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  1. #40


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    Nav Tips, Keyboard Shortcuts & More for Win8


    Edit: I just found these. If a Moderator wishes to delete, be my guests. Sorry for the duplicate.

    These may have been posted elsewhere, but I have not discovered them yet so here they are. Sorry if this is a duplicate.

    Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8:

    [WIN KEY] Open Metro Start Screen Arrow (Direction) Keys will scroll through Start tiles
    [WN KEY] >Desktop, (Can need tapping depending on location)
    [Esc Key] (Once or twice) > Desktop
    [WIN KEY] + C Open Charms bar
    [WIN KEY] + I Desktop settings, quick access to power/shutdown/restart
    [WIN KEY] + <-- or --> Snaps grab an open window or an app, @ the top, take it left or right to Snap (split the screen).
    [WIN KEY] + Up Arrow gives Full screen
    [WN KEY] + Down Arrow back to original window state
    [WIN KEY] + W Search Settings
    [WIN KEY] + F Search Files
    [WIN KEY] + D Go to Desktop anytime, from anywhere
    [WIN KEY] + . Snap current app to right side
    [WIN KEY] + Shift + . Snap current app to left side
    [WIN KEY] + , Peek at the Windows desktop
    [WIN KEY] + Q Search Apps (from Desktop)
    [WIN KEY] + Z (from Start) Display app bar & ALL APPS icon > All Apps display Rt Clk, when on Start, also, gives app bar w/ All Apps icon
    [WIN KEY] + Enter Narrator
    [WIN KEY] + K Devices
    [WIN KEY] + L Lock Screen
    [WIN KEY] + H Share options
    [WIN KEY] + P Projector/Display options
    [WIN KEY] + R Run a command
    [WIN KEY] + U Ease of Access Center
    [WIN KEY] + X Quick access to a variety of system functions
    [WIN KEY] + PageUp/PageDown multiple monitors, swap which 1 the Start screen is on
    [WIN KEY] + PrtScreen Save .png screenshot of desktop in Pictures library
    [WIN KEY] + = Magnifier Larger
    [WIN KEY] + - Magnifier Smaller
    [WIN KEY] + Tab Gives LF Side Panel scroll through open windows (nicer than Alt + Tab) Alt + Tab Scrolls through
    open windows You can just hit Ctrl at the lock screen instead of dragging with the mouse. Ctrl-Alt-Del Access to lock, switch user, sign out, Task Manager, power, accessibility

    Mouse Tips for Windows 8:

    • Move mouse to upper or lower right-hand of screen will open the Charms bar, slide mouse up or down to access.
    • In Desktop app, click far right of taskbar to show desktop(minimize all apps), just like Windows 7
    • Move mouse to upper-left, then slide cursor down to reveal running app thumbnails
    • Move mouse to lower-left, then slide cursor up to reveal running app thumbnails
    • Move mouse to upper-left and click mouse repeatedly to cycle through apps
    • When in the "app thumbnail bar" (upper-left) right-click thumbnails for options to snap left/right or close app.
    * Pull an open App to the bottom of the screen & it will close.
    • Move mouse to lower-left and click for Metro Start menu (you can right-click it for a handy menu)
    • Move mouse to top edge of screen in a Metro app and the cursor will change to a hand, drag
    • down to the bottom of the screen to close the app.
    • In Metro Start screen click button in lower-right to activate semantic zoom. You can right-click a group of tiles to name them. Click anywhere to exit semantic zoom. Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel zooms the Start Menu in and out too.
    • Drag tiles anywhere to arrange them. Drag between two groups of tiles and a vertical thick white bar will appear, dropping a tile on that bar will create a new group.

    The menu one gets by Rt Clk @ the bottom-left... not only can you get that when @ Desktop but, also, when @ start or any other screen, even an App screen.

    While @ Desktop, Start is @ bottom-left & Apps @ top-left
    But, @ Start, Desktop is @ bottom-left, Apps @ top-left
    And when @ an App, Desktop is @ top-left & Start is @ bottom-left

    You can, also, Search by beginning to type anywhere on the Start screen

    Start can be moved laterally by the mouse & w/out using the scroll bar.
    Last edited by Medicted51; 01 Apr 2012 at 18:27.

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  2. #41


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    Cheat sheet: 100 Windows keyboard shortcuts

    Cheat sheet: 100 Windows keyboard shortcuts| Downloads | TechRepublic

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  3. #42


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    Here's another good chart that includes keyboard, mouse, and touch shortcuts.

    Windows 8 Cheat Sheet: Get Started Easily! - Dr. Doris Chen&#39;s Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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  4. #43


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    Windows 8 x64


    Is there a shortcut for "all apps" without the search? I use win+Q often, but end up taking the additional step of closing search half the time. Something fast should be the same as left click/win+z and pressing all apps.
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  5. #44


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    Vista and Win7


    My system shuts down with Win+7. Did not see that shortcut yet.
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  6. #45


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    My system shuts down with Win+7. Did not see that shortcut yet.
    Hello Wolfgang,

    Do you by chance have a Shut Down shortcut pinned to the taskbar in 7th position from left to right?

    Windows + # (1 to 10) is the normal shortcut to open pinned items on the taskbar.

    Taskbar - Pin or Unpin Apps in Windows 8
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  7. #46


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    Vista and Win7


    Shawn, you are absolutely right. I did not know about that Win+n. Thanks for pointing it out.

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    Anytime mate.
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  9. #48


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    That Shawn is learning fast

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  10. #49


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixel Eater View Post
    Is there a shortcut for "all apps" without the search? I use win+Q often, but end up taking the additional step of closing search half the time. Something fast should be the same as left click/win+z and pressing all apps.
    Hi Pixel Eater,

    The easiest way to open "All apps" without the search bar popping up is to right click any open area on Start Screen and click the All apps charm on the bottom pop up bar.

    BTW, right-clicking in several places will produce a lot additional menus and selections, both on the Start Screen and the Desktop.

    The guys here on the forum have found many useful things to try out using the right click.

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