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User Guide for Windows® 8
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Contents About this user guide ....................................................................................... 5 Icons ............................................................................................................... 5 Messages ............................................................................................................. 5 Typography ......................................................................................................... 5 ® Before upgrading
About this user guide This user guide provides an overview of using Windows® 8 plus the exclusive ASUS software applications included with your Notebook PC. As you read along, you will find certain icons, messages, and typography used as follows: Icons The icons below indicate which device can be used for completing a series of tasks or procedures on your Notebook PC. = Use the touchpad. = Use the keyboard. Messages To highlight key information in this user guide, messages are presented
® Before upgrading to Windows 8 To facilitate a smoother transition from your previous operating system, read the system requirements below before upgrading to Windows® 8: Processor 1GHz or faster RAM 1GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Hard disk space 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) Graphics card Microsoft DirectX9 graphics device with WDDM driver Screen resolution 1024 x 768 for Windows® apps 1366 x 768 for Snap feature NOTE: For updates on these system requirements, visit http:// www.windows.mi
® Using Windows 8 for the first time After completing the installation process, Windows® 8 directs you to a series of steps where you can customize your account settings and set user preferences for your Notebook PC. The setup process consists of the following: Step 1: Pick the language Step 2: License Agreement Step 3: Personalize Step 4: Wireless NOTE: This step allows you to connect to the internet during the setup process. If you do so, you can enable both of these sign in options for
® Starting up Windows 8 To access Windows® 8 from Shut Down, Sleep, or Hibernate mode, refer to the following steps: 1. Press the power button on your Notebook PC . 2. The Windows® 8 lock screen appears after the Notebook PC boots up. Click on the touchpad or press any key on the keyboard to proceed. 3. Sign in using your local account or Microsoft account. 4. The Start screen appears next, indicating that you have successfully signed in to Windows® 8. NOTE: Steps 2-4 are also applicable wh
® Windows UI Windows® 8 comes with a tile-based user interface (UI) which allows you to organize and easily access Windows® apps from the Start Screen. It also includes the following features that you can use while working on your Notebook PC. Start screen The Start screen appears after successfully signing in to your user account. It helps organize all the programs and applications you need in just one place. live tiles User account Zoom in/out button for live tiles Windows® apps This gr
Hotspots Onscreen hotspots allow you to launch programs and access the settings of your Notebook PC. The functions in these hotspots can be activated using the touchpad. Hotspots on a launched app Hotspot Action upper left corner (1) Hover your mouse pointer then click on the recent app’s thumbnail to revert back to that app. (2) If you launched more than one app, slide down to show all launched apps. lower left corner Hover your mouse pointer then click on the Start screen’s thumbnail to
Hotspots on the Start screen Hotspot Action upper left corner (1) Hover your mouse pointer then click on the recent app’s thumbnail to revert back to that app. (2) If you launched more than one app, slide down to show all launched apps. lower left corner Hover your mouse pointer then click on the recent app’s thumbnail to revert back to that app. upper and lower right Hover your mouse pointer to launch the corner Charm bar. 11 e7495_Win8_User_Guide.indd 11 8/13/12 2:47:56 PM
® Working with Windows apps Use your Notebook PC’s touchpad or keyboard to launch and customize your apps. Launching apps Position your mouse pointer over the app then left-click or tap once to launch it. Press tab twice then use the arrow keys to browse through the apps. Press enter to launch the app you chose. Closing apps 1. Move your mouse pointer on the top side of the launched app then wait for the pointer to change to a hand icon. 2. Drag then drop the app to the bottom of the scree
Accessing All Apps Aside from the apps already pinned on your Start screen, you can also open other applications like the exclusive ASUS Software apps bundled with your Notebook PC through the All Apps screen. Horizontal scroll bar Launching the All Apps screen Right-click on the Start screen then click the All Apps icon. From the Start screen, press Windows key + Z. The All Apps icon is automatically selected so just press enter. 1 e7495_Win8_User_Guide.indd 13 8/13/12 2:47:59 PM
Adding more apps on the Start screen 1. Position the mouse pointer over the app you want to add on the Start screen. 2. Right-click on the app to activate its settings. 3. Click on the icon. 1 e7495_Win8_User_Guide.indd 14 8/13/12 2:48:00 PM
Charm bar The Charm bar is a toolbar that can be triggered on the right side of your screen. It consists of several tools that allow you to share applications and provide quick access for customizing the settings of your Notebook PC. Charm Bar Launching the Charm bar NOTE: When called out, the Charm bar initially appears as a set of white icons. The image above shows how the Charm bar looks like once activated. Use your Notebook PC’s touchpad or keyboard to launch the Charm bar. Move you
Inside the Charm bar Search This tool allows you to look for files, applications, or programs in your Notebook PC. Share This tool allows you to share applications via social networking sites or email. Start This tool reverts the display back to the Start screen. From the Start screen, you can also use this to revert back to a recently opened app. Devices This tool allows you to access and share files with the devices attached to your Notebook PC such as an external display or printer.
Snap feature Using the Snap feature allows you to run two applications simultaneously on your Notebook PC. Once activated, the Snap bar appears to divide your display into two. IMPORTANT! A screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768 pixels is required to use the Snap feature. Snap bar Activating Snap Use your Notebook PC’s touchpad or keyboard to activate Snap onscreen. 1. Click on an app to launch it. 2. Hover the mouse pointer on the top side of your screen. 3. Once the pointer changes to a
Wi-Fi connection Access emails, surf the Internet, and share applications via social networking sites using your Notebook PC’s Wi-Fi connection. IMPORTANT! The Airplane mode should be turned off to enable this function. Disabling Airplane mode Use your Notebook PC’s touchpad or keyboard to disable this mode. 1. Launch the Charm bar. 2. Click Settings then click on the icon. 3. Slide the settings bar to the left to turn this mode off. Press fn + f2. Enabling Wi-Fi Activate Wi-Fi in your Note
3. Select an access point from the list of available Wi-Fi connections. 4. The access point you chose gets activated as below. Click Connect to start the network connection. NOTE: You may be prompted to enter a security key to activate the Wi-Fi connection. 19 e7495_Win8_User_Guide.indd 19 8/13/12 2:48:08 PM
Function keys The function keys on your Notebook PC’s keyboard can trigger the following commands: fn + f1 puts the Notebook PC into Sleep mode fn + f2 turns Airplane mode on or off NOTE: When enabled, the Airplane mode disables all wireless connectivity. fn + f3 (on selected models) decreases keyboard brightness for Notebook PC models with a keyboard backlight fn + f4 (on selected models) increases keyboard brightness for Notebook PC models with a keyboard backlight fn + f5 decreases di
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