You should have heard by now that Windows 8 was designed for touch as well as mouse. If you are a desktop/mouse user, somethings will seem kind of foreign to you. Touch users will find it much more intuitive. This is the point in the conversation where I'd usually say, "sorry Mac lovers, you're out of luck." But not today. Mac users will likely be familiar with hot corners. They will also be thrilled to know that they have made their way into Windows 8.
There are four corners of your screen. Each corner has a function. When you move your mouse to the corner, a thumbnail or the Charms will be visible.
- Top-right: Charms (or Win+C). Move your mouse down and select the charm you want.
- Bottom-right: Charms (or Win+C). Move your mouse up and select the charm you want.
- Bottom-left: Start menu. When the thumbnail appears, do NOT move your mouse to the thumbnail to click. Instead, click the corner that made the thumbnail appear.
- Top-left: Recently used and open apps. In Windows 8, applications are those things you see on the left of the Start screen. You know, the live tiles and what not. Also, the desktop (where you have your open programs, folders, etc.) is an application. Again, do NOT move your mouse to the thumbnail to click. Instead, click the corner that made the thumbnail appear. One click will open the most recently used. A second click will open the next, and again for the next. Get the idea? If that's not enough, I have more for you. If the thumbnail is too small, click and drag it to the center of your screen. You'll get a bigger view. If you let go of the mouse, the app will open. If it's not what you're looking for, move the app back to the top-left corner.
Whew! I made it to the end of this article without another "hot" joke.