Windows 8 is the first one of its kind from Microsoft, combining touch control with the traditional mouse and keyboard input. It also has other attractive features like Windows 8 transfer, Windows 8 application store etc. Even though it is a good sign to see Microsoft coming up with innovations in their operating system, they are doing nothing to educate users with these new gestures and inputs. Some sort of awareness should be made, especially for those who are using Windows 8 on a desktop PC. I spend weeks in front of it, trying to fully understand the different available options in Windows 8.
Hot corners of Windows 8
Hot corners are one of the hidden controls of Windows 8 operating system. All the four corners of the screen have specific functions attached to them. If you move the mouse toward s the top left corner of the screen, it activates a bar for most recently used applications. The bottom left corner has a toggle that lets you to move between Metro Interface and the traditional desktop interface. The top and bottom right corners can activate “Charms” which is basically a series of menu buttons providing quick access to things like search and preferences. Like Windows 8 transfer, this is also an attractive feature.
Some useful keyboard shortcuts
Mentioned below are some of the useful shortcuts that will make it easy for you to work with Windows 8.
Windows key: lets you toggle between the Metro user interface and the traditional desktop interface.
Windows-Z: Will open up the search box.
Windows-Arrow keys: Allows you to aero snap any window in to the desired side. To minimize a snap window use Windows-down, and to maximize al un-snap a window use Windows – up.
Windows-E: Opens up the Windows Explorer window.
Windows-P: Opens up screen projection settings window.
Windows-,: Allows you to quickly peek at the Windows desktop. It will fade off if you release the Windows key.
Windows-PgUp : Will move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left.
Windows-PgDown : Will move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right.
Windows-Shift-. : Will put an application to the left “gutter” for multitasking. Works well with Metro style applications.
Windows-. : Will put an application to the right”gutter” for multitasking. \
Windows-Q: Will open up the search pane from where you can search anything on your computer.
Windows-F: Brings up the file search.
Windows-Tab: Lets you to cycle through your applications.
Windows-Shift-Tab: Will let you to cycle through your applications in reverse order.
That is all with the information about the keyboard controls of Windows 8. Have a nice day!