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Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

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Let it be said, I love new technology and trying out new stuff but I do not like Windows 8 and I’m glad that I only have it on my laptop – to be honest I couldn’t cope without the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts so I wanted to share them with you.  Yes, there are apps you can download now to add a start button but once you get used to using the shortcut keys, I don’t think you will need it.

Windows 8 has introduced some great new technologies with their latest operating system, however for me in everyday use the new user interface just isn’t user friendly especially when you are using a keyboard and mouse, everything just takes too many clicks.

Essential Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts

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Think of your windows key as your start button – it is usually located between the Ctrl and the Alt key on the bottom row of your keyboard. Sometimes however the Windows Key is in the middle of then keyboard. However, its not difficult to spot with the windows logo on it. 

 

So, let’s start from you using your browser and you want to search for something.

Press – Windows Key + and just start typing (the text will go directly in the search box)

Press the Windows Key + D –  to get back to your browser.

Press the Windows Key + F - If you want to search for a file.

Press the Windows Key + X – to get to to advance system options, such as Run, Task Manager or Device manager.

Press the Windows Key + E – to open My computer

Press the Windows Key + Q to open the list of Apps or Charms.

Press the Windows Key + Prt Sc and a Snap shot of your screen will be sent to your screenshot folder in Pictures.

Press the Windows Key + I – to shutdown Windows 8

Or go to the desktop and press Alt F4

 Pin most used apps or programs to task bar

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Another very important trick for Windows 8 with apps is that you can pin the apps you use often to the task bar.

Right click the icon and it opens up a bar at the bottom, click pin to task bar. If you decide that you want to remove it, right click the icon on the task bar and unpin the program from taskbar.

As I use it more, I will find some other ways to make life easier, it feels a nuisance to have to do this but its just that we have been used to the start bar for 20 years, we have to just rework our brain.

If you really don’t want to use the Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts and you really want a start button you can download free for Windows 8 – Pokki to get your start menu back – I’ve not tried but it looks pretty good.

I hope these help you, they really have made my life easier.

If you have any other good tips or tricks for Windows 8 – I would love to hear them. Please post below.

 

 

 

About Michelledh

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691842537 Vince Perriello

    I use Start8 from Stardock for my Start menu. $5 and works great.

    • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

      Hi Vince,

      Thanks yes, I have heard of that one, but plumped for the free one to share, is that one much better do you know?

    • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

      I’m thinking of installing Win8 on my laptop despite not liking modern UI. I think it just might be a case of giving it a while to get used to it. Stardock do some awesome apps of which Start8 is one of them. They do another one that puts modernUI apps in Windows which looks cool. There are some great Win8 tips on Lifehacker- check them out!

      • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

        Yes, I think it just takes some getting used to :)

  • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

    Thanks, Michelle. Just about to relent on my Windows 8 moaning and install on my laptop. Your article will be really useful!

    • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

      Haha, I’m glad I didn’t put you off :) Thanks Ian

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  • http://www.facebook.com/LizPullen Liz Pullen

    I’m still using Windows 7 but I’ll see if these shortcuts work, too. Thanks! ; )

    • http://www.facebook.com/techie.minx Michelle D Harris

      Hi Liz, Some of them will – and some are purely for Windows 8, check them out, you’ll soon see. Thanks :)

  • http://twitter.com/real7a Semen Frish

    #useful

  • http://iag.me/ Ian Anderson Gray

    I also recommend getting Stardock’s ModernUI app for $4.99 which allows you to run MordernUI apps in windows (you can toggle between full screen and windowed) and it allows you to multitask/toggle between them

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