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Windows 8 In Depth by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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Navigating the Start Screen with a Touch Interface

We used to always say that Windows was built with the mouse in mind. After all, the easiest way to use screen elements such as the Start menu, the taskbar, toolbars, ribbons, and dialog boxes was via mouse manipulation. In Windows 8, however, most of these screen elements are gone (or appear only in the Desktop app). Yes, as you saw earlier, you can still use your mouse to display the app bar, the Charms menu, and to scroll the screen, but what if you’re using a computer that doesn’t even have a mouse? We’re talking of course about the tablet PC, a device that is basically just a glass screen with no mouse or keyboard in sight (excluding the cover/keyboard of the Microsoft Surface).

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