Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COMPUTING -

When you look long enough at the Start Screen, you’ll no­tice that there is no Start but­ton. You won’t need this but­ton any­more. Win­dows 8 is pri­mar­ily in­tended for de­vices sport­ing a touch­screen, but it works seam­lessly with the tra­di­tional key­board and mouse too. The Charms Menu makes its de­but with a set of five dif­fer­ent func­tions—search, Share, Start, De­vices and Set­tings. Tak­ing your mouse pointer to the top right-hand corner/ bot­tom right corner will bring on Charms Menu or else you can use the WINKEY+C key­board short­cut. START: The re­mains of the old start but­ton is now em­bed­ded in Charms. Click­ing on this will take you back to the Start Screen. DE­VICES: A sweet spot that shows all the ex­ter­nal de­vices like flash drives, ex­ter­nal hard-disk drives, print­ers, scan­ners, etc and their sta­tus. SET­TINGS: Move the cur­sor over this to see net­work sta­tus and time. Click this charm (WINKEY+I ) to see de­tails like net­work op­tions, power op­tions, no­ti­fi­ca­tions, dis­play bright­ness de­tails, loud­speaker set­tings and Lan­guage Op­tions. SEARCH: The search—ac­ti­vated ei­ther from Charms menu or by us­ing WINKEY+Q— clubs the re­sults search into var­i­ous cat­e­gories like Apps and Set­tings. SHARE: If you are read­ing an ar­ti­cle or us­ing a new app, click­ing on the share but­ton will en­able you to share it with friends. Not very use­ful un­til there are more peo­ple us­ing new OS.

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