Windows 8 Computer Tricks and Tips – Shortcuts
Windows 8 is on the horizon and will be making its big debut this fall. Everyone that has become familiar with Windows is going to be in for a shock, because Windows 8 is going to have some major differences in comparison to other Microsoft operating systems. So, if you don’t want to feel like you were left out in the cold when Windows 8 is released, I am going to give you some computer tricks that should help you find your way around Windows 8.
Windows 8 has a ton of keyboard shortcuts that you can employ and I would highly suggest that you use them. They will enable you to navigate around Windows 8 much quicker and they are a much more efficient form of navigation. However, if you want to learn on your own and do things the hard way, which I would also advise, just so you can become fully comfortable with Windows 8, I would suggest skipping over this part and coming back to it when you’re ready.
- When you hit the Windows Key, you will find the new Start screen.
- Windows Key + Search Term and you will be able to find applications just like the search feature in the start menu of Windows 7.
- Windows Key + D will take you to the desktop. It will also minimize or restore all of your open windows when you are in desktop mode.
- Windows Key + Q will show you all of your installed apps.
- Windows Key + W will enable you to do an instant settings search.
- Windows Key + F will enable you to do an instant search for files.
- Windows Key + I will give you the settings for the sidebar.
- Windows Key + P will show you a list of multi-monitor options. This will also be helpful if you want to set up an external monitor or a projector.
- Windows Key + X will give you a Power user shortcut menu. You will be able to access Device Manager, Control Panel, Command Prompt, Power Options and many more.
- Windows Key + Z will show you an application bar in the Metro applications.
- Windows Key + . (period) Will snap all of the Metro applications you have to the right side of the screen. If you press this twice, it will snap them all to the left of your screen.
- Windows Key + . (period) + Shift Will enable you to snap the selected Metro application to the left side of your screen.
- Windows Key + J will enable you to switch the focus between Metro applications.
- Windows Key + Page Up / Page Down will move a full screen Metro application to a secondary monitor, if you have one.
- Windows Key + Left Arrow / Right Arrow will enable you to both move and snap destop application in the direction you select. Also, it will be able to move applications to a different monitor, if you have one.
- Windows Key + Tab will enable you to cycle through open applications.
- Windows Key + L will enable you to lock windows.
I know these may seem like a lot at first, but you can get used to them really quickly. Before you know it, you will be able to navigate your way around Windows 8 like a true professional.