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  • With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft removed theStart Menu”, and replaced

  • it with theStart ScreenandCharm Bar”.

  • If you are completely new to Windows 8 and would like a beginner introduction to the

  • newStart ScreenandCharm Bar”, you can click on the link on screen to this

  • tutorial. To complement the newStart ScreenMicrosoft

  • has added a new menu called the "Quick Access Menu" (QAM).

  • The "Quick Access Menu" is intended primarily for computer technicians and power users,

  • as it provides quick access to common system administration tasks.

  • The "Quick Access Menu" brings together systems administration type features that were spread

  • all over the place in previous versions of Windows.

  • The "Quick Access Menu" can be opened in several ways.

  • The first option is to drag the mouse to the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop, but

  • instead of left clicking on theStartyou right-click instead.

  • The second option is to use the keyboard shortcut of theWinKey + X”.

  • The menu is broken up into two sections. The top section is made up of system and network

  • management tools and utilities. The bottom section contains common options

  • that were previously found on the start menu. Let’s briefly go over the options available

  • in the "Quick Access Menu". We will review each one working our way up from the bottom.

  • Desktop”. The "Quick Access Menu" can be opened on the desktop as well as from the

  • Start Screen”.. If you are not already on the desktop, selecting this option will

  • bring you there. If you are already on the desktop this will minimize all open applications.

  • So if you have two open applications. Open the quick access menu. SelectDesktop

  • and it minimizes them. They both still open. You can select desktop again to open them

  • back up, or from theStartscreen you can select desktop.

  • Run”. This will open a Windows run box. This was previously on the start menu and

  • I used to constantly. TheRuncommand is used to open an application by name, or

  • a file or folder by path name and you can launch applications from here.

  • Search”. This will open theSearchwindow that will by default haveApps

  • selected for searching. You also have the option here to search bySettings”, “Files”,

  • or search using the individual applications at the bottom.

  • File Explorer”. This will open the Windows File Explorer view. This allows you to navigate

  • through the file systems and file repositories on the system.

  • Control Panel”. This will open the WindowsControl Panel”, which allows all the

  • windows system settings. “Task Manager”. This opens the new and

  • improvedTask Managerincluded with Windows 8. By default it opens to the minimal

  • information version. There is no running application so nothing really shows up here. We can now

  • see internet explorer here and close it if we like. To use the full version, click on

  • theMore detailsbutton. As you can see it offers much more granular information

  • here. “Command Prompt (Admin)”. This opens a

  • command prompt Window as the administrator account, right above this is just command

  • prompt. This opens a command prompt window as the currently logged in user, this may

  • or may not haveAdminRights. “Computer Management”. This will open

  • the Windows Computer Management window. Computer Management is a collection of windows system

  • management tools. Here we can get to the event, viewer, shared, folders, local users and groups,

  • performance, device manager, disk management and into services

  • Disk Management”. The Disk Management utility is a storage device management utility

  • that manages system disks, volumes, and partitions. With Disk Management you can initialize new

  • disks, create volumes or partitions, format volumes, change drive letters, and more.

  • Device Manager”. This opens the WindowsDevice Manager”, which is an organized

  • view of all the hardware devices recognized by Windows. Device Manager is used to manage

  • the hardware in your computer like graphics cards, hard drives, keyboards, and other USB

  • devices it also shows when there is unrecognized devices in the system it shows the old exclamation

  • point and says unknown device. “System”. This opens theSystem Properties

  • window. System properties provides information about the computer system such as the version

  • of Windows, system type like (32 vs 64 bit), the computer name, and more. You also have

  • the option to make changes to windows system settings here.

  • Event Viewer”. This will open the Windows Event Viewer window. The event viewer allows

  • you to view detailed logged events on the local or a remote computer. These logs can

  • be invaluable in diagnosing a computer problem. The most useful logs are under windows logs

  • and they are the system and application logs. “Power Options”. This opens thePower

  • Optionswindow, which allows you to adjust the power settings based on performance and

  • energy consumption. It allows you to chose what happens when you close the lid of your

  • laptop, press the power button or perform other actions like that.

  • "Mobility Center". If you are using a laptop you will have an additional option showing

  • various mobile app settings in one place. Like the display, volume, battery sinking

  • in one. “Programs and Feature”. This opens the

  • Programs and Featureswindow. This is the program used to change or remove programs

  • or features that you have installed on your system. I currently only have one program

  • installed on this test system. which is windirstat. Although some people are unhappy with the

  • removal of theStart Menu”, I think additions like the "Quick Access Menu" will greatly

  • improve the workflow for the average computer technician, power users and average user alike.

With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft removed theStart Menu”, and replaced

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Windows 8 - Beginners Guide Part 2 - Quick Access Menu [Tutorial]

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    陳東甫 posted on 2013/06/30
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