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Easy Computer Basics, Windows® 8.1 Edition by Michael Miller

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Chapter 4. Using Windows 8.1’s New Interface

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Microsoft Windows is a piece of software called an operating system. An operating system does what its name implies: It operates your computer system, working in the background every time you turn on your PC. The desktop that fills your screen is part of Windows, as is the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and the big menu that pops up when you click the Start button.

If you’ve used a version of Windows prior to Windows 8, or seen someone else using Windows in the past, you might think that this new version of Windows looks a lot different—and you’d be right. Windows 8 introduced a completely different ...

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