All Most-know Hotkeys and Hidden Features of Windows 8 – Windows 8 Consumer Preview and it gets massive downloads within hours. With many wider users install and test this Microsoft’s new operating system, many users also get dizzy and confused on several new features introduced within.
So, as a simple guidance, here it is all must-know features and shortcut keys (hotkey) to increase your productivity in using Windows 8:
Auto-Save Screenshots Features
Simply press “Win+PrntScr” keys together and Windows 8 will automatically save the screenshot in your “Pictures” library folder (as .PNG image). In older version of Windows, each screenshot will be captured in clipboard so you’ll need another program to paste it to.
Open Hidden Quick Access Menu (QAM)
Simply move your mouse cursor to extreme bottom-left corner of screen and right-click and you’ll get the hidden system menus: Programs and Features, Power Options, System Settings, Device Manager, Command Prompt, Task Manager, Control Panel, Search, Run, and a few more.
Use Shift+F8 To Boot Into Safe Mode
Older Windows use F8 key, but know you’ll also press and hold Shift + F8 keys to get into Safe Mode.
Access Start Screen via Hot Corners
While Microsoft has removed Start Menu and Button, there is a new feature named “Start Screen”. You can launch it up via “Hot Corner”. Simply move your mouse cursor to bottom-left corner of screen. And when you move your mouse cursor to top-left corner of screen, it shows a list of all running Metro apps so that you can switch between apps or close an app. Go ahead try it.
Some New Hotkeys
Win + C = To open Charms Bar
Win + Tab = To open Switch List
Win + Q = To open Global Search
Win + W = To search Within System Settings
Win + F = To search Within Files
Win + Z = To access Options of Metro Apps
Win + I = To open Settings Menu
Win + P = To open Second Screen/ Projector Settings
Win + H = To go to Share Settings Pane
Win + K = To open Devices Settings Pane
Win + X = To open System Utility Settings Menu in bottom-left corner
Win + T = To preview Opened Windows in Taskbar
Win + U = To open Ease of Access Center
Win + E = Open Windows Explorer
Win + R = Open Run Dialogue Box
Win + Pause = Open System Properties Window
Win + Enter = Open Windows Narrator
Win + Shift + . (dot) = To snap Application to Right Side
Win + . (dot) = To snap Application to Left Side
Win + , (comma)= To peek at Desktop (Aero Peek)
Win + D = to go to Desktop
Win + M = To minimize All Applications
Win + B = To go Back to Desktop
Win + J = To switch focus between snapped Metro applications
Win + L = To lock Screen
Win + Page Up/ Page Down = To switch Primary & Secondary Monitors (Dual Display)
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll (In Start Screen) = To tile Zoom Toggle
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll (In Desktop) = To change Desktop Icon Size
Ctrl + Shift+ N = To create New Folder in Current Directory