The diehard's guide to making the most of Windows 8

You may need to break many old habits to get the most out of Windows 8, but it doesn't have to be a cataclysmic event

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Task Manager: Stripped down, with an eye on metered data
Don't panic if you fire up Task Manager and see what looks like a nearly empty window. By default the program just lists what apps (desktop and Metro) are open and running, and lets you perform the most basic operations on them: switch between them, kill them, bring them to the fore, and so on. Click More Details at the bottom of the window if you want to see the more full-blown version of Task Manager we all know.

The default incarnation of the task manager is a bit more stripped down than what you might expect, but right-clicking exposes functionality for each listed item.

The default incarnation of Task Manager is a bit more stripped down than what you might expect, but right-clicking exposes functionality for each listed item.

Another change, but for the more potentially useful, is that the App History tab in the expanded view of Task Manager lists Network and Metered network columns. If your Windows 8 device has both conventional broadband and cellular connectivity, those two columns let you see at a glance which types of network media are being consumed. This comes in handy if you have a Windows 8 device with a data plan and want to keep an eye on it.

Clicking 'More details' exposes the full-blown version of Task Manager, for those who need it.

Clicking More Details exposes the full-blown version of Task Manager, for those who need it.

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