Windows 8

Windows 8.1 Guide

Windows Accessories

Windows comes with the usual sort of accessory programs to play around with and these are listed under Programs, Accessories and we have various utilities and programs to create documents, manipulate pictures, play sounds, games and so on. These programs are listed below with more information for the new stuff.


These tools can now be found in the Control Panel, Ease of Access section.

Magnifier Program allows those with sight difficulties, to magnify portions of the screen to make it more readable
Narrator Program to speak out selected text and buttons and whats on screen to you
On-Screen Keyboard Program to allow you to use the mouse to type in characters and numbers instead of the keyboard
High Contrast Set up a high contrast display for hard of sight.

System Tools

Character Map Displays character set from given Fonts and allow you insert them in your documents for the hard to find characters
Private Character Editor Create and modify private character fonts.

Other Tools

Calculator Program to work out simple or complex calculations. It a scientific mode for more complex calculations.
Maths Input Panel Tool to allow entering of complex mathematical equations.
Mobility Center Mobility tools for laptops only.
Notepad Simple text program to write notes or view log files, readme files and so on.
Paint Program to create or manipulate pictures or photos you have taken to your tastes
Remote Desktop Connection Program to allow users to remotely login to other computers which allow Remote Desktop connections (see System control panel).
Snipping Tool Program to grab portions of a screen, window, rectangle or free form areas into the clipboard to paste into another program.
Sound Recorder A program to record audio from a device such as a microphone if attached.
Steps Recorder A program to record the steps to a file of a task performed. File saved as zip file containing a mht document.
Sticky Notes Program to create simple notes.
Windows Fax and Scan A Program to create, send and receive facsimiles (fax). Requires a fax device e.g. fax/modem.
Windows Media Player Program to play audio and video multimedia files.
WordPad A simple word processor program to quickly write some documents. Does not have any advanced stuff such as Spelling, Mail Merge and so on for advanced Word Processors such as Word, WordPerfect, Works which are available seperately.
XPS Viewer Program to display XPS (XML Paper Specification) files which are an alternative to PDF files.

Tablet PC

Shape Collector Tool for personalised handwriting recognition for tablet input.
TabTip Table keyboard tool
Windows Journal Program to create journal files


Other programs that used to be in the Accessories have moved to the Control Panel or as an app in the the Start Screen such as Games, Mail, Calendar, Travel, Internet Explorer, Store, Music, News, Sport, Video.

All accessories and games can be install via Programs and Features control panel and click on Turn on or off Windows Features.