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    Windows 8

    Just got a new laptop with Windows 8. I am finding it very hard to maneuver with it. Can anyone tell me how to go back to the last page easily. With XP all I did was hit the back key.... not so with Windows 8... whoever created this hated old people.. Thanks

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    Hope someone can help you as I need help with windows 8 also.

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    what do you think of Windows 8? I have been on the computer all day... ready to go back to my old computer and XP.. I may be too old for this new stuff.....

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    i wasn't planning to buy a new laptop until next year.
    once i saw the info about Windows 8 i made sure to buy it this year - before they started shipping systems with 8.

    if i wanted an oversized smart phone, i'd buy a stinkin' smart phone.
    i prefer that my computers act like computers, thank you very much. LOL LOL LOL

    i have my fingers crossed that by the time they roll out the next version of windows they will have wised up and fixed it so those of us who want real computers can have them again.
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    Go to the middle of left side of screen a 1/2 arrow will show up and click on it I hate windows 8 also but learning it slowly. Good luck with new laptop.

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    I needed a new laptop and my tech advised against getting Windows8. Lucky for me, windows 7 was still on the shelf and just $269 as a doorcrasher special. Good enough for this tech- challenged old girl. LOL

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    I've been running my workstation on Win8 for over a month now. Really not that much different once you figure out you can use the same interface that Win7 had. There are a few differences, like where to find the start menu, etc, but nothing really that major, so I don't know what all the whining is about. To get the old interface all you have to do is run your mouse pointer up to the upper left hand side of the screen and an icon will appear for the other interface, or on the start menu click on the icon marked "Desktop". Click it and there you go, Win7 interface.

    As far as using the back key on a browser goes, I've always used a mouse with a back button on it, so that part didn't bother me.

    The tradeoff is that Win8 is a lot faster on any given machine than Win7. And there are some other nice features. If you run multiple monitors like I do, you get the task bar on both monitors. Lots of other neat features as you learn it, as well.

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    I'm still trying to figure out all the features on Win7! The ones I have learned which are different from XP I have come to like, but it took awhile. Old dogs take more time to learn new tricks!
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    QKO would you be willing to help me out if I had some questions..?? I could private message you, or just ask from here and then everyone would get the advantage. If not I understand.
    Did you have a book or find help on line??

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter 1234 View Post
    QKO would you be willing to help me out if I had some questions..?? I could private message you, or just ask from here and then everyone would get the advantage. If not I understand.
    Did you have a book or find help on line??
    Sure, no problem -- ask away and I'll try to help. :-)

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    many thanks, QKO, for that extremely useful information.
    when it comes to computers, there's no such thing as "too fast." LOL

    maybe i'll upgrade my old laptop so i can play with 8 before deciding whether to change the platform on my other computers.
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    I just brought a new laptop and avoided win8. My dh would not adjust to it well. I am thinking I may just go apple and forget windows. Yet I like Microsoft and have both platforms( apple and microsoft) , i will wait and see how win8 is embraced. Good luck with it. From what I understand, deep down it really isn't all that much different other than no start button.

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    I also go lap top with windows 8 for Christmas. I was really unhappy until granddaughter came over and went back to windows 7 set up like PKQ mentioned on last page.
    XP was so easy. Why did they have to mess with it.
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    oh my, i thought going with Internet Explorer 9 was hard enough! I still have Windows 7. i hate change.

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    I have a new laptop with Win8, I haven't decided if I like it or not. I found it not very efficient as I see myself clicking more times to o the same things that took me 1 click in Win 7 but I am giving it a chance.
    I learned to use the Start feature from the keyboard and click on the Desktop, from there I browse internet like before with the back button and all.
    I don't like the email version - App type so I have added my email to the Favorites so I can open it the old style.
    I like though the touch screen when I am laying at night reading the board, I can easily move the screen with a touch.
    I will subscribe to this thread to learn what others have learned.
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    I'll be following this thread even if I do not have Window 8 yet, I want to learn before I have to change my computer, so that I don't get lost. I like technology as long as I can manage it, but I don't have too much patience with it , so I better start to learn it now... loll

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    You almost have to regard Windows 8 in the same way that you use a smart phone.Swipe your finger left or right to change screens and scroll down and up.A double tap with your finger helps for text.

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    I hate it. All those tiles to link to stuff I never ever use. It is just awful. My work around was to go to the right where the search button comes down and then click on apps and eventually get to the desk top. I know that if you point to the upper left corner you can see the other window you have open. Still can't configure the email. Foo on Windows 8!
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    I just bought a new computer in September and insisted that it come with Windows 7. Unless you get a touch screen, which I have on my iPad, Windows 8 is not for you. I too thought maybe not wanting it has something to do with age. However, yesterday my 13 year old, very tech savy grandson got a new laptop with Windows 8, and no touch screen. We sat around for 3 or 4 hours playing with it, and trying to figure out why some things that you don't expect to happen, happen, and some things that you do expect to happen, don't. We definitely didn't get too much figured out. I am so happy it is his and not mine.
    Thanks to Don and Cindy for the info on getting the Windows 7 interface. Now if he can only figure out how to go back in IE he might feel pretty good for awhile.[

    QUOTE=Evie;5745478]I'm still trying to figure out all the features on Win7! The ones I have learned which are different from XP I have come to like, but it took awhile. Old dogs take more time to learn new tricks! [/QUOTE]

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    I was at the Best Buy Geek desk the other day when I heard someone ask the geek if he could uninstall windows 8 and reinstall windows 7 on his computer. The geek said yes he could do it, but why would anyone want to. Now I know.

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    I got a new dell for Christmas.It was frustrating to see all the blocks on the open screen but once I looked, it is not that much different than 7.
    I put my own blocks on that screen.One firefox the other thunderbird. that way I can click on those to get to my own screen which is the same as I had on windows 7.Same icons, same background picture. The only thing I have not figured out is how to open my picassa pictures. Dh bought the 2 year help so I have that 24/7 if I need it.

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    If you don't have a touch screen, once again -- put your mouse cursor in the lower left corner of the screen - you should see an icon for the "Start" screen.

    Click on that. On the start screen, find the icon called "Desktop" and click on that. Wha-la, Windows 7 is back.

    Since the upper left corner always shows the last app you had (sorta like a toggle) if you do get into one of those big-block screens you should be able to always go back to your previous screen (Windows 7 desktop) by going there and clicking, as well.

    Placing your mouse cursor in the upper right hand corner of the screen will cause a slide out that contains functions like those contained in the old Win 7 Start menu, i.e. search, add devices, settings, start, etc. If you spend a little time exploring what these do, you'll easily adapt to the new system. You basically have all the options you had before, but just multiple ways to do some things, like start applications.

    People with Windows phones will also like the similarity between the new interface and their phones, I guess. I'm personally an Android guy, but Cindy likes the Windows phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    I hate it. All those tiles to link to stuff I never ever use. It is just awful. My work around was to go to the right where the search button comes down and then click on apps and eventually get to the desk top. I know that if you point to the upper left corner you can see the other window you have open. Still can't configure the email. Foo on Windows 8!
    I like windows 8 once I figured it out. A lot faster than XP.
    You can delete all the tiles that you don't want.
    I set my desktop with tiles only for programs that I use daily.
    Like I use Outlook, Word, Excel, PE Designs. Now I have a tile for each. You just click on the tiles, it goes to that program, file, open, everything is there.
    I does take a little time to figure out where to click on the sides to move back and forward.
    And forget about updating any old computer with Windows 8, this is 64 bit and I don't think any older computer can run it as they are 32.
    One problem, you really need newer software like PE Designs "Next" if you want the speed.
    I love 2010 Word, Excel and outlook.
    It's new, takes a few days and you will be moving on. Also, you can get a free ebook for dummies on line.

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    BTW, there's a neat new set of screen backgrounds for Win8 online with lots of new pictures, for those of you that, like me like scenery on your background.

    To get to them, right-click on the background screen and select "personalize." On the screen that appears, you'll see in the box called "my themes" a couple of links, one of which is "get more themes online." Click that and your browser will take you to MS's site where you can download and install lots of themes.

    Then on the bottom of that same "personalize" screen, you can click on "Desktop Background" and select which pictures to display, and if you want a slide show how often to change them.

    Have fun!

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    One more way to get back to windows 7 screen. On most keyboards, there is a window key between CTRL & ALT. This is like a toggle switch. If you push it, you are on the tiles of Windows 8, push it again, you are on Windows 7.

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