Keyboard, mouse, touch: Choose one or all three in Windows 8.1

Whether you prefer using a keyboard, mouse or touch, all three are options for you in Windows 8.1. And there are a number of easy ways to switch among them, with tips shared on the Windows Experience Blog.

For example, if you’re going to use the keyboard to write a document, you press the Windows logo key on the keyboard to get to the Start screen, and open Word. But then, say mid-writing you remember: “Man, I meant to drag some photos into an album before the meeting in 30 minutes!” Just use the mouse to click on the Windows logo in the lower-left corner of the screen, the Windows Experience Blog says, to hop back to your Start screen and locate your albums.

If you’re being a couch potato and want to search the Web, touch makes it easy to do so, as well as to read a document, or even to send off a quick message to a friend.

No matter which means you choose, there are shortcuts and tips that can help you get the most from Windows 8.1. If you’re a keyboard diehard, for example, be sure and check out this list of keyboard shortcuts, one of the links shared on the Windows Experience Blog.

And for other tips on how to navigate among the keyboard, mouse and touch, head over to the Windows Experience Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff