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Windows 8 FAQ

This article provides answers to a set of frequently asked questions regarding Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.

Where's the Start button?

How do I get to the Start screen?

What are these tiles on the Start screen?

How do I close the apps off the Start screen that don't have a close button?

What are charms?

How do I get to the charms?

Where's the Control Panel?

Where's the Desktop?

Why can't I play a DVD?


Where's the Start button?

The Start button has been removed from the Desktop and been replaced with a separate Start screen.
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How do I get to the Start screen?

With a keyboard: press the Windows logo key windowslogoicon.png

With a mouse: move cursor to lower-left corner and click Start when it appears.
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With touch, swipe in from the right edge of your screen, and then tap Start.
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What are these tiles on the Start screen?

Windows 8 comes with a number of applications represented by tiles on the Start screen. Many of them are dynamic, and will display live content such as weather, news headlines, and stock information. They are designed to run full screen to highlight the content, so there are no title bars, menus, or minimize/maximize buttons.

There are many things you can do to tailor your preferences on how Windows displays these applications.

How do I close the apps from the Start screen that don't have a close button?

With a mouse: left-click at the top of the screen (cursor turns from an opened to closed hand ) and drag to the bottom of the screen

With touch: swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen.
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What are charms?

Charms are grouped together and always available on the right-hand side of the screen. They provide quick access to several commonly utilized features, including Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings.
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How do I get to the charms?

With a keyboard: press the Windows logo key (Winkey) windowslogoicon.png + C

With a mouse: move cursor into the upper-right or lower-right corner, and then move it up or down to click the one you want.

With touch: swipe in from the right edge of your screen, and then tap the one you want.

Where's the Control Panel?

The fastest way to the control panel is to search for it using a charm.

  1. Open the Search charm.
  2. Begin typing Control Panel in the search box, tap or click Apps, and then tap or click Control Panel in the results.
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Note: many of the common settings were moved into PC settings, so try checking there first.

Where's the Desktop?

The traditional Windows desktop remains a part of Windows 8. From the Start screen, either select the Desktop tile, or press the Windows logo key (Winkey) windowslogoicon.png to switch.
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Why can't I play a DVD?

Windows 8 still includes Windows Media Player, but the new version of the program lacks DVD playback support. DVD playback uses Windows Media Center, which was eliminated in the standard offering of Windows 8. Users who want to play DVDs must use Media Center add-on obtained for a fee through the Microsoft store, or third-party applications.




Keywords:win8 charm start control panel dvd playback "frequently asked questions" tiles live metro desktop   Doc ID:27811
Owner:Karen B.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2012-12-18 11:28 CDTUpdated:2016-12-06 08:07 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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