Windows 8 has been around since summer 2012 and whilst it was a bit of a shock to the system to navigate around after XP and Windows 7, most users now find it simple, quick and easy to use.
However, there are a number of clever shortcuts, tips and tricks to make your Windows 8 experience even easier and more efficient, so we thought we would share some of our favourites with you and if these don’t grab your attention, there are many more you can find using Google.
These are our 5 favourites:
1. Handy keyboard shortcuts – these time saving keyboard shortcuts were a favourite of many a typist who had migrated over to a computer and were used to using a keyboard rather than a mouse, but we think these new keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 are brilliant. Here are some we think are real time savers:
Press your Windows key and get straight to your tiled Start screen
Hit the Windows Key + M – this minimises all of your windows
To open Explorer allowing you faster access to your files and folders, simply press Windows key + E
To change your settings quickly press Windows key + I and you’ll have access to your Control Panel, Personalisation and your Power options
This is a small sample so google some more options and see what works for you.
2. Closing Apps – if you have spent time trying to work out how to close an app on Windows 8, you can be assured that you are not alone. Microsoft have made it difficult to close apps because they want you to run them in the background. However if you do want to shut down an app, grab it at the top of the screen, drag it down to the bottom of the screen and it will close.
3. Menu Access – Right click on the Windows icon on the left hand corner of your screen and you will get the Quick Access Menu, with access to your Control Panel and many other useful system tools.
4. Minimise Your Tiles – Your Start Screen has lots of tiles representing all of your apps, but if you have lots installed, it can be difficult to find what you are looking for quickly and without a great deal of scrolling. You can minimise them in order to fit more on the page by pressing Control (Ctrl) and scroll up on your mouse wheel to make them smaller or to make them bigger scroll down.
5. Give me back my desktop – Windows 8 looks drastically different from what you’re used to. Those colours! Those tiles! Charms! While we’re big fans of the overhaul, you may long for the Windows desktop of old. Don’t worry; Microsoft built an ejector seat specifically for people like you. If you press Start+D, you’ll shoot instantly to the desktop environment from wherever you are. Press it again, and you’ll clear all the windows to show the desktop you’ve spent the last two decades getting comfortable with. Press it once more and your fancy tiled windows come back. A four-fingered vertical swipe also accomplishes this, but we found the keyboard shortcut a little easier.
These top five tips will hopefully go some way to enhancing your experience of Windows 8, so enjoy trying them out and seeing which ones are your favourites.
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