Chapter 3

The Traditional Desktop

In This Chapter

arrow Finding the desktop

arrow Finding the Start screen

arrow Working on the desktop

arrow Retrieving deleted items from the Recycle Bin

arrow Understanding the taskbar

arrow Customizing the desktop

arrow Making programs easier to find

The app-filled world of Windows 8 works fine for couch-top computing. Without leaving your Start screen, you can listen to music, check your e-mail, watch the latest funny cat videos, and see whether anything particularly embarrassing has surfaced on Facebook.

But when Monday morning inevitably rolls around, it’s time to switch gears. Working usually requires ditching the Start screen simple apps and firing up more full-featured programs. Employers prefer that you work with spreadsheets and word processors rather than play Angry Birds.

That’s ...

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