12 useful tips and tricks for windows 8 Tip/Trick #1 To enter the new semantic zoom feature. If you’re using a touch display, squeeze the Start screen with two fingers. And the feature is also available to mouse and keyboard users: Simply hold down the Ctrl button, and use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Or press small button on the bottom right, side of the start screen Tip/ Trick #2 use semantic zoom (described above) to get a bird’s eye view of your desktop. Now right-click the group (or simply drag down on it), and select the “Name group” option on the left of the bar that appears below. Tip/ Trick #3 you can close an app by dragging it with your mouse or finger from the top of the screen all the way down to the bottom. As you drag, the app will miminize into a thumbnail, and when you reach the bottom, it will disappear from view. Alternatively, you can still close apps via Alt + F4 Tip/Trick #4 The Search function located on the Charms bar is packed with power, letting you search the directories of not only your Windows 8 machine. Tip/ Trick #5 To change your Privacy settings press the Windows key + I, and go to Change PC Settings. Select the Privacy option, and personalize the settings for your personal data there. Tip/Trick #6 Using the magic search function described in Tip/Trick # 4, type “security” at the Start screen and find the “Check security status” in the Settings tab. From this area, you can adjust various security settings, including the Windows SmartScreen. Tip/Trick #7 Right-clicking on the lower left of the screen, whether you’re in the Windows 8 Start screen or in the desktop, it will bring up the Quick Access Menu. Tip/Trick #8 Drag your Desktop or App to the left or right to enable the multimonitor setup. Or press windows key and period to snap a window to the left or right. Tip/Trick #9 Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager or right click on the taskbar and select Task manager. Click the “More details” tab at the bottom and find the Startup tab at the top. Tip/Trick #10 Use the Share button located on the Charms bar, to share any number of elements from your Windows 8 Store apps. The Share button is contextual, and the more you use it, the more you’ll discover which apps share with each other, and which don’t. None of your desktop apps offer sharing opportunities through the Charms menu. Tip/Trick #11 Press the Windows key + I to get to the settings charm. Click “Change PC settings” at the bottom right, and go to the Users tab. Under “Sign-in options” will be the “Create a picture password” button. This will give you the option to choose any picture, and then define three gestures anywhere on the image. Your gestures can be circles, swipes and clicks. Tip/Trick #12 You can customize which apps are live and which aren’t by right-clicking on the tiles. A settings bar on the bottom will pop up with an option to turn the Live Tile on or off.