Chapter 2

The Mysterious New Start Screen

In This Chapter

arrow Starting Windows

arrow Signing in to Windows

arrow Understanding the Metro Start screen

arrow Switching among apps

arrow Finding shortcuts on the Charms bar

arrow Seeing all your apps and programs

arrow Customizing the Start screen

arrow Turning off your computer

Windows 8.1 includes the traditional Windows desktop, but the Start screen grabs the most attention. The Start screen’s large, colorful tiles offer quick stepping stones for checking e-mail, watching videos, and sampling Internet fare.

On a touchscreen tablet, you could spend all day working within the Start screen’s world of full-screen apps, deftly maneuvering through them with your fingertips.

On a desktop ...

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