- Use Windows 8 Without a Touch Screen - If you are using Windows 8 on a non-touch screen device, there are mouse and keyboard moves that let you do everything that you can do with a touch screen.
- Find Anything - At the Start screen, just start typing the name of whatever you want to find. The Search menu will pop up automatically.
- Easy Access to the Desktop - For easy access to the Desktop, drag the Desktop file into the first position (upper left of the Start screen). Then to access the Desktop from the Start menu all you have to do is press the Enter key.
- Skip the Login Screen - If you don’t need the security, you can bypass the log-in screen. Just press the Windows key + R. Type netplwiz. Then remove the check mark in the box that says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” The computer will require you to enter your current username and password to confirm that you want to do this. Next time you restart your computer it will flash the login screen and then go right to the Start screen.
- Access the Useful Quick Access Menu - When you are at the Start screen or the Desktop, put your cursor in the lower left corner of the screen and right-click to bring up the Quick Access Menu. This menu provides easy access to many useful functions including Programs and Features, Power Options, Event Viewer, System, Device Manager, Disk Management, Command Prompt, Command Prompt (Admin), Task Manager, Control Panel, File Explorer, Search, Run and Desktop.
- Change Startup Programs Quickly - The Task Manager has become more useful than ever. Just press Ctrl + Alt + Del. Click on the Startup tab to enable or disable Startup programs. While you are there, check out the other new useful options.
- Many of your old keyboard shortcuts will work with Windows 8 including Copy (Ctrl + C), Paste (Ctrl + V), and Cut (Ctrl + X), Print (Ctrl + P), Close (Alt + F4), and Show Desktop (Windows Key + D).
- One of the best features in Windows 8 is File History which provides an automatic backup of your libraries, contacts, favorites and desktop. Attach a portable backup drive to your computer, then open the Control Panel and choose File History. Turn it on and it will automatically backup your files every hour.
- Move Between Apps Quickly - To cycle through your currently running apps, hold down the Windows key and press Tab. Press Tab again to cycle through the Apps. You will be taken to whichever App is highlighted when you release the Windows key,
- Internet Explorer Desktop Mode - If you are viewing a Web page as an Internet Explorer App, but prefer to see it in the IE desktop view, just right-click the webpage and click on the Page Tools (wrench icon) and choose “View on the Desktop”.
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