A power user's guide to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview


By Ed Bott
April 5, 2012, 5:55am PDT


Summary: The more I use Windows 8, the more I like it. In this post, and the accompanying gallery. I want to share some of the small but useful hidden shortcuts, surprises, and secrets that only reveal themselves when you roll up your sleeves and use the new OS every day.


The more I use Windows 8, the more I like it.


Itís still a beta, of course, but itís been fast and reliable enough for me to use day in and day out.


After more than a month of daily use, the new Start and search screens have become comfortable. Yes, the new design is a big change, one that takes some time (and a bit of unlearning) to adapt to. And yes, there are minor annoyances. The shortcut in the lower left corner of the display that leads to the Start screen, for example, desperately needs some fine-tuning. I have no doubt that Microsoft has heard the intense feedback and will make the necessary adjustments in the final release.


In this post, and the accompanying gallery. I want to share some of the little shortcuts, surprises, and secrets that only reveal themselves when you roll up your sleeves and use the new OS every day. These are things you might not discover on your own.


Gallery: 12 shortcuts and secrets for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview


Iíve come up with a dozen items, divided into four categories.
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