if I want to re-size both the height and width at the same time. There are also some snapping behaviors that you might want to take advantage of. If I drag downward towards the task bar, at some point I'll see a little circle indicating that I've reached the bottom and that if I release the mouse, the window will automatically be re-sized.
To fill the available height, and I can do the same thing for the width. I can also move the window around while it's vertically enlarged, so to speak. And I can grab a corner to resize the window altogether. If the window is relatively small in the display area, I can also drag the title bar upward, toward the top of the screen. And when I reach the top, you'll see that I get an overall halo around my desktop environment. If I release the mouse there, the window will be maximized. In other words it will take up all of the available space.
I also have some control buttons at the top right of the window display. The first of those buttons is Minimize, that will minimize the window down to the task bar, so that the window essentially disappears, I can then click on the task bar icon for that application to bring the window back. The second button toggles between what's called restore down and maximize at the moment because my window is already maximized if I click this button the window will be restored down to its original smaller size and if I click that button a second time. The window will be maximized to fill all of the available space. And finally, when I'm finished with this widow all together, and I'm ready to close it, I can simply click the X button to close that particular window, in essence, closing that application, in this case, Internet Explorer. So that gives you a sense of the overall basics when it comes to working with windowed applications within the desktop environment.
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