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This material is archived primarily from Email tips distributed to my own home computer friends here in Ocala, dated 2015-2017. Updates to this material are scheduled for CY 2018.

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Windows 8 Technical Tips for Seniors in S.W. Ocala, FL

Using Windows 8 / 8.1 - Tutorial Topics

Customizable for

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Users

This outline material is drawn from notes for Windows 8 classes I teach in senior communities.

I have posted it here for my computer help customers to use as checklists in identifying areas where you would like some help.

Navigation with Windows 8/8.1 – Finding your settings and controls

Requires moving between Desktop and tablet-style Start screen by dragging cursor to lower left corner of your screen

Search box and Shut Down features are top top of Start screen

Most Start Menu options from Windows 7 are accessed through a new set of icons in a pop-in screen (right hand edge of Start screen)

Best way to access settings and controls is through the Search box, either type in keywords from memory, or type in “Control Panel” to access familiar display

Use right-click option when possible to “Send” or “Pin” features you use frequently to the Start screen or the Task Bar

Customizing your desktop versus your Start screen

Windows 8 and 10 series however should allow “Send to: Desktop” option in Windows Explorer or File Explorer.

Customizing your browser

[ Use IE example (Firefox similar; Chrome: See top right) ]

Right click top area – Check standard menus to show

Right click to unlock, right click to relock

Menu bar – Tools: Internet Options:

Pull borders to expand browser screen size; Maximize

General – Set home page(s)

Privacy – Block pop-ups (enable)

Go to main sites (e.g. Search portal, Email website) and drag icon from address box down to Favorites Bar

Connecting devices and installing software

On connecting device or inserting software disk, click small rectangular window appearing briefly lower right

Select “Action” to take, typically “Run Setup” or “Play” or “View Files and Folders in Windows Explorer”

Printer installation –

Have printer set up first but not connected

Insert disk or find driver software through manufacturer site “Support”

Follow prompts for “Typical” or “Standard” installation

Connect printer if or when prompted

Communicating with Windows 8/8.1

Email –

Use “Webmail” (set up a link in browser, and/or on desktop) – This option leaves messages on external server for access from any device anywhere


Use a stand-alone email program – for example, Live Mail or Outlook – This option downloads messages to single computer and default is to delete from server.


Using Facebook – Messaging is done through the browser

Using AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo style messaging – Messenger applications load with Windows and appear in lower right icons

Using Skype – Loads with Windows and appears on task bar

Photo or File sharing

Sending by Email – Open to send New message, click on “clip”, browse for pictures (usually under “Pictures), click or “Open” to load into email message, and send

Sending from a pictures folder – e.g. Windows Explorer or Picassa – Right click for drop down menu, find “Send / Email”, select to send through your stand-alone email program or through a Picassa-facilitated email option like “Gmail”

Managing your files and folders

Windows Explorer – Learn its features

Use Folders and Sub-folders according to your needs

Left-Right Pane familiarity, folder expansion

Cut, Copy, Paste, Move, Drag-drop / CTL, Menu, R-click

Options: View Type; Show extensions

User folder (Libraries) versus general C:\ drive folders

Option – Indexing available to include file text content