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How do you access the user guide for Windows 8?

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Visit Microsoft.com and type Windows 8 End User Training Brochure in the search box on the upper-right section of the page. Click Download Windows 8 End User Training Brochure from the list of results, and then click Download.

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The file, which is named "W8_brochure_download.pdf," can be opened using a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is a 36-page informational pamphlet that discusses the operating system's Start Screen, touch navigation, gestures and navigation methods. It also contains a full list of the operating system's touch, mouse and keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation reference.

Microsoft created this manual in an easily printed format to help acclimate new users to the Windows 8 environment. Windows 8 was a major change from the classic Start menu desktop of previous Windows incarnations, and the document introduces concepts such as charms, spaces and app command bars. It also discusses the Windows Store and how applications downloaded from it do not need to be closed as they automatically suspend and do not take additional system resources when running in the background.

More advanced features such as drive encryption and synchronizing settings between multiple Windows 8 devices are also discussed. The pamphlet also introduces using swipe gestures over a picture as a password and using Windows to Go for booting Windows 8 on most computers using only a portable USB drive.

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