Chapter 4. Using Microsoft Windows 8

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Microsoft Windows is a piece of software called an operating system. An operating system does what its name implies—it operates your computer system, working in the background every time you turn on your PC. The desktop that fills your screen is part of Windows, as is the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and the big menu that pops up when you click the Start button.

If you’ve used a previous version of Windows, or seen someone else using Windows, you might think that Windows 8 looks a lot different—and you’d be right. Windows 8 is the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, with a completely ...

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