How can you make the Windows 8 experience better?
Most of the users might find Windows 8 annoying because of the changes in the interface and shortcut keys. Microsoft has released operating systems that looked more or less similar all these years. With Windows 8 they took a huge leap in many ways. User interface is the most important change – from a user’s perspective.
Have you read about the changes they have done to the interface of Windows 8? You should familiarize yourself with those changes because it is important to know what to expect when you’re using a new operating system. In case these changes bother you, you can customize some of them and learn the shortcut keys to enjoy Windows 8 better. Here are some of the things that could make your Windows 8 experience better.
New keyboard shortcuts
This is the first thing you should be worried about. Always know your shortcuts better if you want to master the operating system. Keyboard shortcuts need no introduction. They make your life easy and save lot of time too! You might be accustomed to the keyboard shortcuts that were there in earlier versions of operating systems from Microsoft but there have been a few changes in Windows 8. Here are a set of new keyboard shortcuts that you need to know about:
‘Windows Key’ + ‘E’ – This shortcut will launch the Windows Explorer.
‘Windows Key’ + F – This shortcut opens the Metro File search screen.
‘Windows Key’ + H – This shortcut opens the Metro Share panel.
‘Windows Key’ + I – This shortcut opens the Settings panel.
‘Windows Key’ + L – This shortcut locks your computer.
‘Windows Key’ + M – This shortcut minimizes Windows on the desktop.
‘Windows Key’ + W – This shortcut opens the Metro Settings search screen.
‘Windows Key’ + X – This shortcut launches the Start Menu.
Search made easy
When you are on the Start Screen, you can start typing for anything that you want to search because Windows 8 will directly search for the term that you type. You don’t have to open the Windows Search anymore to search for anything on your computer. Once you type something on the Start Screen, Windows 8 searches for application and files that match, and displays it on the Live Search screen for you. You can also find the search option on the Charms menu which you’d find when mouse is hovered over the top right corner of your computer screen in case you want to. In case you are looking for the File Search tool, the shortcut key is ‘Windows Key’ + ‘F’.
Create shortcuts for Shutdown
One major complaint that people have against Windows 8 is that the Shutdown process has been complicated. A simple process like Shutdown shouldn’t take three steps to be executed. Microsoft needs to do something really soon about this because it looks like they don’t want you to turn off your computer. You can create a shortcut for the Shutdown process and place the icon on the Start Screen. That way, Shutdown will only be one click away whenever you want to turn off your computer. Here’s an easy way to create the Shutdown shortcut on your Windows 8 computer.
These customizations and shortcut keys make your Windows 8 experience worthwhile! Make these changes on your computer and enjoy Windows 8.
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