With Windows 8, you can no longer perform functions the way you were accustomed to in earlier Windows operating systems. Due to the lack of a Start Menu in the Windows 8 desktop, the fastest way to perform simple tasks is to use keyboard shortcuts. In fact, certain keyboard shortcuts allow you to perform certain tasks much faster than you could normally do when using a mouse. As your chosen Denver IT Support company, we’re here to save you time with Windows 8.
Toggle Start Screen/Desktop
Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard when on the desktop to open the Start Screen. Provided that you have no Metro apps opened, you can also use this shortcut when on the Start Screen to instantly switch back to the Windows 8 desktop.
Open Charms Bar
While holding down the Windows logo key, press the “C” key to open the Charms Bar. Using this keyboard shortcut is considerably faster since you must wait for the Charms Bar to pop up when using the mouse.
Search for Apps
Press the Windows logo key and the “Q” key simultaneously to open the “Search” Charm that allows you to search for and open installed applications. Since the Start Menu is no longer present in Windows 8, this shortcut provides a way for you to open applications much faster.
Search for Files
Press the Windows logo key and the “F” key simultaneously to open the Charm that allows you to search for files on your computer. Simply type the name of a file and select a search result to open the item.
Open and Search in Windows 8 Settings
Press the Windows logo key and the “I” key simultaneously to get to the “Settings” Charm. This Charm gives you access to the Control Panel and Personalization features, and also allows you to turn off, restart and hibernate your computer.
Press the Windows logo key and the “I” key on the keyboard simultaneously to search for various settings in Windows 8. This shortcut gives you access to a feature that would otherwise take several clicks to accomplish when using a mouse.
If you want help in upgrading your business office to Windows 8, contact the expert Denver IT Support team at North Star, Inc. We’re here to help. Call us at 303-552-0018.
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