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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Episode 2

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Episode 2 Text and Notes

Welcome to episode two of the Start Screen Tips tutorials. Our first Windows 8 Pro screen cast introduced Windows 8 Lock and Start Screens. We demonstrated how to use your mouse and hot spots to access the desktop, charms and start screen. Some may be concerned by the apparent need to mouse back and forth between hot spots in the far right or left corners of the screen.

The saving grace of Windows 8 is a healthy smattering of new short cut keystrokes. Let’s start by looking at keyboard shortcuts used to switch between the desktop and start screen. The Windows Key finally earns its place on your keyboard. Pressing the Windows key bypasses the need to click the bottom left hot spot corner of your screen. Holding down the Windows key and using it like a shift key as you press the D key takes you to the desktop. The Windows key will toggle between the Start Screen and the last used program or application. If the pressed while on the desktop the Start Screen is displayed. When pressed a second time the desktop is displayed. If you are using a Start Screen App such as Weather the Windows key would toggle between the Weather App and the Start Screen.

To access the Charms Bar, hold down the Windows key and press the C key. This keyboard combo eliminates the need to swipe up and down to display charms. Use the Windows plus C key combo to CHARM your computer. Use your arrow keys to move up and down the charms bar and your enter key to select a charm. Pressing the Escape key will clear the Charms Bar.

Need a short cut to the power option? Hold down the Windows key and type the I key to display the Settings menu to display the power options icon.


The Start Button search function has been replaced by a more powerful and easy to access Windows 8 search. To find a program or app while in the Start Screen, simply begin typing the name of the app. As I type notepad, search automatically finds the notepad program. Left click or press Enter to run. Notice, because notepad is a desktop program, you are automatically switched to the desktop. Click the right corner X


An iNetSynch close Notepad and other desktop programs.

Windows Key: Toggle to Start Screen

Windows Key plus C Key : Turn on Charms Bar

Windows Key plus D Key: Display Desktop

Windows Key plus I Key: Display Settings Panel With Power Options

To find and run program: Switch to the Start Screen and begin typing the name of the program

Introducing Windows 8 Episode 1

Start Screen Episode 1 Text and Notes

Welcome to the Windows 8 tips and resources screencast. Windows 8 offers both a revolutionary and evolutionary change in the way users interact with their computers be they traditional desktop machines, tablets or phones. Windows 8 is offered in several flavors. The Windows RT version is designed for lower cost tablets and runs only apps designed for Windows RT. Windows Pro is for more expensive tablets and desktops and will run RT and most Windows 7 programs. This Screen Cast was made using the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation release and focuses on Pro version features.

Microsoft has made bold changes in the look and feel of Windows 8 Pro requiring customers learn a radical new way of using software and hardware. Many Windows desktop features have been retained but are accessible only after flipping through the new touch friendly Start Screen.

This screencast focuses on using a traditional mouse or trackball and keyboard. When your computer is turned on, the first screen that you will see is called the Lock Screen. The Lock Screen shows the time, date and the status of your Internet connection.  Left click your mouse to remove the Lock Screen.

The next screen prompts you to enter your password.  The screen displays an ease of access at the bottom left hand corner of the screen and a power option icon in the lower right corner. After entering your password, you will be greeted by the Windows 8 Start Screen.

In most installations, users will see a rectangular block in the lower left corner labeled Desktop. Your Desktop tile may be in a different location but is part of the Start Screen.  The rectangular blocks and squares are referred to as Tiles.  Start Screen Tiles act much like desktop icons. Clicking Tiles launch traditional desktop programs such as Microsoft word or apps designed to only run in the new Start Screen environment. When you first see the Start Screen click on the Desktop tile to go to the more familiar desktop.  Easy!

New users will notice that the familiar desktop Start Button is missing.  Don’t panic.  You still have access to all of your programs which are now launched using the new Windows 8 Start Screen.

To display the Start Screen, move your mouse to the lower left corner of your screen and left click.  When in the far left corner, you will notice a square icon labeled Start appear.  One of the most common tendencies for new users is to gradually move the mouse toward the center of this icon before clicking.  As you move the mouse over the icon you will notice that it disappears.  Once the Start icon is displayed left click to show the Start screen. Again, as soon as the Start icon is displayed, left click to go to the Start Screen. To return to the Desktop click the Desktop tile.

In previous versions of Windows, the Start Button is used to shut down or restart your computer. Access to these actions has been moved to the right side of the screen.  As I move the mouse cursor to the very top right hand corner of the screen five icons appear in a vertical column.  These icons are referred to as charms.

The charms disappear if I move the mouse to the upper right hand corner of the screen and hold it there.  This is very much like the disappearing act we saw with the Start icon.  The trick is to move the mouse to the upper right hand corner and as soon as the charms appear move the mouse down.  Up to the right and then down. As you move your mouse down you will notice the charms are now displayed against a dark background.  Move your mouse down the charms bar. As you mouse over Charms they are highlighted.  Move to the gearbox icon labeled Settings and left click to see setting options.

The power icon is located at the bottom.  Move your mouse over the icon to highlight and left click to pop up a power options menu.  To shut down or power off your computer, move your mouse to that option and left click.  Let’s try this once more.  I return to the traditional desktop by simply clicking away from the settings menu displayed on the right.  I move the mouse to the upper right hand corner and slide down to display the charms bar. I continue to move the mouse down to the settings icon, left click to display the settings options, move my mouse to the power icon and click to display shut down options.

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