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Windows 8 - Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted on July 05th, 2013 by Emily

 

Many people know there’s a few standard keyboard shortcuts for most applications out there. Ctrl+Z is Undo, Ctrl+C is Copy, Ctrl+V is Paste, Ctrl+P is Print, and so on. These are not a new invention, and have been around since Windows 95, and some since Windows 3.1. But did you know those kinds of shortcuts also exist inside Windows itself and not just in software like Word and Outlook?

With Windows 8, Microsoft added in some new functionality to the Windows key on the keyboard. Now you can use it in combination with letters or numbers in order to speed up regular tasks.

Here’s a few shortcuts added in Windows 8 we think are most useful:

(The “Charm” system is the term Microsoft uses for its inbuilt menus for Windows 8, that slide in from the sides of the screen and give you access to settings and controls.)

  • Windows + C – Brings up the basic Charms menu, as you would get if you moved your mouse to the top right corner of the screen.
  • Windows + I – This brings up the Charm for Settings to save you going through the Start Screen.
  • Windows + D – Shows the desktop. Pressing it again takes you back to whatever you were doing before.
  • Windows + X – Brings up an advanced menu, providing quick access to things like Task Manager and Control Panel.
  • Windows + Start typing – This will search for apps installed on your computer that match your input. The results will appear on the left. Quick way to find a program without searching through menus, if you know its name. This isn’t actually new to Windows 8 either!
  • Windows + R – Brings up the Run dialog.
  • Windows + P – User-friendly display controls for multiple monitors.
  • Windows + F – Search your Files.
  • Windows + Q – Brings up the Apps screen.
  • Windows + 1-0 – Shortcut to open whatever apps you have pinned to the taskbar. For example, if Internet Explorer is the first pinned app on your taskbar, Windows + 1 will open it.

 

That’s just a small amount of the available shortcuts, but they’re the new ones we find ourselves using the most.  Why use these instead of just using the mouse? Well, while they often take a while to get used to, once you do, you’ll find yourself using them without even noticing, and they make tasks faster.

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Windows 8.1 Update

Posted on July 03rd, 2013 by Emily

 

Windows 8’s first major update is on the horizon, so we thought we’d take a few moments just to tell you about what’s changing, for home users and businesses.

There’s quite a lot of changes in the background, including a better music app, changes to other apps and the Windows Store, a new, more integrated SkyDrive app, and the inclusion of the newest version of Internet Explorer, but here’s some of the changes that we find interesting:

  • Boot directly to Desktop.

Don’t like seeing the Start Screen when you log in? No problem. 8.1 gives the option for you to boot directly to your desktop without seeing the Start Screen first.

  • Enhanced Settings.

You can now get to your full PC settings from the Start Screen instead of having to go through the control panel to get there, making it easier to access.

  • Return of the Start Button.

You asked for it, they provided – the familiar Start Button is back. It doesn’t act quite the same as it used to, but for many it is a welcome change. Left-clicking takes you to the Start Screen, whereas right-clicking brings up an advanced menu that power users will be more comfortable with.

  • Start Screen Personalisation.

Put your photos on your Start Screen (or even your company logo!). Set your Start Screen background to the same as your desktop wallpaper, or use one of Microsoft’s new animated backgrounds. There’s also a larger choice of colours.

  • Start Screen Apps.

If you don’t like the tiles, do away with them altogether, and just have your Start Screen show you the apps menu when you press the Start Button or Windows key. Installing apps no longer makes their tiles automatically appear on your Start Screen. You can also select and uninstall multiple apps in a single motion.

 

We think you’ll agree, most of the changes in 8.1 will be for the better. They provide familiarity with the Start Button making a reappearance, many enhancements and improvements, and still retain Windows 8’s touch-friendly, streamlined feel.

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Windows 8 - First Look

Posted on October 19th, 2012 by Emily

Windows 8 LogoOn 26th October, Microsoft unleashes its latest incarnation of the Windows Operating System to the public. Over the next few weeks’ posts, we’ll be covering some of the major differences between Windows 7 and 8, and how they will impact your home and business use.

While not yet available to the general public, we’ve managed to get our hands on a few preview copies, so we’ve had a look around and come up with a few interesting points that we think every possible user should consider.

One of the major changes in this version of windows is its general design and feel. Microsoft has obviously had to step up its game with regards to design philosophy and usability, to keep up with competitors Apple, and Google (especially in the mobile market) while still retaining the functionality of its previous operating systems. Until recently, Microsoft had named this new user interface style “Metro Style”, but after a legal altercation with German retailer Metro AG, they have yet to come up with a new name for this style and have instead named it “Windows Design Style” for the time being. Across the net, though, the name ‘Metro’ seems to have stuck, and many reviewers and bloggers are still referring to this new design as “Metro Style” – so it looks like they’re going to have to come up with a pretty catchy name to replace it.

Its colourful, blocky style is something that most users will find visually appealing, and it lends itself quite well to all sorts of devices, which was another one of Microsoft’s goals – To provide better support for the various types of tablet and touchscreen PCs that are popping up, while retaining the ease of use Windows has had in the past for Desktop users. Its start menu is now a full start screen presented in this new ‘Metro’ style.

In the next post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the features that lie beneath Microsoft’s new design.

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