Download the official Windows 8 user guide

Take a quick tour of Windows 8 with Microsoft's official user guide.

Windows 8 user guide
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

If you're new to Windows 8, there's finally a user guide available from Microsoft to help you learn the basics. The PDF document is named the Windows 8 End User Training Brochure. The 36-page user guide goes over basic Windows 8 topics like the Start Screen, touch-screen gestures, and navigating apps. It also touches on more advanced topics as well, like BitLocker, File History, and Windows To Go. Perhaps the most useful sections of the document, however, are the touch, mouse, and keyboard shortcut lists.

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

The document is short enough that you could print it for quick reference. An even better idea might be to send it to your Kindle or upload it to Google Play Books .

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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