How to Use Twitter on the Computer

By Jackie Bailey

To use Twitter from your computer, you can either use the website via your browser or Install the app in Windows 8.

Twitter can be used from any device connected to the Internet. You can send a tweet from the website via your desktop or laptop as long as the devices have a Wi-Fi or hard-wired Internet connection. You can also send a tweet from the Windows 8 Modern app on your desktop, which is similar to using a mobile app.

Using the Twitter Website

Personalizing Your Twitter Page

Click Your Profile Photo and Select Settings

Unlike with the mobile app, the Twitter website allows you to personalize the appearance of your Twitter page. To customize your Twitter page, click your profile photo and select Settings.

Click Design

Click Design to change the appearance of your Twitter page, then click Save changes.

Click Apps

To control what apps have access to your Twitter account, click Apps. Click Revoke access to disable any app connected to your Twitter account.

Tweeting From the Twitter Website

Type Your Message and Click Tweet

To send a tweet from the top of your Twitter feed, click inside the text box, type your message and click Tweet.

Tip

The mobile client app does not offer the option to tweet from the top of your Twitter feed.

Click Tweet Button

To send a tweet via pop-up window, click the Tweet button.

Tip

Sending a tweet here via pop-up window is similar to the mobile client app process.

Type Your Message and Click Tweet

Type your message in the pop-up text box and click Tweet.

Log in to the Twitter account you use with your mobile device on the Twitter website. Or click Sign up if you do not have a Twitter account.

Using the Windows 8 Modern App for Twitter

Downloading and Installing the Windows 8 Modern app

Click the Start Menu Button

Go to the Windows Store on your computer by clicking the Start Menu button and selecting Windows Store.

Click the Down Arrow

Click the Down Arrow for a complete list of your apps.

Click the Microsoft Store Icon

Locate and click on the Microsoft Store icon.

Search for Twitter

Search for Twitter. Select the Twitter result.

Click Install

After you have selected the correct app, click Install.

Click the Start Menu Button

Click the Start Menu button.

Click the Down Arrow

Click the Down Arrow for a complete list of your apps.

Click the Twitter App

Click on the Twitter icon to open the app for Windows 8 Modern.

Tip

Half of the apps are in alphabetical order, and the other half are organized by category.

Click the Tweet Icon

The Windows 8 Modern Twitter app is similar to the mobile app: There aren't as many options for customization as the website, and the only option for sending a tweet is through the Tweet icon.

Type Your Message and Click Tweet

Like the Twitter mobile app, the Windows 8 Modern Twitter app opens tweets in another window.

Tip

As long as you have an Internet connection on the device you are using, you can access Twitter anywhere and from any device.

Windows 8 Modern desktop has an app for Twitter that is similar to the mobile app.