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Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies by Woody Leonhard

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Chapter 3: Working with Charms and Notifications

In This Chapter

arrow.png Charmed to meet you

arrow.png The anatomy of a notification

arrow.png Limiting notifications

The new tiled Windows 8 interface brings two completely new solutions to Windows age-old problems.

The problems? Telling Windows what you want it to do, quickly and easily, and receiving messages from Windows about something you need to do. In the past, people have been treated to all sorts of warnings and bubbles and bleeps and blops.

The solutions? Charms and notifications. These two new features not only address the two aforementioned problems, but also set up Windows to accomplish both of those goals in a touch-friendly universe.

This chapter gives you a quick overview of the Charms bar — the quick and dirty way you can interact with the most exposed parts of Windows — and notifications, which are notices from Windows to you, delivered in a very specific way. Er, ways.

Bringing on the Charms

The desktop has its Control Panel — a central point to access all of the pain-inducing instruments every diabolical 19th century dentist might gleefully deploy. By contrast, the newer version of Windows has a simple bar with a charming name, the Charms ...

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