These are the essentials for commanding a Windows 8 tablet or touchscreen PC. If you are not familiar with Windows 8 basics, see Win8 abc's
, Win8 Start screen
and Win8 Apps screen
. See also Win8 mouse tips
1 - Access Start Screen
Press Windows key (it is also available from the Charms bar).
2 - Access Charms Bar
From the right edge of the screen, swipe left.
3 - Access Apps Screen
In the Start screen, swipe up from the bottom edge, and select All Apps from the menu that appears.
4 - Pin App to Start Screen
In the Apps screen, swipe the icon straight down, and tap Pin to Start from the menu that appears.
5 - Uninstall an App
In the Apps screen, swipe the icon straight down, and tap Uninstall from the menu that appears.
6 - Switch Between Entire Apps
From the left edge of the screen, swipe right.
7 - Switch Between Apps Using Menu
From the left edge of the screen, swipe right about an inch and back again.
8 - Place an App in the Sidebar
Display menu (#7 above), drag the app to the right, and hold onto it as it enlarges. While not letting go, drag it to the left or right side of the screen, which opens a sidebar to drop into.
9 - Search for Apps, Files and Settings
Use the Charms bar (#2 above).
10 - Close an App
Drag the app from the top edge of the screen all the way down to the bottom.
11 - Turn Off Computer
Use the Charms bar (#2 above) and tap Settings and Power.