How to Deal With Things You’re Upset about on Windows 8
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The Taskbar Keeps Disappearing

If your taskbar suddenly clings to the side of the screen instead of where it usually squats along the bottom of the desktop, try dragging it back in place: Instead of dragging an edge, drag the entire taskbar from its middle. As your mouse cursor reaches your desktop’s bottom edge, the taskbar suddenly snaps back into place. Let go of the mouse, and you’ve recaptured it.

Follow these tips to prevent your taskbar from wandering:

  • To keep the taskbar locked into place so that it won’t float away, right-click a blank part of the taskbar and select Lock the Taskbar. Remember, though, that before you can make any future changes to the taskbar, you must first unlock it.
  • If your taskbar drops from sight whenever the mouse pointer doesn’t hover nearby, turn off the taskbar’s Auto Hide feature: Right-click a blank part of the taskbar and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. When the Taskbar Properties dialog box appears, deselect the Auto-Hide the Taskbar check box. (Or, to turn on the Auto Hide feature, select the check box.)

If things are still going strange, search your query terms here to get specific troubleshooting methods.

My Print Screen Key Doesn’t Work

Contrary to its name, the Print Screen key doesn’t shuttle a picture of your screen to your printer. Instead, the Print Screen key (usually labeled PrintScreen, PrtScr, or PrtSc) sends the screen’s picture to the Windows 8 memory. From there, you can paste it into a graphics program, such as Paint, letting the graphics program send the picture to the printer.

Windows 8 introduces something new, though: If you want to capture an image of the entire screen and save it as a file, press Win + PrtScr.

That tells Windows to snap a picture of your current screen and save it in your Pictures library with the name Screenshot. (Windows saves those images in the PNG format, if you’re interested, and it captures your mouse pointer, as well.) Subsequent screenshots include a number after the name, like Screenshot (2) and Screenshot (3).

When saved, your screenshot can head for your printer when you right-click the file and choose Print from the pop-up menu.

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