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Windows 8 inital tricks

If you are stuck with windows 8 machine like me, you better start learning how to live with it.

Start desktop after login

First problem I faced was after logging in,  app screen  was displayed instead of desktop.

There is a solution to that.

1) Right click on the task bar. Task bar is bottom bar on your desktop.
2) Select properties
3) Go to Navigation tab and check next to show desktop when I login or close all applications



Your task is done. Next time you login, you can be happily on the desktop.

Run command

Windows 8 does not even have run to run your commands. Start icon on task bar just takes you to store apps. And I know how frustrating it is to go to charms bar (at right edge) and click on search and type command and wait for the result.

Here is what you do.
  1. Click start button (Button with four squares)  on keyboard simultaneously with key r . You will see run dialog. Now type in your command like "cmd" for command prompt, "mspaint" for paint etc.
Control panel

 To go to control panel, 
  1. Move you mouse to right edge of screen till you get charms bar.
  2. Click on settings icon at the bottom of charms bar.
  3.  The second option will be control panel
     There is a second method as well to get many commands of control panel.
  1. Click start button on keyboard simultaneously with x. A menu with options in control panel will appear on your screen as shown here


Starting your system in safe mode

Unlike windows 7, pressing F8 during boot up will not start safe mode here. To enter safe mode
  1. Boot the system in normal mode
  2. Click on charms bar,
  3. Click on Settings and power button
  4.  Power will display four option to you. Sleep, Hibernate, Shutdown and Restart
  5. Click shift key simultaneously with restart option
  6. In the next screen click "Troubleshoot"
  7. Then click "Advanced options"
  8. Then click "Start up settings"
  9. Then click restart
  10. The system will reboot and show you option with safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt etc. 
  11. Press the required function key. e..g for safe mode press F4
  12. You will be booted in safe mode
 

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