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Windows 8: Useful Tips and Tricks

Samyak Lalit | March 19, 2012 (Last update: July 16, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

As Windows 8 is spreading curiosity among users and even the common user has cautiously begin to use Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition, it is imperative that we present a few tips to make Windows 8 experience even more pleasant for new users. So, here we are, ready with a bunch of cool tips which not only speed up a few things that you do on Windows 8 but also solve a few questions that could be nagging your mind. Go on and try these!

On the Start screen
  • Use arrow keys to select among tiles
  • Use escape key to close Start screen
  • Just begin to type the name of the application you want to launch –Windows 8 will search for it. For example, on Start screen, you can type “notepad” and Windows will show you the icon of Notepad that you can click on to launch Notepad
  • Use Home and End keys to go from one end of the tiles to the other end
  • Win + I opens charms bar
  • Win + D takes you to desktop
  • Win + R opens Run box
  • Win + C opens “start menu” of Windows 8
  • Win + Q opens application search
  • Win + W opens settings search
  • Win + F opens files search
  • Win + L locks computer
Windows 8 Tips
  • You can use Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the Start screen.
  • In order to lift the pretty picture on lock screen –you can either press space bar, drag it upward with your mouse or spin the wheel on your wheel-mouse
  • You can pin the frequently used application in the Start screen tiles. Just search for the application and right click on it to get the options
  • If you want even quicker access to certain apps –pin them down on your taskbar.
  • To see what all applications are running; just press Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager. You can use this key combination to shut down your computer
  • If you don’t want lock screen to appear before password entry –do the following:
    • Press Win + R to bring Run box up
    • Run GPEdit.msc (the Local Group Policy Editor)
    • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
    • Double-click “Do not display the lock screen”, select Enabled and click OK
    • Restart computer

I hope with these tips you will be able to use Windows 8 operating system more easily. It’s a new interface which may required a bit of getting used to, but soon you’ll begin to like it, as I have! Please let me know if you have any questions.


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