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By scrolling from right to left by the edge, you are presented with the 'Start bar', which gives you access to your Start screen, your sharing options, your default settings and search menus. It also displays the time and date on screen, regardless of which application you are in (I'm in a drawing application, by the way!), as well as the network strength and battery levels.
The search bar allows you to search through your various applications, or the web, for content or websites. This search bar is only a swipe and a tap away at all times, even if you are in the regular Windows desktop.
The settings bar is also only a swipe and a tap away, giving you a rich and up-to-date view of your network and other controls. From here, you can change your language settings, the brightness of the device or screen (if you are on a tablet), see your notifications from other applications and alter the volume. You can also access application preferences here, too.