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The Charms Bar in Windows 8 is a combination of the old Control Panel and Search combined with the functionality that allows users to easily share content. In less than 2 minutes, this video will teach you how to use the Charms Bar in Windows 8.

Hi, I'm Alex, an Agent with the Geek Squad.

Windows 8 is a revolutionary step forward in personal computing. Today we'll show you how to use the Charms Bar in Windows 8.

Available in every app in Windows 8 including the desktop, the Charms Bar is a menu allowing you to perform many fundamental actions in Windows 8; you can search, share content, connect to devices, access settings or go back to the start screen. To launch the Charms [Bar] using touch, simply swipe in from the right side of the screen and select the charm you want to use. To do the same using a mouse, move the mouse to the upper or lower right corner the screen.

Thanks for tuning in. We hope this helped you understand how to use the Charms Bar.

To learn more about the basic features of Windows 8, check out our other 2 Minute Miracles for tips on how to make the most of your new Windows 8 computer, tablet or smartphone.

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How to Access the Charms Bar

  • Using a finger, swipe in from the right side of the screen.
  • Using a mouse, move the cursor to the upper right or lower right corner of the screen.
  • Using the keyboard, press the Windows key and C at the same time.

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