Essential Shortcuts and Tips for Using Windows 8

Those who have tried Windows 7 will appreciate Windows 8 as there are several changes that are worth mentioning. Every new change has its own setbacks and rewards. Once you are comfortable with Windows 8, navigation becomes easier and simpler. Some of the changes are in marked contrast from its previous version such as absence of Start menu. In spite of all the changes, Microsoft has created a laudable operating system. Here are a few shortcuts and tips for using windows 8.

  • Press the Windows key and type your keyword to instantly search for applications
  • If you wish to know about the list of applications that are installed, all you need to do is press the Windows key and ‘Q’
  • To search, you can press the Windows key + ‘F’
  • For locking Windows, simply press the Windows key and ‘L’
  • If you are looking for information on settings, press Windows key and ‘W’

How To Enter Your User Name and Password

Initially, lock screen is what you will find on Windows 8. Most of us would wonder what to do next. It is pretty simple. You need to click the space bar and use your mouse to click on the usual login screen which contains space for typing your user name and password. An alternate way is to simply swipe the touch screen in the upward direction to access the login screen. Now just enter the details on the screen to get started.

Shortcuts and Tips for Using Windows 8

How To Navigate

Windows 8 introduces its Metro Interface, attractive tiles and easy-to-use applications. While operating on a tablet, it is all quite self explanatory. A simple swipe will lead you to different screens. Further you can select a tile of your choice. If you are working on a desktop, you need to use the mouse wheel for navigating. Those who are comfortable with keyboards can use the same as well. To shift from one end of the start screen, simply press the Home or End keys. Make use of the cursor buttons to select the tiles.

Sorting Applications

Usually the start screen applications will not be organized. Instead you will find them randomly scattered across. The good news is that you can customize them according to your needs. Simply drag them to a required location and form a group with a unique name. You need to select the magnifying glass icon which will be seen in the bottom of the screen and perform a semantic zoom. Now it is easy to drag the applications and sort them into groups.

Quick Access: There might be certain apps which you use more commonly. You can pin such applications to the start screen and get access to them easily instead of using the search applications.

The Process of Shutting Down:

Once you are through with Windows 8 and want to shut down your system, it might be a bit confusing as there is no Start menu. However it is not all that difficult. Simply shift the cursor of your mouse and move towards the corner of the screen towards your right. Select the settings icon and you can see the power button. Now you can easily choose ‘shut down’ or ‘restart’ according to your choice.

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13 thoughts on “Essential Shortcuts and Tips for Using Windows 8”

  1. Hi Irfan,
    Microsoft developers are in constant development of windows operating system. One of the issues we face with new versions or new operating systems is that of compatibility. Windows 7 was not fully compatible with one of my constantly used app so I never fully experimented with it. Hope I find luck with windows 8

    Thanks for sharing the materials

    1. Back in school days when I first got my PC I got windows XP installed in, and since then, I’m constantly using Windows XP. Though, I have windows 7 over my laptop but on desktop I’m using Windows XP as it is the best OP I have used till date. What you say, Enstine?

  2. Hi Irfan,
    Currently using windows 8 developers preview which is awesome O.S from windows. I’ve never came across the shortcuts which you have mentioned in the post. Thanks a lot will try all those.

    1. I’m with Franklin here. The day I never see (Not responding) can’t come soon enough. The problem with all Windows pc’s is the registry building up over time. Get to 18 months old, and you got one bloated file which slows your machine down.

      Just waiting for an Ivy Bridge Mac mini now…

  3. Thank you very much for this easy-to-use guide. (I hate reading long manuals with tons of unnecessary information).
    In your post, you have covered absolutely everything a user may need. And yes – I had the problem of shutting down the system for the first time)))

  4. I exceedingly get your point, but I don’t think that it is possible. Well recently installed windows 8, which is an classy O.S and has great features. all of the above shortcuts are new will try it soon.

  5. Thanks dude, for giving such a useful content about windows 8. These all short cuts and tips are really useful to access windows 8 more easily and effectively. I am a new user of windows 8, so that above information is really helpful for me.
    Thanks for the awesome and handy list of shortcuts. Will be much useful to me; never knew some of them.
    Thanks again and keep it up!!!

    thanks again!!!

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