Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts and tricks 2013

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When you’re using Windows 8 on a tablet, it’s easy enough to navigate the new OS. But if you don’t have a touch screen, there’s no need to mouse around to make key functions appear. If you know the correct keyboard shortcuts, you can work faster and more efficiently, no matter the type of Windows 8 PC.

Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows.
Press this To do this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+start typing
Search your PC
Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-)
Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+scroll wheel
Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C
Open the charms
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+F
Open the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+H
Open the Share charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+I
Open the Settings charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+J
Switch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+K
Open the Devices charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+O
Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Q
Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+W
Open the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Z
Show the commands available in the app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+spacebar
Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+spacebar
Change to a previously selected input
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Tab
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+Tab
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgUp
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgDown
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+period (.)
Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+period (.)

Snaps an app to the right


Type and Search

Need to run a search in Windows 8 for a rarely-used application? Just start typing on an open area of the Start Screen. The operating system pulls up search results based on what you typed. Not having to open a search box is a nice timesaver, although if your touch-typing is as bad of mine you might send the system searching for misspelled apps.

Faster Screen Shots

Press Win + Print Screen (Win + Volume down on a tablet) and automatically save screenshot as a PNG file. No more opening Microsoft Paint, pasting and manually saving screenshots.

Win + X: The Best Shortcut Ever

Like many users, I miss the old Windows Start Menu, with its easy access to My Computer, Documents, and Control Panel. While Windows 8 dispenses with the Start button, Microsoft added a lovely little context menu. Simply press the Windows button + X and the menu appears.

How helpful is it? The menu offers access to everything from the Control Panel and Task manger to Computer Management and Network Connections. All told, the Win X menu offers sixteen helpful shortcuts.

The Task Manager Startup Tab

Some programs have an inflated sense of self-worth. During installation programs assume users want it active at all times, so it slips into your list of Start Up Programs. The more programs automatically running when you start up slows down your computer. The redesigned Windows 8 Task Manager includes a Startup tab, listing all programs that open during Startup. You can quickly scan the list, check off any programs you don’t need running and hit the Disable button.

Jump Lists

Taskbar Jump Lists are great shortcuts, but by listing your Recent Items, they raise some privacy concerns. Do you want just anyone gaining easy access to the documents you recently viewed or the videos you watched? Windows 8 allows users to customize Jump Lists by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting Preferences. In preferences click Properties and then click the Jump Lists tab. You can know control what pops up when you right-click a taskbar icon.

Schedule Auto Maintenance

Windows 8 Schedules maintenance tasks automatically, including software updates, security scans and diagnostics. By default, these tasks run at 3.00 a.m. You can change the maintenance schedule to suit your own needs. From the Control Panel, click Systems and Security and then select the Action Center. Now click Maintenance and then Start Maintenance. From here, you can alter when Windows 8 performs maintenance, and select which maintenance functions you want to run. You can also choose to perform maintenance tasks manually, if you prefer a more hand-on approach.

Relocating Your Recycle Bin

You’d expect to find your Recycle Bin in the left-hand navigation pane, which lists open apps. But no, a quick peek reveals it’s not there. Microsoft decided to keep the navigation pane as simple as possible, so all you’ll see is a list of open apps. Don’t despair. If you want quick access to your Recycle Bin, click the navigation pane’s View option and select Options. You can now select Show All Folders, adding the Recycle Bin to the navigation pane.


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