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How-to: Windows 8 with Keyboard and Mouse

Windows 8 Lock ScreenMicrosoft’s new Metro interface is designed for touch screens, but not exactly intuitive for keyboard and mouse users. We’ve culled the following list of mouse and keyboard short-cuts from the trial of Windows 8 Developer Preview, supplemented with a couple of discoveries among MSDN users. AJS

  • To unlock the lock screen, double tap on your mouse or hit any key on the keyboard instead of dragging to the top
  • scroll across on the Startscreen: Mice scroll wheel or Page up/page down
  • Use the page up and page down keys to move between tile groups on the Start Screen
  • To go back to the Start screen, hit the Windows Key on your keyboard
  • 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 or use winkey+f
  • Lock screen rotation using winkey+o
  • Cycle through apps using winkey+tab
  • Switch between apps using alt+tab
  • Show the desktop using Winkey+d
  • Open the share charm with winkey+h
  • Open the connect charm with winkey+k
  • Lock your Windows 8 PC with winkey+l
  • Activate application settings charm by using winkey+i
  • To bring up the “charms bar” (share, settings, shutdown, etc), hit ‘hot-spot’ in the lower-left corner of the screen with the mouse – no clicking required or use winkey+c
  • 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 heavily revised Task Manager (using the tile or ctrl+shift+esc) and select the app to force quit
  • In any app, right click to bring up the “app bar” to see the app menu you can do
  • 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 Metro apps. Also;
  • Bump your mouse to the left and leave it there, you can cycle through all the apps in your history by left clicking.
  • Project onto an external TV/monitor using winkey+p
  • Bump your mouse to the left and grab an app, if you pull it towards the right and then bump it to the left it will cycle to the next app (Thanks Tom Servo)
  • Pin/unpin tiles or remove apps by right clicking on tiles on the Start Screen
  • Activate Semantic Zoom in Metro apps by using Ctrl+ mouse scroll
  • Switch the input language and keyboard layout with Winkey+Spacebar
  • Right click on the app, there’s the option to Snap it to the left of the screen also. To remove it, just grab the separator and move it to the left.

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.


One thought on “How-to: Windows 8 with Keyboard and Mouse

  1. Hi there to every body, it’s my first visit of this web site.

    Posted by Ruth Schoenrock | Dec 16, 2011, 4:09 am
  2. What’s up every one. Keep up the nice work.

    Posted by Ilam | Dec 30, 2011, 2:25 am

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