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Windows 8 Essential Shortcuts

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Essential Shortcuts Windows-8

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Here are 15 Essential Shortcuts for Windows 8 to helpBasic Internet Search Tips. Read more ... » you navigate Microsoft’s revolutionary operating system. Without the familiar Start button these essential shortcuts could mean the difference in liking or disliking the new operating system.

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It is pretty easy to navigate Windows 8 on a tabletI got an iPad and a Zoom!. Read more ... » since it is a “touch” oriented operating system.  However, if a touch screen is not an option for you and there is a definite need to use your existing mouse and keyboard then these Windows 8 essential shortcuts are for you to make the functions you were used to using in prior Windows versions to appear.  You will be able to work faster and more efficiently if you know and master these essential shortcuts for Windows 8 no matter the type of Windows 8 PC you own or use.

Essential Shortcuts List:

  1. Windows logo Key + . (period key): Docks the current Windows 8-style application to the right or left, depending on how many times you hit it.
  2. Windows logo 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.
  3. Windows logo Key + Tab: Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps.
  4. Windows logo Key + C: Displays Charms menu.
  5. Windows logo Key + D: Activates desktop mode.
  6. Windows logo Key + E: Opens File Explorer to the “My ComputerHow to Change the Default Location of My Documents in Windows 7. Read more ... »” view which shows all your drives.
  7. Windows logo Key + F: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search files.
  8. Windows logo 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.
  9. Windows logo 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.
  10. Windows logo Key + M: Opens desktop mode and minimizes all windows.
  11. Windows logo Key + Q: Brings up the apps search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs.
  12. Windows logo Key + R: Opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their executable file names.
  13. Windows logo Key + W: Opens universal search menu and sets it to search settings.
  14. Windows logo Key + X: Brings up a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer.
  15. Windows logo Key + Z: Brings up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.

Essential Shortcuts Summary:

It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft’s new operating system comes with a long list of new keyboard essential shortcuts. These are in addition to the existing keyboard shortcuts available in Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Most of these essential shortcuts involve the Windows logo key and are aimed at the Metro/Modern User Interface. Hopefully this list of essential shortcuts for desktop users, who do not have a touch screen, provide a quick way to enjoy the benefits of a touch optimized Graphical User Interface.

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