I was really happy to get a laptop, but having never used Windows 8 before was pretty lost when I took my new toy out of the box.
Here's some things that would have been nice to know, had there been a manual:
** Note, I'm not listing a lot of the "here is how to make your mouse censor trail behind you" or "here is how you change the settings to French because you think you could learn some of the language from using it" If you are looking for something like that.... well, you probably should be the one writing this post and not me.
1) There is a desktop! To get there there is a little box traditionally on the bottom left of your start screen. Also the very bottom left hand corner and, your windows key on your keyboard. Really cant miss it, its by the space key.
PS: You can load apps from the Desktop and desktop things from the Start page.
2) Start has a "Right Click" option. I dont know how to right click on touchscreen, but right click lets you see your "Run" "File Explorer" "Control Panel" etc. These are also hidden in apps.
3) There is a way to start desktop when you log in. Right click on the desktop taskbar, navigation and properties, navigation and then you have the setting (Search it for more info, I'm moving on to save time here)
4) You can share files with your home PC with networking. I have all my stuff on the downstairs PC and was totally surprised to know that they can stay there even so I can edit them in my room. I'm not sure about more than one person in a folder at once though.
5) Transfer Passwords and Bookmarks? This one (egh, 18 hours after I got the Windows 8) I'm still a little lost on. We use Mozilla mainly so I copied all the passwords/history/etc to Chrome and then shared all that with Chrome on my laptop. Downloading the file of such got me no where and I still dont have the passwords saved.
**(()) After investigation:
6) The food and drinks app (which I havent gotten into) claims to have a hands free mode with the webcam. Sounds fun!
7) There are new shortcuts! Gotta love 'em!
9) Talking about searching, search the computer, internet, files, settings or apps from there. Pretty useful, its a little search engine right there, but dont forget about Bing. You can make money there, lol. (referral link to the left :) )
10) This is sharing: Pretend that you are in "News" and you like the article you see-- You want to share it on Mail, Twitter, etc. Click way down to the lower right hand corner so some settings pop up (called charms) and click share. From there you can select Twitter (if you have the app and are signed in) and the post you want to make. Use the little down carrot to specify if you want to share the link, a screenshot, etc.
11) You can force close by dragging an app down. You can open another app beside a first but exactly how is escaping me at the moment.... experiment
12) I dont know why you wouldnt use iPiccy ((())) but you should also remember that Photos (another app) has some sort of photoshopping options.
13) In Internet Explorer (supposedly) at the bottom, to the right of the address bar is a readability option... get rid of ads and random things on a webpage especially if you are on a tablet.
14) Down at start lets you resort all your apps to put them on start. What are these apps? These are your microphone, calculator, windows speech recognition, paint, etc that are part of your PC but never made the start menu. Put them there (on your start menu) if you use them occasionally. You can search between these on your start page-- just start typing.
15) Talking about Windows Speech Recognition, its like Siri for desktops and laptops.b(((())) So glad that 8.1 has this!
16) If you are new to having a laptop like I am, download Spider Solitare and play for an hour. It will definitely help your figure out the mouse.
17) If you are talking a video, if you click, you can simultaneously take pictures. Who knew?
Enough big words for one day, right y'all? Close this post and use it now! Seriously.