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.

The Charms bar

You can get to the Charms bar no matter where you are in Windows 8: Press the Windows key + C on your keyboard, or swipe from the right edge of the screen toward the center on a touch-screen device. The Charms bar appears with five charms on a black background: Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings.

The Start charm in the center of the bar acts as a toggle: Click it to go to the Start screen or, if you're already on the Start screen, to go to your previous location. We'll explore the other charms in upcoming slides.

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