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Why be so elusive with the RUN box?

  1. #11


    You can repeat the above for 'On-Screen Keyboard' and do-it-all with your mouse.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    my right hand is on the mouse, my left hand on the keyboard. I click on start, go to run box, type n with my left hand and it goes to notepad. I hit enter and it launches.
    You realize you can press WinKey+R entirely with your left hand, right?
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    my right hand is on the mouse, my left hand on the keyboard. I click on start, go to run box, type n with my left hand and it goes to notepad. I hit enter and it launches.
    You realize you can press WinKey+R entirely with your left hand, right?
    Yes, I do. Like I said, it's force of habit. The way I am used to getting to the run box is to click on start and to type in the box. Sounds like the original poster would like to be able to do the same thing. I know that Winkey+R will get me the run box, I mentioned it before.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    You have to move your hands to the keyboard anyways to type notepad or cmd... so the whole "My hand is already on the mouse" bit seems made up.
    my right hand is on the mouse, my left hand on the keyboard. I click on start, go to run box, type n with my left hand and it goes to notepad. I hit enter and it launches.

    It's just force of habit and what comes naturally.
    OK how bout this. You do not have to press Windows+R at the same time. Press/release the Window key & then the R key.
    If you want to provoke the Run box to run a command like msconfig etc.
    Now with right hand on mouse click on Run & type whatever.

    If you just wanted the Run box for opening Notepad; Press/release Window key & then the N key. ETC.

    I guess the Start Screen could double as our Run or Search box.
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    I really understand it is inherit humans hate change
    (Psych 101)

    I like Win 8 and like the run command too
    From the Desktop Mode
    Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears.
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  6. #16


    The real problem was that I mainly use my Windows 8 tablet with just the pen (digitizer) so there is no Windows key. I went ahead and found a RUN shortcut buried inside some submenu in the OS and I made a shortcut to it on my taskbar (pinned it) and now I can get to the run box rather easily. Thanx for all the comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    The real problem was that I mainly use my Windows 8 tablet with just the pen (digitizer) so there is no Windows key. I went ahead and found a RUN shortcut buried inside some submenu in the OS and I made a shortcut to it on my taskbar (pinned it) and now I can get to the run box rather easily. Thanx for all the comments.
    That makes no sense. How would you type in the run box? Clearly you are using an on-screen keyboard, which does have a Windows key. Since you have to type the command you want anyways, I fail to see why there is some huge problem here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    my right hand is on the mouse, my left hand on the keyboard. I click on start, go to run box, type n with my left hand and it goes to notepad. I hit enter and it launches.
    You realize you can press WinKey+R entirely with your left hand, right?
    Yes, I do. Like I said, it's force of habit. The way I am used to getting to the run box is to click on start and to type in the box. Sounds like the original poster would like to be able to do the same thing. I know that Winkey+R will get me the run box, I mentioned it before.
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    pin run to task bar


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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    The real problem was that I mainly use my Windows 8 tablet with just the pen (digitizer) so there is no Windows key. I went ahead and found a RUN shortcut buried inside some submenu in the OS and I made a shortcut to it on my taskbar (pinned it) and now I can get to the run box rather easily. Thanx for all the comments.
    That makes no sense. How would you type in the run box? Clearly you are using an on-screen keyboard, which does have a Windows key. Since you have to type the command you want anyways, I fail to see why there is some huge problem here.
    MY on screen keyboard has no Windows key. Even when I try to switch the keyboard using the keyboard icon on the Windows 8 keyboard, it does not show a Windows key on any of these keyboards. You're right. That would have been easy. I've seen picutes of the Windows 8 pre-release on screen keyboard and you can switch to a keyboard that has a Windows key. On my Windows 8 Pro, there is no Windows key. Unless someone can tell me how to fix that? I just assumed Microsoft didn't want you to have access to the Windows key on the RTM Windows 8.
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