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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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A Touchy Subject: Using Windows 8 on a Tablet

I said earlier that Windows 8 was built with the mouse in mind, but what if you’re using a computer that doesn’t even have a mouse? I speak of the tablet, a device that is basically just a glass screen with no mouse or keyboard in sight. So with no input devices, how do you make your tablet do anything? The secret is that there are input devices: ten of them, in fact. I’m talking about your fingers, because tablets are built to respond to touch. That is, instead of using a mouse or keyboard to cajole Windows 8 into doing your bidding, you use your fingers to touch the screen in certain strategic ways. (Some tablets also come with a small penlike device called a stylus, and you can use the stylus instead ...

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