IN PICTURES: Windows 8 cheat sheet

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces a brand new interface that feels designed more for tablets than for laptops and desktops. We'll help you find your way around the new OS and make the most of its features.

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The Desktop

No longer front and center, the Desktop is reached by clicking the Desktop tile on the Start screen. When you get there, you'll see a visually simpler, flatter interface than in Windows 7. And one major navigational feature, the Start button, has been removed.

Otherwise, it behaves pretty much like the Windows 7 Desktop, with icons for launching your traditional Desktop applications and a taskbar that shows currently running apps. Note, however, that you can't run the new Windows 8 apps from the Desktop.

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