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There is something very alluring about the new Windows 8 interface from Microsoft. Those pretty tiles gathered about a screen that can be personalised to the colouring of your choice, those lovely touchscreen extras that make your hands look ever so technical and professional.

However, it is a huge departure from the Windows OS’ of old and many are finding it quite tough to get used to. So, in the spirit of change and fun, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your Windows 8 tablet.

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The first thing worth noting is that Windows users haven’t been abandoned by Microsoft. You can still use all of the original keyboard and mouse shortcuts that were part of the original OS. You can find a complete list of these for both Windows 8 and Windows RT on the official Windows site. This is perfect for those of you who prefer working with a keyboard or mouse, regardless of whether you are on a tablet or not.

One of my all time favourite features from Windows Vista and Windows 7 is Aero Snap and, to my great joy, this is still very much a part of Windows 8. To snap your windows just pull them to the side of the screen and they will snap to fit – this way you can have two documents side by side on your screen for easier editing, proofing or reading. You can also set your Windows 8 into Desktop Mode if you are not a fan of the full screen mode that comes as standard with Windows 8.

Another great feature that I really appreciate is the freshly minted uninstall process. Instead of having to hike your way into the toolbar and then to Add or Remove Programs, you can now just right-click on an app and select Uninstall. Now that’s more like it!

There you have it, some of the simple steps towards a more fulfilling life with your Windows 8 tablet. In my next post I’m going to be looking at how you can make your very own Start Menu, just like in the good old days…


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