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PostHeaderIcon Useful Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

For old Windows timers, lots of old Windows shortcut keys have become more useful when using the new Windows 8 interface. They may hate the new Start Menu when they want to use the desktop instead. Here are some good Windows8 shortcut keys that may help you get what you want. I love Windows Key

Windows Key

Windows Key

1)How to get Windows explorer for the files and documents?

Shortcut keys:  Windows + e

2)At Start Menu or when you have full Window application, how to get the desktop?

Shortcut keys: Windows + m

3)How to search for an installed applications?

Shortcut keys: Windows + w   and type in to do a live search. For example, type “turn” or “shut” to see Turn off your PC button on the left. This is also how to get to the Control Panel (typing “cont” and you will see, you don’t need to type full phrase.)

4)How to Switch to another application you open in the background:


rotating opened apps

Shortcut keys: Alt+Tab to rotate to the application you want, release the Tab key one at a time and until you see the one you want, release the Alt key.

5)How to get my DOS or Command Prompt?

Shortcut keys: Windows+R    and type in cmd and press Enter. You can also get Control Panel by typing in “Control Panel”. There’s a plain explanation at Microsoft website: And I love to type in “intl.cpl” to get to the language preference to set up my Chinese input method or IME

Windows8 Language Preference

Windows8 Language Preference

Other useful Windows8 tips: Creating a Windows8 Shutdown/Hybernate  Button

PostHeaderIcon Where’s My Shutdown Button in Windows8?

Microsoft made a big mistake by mixing the tablet OS and desktop OS.  It doesn’t make sense to force the desktop users to deal with the tablet features.

Lots of complaints include

  1. Where’s my Start Button?
  2. Where’s the Shutdown button?
  3. Where’s my Control Panel?

And they don’t have enough pre-education for most of the users to switch to their new “smart” interface. Read the rest of this entry »

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