More useful keyboard shortcuts and tricks in Windows 8

win8 logoKeyboard shortcuts are a real asset to computers. They often save time and tiresome searching with the mouse. In addition to the well-known CTRL + A for Select All, CTRL + C for Copy, CTRL + X for Cut and CTRL + V for Paste, there are far more important combinations. In Windows 8, too, despite the optimization for tablets without a keyboard, the developers of course did not do without the important invention and so some mouse movements can be dispensed with.

The new start menu

The new start menu, which is now displayed in a tile view, has changed significantly. It takes a lot of getting used to for those switching and you won't find your way around straight away. But these keyboard shortcuts help.

Start menu overview

The old desktop

The familiar desktop is still available in Windows 8. To get there quickly, press CTRL + D or the desktop icon in the tile pattern.

Switching between the start menu and the last opened app is even faster using the Windows key on the keyboard.

The new Charms menu

The Charms menu is also new in Windows 8. It shows settings and the current date. It is called up by dragging the mouse to the lower right corner. It is also possible to call up this menu using the Windows key + C combination. Ideal for tablet users: Depending on the manufacturer, there are also swipe gestures that display this menu.

Charms menu

Show open programs

Every advanced Windows user knows the key combination ALT + Tab to display and toggle open programs. This function is still available in Windows 8. However, there is now another way to display the active apps, this is what the programs are called in Windows 8. If you move the mouse to the upper left corner, a menu is displayed on the left edge of the screen, which shows all active programs including a preview image.

Close open programs

All apps that are opened in the tile pattern have to be closed again at some point. But how without the well-known X at the top of the screen? When you press the Windows key or the back arrow, the program goes into a kind of hibernation and does not exit. However, it does not require any resources in this state. To close the app, slide the mouse to the top of the screen until the hand symbol appears. Now hold the mouse down and pull it down. The program is already closed.

View installed apps

All installed programs are also displayed in Windows 8 in the start menu. In order not to have to search for a long time and to scroll before opening the app, you can zoom in and out with the CTRL key and scrolling the mouse. To search for an app, there is the Windows key + Q function, which displays a search bar from which you can start the apps directly.

To get an overview of all installed apps, click with the right mouse button on a free area in the tile view. A menu opens with the sub-item "All apps". 

Show all programs

After clicking on the symbol, a list of all system programs and self-installed apps appears.

All apps

More keyboard shortcuts

On the official Microsoft website about Windows 8 there is a detailed list of the keyboard shortcuts available when you press the ALT, Shift, Windows symbol or similar keys.

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