Getting Started with Windows 8

If you're new to Windows 8 getting started can be confusing. This free lesson offers tips on how to get started with this operating system.

Viewing apps side by side

Although apps usually fill up the entire screen, Windows 8 lets you snap an app to the left or right side and then open other apps next to it. For example, you might want to keep your calendar visible while you're using another app.

To view apps side by side:

  1. From the Start screen, click on the first app to open it.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Opening the Calendar app
  2. Click, hold, and drag the top of the app all the way to the right or left side of the screen.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Snapping to the right side of the screen
  3. Release the mouse, and the app will snap to the side of the screen.


    Screenshot of Windows 8The snapped app
  4. Click anywhere in the empty part of the screen to return to the Start screen.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking in the empty part of the screen
  5. Click an app to open it.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Opening the People app
  6. The apps will now appear side by side. Drag the bar to change the size of the apps.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Two apps side by side

Snapping is designed to work with widescreen monitors. You will need a screen resolution of at least 1366x768 pixels to use this feature. If you have a larger monitor, you'll be able to snap more apps at once.