Getting your hands dirty with Windows 8Posted: October 9, 2012
Inspiration to come up with this post is on the concerns found online on usability of Windows 8.
This post will help those
- Who are looking forward to upgrade to Windows 8?
- Anybody who has an impression as of now that a steep learning curve is involved.
- Let’s dissect the Windows 8 UI at high level
- Gestures and short cuts available on the Start Screen
- Gestures and short cuts available on a Modern App
- Customizing Windows 8(coming soon)
- Built-in Apps(coming soon)
Let’s dissect the Windows 8 UI at high level
The following two lines summarizes at high level how the Windows 8 UI is structured.
The Start Screen is nothing but your flattened Start Button.
See Windows 8 Desktop App as another Windows 8 app which acts as a workspace to run apps not designed in Modern UI.
Windows 8 Desktop
Start Screen – In Detail
Let’s start with our new Start Screen. Once you boot up or login to Windows 8 this is where you will land. It houses the new depiction of our old icons – called “Tiles”. On a newly installed Windows 8 this screen will be already populated by default tiles.
Live Tile – the tile is dynamic, it can show alerts or snapshot for the app.
Static Tile – behaves like our traditional icon. Tiles for your legacy app will end as a Static one on the Start Screen.
Currently there is no implementation of folders to put your related Tiles on the Start Screen.
Gestures and short cuts available on the Start Screen
You can quickly launch an app by simply typing the app name when you are on the Start Screen. Based on the characters typed, Windows 8 will display matching App Tiles.
Clicking on the Desktop Tile on the Start Screen launches or switches to Windows 8 Desktop App
The Start Screen has active or hot spots, when your mouse pointer is placed on those, depending on the location a context sensitive menu appears. The hot spots are on the four edges of your screen.
Top left hand corner
Right hand corner
|Search – provides search functionality. Depending on the context, the search output varies. If you are on Start Screen, basically you are searching an App by its name. If you are on Music app, you are searching a song based on title, artist etc. When you are on the People app, you are searching somebody with in your Contacts|
Share – includes short cuts of app which can be used for Sharing. Mail app, Twitter etc. If you are viewing a Video on Video App, you can use this short cut to share the video with your Social Contacts.
Start – To Switch to the Start Screen
Devices – list the Devices applicable on where you are now. If you are on your Photo app, the Device list may include installed Devices which are of interest to Photo app. For example, it may list your Printer if a printer is installed. If you are on Music or Video app, you may find your Devices which supports Play-To feature.
||Settings – Customization of your Windows 8 machine. Includes shortcut which was visible on earlier windows versions. Volume Control, Network, Shutdown shortcuts, a short cut to go to a detailed Settings page.|
Your Shutdown shortcut appears under the “Settings” shortcut on the Charms Bar
Right hand bottom corner
Gestures and short cuts available on Modern App
Right Clicking with-in a Modern App displays the Features Bar at the bottom of the Screen.
Below screen shot appears on the Music App
Move the mouse pointer to the top edge of the UI, the pointer changes to a Palm icon, Drag Down the mouse to close the current App.
Moving the mouse pointer to the right hand edge of the UI displays the Charms Bar. The Shortcuts available works in context to the current App.
In some apps, like Internet Explorer Modern App, a Menu bar appear of the Top also when you right-click with in the app. Depending on the app active, the Menu Items , Shortcuts available varies.
- 6 Ways To Customize the Windows 8 Start Screen (howtogeek.com)