I made this list of "how to" for my parents so they could use win8. Then I stuck it on a wall close to their heads... Now they are fluent.
WINDOWS 8 SURVIVAL GUIDE.
How to shutdown, restart, suspend computer - press "win"(windows) key + I simultaneously, select power (bottom right of screen), select shutdown/restart/suspend.
How to connect to a wireless network - When on desktop, bring cursor to bottom right where notifications are displayed, click on the graph (steps) icon. Wireless taskbar will appear. Click on desired network I.D. (eg. Netgear, or Telstra, wrt54g, other) enter password if necessary.
How to find a program on your computer.
Press Win/start key. Once start page appears type in program name ( e.g. word, excel, chrome) program should appear before typing is complete. Click on appropriate entry.
How to find a file on your computer.
Press Win key. Once start/home page appears, first move cursor to right hand menu, click "files", then type in file name name ( e.g. windows 8 hints and tips). File should appear before typing is complete. Click on appropriate entry to the left.
2 quick ways to find control panel or device manager
1. Use above instructions "how to find a program on your computer."
2. Move cursor to bottom left of screen, right-click mouse, move cursor
2/3rds of the way down the list that appears, click on control panel.
Device manager is also on that list, near the top of the list.
How to uninstall a program.
Move cursor to bottom left of screen, right-click mouse, move cursor
To the top of the list that appears, click on "programs and features". Then scroll to unwanted program, right click on the program, select "uninstall program". It should now uninstall.
How to find the desktop.
Windows key + D
Windows key + I = Settings panel.
Windows key + C = Charms bar.
Windows key = Start page.