Windows 8.1 tips and tricks – Hot Key shortcuts

With Windows 10 not on the way until later this year and in reality probably not making it to the business desktop for some time after that, we thought it would be useful to put some Windows 8.1 tips and tricks online!

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Windows Key

Windows 8 is designed around mouse and touch screen ‘gestures’, such as ‘swiping’ and ‘pinching’. However the trusty keyboard has not been forgotten and Windows 8 now includes keyboard shortcuts that can be as fast, or in some cases faster than any of the gestures.

All of these shortcuts use the Windows Key (pictured left) in conjunction with the other keys.

  • Presssing the Windows key by itself activates the start menu screen. Pressing it again, will return you to the desktop.
  • The Windows key + M minimizes everything that’s showing on the desktop.
  • The Windows key + E opens file explorer
  • The Windows key + Print Screen takes a screenshot and saves it to a screenshots folder in your Pictures folder.
  • The Windows key + Q opens a search menu that searches the whole computer.
  • The Windows key + F opens a file and folder search.
  • The Windows key  + PgUp: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right
  • The Windows key  + PgDn: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left
  • The Windows key + Pause opens the system properties page
  • The Windows key + “,”  makes all current windows transparent
  • The Windows key + R prompts the Run command—useful for quickly launching apps and programs
  • The Windows key + I opens the settings menu, giving you quick access to the Control Panel, Personalization, and your Power button, among other features.
  • The Windows key + O locks orientation on devices with an accelerometer such as tablets or foldable laptops
These tips apply to Windows 8.1 and may not work with Windows 8.

If you are still using Windows 8, then you should upgrade for free to 8.1 to ensure you have the latest security fixes. If you are unsure then please ask us or your current provider for assistance.

By |2018-01-18T14:09:59+00:00February 13th, 2015|Categories: Microsoft application, Tips and advice|Tags: , |0 Comments
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