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Sharing Windows 8 App Data

In these days of ubiquitous social networking, we are immersed in a world of sharing: happenings, links, information, and much more. You can enhance your social contacts and share more of your life with other people by using Windows 8’s Share feature to send data. For example, you can send a photo, alert a person about a web page, or let someone know about some cool music.

First, here are the general steps to follow to use the Share feature:

  1. Using an app, open or select the file you want to share.
  2. Press Windows Logo+C or swipe left from the right edge of the screen. The Charms menu appears.
  3. Tap Share. The Share pane appears and displays a list of apps you can use to share the data.
  4. Tap the app you want to use to send the selected item.
  5. Fill in any data that’s required to send the item and then initiate the send. In Mail, for example, you type the recipient’s address, add a subject line, and then tap Send.

For a more specific example, here are the steps to follow to post a website link to Facebook or Twitter (assuming you’ve linked one or both of these social networks to your Microsoft account):

  1. Use the Internet Explorer app to open the website you want to share.
  2. Press Windows Logo+C or swipe left from the right edge of the screen. The Charms menu appears.
  3. Tap Share. The Share pane appears and displays a list of apps you can use to share the link.
  4. Tap People. Windows 8 displays a new social network message that includes a link to the website (see Figure 5.16).
    Figure 5.16

    Figure 5.16. A website link ready to be shared on Facebook.

  5. Use the list to select Facebook or Twitter.
  6. Type a message introducing or describing the link.
  7. Tap the Send button. Windows 8 posts the link to the social network.

To customize app sharing, press Windows Logo+I (or display the Charms menu and click Settings), click Change PC Settings, and then click the Share tab. You can configure the following options:

  • Show Apps I Use Most Often at the Top of the App List—Leave this switch On to have Windows 8 float your most frequently used sharing apps to the top of the list that appears in the Sharing pane.
  • Show a List of How I Share Most Often—Leave this switch On to see a list of the share methods you use most often.
  • Items in List—Use this list to control the size of the list of frequent sharing methods. You can also click Clear List to remove everything from the list and start over.
  • Use These Apps to Share—If there are apps you never use to share, you should click their switches to Off in this section to remove them from the Sharing pane.
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