Here is a recent post from the Microsoft “Getting to know Windows” Site:
No matter where you are in Windows 8 or Windows RT, the charms help you do the things you do most often, like search, share links and photos, connect devices, and change settings. What you can do with the charms can change depending on if you’re on the Start screen or using an app, so start exploring.
The five charms—Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings—are always available on the right side of your screen. Here’s how to open them:
|With touch, swipe in from the right edge, and then tap the one you want.
|With a mouse move your pointer into the upper-right or lower-right corner, and then move it up or down to click the one you want.
Here’s what you can do with them:
Search for anything. You can search just the app you’re in (like finding a specific message in Mail), search another app (look up something on the Internet), or you can search your entire PC (for an app, setting, or file).Share.
Share files and info with people you know or send info to another app, without leaving the app you’re in. You can email photos to your mom, update your Facebook status, or send a link to your note–taking app.Start.
Get to your Start screen. Or if you’re already on Start, you can use this charm to go back to the last app you were in.Devices.
Use all of the devices that are connected to your PC, both wired and wireless. You can print from an app, sync with your phone, or stream your latest home movie to your TV.Settings.
Change settings for apps and your PC. You’ll find settings, help, and info for the app you’re in, plus common PC settings—network connection, volume, brightness, notifications, power, and keyboard. These PC settings are the same no matter where you are in Windows, but the app settings are different in every app. You can also change settings for your PC when you select Change PC settings. It’s where you change your lock screen picture, manage notifications, and more.
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