Some helpful tips (in the form of keyboard combinations) on getting wizardly fast with navigating around Windows 8:
- Windows key: Brings up the Start menu. On a touch screen keyboard you can then swipe through the charms in the Start menu.
- Windows-x: Brings up a menu with many of the systems administration tools you’ll need in Windows 8, including Disk Management, a command prompt, device manager, etc.
- Windows-r: Brings up a Run dialog
- Windows-c: Bring up the sidebar that allows you to search, access devices or tap/click on Settings to bring up a Shut-Down menu.
- Windows-l: Lock the screen
- Windows-k: Bring up Devices
- Windows-h: Bring up Sharing
- Windows-f: Bring up Files in the Start Menu search
- Windows-i: Bring up Settings (Control panel, personalization, desktop, Power menu, network selection for Wi-Fi, etc)
- Windows-Q: Brings up the apps screen so you can select a program to open
- And for your extra credit, most of the alt keys still work, but I find I now use Alt-F4 more than I used to, which closes a window
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