Using Windows 8 is painful unless you are on a touch screen device. If you feel Windows 8 is really complicated and it’s hard to find the things on it, then you must try some shortcuts instead of moving your mouse here and there and keeps on clicking to find them. Here is a list of shortcuts you might find useful:
- Press the Windows key to enter the tiled Start screen.
- When on start screen, to search a setting or file or app, just type its name. If you are in Desktop mode, just press Windows Key and start typing.
- Windows Key + C: Displays Charms menu.
- Windows Key + X: Brings up a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer.
- Windows Key + I: Displays the Settings menu for the current app. For example, if you’re in Internet Explorer 10, this key shows Internet options. If you’re on the Start menu, it shows general OS settings.
- Windows Key + Q: Brings up the apps search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs.
- Windows Key + D: Activates desktop mode.
- Windows Key + Tab: Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps.
- Windows Key + H: Brings up Share menu for the current app. For example, hitting Windows Key + H in Bing Maps, lets you email or share map information on social networks.
- Windows Key + M: Opens desktop mode and minimizes all windows.
- Windows Key + W: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search settings.
- Windows Key + F: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search files.
- Windows Key + R: Opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their executable file names.
- Windows Key + E: Opens File Explorer to the “My Computer” view which shows all your drives.
- Windows Key +Number Key (1-9): Switch to desktop mode and make the Nth application on the task bar active where N is the number key you hit and 1 is the furthest taskbar icon to the left.
- Windows Key + . (period key): Docks the current Windows 8-style application to the right or left, depending on how many times you hit it.
- The Windows key + "," (that's the comma sign!) makes all current windows transparent, giving you a peek at the desktop as long as you hold down the Windows key.
- Windows Key + Z: Brings up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.
- Windows Key + L: Locks your computer and shows the lock screen.
- Alt + F4: Close currant app.
- The Windows key + Print Screen takes a screenshot and saves it in a Screenshots folder nested in your Pictures folder.
- To take a screenshot on a Windows 8 tablet, simultaneously press the Windows button and the volume-down button on the tablet chassis.
- The Windows key + Pause opens the system properties page to show you a quick rundown of your specs
- Windows key + K - List available devices, for example a second screen.
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start exploring the new Task Manager.
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