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With a touch-enabled device, you use your finger to swipe in from the right side of the screen and open the Windows 8 charms. If you have a mouse and keyboard, it’s much easier to bump the mouse pointer into the lower left of the screen and expose the minimalist Start menu shown here. These charms are identical to the ones on the right side of a touch screen.
This is one of those “I can’t believe it’s this easy” features. Yes, you click the Search charm or press Windows key+F to open this Search box and begin entering a search term or the name of an app or a Windows setting.
But those steps are not necessary. if you’re already at the Start screen, just start typing. As soon as you do, the Search pane opens and begins accepting your input. (If you’re at the classic Windows desktop, tap the Windows key to jump to the Start screen and then start typing.)
You can filter the results list on the left by choosing one of the options below your search term. And if you're wondering why the screen is so uncluttered and yours is filled with apps, click Next...
By default, the Search menu includes every Metro app on the list, giving you the option to point a search to an app. So you can enter a term, click Internet Explorer, and have the query sent to your default search engine (Bing, unless you change it).
Because the Windows 8 Developer Preview ships with a large number of search-enabled apps, that initial search list is very cluttered. So clean it up as I've done here. Click Control Panel on the Start screen, choose Search, and then adjust the entries on the Apps list: move the slider to Off for apps you don't want to use for searches. Slide it to On for apps that you want on the list.