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Windows 8 Metro Tips for mouse/keyboard users

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 04:35 PM

Microsoft’s new Metro interface is great for touch but how about keyboard and mouse users?

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you along your Windows 8 way with your traditional desktop. Feel free to comment if you have more and we’ll update the post with a mention and your tip/trick.

  • To unlock the lock screen, double tap on your mouse or hit any key on the keyboard
  • To bring up the “charms bar” (share, settings, shutdown, etc), hit the lower-left corner of the screen with the mouse – no clicking required.
  • In any app, right click to bring up the “app bar” to see everything you can do.
  • To go back to the Start screen, simply use the Windows Key on your keyboard.
  • Bump your mouse against the left side of the screen to see a thumbnail of your most recently used app. Use the scroll wheel to see all open modern apps.
  • Modern apps don’t generally need to be closed — they are suspended when they’re not in view. If you really need to close them, use the task manager (via the tile or ctrl+alt+delete) to force quit.
  • To search for anything on your system like applications, setting, or files, simply start typing from the Start screen, and the search box will automatically pop up.
  • Glance at your desktop by using Winkey+y
  • Activate application settings by using winkey+i
  • Project onto an external TV/monitor using winkey+p



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Posted 27 September 2011 - 09:00 PM

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