Windows 8

Slideshow: The Windows 8 Action Center

Accessing Windows 8's Action Center from the Start screen is easy

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Windows 8's Action Center basically serves the same purpose as the Action Center in Windows 7 by providing you with a centralized location to view alerts and keep track of all the tasks that keep your system in tip-top shape. However, Windows 8's Action Center has been streamlined to further centralize and simplify standard maintenance operations. In addition, you'll discover that there are several new features. In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll take a look at some of the new features in Windows 8's Action Center.

Getting started

Launching Action Center in Windows 8 is easy. On the Start Screen, type Action, select Settings, and click Action Center.

All images by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

4 comments
FakeWings
FakeWings

I love Windows 8! It jarred me at first, but now I am in love with the Start Screen. Also, to restart or shutdown, just press Alt+F4 while you're on the desktop. You will get the classic "Shut down Windows" prompt.

Lemuelpn
Lemuelpn

I don't know, I just love Windows 8 how does it made. Try it out and know all the features well.

taskman
taskman

What on earth was Microsoft thinking of with Windows 8? I hate a desktop full of icons so I certainly don't want this messy set up. If I wanted a desktop full of icons I would do all my computing from a smart phone, which also suffer from this untidy design.

eye4bear
eye4bear

I use Windows 8 but only use the desktop apps, which includes a deskstop style Action Center, I would NEVER use this one, why would anyone?