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Windows 8

Tips and Tricks

By Scott Sekinger



Windows 8 is a lot different than any other version of Windows before.  There is defiantly a learning curve to using it.  This article will give you some tips in navigating your way around Windows 8 with a non-touch screen PC.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows has always had Keyboard Shortcuts.  I believe that it will make your life a lot easier if you learn how to use them.  Below is a list of some of my favorite Keyboard Shortcuts.


What The Shortcut Does


Allows you to toggle between the Desktop & the Legacy

Windows + C

Allows gives you access to the Settings, Devices Start, Share and Search.  You can also get this menu by moving your to the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Windows+ X

Gives you quick access to Administrative task.

Windows + I

Gives you access to the Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Taskbar, Network, Sound, Network, Brightness, Notifications, ad Keyboard icons.

Windows+ D

Standard Windows desktop. Also minimizes/restores all open windows in desktop mode.

Windows +B

Takes you from the new desktop to the Legacy desktop.

Windows +F

Search Files

Windows + P

Extends the display.

Window + E

Brings up  Windows Explorer

Windows +R

Brings up the Run Dialog Box.

Windows + Q

This brings a list of of all of the apps installed on your PC.

Windows + W

Displays Ease of Access Center.

Windows + K

This displays the Device to Share with menu.

Windows + L

This allows you to lock your PC.

Windows + Tab

Switches between open applications. Similar to using the left-upper hot corner with a mouse.

Windows + .

Snaps the current Metro app to the right side of the screen. Do it twice and it will snap to the left.

Windows + <

Allows you to take a preview of the classic desktop.

Windows + > Brings up a list of all of the open programs and allows you to switch  between those programs.  (Old Stlye Desktop Only)
Windows + Shift + M Restores all minimized programs

Windows + Page Up / Page Dows.

Allows you to move to full-screen Metro app to secondary monitor.

Ctrl+ Shift + Esc

Allows you quick access to the Task Manager

Windows + Enter

Launches the Narrator

Windows + prtSn

Allows you to take  a snapshot of the screen, and saves it to the pictures folder.

Windows+F1 Launches Windows Help and Support
ESC Closes a Charm

Check out the following links for more Keyboard commands:

  1. Five important Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

  2. Redmond Pie

  3. Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts | ITworld

  4. Comprehensive list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

  5. 23 new keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8

Mouse Shortcuts

Mouse Movement

What it does.

Move the mouse to the bottom left corner of screen, and click

In order to access the start menu with a mouse, you will have to move the cursor to the bottom left and click

Move the mouse to the upper right hand corner of screen

Access the Cham Menu.

Right click the mouse and drag it down

This closes the current open New Windows 8.  This includes the desktop

Click on the arrow the arrow to go back and forth in IE (Metro).

The forwards and backwards arrows in IE,

Right click towards the top of IE. (Metro).

To view the other tabs simply right click towards the top of IE.

Left click at the top of IE (Metro).

Allows you to add or subtract a new tab.

Click towards the top of the screen.  (Metro)

Allows see the program settings

Click the tile while holding the right mouse button (Metro).

This allows you to move the program tiles around


Check out the link link below for more Mouse Gestures:

  1. How-to: Mice

  2. BER :Don’t panic just yet – here are all the scary things you need to learn to use Windows 8

  3. PC World: Master Windows 8 gesture commands


Get Back The Old  Interface

There is good news if you still rather have the old interface.  There are two good programs to do that.

1.            One is Start8 from Stardock.  You can get it at   You get the Windows 7 interface with the enhancements of Windows 8.

2.            The second is Classic Shell from Sourgeforge  .  You can get it at  “Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but were later removed. It has a customizable Start menu and Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. Look here for the full list.”

I hope these tips help you navigate your way through Windows 8.