Trying to get used to Windows 8?: A few quick tips

Image of the Windows 8 desktop tiles

Windows 8 is probably the most drastic update to the Windows operating system since Windows 95 and it can be extremely frustrating while learning the features and even how to get some of the old features to work. I installed Windows 8 the first day it became available for download and I have to admit within the first week I had re-installed Windows 7. After a couple of weeks I decided to give Windows 8 another chance and aside from a few pending issues I’m glad I made the transition. Below I’m going to list the key things that have helped me have a better experience with Windows 8.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • F11 – this brings all programs and most importantly Internet Explorer out of presentation/full screen mode.
  • F3 – Search for a File or Folder.
  • Windows Key + Tab – This will scroll through all open Windows and makes switching back and forth from programs like Word and Internet Explorer easier.
  • Windows Key + D – This will take you to a more traditional desktop similar to Windows 7.
  • Windows Key + C – Opens the Charms bar on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Windows Key + E – Opens up the Computer/My Computer screen.
  • Windows Key + R – Opens up the traditional Run dialogue box.

Just Type on the Start Screen

  • You can start typing on the start screen at anytime to find the particular program or application you trying to find.

Clicking in the Bottom Left Hand Corner

  • By left clicking in the bottom left hand corner of the screen you can switch between the start screen and the desktop.
  • By right clicking in the bottom right hand corner of the screen you can get access to a power users menu that allows for easy access to things such as control panel and computer management.

Take Advantage of Free Windows 8 Apps

  • You can use the Facebook or Twitter app to make posts to your accounts without having to navigate to the site on IE.
  • You can watch movies on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.
  • Skype with your friends without having to go through IE.

I hope these tips help you to have a better experience with Windows 8. Even though Windows 8 is frustrating at times it is the most customizable OS we’ve seen from Microsoft. So the best advice I can give is to take advantage of this and fully customize your Windows 8 to your liking.

Steve Erichsen, Technology and Facilities Coordinator

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