Using technology in the spaces

In the X-Lab


Getting started in the X-Lab

Watch the video below to get started in the X-Lab. We've also got guides to help you when using the Dell all-in-one touchscreens during your lab.

02:39 minutes

Log in to your computer
To log in to your computer:

  1. Slide your finger up on the screen to begin.
  2. When prompted, enter your UniKey credentials
    User name: your UniKey
    Password: your UniKey password
  3. Press the purple arrow.

Access applications
To access course-specific software:

  1. From the Start menu, if you are not at the Start menu, swipe the right edge of the screen and press Start
  2. Under Popular, press All apps
  3. Press the icon of the application you’d like to open.

You can also access applications by searching or browsing on the Start screen.

Interacting with your classmates and/or the demonstrator
Your demonstrator can take control of your computer to:

  • Show you content from their computer
  • Show their face whilst talking
  • Give you an up-close view of their lab setup
  • Show you content from one of your classmates computers

Each of these feeds will pop up in a grid which you can resize, change the orientation or even close. Your demonstrator can display up to 3 different things on your computer.

You can resize these windows and customise the display to suit your needs. However, once you log off, these will return to their original configuration.

How do I log off?
To log off:

  1. Swipe the right edge of the screen.
  2. Press Start
  3. Press your name in the top right corner of the screen
  4. Press sign out

Handy hints

Windows 8 can be a little hard to navigate at first, so we’ve put together some hints to help.

  • How to get the onscreen keyboard to display
  • How to find files from your USB or CD/DVD
  • Snapping apps – positioning your windows (you can snap to one side)
  • What the buttons/ports on the side of the computer do

How to get the onscreen keyboard to display
For some applications, the onscreen keyboard will automatically display when you need to type text. If the keyboard doesn’t automatically display, you can locate it by:

  1. Press the text field you’d like to enter text in.
  2. From the taskbar, press the keyboard icon.

The onscreen keyboard should now display.

How to find files from your USB or CD/DVD
Once you’ve inserted a USB (port situated on the left side of the computer) or CD/DVD (drive situated on right side of the computer) a message should pop up in the right hand corner of the screen with a description of the device. Click on the message to open your files. If this doesn’t automatically happen, you can locate your files by:

  1. From the Start menu, if you are not at the Start menu, swipe the right edge of the screen and press Start
  2. Under Popular, press File Explorer

This should open the File Explorer where you will be able to select your device from the left menu.

Snapping apps – positioning your windows
Most Microsoft applications can be snapped to position your application windows. To snap an application window:

  1. Press the title bar of the applications window and drag it to the left or right side of your screen until an outline of the expanded window appears.
  2. Release your finger.

The window should be snapped to the side it was dragged to.

What the buttons/ports on the side of the computer do
On the right side of the computer there are four buttons that will allow you to adjust the screen settings or turn on/off the computer.

On the left side of the computer there are multiple ports allowing you to insert the following devices:

  • SD Card
  • USB (3.0)
  • Headphones