Tech Tuesday: Windows 8.1, Part 5 – Lingo

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 


This is the fifth part of a series on Windows 8.1.  You’ve got to make the transition sometime!  Learning Windows 8.1 might as well be pleasurable.

If we’re going to go further with Windows 8.1, we’re going to need a lingua franca.  Let’s go over some vocabulary.

Charms Bar – The bar that pops out from the right side of the screen when you put your mouse in either of the two right corners or swipe in from the edge of the screen.

Start Screen – That mess that looks like a clown vomited some colorful business cards is the Start Screen.  You see it if you click on the (button in the) bottom left corner of the screen.  If you have a touch device, this may be the screen you see upon logging in.  Don’t forget that it’s arrangeable.  Some right clicking and some dragging and some long pressing (touching and holding) will go a long way toward start screen zen.

Store – The way of the future when it comes to downloading/buying apps (applications).  Find it on the Start Screen. A digital store is a good protection against viruses and other malware because the programs are checked over before they are allowed in the sture.

Microsoft Account – It mostly doesn’t apply at work, but when you log in to a Windows 8.1 computer, you don’t have to make an account.  You just use your Microsoft Account.  This means many of your settings and apps will travel with you.

Metro UI (User Interface) – All the new and crazy look and feel of Windows 8 and its apps. This term has actually been deprecated by Microsoft, but it is still in common use.

Snap – This is not a new feature to Windows 8, but it gains a lot more utility.  Any app (including the desktop!) can be snapped to one side or the other of the screen.  Try it.  Make sure you can see your actual desktop and that it isn’t blocked by some other application.  Grab the very top of your desktop and drag it to one side or the other.

Comment and tell us what other vocabulary has you mystified.

P.S. The rumors are flying across the interweb regarding a release date of September 2014 for Windows 9.  Time to get cozy with the new look and feel of Windows.  It’s here to stay.



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