I Can’t Keep Track of Open Windows
You don’t have to keep track of all those open windows. Windows 8 does it for you with a secret key combination: Hold the Alt key and press the Tab key, and a little bar appears, displaying the icons for all your open windows. Keep pressing Tab; when Windows highlights the icon of the window you’re after, release the keys. The window pops up.
Or visit the taskbar, that long strip along the bottom of your screen. Mentioned in Chapter 2, the taskbar lists the name of every open window. Click the name of the window you want, and that window hops to the top of the pile.
If a program icon on the taskbar contains several open windows — you’re simultaneously editing several documents in Microsoft Word, for example — right-click the Microsoft Word icon. A pop-up menu appears, letting you click the document you want to access.
Can’t find a previously opened Start screen app? Hold down the key and press the Tab key: Thumbnail images of all your open apps appear on a strip along the screen’s left edge. Keep pressing the Tab key until you’ve highlighted the desired app; let go of the Tab key, and the selected app fills the screen.
I Can’t Line Up Two Windows on the Screen
With its arsenal of dragging-and-dropping tools, Windows simplifies grabbing information from one window and copying it to another. You can drag an address from an address book and drop it atop a letter in your word processor, for example.
However, the hardest part of dragging and dropping comes when you’re lining up two windows on the screen, side by side, for dragging. Windows 8 offers an easy way to align windows for easy dragging and dropping:
1. Drag one window against a left or right edge.
When your mouse pointer touches the screen’s edge, the window reshapes itself to fill half the screen.
2. Drag the other window against the opposite edge.
When your mouse pointer reaches the opposite edge, the two windows are aligned side by side.
You can also minimize all the windows except for the two you want to align side by side. Then right-click a blank spot on the taskbar, and then choose Show Windows Side By Side. The two windows line up on the screen perfectly.