It’s been two months now, and I’m finally starting to get comfortable with Windows 8 and the nuances of the touch-based interface and its various mouse equivalents. That’s why I found myself nodding my head when reading two recent articles from Paul Thurrott on his Supersite for Windows:
- Windows 8 Feature Focus: Back Tip
- Windows 8 Feature Focus: Start Tip
The idea behind these activities is similar, and involves a bit of a change from normal mouse selection behavior to make them work properly — something of a trick, in fact — that highlights a lot of what’s new, different, and occasionally frustrating about the Windows 8 interface. In each case moving the mouse cursor into the upper left corner (for the back tip) and lower left corner (for the start tip) works the same way: after moving the mouse to elicit the corresponding thumbnail display (a miniature Start screen at lower left, a miniature display of the last application accessed at upper left), you must click the left mouse button to switch to the display that’s showing in the thumbnail.
I experienced some frustration with these functions until I got that trick and started clicking the mouse button instead of trying to move the cursor to “grab” the thumbnail itself. Doesn’t work, and in fact, makes the thumbnail disappear. Who knew?