I’m sure many of you have tried the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and if you come from Windows 7, then you’ve noticed the significant changes. Some of them are obvious while others not. Change doesn’t always mean good, so you’ll probably find some of the new features a little confusing. The good part is that there are some tricks to help you get you back up to speed.
Many things don’t behave the way they used to. As you can see for yourselves, the new version of the operating system doesn’t come up with the Start Menu. That’s kind of frustrating and confusing till you get used to it.
I’m sure many of you would like to get the Start Menu back. Well, recently a piece of software known as Start 8 has been released. This one adds a Start button to Windows 8. Just click on it and you’ll get to a Metro-style menu that you can use to search and access settings. So, it deserves a try if you long for the Start Menu.
If the lack of the Start Menu is no problem, then you might be interested in knowing how to use the Windows 8 corners. Thus, the lower-left corner + left click will take you to the Start screen (Metro) whereas the lower-left corner + right-click can be used for the power user menu shortcut. The upper-left corner shows open window thumbnails, just click to switch between them. The upper-right corner serves for the Windows 8 Charm menu and the lower-right corner is used for Windows Aero Peak as well as for Windows 8 Charm menu.
Among the shortcuts you might be interested, there are the following:
- Hit the Windows key and you’ll get to Metro (the new Start screen).
- Go for the Win + Q key combination to see all the installed apps. You can also right click an empty part of the screen and then select All Applications. You will thus get to a scrolling list of all the installed apps. To find the app you’re interested in, just browse the various tiles and click the app to launch it.
- Win + W can be used to search for settings.
- Win + X Power user shortcut menu.
- Get the apps bar in Metro apps by hitting Win+Z.
- Lock Windows with Win+L.
- Switch between open applications by using Win+Tab.
- Use Win + F for instant search for files.
If your first Windows 8 session is about to finish, then you should know how to close the system down. When the Start Menu was one of the most important features of the operating system, there was no problem with that. Now with the new version, it’s a little different. Or a whole lot different. Just move the cursor of the mouse to the lower right corner of the screen, hit the Win key +I keys or click on the Settings icon and you’ll get to the power button. After clicking this, you’ll be able to opt either for “Shut down” or “Restart”. When on desktop, you just have to hold down Alt+F4 and thus get to the Shut Down, Restart, Sign Out or Switch User options.