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Mar 29 2013   10:29AM GMT

Getting to know the Windows 8 Charms Bar

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

So, I’m using Windows 8 on a Surface Pro, and I notice there’s no Start button. How am I supposed to shut down Windows without a Start button? The answer is the Charms Bar, and Day 12 of the 30 Days with Surface Pro series takes a closer look at the features and capabilities of this Windows 8 tool.

To be honest, I never shut down Windows. That’s what Sleep mode is for. But, if I wanted to do so, shutting down Windows through the Charms Bar is still a simple process. It involves more steps than Windows 7, but after you do it a couple times it becomes second nature and you’ll never really notice.

The Charms Bar is about way more than just shutting down Windows, though. There are five charms: Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings. The Charms Bar, and these five charms, are the hub fr doing just about anything you want or need to do in Windows 8. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with the charms, because your Windows 8 experience will be much more efficient and effective once you’ve mastered the Charms Bar.

Read Surface Pro, Day 12: Getting to know the Charms Bar for more about my experience and how to use the Charms.

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