Cool Things to Do with Windows 8
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Objective

Windows 8 lets you to do some cool new stuff. It also allows you to do old tasks in exciting new ways. In this video we'll talk about interacting with the Start Screen and logging in to your Windows 8 system.
 
To get started, you will have to navigate to the start screen. For tips and tricks to get there efficiently, check out our tech tip. From this screen you can do a lot to make navigating to your common tasks easier.

  

What You'll need

  • A PC running Windows 8

Procedure

Windows 8 allows you to pin people, news feeds and even your favorite sports teams to your start-screen. This will help you quickly get to information about the things that are important to you.

To pin something to the start-screen:

  1. Access the menu bar from a supported app
  2. Select "Pin to Start"

Always forgetting your password? You'll love the new Picture Password feature. This allows you to sign in to your Windows 8 device using any combination of circles, lines, or taps on a picture of your choosing.

To set up your Picture Password, follow these simple steps:

  1. Navigate to PC Settings
  2. Select "Users"
  3. Select "Create Picture Password"
  4. Configure your password

You can unlock your computer with this new method, or press the "Switch to Password" button on the logon screen to enter your standard user password.

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Transcript

Hi I'm Jeff and Agent with the Geek Squad.

Windows 8 is a revolutionary step forward in personal computing with this next up there are several changes in how the system works. Today we'll show you some examples of cool things you can do in Windows 8.

Windows 8 allows you to do a lot of cool things, you can pin specific people from the people app so you can have quick access to the status updates or to quickly communicate with them. You can also pin specific news feeds from the news app and specific sports teams from the sports app. To pin an item from a supported app, simply access the app commands bar and select pin to start.

Always forgetting your password? Then you'll love picture password. This allows you to sign in to your Windows 8 device using any combination of circles, lines or taps or a picture of your choosing. To set up a picture password go to PC settings, select users and then click on create picture password.

Did you forget the gestures for your picture password? Just click the switch to Password button on the log on screen.

Thanks for tuning in. We hope this has helped you understand some of the cool features of Windows 8.

To learn more about the basic features of Windows 8 check out our other 2 Minute Miracles for tips on how to make the most of your new Windows 8 computer, tablet or smart phone.

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