Windows 8 introduces a touchscreen graphic user interface, but what if you don't have a touchscreen?
Do you need a touchscreen to use Windows 8? No you do not.
Does Windows 8 work with a mouse? Yes it does.
It's very easy to use Windows 8 with a mouse, and it works great.
Return to the Start Screen from the Desktop using "the hand." Just slide the mouse cursor to the top edge of the screen and the hand appears. Then hold down the left mouse button and swipe downward. This causes the Desktop to close and the display reverts to the Start Screen.
To reach the control panel and other features we used in Windows 7, you need the "charms bar" in Windows 8.
So we need to open the File Explorer App in Windows 8 to find our files. That can be accomplished by two methods.
In Windows 8 desktop, there is a task bar at the bottom of the screen. File Explorer is represented by a "manila file folder" icon on the task bar. Click the file folder icon and File Explorer will open. Just look for your files as usual from there.
If you have the desktop open, you can close the desktop, and go back to the Start Screen. This can be done using the "Hand" method described above under How to Close an Open Application. Just slide the mouse cursor to the top of the screen to get the "Hand."
Comments, questions, suggestions welcome, as always.
And another thing...
How to Shutdown Windows 8 from the Start Screen
Go to the charms bar select >settings then click the "power" icon.
This pops up an options list including sleep, shutdown, and restart.
How to save a full screen shot in Windows 8
From the keyboard type:
Windows Key + Print Screen
This command saves a picture file of everything showing on your monitor (or monitors.)
The picture file in bmp format is saved to your pictures library file folder on the Windows 8 desktop.