Most of what you know about using a mouse and keyboard with Windows has stayed the same, especially in the desktop. Here are some ways to use both new and familiar Windows features with a mouse and with keyboard shortcuts.
Get back to the Start screen.
Click the Start button in the bottom-left corner.
Open the charms (Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings).
Point to the top-right or bottom-right corner to see the charms (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the charms appear, move up or down the edge and click the one you want.
Search your PC (applications, settings and files), the web or within an application.
You can also point to the top-right corner (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the charms appear, move down the edge, click Search, then enter your search term.
If you want to see a list of all the applications on your PC, click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner of the Start screen.
If you’re on the Start screen, start typing your search term.
Get to commands and context menus in an application.
Right-click within the application, then click the command you want. Or right-click an item to see the options specific to that item.
Switch between open applications.
To switch to your most recently used application, point to the top-left corner (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the previous application appears, click the corner.
To switch to a different application, point to the top-left corner and then move down the edge. When the other applications appear, click the one you want.
Alt+Tab: Switches between all applications, including desktop applications
Use up to four applications side by side.
The Start screen can't be used side by side with another application.
Your screen resolution must be at least 1024 x 768 to have multiple windows and applications on your screen at the same time. To check this setting, open the Settings charm, click Change PC settings, click PC and devices, then click Display.
Drag your application from the top of the screen and place it on the left or right side. Then, go to the Start screen and click another application.
If you already have two apps open side by side, you can insert the app on the left, right, or middle, or replace one of the currently open apps.
You can also point to the top-left corner and then move the pointer down to see a list of applications you've recently used. Click and drag the app to insert it.
Open the desktop.
Go to the Start screen, then click the Desktop tile.
Zoom in or out on Start.
Ctrl+Plus sign to zoom in
Ctrl+Minus sign to zoom out
Show the title bar on a Windows Store app.
Point to the top of the app.
(No keyboard command.)
Close an application.
Point to the top of the screen, then click the Close button in the title bar.
You can also close applications you've used recently by pointing to the top-left corner and then moving down the edge. Right-click the one you want, then click Close.
Show the taskbar on the Start screen.
Point to the bottom edge. (If you've moved your taskbar to another edge, point there.)
Shut down your PC.
You can also point to the bottom-right corner (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the charms appear, move up the edge, then click Settings. Click Power, then choose a shut-down option.
Use the Tab key to move to the Power icon, then press Enter. A list of shut-down options appears.
Use the up or down arrow keys to get to the option you want.
To learn about how to do similar tasks using touch, see Touch: swipe, tap and beyond. For more information about getting around Windows, see the Getting around tutorial.
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