Searching for the best ways to find your way around Windows 8? We asked our users to share their Windows 8 knowledge with us. We’ve added a few highlights here, and below you can find all different kinds of Windows 8 Tips and Tricks. Already a Windows 8 expert? Share your Windows 8 tip in the comments to help make Windows 8 better for everyone.

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Always forgetting a complicated or encrypted password? With Windows 8 you’re able to make your own picture password instead. Press the Win Key + I to get into your settings, click “Change PC settings at the bottom right, and go to the users tab. There, you’ll see a button to “create a picture password”, under “sign-in options”. Then, design your own!

If you’re using apps in both the Metro interface and classic desktop mode you can navigate back and forth between the apps you’re using in each. By hitting the alt+tab buttons you can easily rotate through, and access, all of the apps you’re using in both modes.

Take and save screenshots with one command. Press the Win key+prnt screen to take a snapshot of your current screen. Then access the picture in the screenshots folder in your Pictures library, where it is automatically saved.

Looking for start menu shortcuts in Windows 8? When in the Modern start screen or even in the desktop view drag your mouse to the bottom left corner. When you are all the way into the bottom left corner, right click with your mouse and a secret little menu will pop-up giving you similar shortcuts you would find in the start menu in Windows 7 and previous versions of Window. Plus, there are a few administrator tools you can use too.

 

  • http://modern-products.tumblr.com/ Roee Adler

    When clicking an image file in desktop mode in Windows 8, the default behavior is to open the Metro app, where you cannot browse right and left to see other images in the same folder. My tip: change the default program to open image files to the default desktop image viewer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.sjokvist Karl Sjökvist

    Dont use it. Its like a modern wersion of windows ME. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexaescht Alex Aescht

    The Start Button is located in different places in relation to which input device you are using. If you are using a mouse, it is always in the very bottom left corner of the screen. When you are using touch or pen input however, you must swipe from the right side of the screen to open the charms bar, and then click on start.
    Confusing, yes. Easy to master, not too difficult.

  • http://twitter.com/z_williamson Zack Williamson

    Windows 8 has a plethora of shortcut keys to help speed up using its new interface. Many of them are listed below:
    WINKEY – Open/close the Start Screen.
    WINKEY + C – Open the Charms menu, which gives you options for Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings.
    WINKEY + D – Switch to the classic Windows Desktop.
    WINKEY + F – Search for Files via the Search charm.
    WINKEY + I – Opens the Settings pane, which gives you current app settings, along with options for Network, Volume, Brightness, Notifications, Power, and the ability to change more PC settings.
    WINKEY + L – Locks your PC and returns you to the lock screen.
    WINKEY + O – Changes screen orientation (portrait/landscape) for tablet/slate PCs.
    WINKEY + P – Opens the Second Screen panel so that you can choose how content on a projector or additional screen is displayed.
    WINKEY + Q – Search within Apps via the Search charm.
    WINKEY + Z – Opens the App Bar in a Windows Store app.
    Also, when at the Start Screen, you can start searching for apps and programs just by typing. When searching, you can always change your search context (Apps, Files, Settings, search within apps) by clicking or tapping on the name of the item on the right-hand side.

    • Hank Quakevauld

      Miss the old Start button though… Alas…

  • http://twitter.com/z_williamson Zack Williamson

    Corners are key in Windows 8! When using a mouse, you can access many of Windows 8′s new interface options by moving the mouse into one of the corners.
    Start – Move the mouse into the bottom left-hand corner and click to access the Start Screen.
    Recent Apps – Move the mouse into the upper left-hand corner and click to cycle through your most recent apps. If you move the cursor into the upper left-hand corner, then move it down along the left edge before clicking, you can see all apps that are open, along with a button for the Start Screen.
    Charms – Move the mouse into either one of the right-hand corners to access the Charms menu, where you can Search, Share, Start, use Devices, or open the Settings pane.

  • Eduardo Miranda

    Most people I’ve seen leave the apps on the new start page how they find it (default) and with all the files when programs are installed. So my useful tip and trick is to unpin unwanted files from the start page and organize Apps in groups of your choosing (program themes) or by color for a more personal experience.

  • http://twitter.com/z_williamson Zack Williamson

    Windows 8 is built to work really well with touchscreens. Just a few simple tricks can get you working in Windows 8 like a pro.
    - Swipe in from the right edge to access the Charms menu.
    - Swipe in from the left edge to switch between open apps.
    - Swipe in from the bottom edge to open the App Bar.
    - Drag from the top to the middle to grab an app, then to the left or right to snap it, or to the bottom to close it.
    - To select items in many Windows Store apps, flick your finger down on the item. If it’s selected, you’ll see a border around the item with a check mark in the upper right corner.
    - Pinch to zoom in and out. Many apps use a feature called Semantic Zoom that shows you information and categories at a glance while zoomed out so they’re easier to work with.
    - Many things can simply be touched and dragged on the screen. Try it!

  • Brian Hurt

    You can dock Metro apps to the side of the screen and then use other apps or the desktop at the same time. This is especially useful with the Remote Desktop Metro app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1200153498 Garett Trietsch

    Looking for something? Just start typing, and a search will appear that matches what you are typing.

  • http://twitter.com/ghowlett2020 Gary Howlett

    WINKEY + X is my fav new shortcut key!

  • Gal

    When dragging something in touch mode, you can usually hold the item with one finger and scroll the rest of the items under it with another finger – Preferably using your other hand :)
    Very useful for doing drag & drops over long distances

  • http://www.facebook.com/shuklaalok7 Alok Shukla

    Windows 8 brings opportunity to focus on work instead of the interface elements. Hence it uses a minimalistic approach to show up things leading to a cleaner, elegant and sophisticated look. A few tricks which one can use to get a little more speed while doing things on a Windows 8 PC.
    - Win+ . (Full-stop): Switches snapping among Left-> right ->Center.
    - Win+ , (Comma): Shows up Desktop temporarily
    - Win+ Prnt Scrn: Saves a PNG file of screen. In Metro apps Alt+Prnt Scrn saves image of ACTIVE screen. Simply hitting Prnt Scrn copies image of screen in Clipboard.
    - Win+ 1..9 (Any number): Opens program pinned at Task bar at that position
    - Win+ X: Opens a System Menu at Bottom left corner containing many advanced and useful shortcuts
    - Win+ Tab: Shows up all the running apps in left side and one can easily switch among them
    - Win+ Q: For search in the currently active app (One can still choose to search in other apps, files, settings etc)
    - Win+F: Searches in Files (One can still choose to search in other apps, files, settings etc)
    - Win+ W: Searches in Settings (One can still choose to search in other apps, files, settings etc)
    - Win+ E: Opens File Explorer (Computer opened in it)
    - Win+ R: Opens Run prompt
    - Win+ T: Takes attention to Task bar
    - Win+ U: Opens Ease of Access control panel
    - Win+ I: Opens Settings pan
    - Win+ P: To connect to projector or second screen
    - Win+ D: Shows Desktop (Minimizes all windows)
    - Win+ H: Opens Share pan
    - Win+ K: Opens Devices pan
    - Win+ L: Locks the computer (without signing out)
    - Win+ B: Takes attention to Notification area
    - Win+ M: Minimizes active window
    - Win: Opens Start menu

    I hope this will make life and work of users having win8 with a keyboard-mouse easier.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kberzinch Kristaps Berzinch

    Pin immediately relevant apps, like Calendar, Mail, and People, to the left of the Start screen, so you can immediately see updates whenever you switch to the Start screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kberzinch Kristaps Berzinch

    When the Recent Apps bar is visible to the left of the screen, you can right-click on a thumbnail to close it, without needing to switch to it, then drag it down off screen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brianbass Brian Bass

    1. When in desktop mode right click on the bottom left of the screen to bring up file explorer, control panel and administrative tools.

    2. To create a screensaver with your icloud photos, install icloud/itunes and then go to file explorer and click on the photo stream icon and log in to icloud. Eventually your pictures will start downloading. Go to a picture, right click, properties and see the location path. Click and select the path and right click/copy the path ex (C:UsersbrianPicturesPhoto StreamMy Photo Stream). Go to the desktop, right click, personalize and click on screensaver. Select the Photos screen saver and click settings. Click browse to open all folders. Paste the location in the dialog, click ok. click save. Now your screensaver will be your photo stream!

  • http://twitter.com/dark13th Kuroneko Akira

    Some of us, who has a non-english Win8, encounter problems with search in Windows Store. To browse all applications available, open Settings by moving your mouse to the right edge of screen, click the second option (Settings) and disable two options visible. All applications will be available now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/casimer.riffel Casimer Riffel

    Use Windows Key + Tab to quickly switch between Metro apps and the desktop environment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dead0kennedy Yassine Koubry

    (For Laptops with touchpads)
    Wanna do gestures ? don’t have a touchscreen?
    No problem, you can do now gestures with your laptop’s touchpad.
    you can bring the right-hand sidebar for universal search, sharing, device access, and PC settings. By moving you finger from the right edge.
    When you are inside Metro style applications and swipe down from the top edge of a touchpad, you get a menu that helps you navigate the app.

  • Jon Schuster

    Don’t be intimidated by Windows 8!

    I find the best way to learn anything is too play with it, and, honestly, who doesn’t want to play with those colorful Windows 8 tiles? In no time you’ll be a Windows 8 pro!

  • BartG95

    You know, 18 years ago, we switched from commandline to desktop. For some of us wanted to stay using commands, it was not a that easy step. They were helped with the tip there are many shortcuts. Nowadays, switching from desktop to Modern UI (it’s not called Metro anymore!) is that easy: just stay using shortcuts. Of course the old ones still work, but there are more. The best shortcut is windows-key+Z which will open the app bar. When you know al of them, windows 8 is even faster!
    One last thing: you can name the groups in the startmenu. Just click the small minus-sign in the lower right corner, right click on a group and give it a name.
    Have I told you that windows 8 is amazing? :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347080445 Jackson Taylor

      WinKey+Z does nothing for me…

      • BartG95

        You have to be in an app while pressing it.

  • achristhis

    get windows 7 back: windows key + D

  • nuksies

    Two very useful shortcuts:
    - Win+Q is the app dependent search shortcut—ie if you’re in the store, the shortcut allows you to search the store and so on as opposed to only the settings page.
    -Win+F seems to search all your files, whatever app you’re in.

  • James MacBeth

    You can group apps together on the Windows 8 start screen for more organisation. Simply click the small minus button in the bottom right and right click on the column of apps that you wish to group together and select the name group option. Unfortunately, this grouping system only works with columns of apps and you cannot have multiple groups in one column. However, it is early days and there will no doubt be apps capable of this and much more!

  • http://twitter.com/44 Menotti Minutillo

    Chrome or Firefox feel sluggish in Windows 8? It might be a bug with proxy auto-detection.

    I just upgraded to Windows 8 and am quite pleased with it so far. One thing irked me, though: every time I’d launch Chrome, a short hang occurred before hitting my home page.

    This seems to be an issue with proxy auto-detection (if you don’t use a proxy). Here’s how to fix it:

    - Bring up the search bar: hit the Windows key + F (if you’re in the Classic desktop), or just start typing (if you’re in the new metro-style Start screen)

    - In the search bar, type proxy

    - On the right side, select Settings

    - On the left side, select Configure proxy server

    - At the bottom of the Internet Properties window, select LAN settings

    - Locate the Automatically detect settings checkbox and deselect it

    - Hit OK, then OK again on the next window

    Voila! Browser sluggishness is gone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefan.hobohm Stefan Hobohm

    Just install “Classic Shell” on your desktop or laptop with Windows 8 to get the old start-menu-button back and disable disturbing popups of the “tablet”-style. You can get it here: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevestoffer Steve Stoffer

    Want to diasble the metro UI and get the old Start Menu back?

    1. First, press the Start + R buttons, to open the Run menu.

    2. In the Run window, type “regedit” and hit Enter.

    3. Now scroll on the top of the list and double click on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”. This will expand the folder.

    4. Do the same for “SOFTWARE “.

    5. In the list, search for “Microsoft” and open it.

    6. Now using the same procedure, navigate to Windows->CurrentVersion->Explorer and some registry entries will appear in the right side of the screen.

    7. Click on the one called “RPenabled” and change its value from “1″ to “0″.

    If you don’t like this to change it back just change the “0″ back to “1″.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.heptonstall Paul Heptonstall

      R U sure that feature still works on the RTM version. I understand it was disabled by Microsoft a while ago.
      Comments please

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevestoffer Steve Stoffer

    Spin your scroll wheel up while on the lock screen instead of clicking and dragging up to get to the logon screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevestoffer Steve Stoffer

    If you don’t want the lock screen launch GPEdit.msc (the Local Group Policy Editor) and browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalisation.

    Double-click ‘Do not display the lock screen’, select Enabled and click OK.

    Reboot and it’s gone!

  • sogajeffrey

    If you don’t like how windows boots into the metro UI right away, you can install a program called “classic shell” and get a start menu that looks like windows 7, xp, or 2000′s start menu ( you can configure it). There is also a option to boot directly to the desktop so basically this program turns windows 8 into a faster windows 7 and I highly recommend it to anyone running windows 8 and is complaining about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Besti4Gemi Preetam Sagar Sahu

    u can Close Any App.. by dragging the screen from the top of the screen..to down…and it will close…Its works Like a Charm….Win8 Rocks..

  • Guest

    move ur cursor to the top left corner of the screen and u can see all opened apps and can switch between them…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Besti4Gemi Preetam Sagar Sahu

    move ur cursor to the top left corner of the screen and u can see all opened apps and can switch between them…

    u can Close Any App.. by dragging the screen from the top of the screen..to down…and it will close…Its works Like a Charm….Win8 Rocks..

  • http://ashkir.com/ Ashkir

    You no longer need to save screenshots yourself. Press the Windows Key and the PrtScn button at the same time and it’ll save within your pictures in it’s old Screenshots folder.

  • Alexander Speer

    Windows 8 shows a lock screen when you restart your computer, log out, or lock it. You can actually disable the lock screen entirely, although Microsoft hides his option very well.

    This option is located in the Group Policy Editor. To launch it, type “gpedit.msc” at the Start screen and press Enter.

    In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesControl PanelPersonalization.

    Double-click the “Do not display the lock screen” option, set it to Enabled, and click OK.

    The next time you restart your system, log out, or lock the screen, you’ll see the login screen instead of the lock screen.

    Combine this with skipping the Start screen and you can boot to a login screen and log straight into the desktop, just like on previous versions of Windows. The desktop will be the second screen you access instead of the fourth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SkEMmAtiXx Kucing Nakal

    Windows 8, as most operating systems out there, comes to the use of English as the main settings, but the user can change them easily to Bahasa Malaysia.

    To change to Bahasa Malaysia, users only need to open their Charm Bar (bar on the right), then in the search box type in “Language” and then select the settings. You will then see the option “Add a Language” on it, and select the menu.

    In the new window that opens, it will show only one language as the primary language on your computer. To add Bahasa Malaysia, for the option “Add a Language” menu, and select the option Malay him.

    In the Malay language menu, two options are provided, the Malay (Brunei) and Malay (Bahasa Malaysia). Make a choice according to your liking, and click “Add”.

    It will bring back to the main menu, where the Malay language options will be available. However, to use it, users will need to download “Language Pack” in advance, of which around 3.5 MB more size. Double-click on the language selection, and then download “Language Pack” provided.

    Download process will occur and it will automatically connect to the installation.

    Finally, you will be prompted to log out, and log in again. After the login, you will be able to enjoy Windows 8 entirely in Bahasa Malaysia.

  • B.Refaeli

    How to make Windows 8 boot faster in 2 steps:

    1. Plug in the PC
    2. *Then* press the Power button

  • AllRaj

    For non-touch machines, you can navigate the lock screen by either clicking on it and holding the mouse button down moving it upwards like a touch device or simply click on it to automatically get it out of your way to log in.

  • nxtfari

    A genuinely helpful tip here. Many people are turned off by Windows 8 because it seems so much more cumbersome to drag the mouse all the way to the other side of the screen to access an app rather than just click on icons. I found that turning up the sensitivity on your mouse (cursor speed) can help alleviate this sluggishness. it may feel a bit disconcerting at first, but you’ll get used to it over time, and it makes W8 feel much faster and lighter.

  • Hank Quakevauld

    The most perfect system can’t evade an accidental crash. When that happens, we generally consider entering Safe Mode of Windows to get settings back to default. While you keep pressing the F8 key during booting process, you won’t be directed to the classical boot menu containing all of those options. To get it back, there are two simple ways:

    1) Press Shift key and repeatedly tap F8. This may take you to Recovery Mode. Then click See advanced repair options, Troubleshoot, Advanced Options, Windows Startup Settings, and finally, click Restart.

    2) This one is much simpler if you have dual systems. Wait for Choose a default operating system, and navigate to Windows 8 Safe Mode. If this option doesn’t appear, click on Change defaults or choose other options in the bottom, then Choose other options, Troubleshoot, Advanced Options, Windows Startup Settings, and finally, click Restart.

  • Yassfive

    Windows 8 sports a bold new interface designed for both touch-enabled devices and keyboards/mice. But for the uninitiated, it can be extremely confusing and frustrating to use, with many controls now hidden behind new ways to interact with your computer. Want to know how to actually use Windows 8 without going crazy? Here are the most important Windows 8 shortcuts and tips for getting around.

    First of all, if you’ve just started using Windows 8 and wondering where everything went, don’t worry, it’s not just you. All of the controls and features of Windows 7 are still there (plus a few new ones). They may have just been moved or redesigned. Here’s a map, if you will, to this brave new world. (Check out this chart of the best shortcuts and gestures—click to expand and right-click to save—and read on for more tricks and details.)

    Logging in

    The first challenge is to just get into Windows 8. The lock screen you see when your computer starts up doesn’t have any login options. To get past the lock screen and log in, you can swipe up from the bottom or, with your mouse, click on the bottom edge and drag up.

    Better yet, use this time-saving trick: Just click on any key on your keyboard. Voila! There’s the login screen. (You can alsodisable the lock screen permanently using the Local Group Policy Editor.)

    Getting Around the New Start Screen

    Now you’re in the new tile-based interface, which used to be called Metro. Think of the colorful start screen as the replacement for the traditional start menu in Windows 7 and earlier—just laid out in a grid and with new tablet-optimized apps from the Windows App Store.

    Navigate the horizontal menu by swiping to the right or left, click and dragging with a mouse, or using the scroll wheel on your mouse.

    These are the major features of the new start screen/interface and how to work with them:

    Tiles: shortcuts to all your apps

    New full-screen Windows 8 apps (a.k.a. Metro apps from the Windows App Store) and desktop apps all have shortcuts here. To tell the difference between them: the Windows Store apps are customized, colorful tiles, while the standard desktop apps (e.g., Windows Explorer) just have a plain generic design used by every other standard desktop app.

    To manage these tiles on the start screen: Right-click, swipe down from the top of the tile, or press the little menu key on your keyboard with the app selected to bring up options like uninstalling the apps or unpinning them from the start screen.

    The Charms Bar: the uber-important sidebar

    If you remember just one keyboard shortcut, this should be it: Win+C. This brings up the Charms panel with quick access to searching, sharing, and settings functions. Other ways to bring up the Charms panel include swiping from the right edge to the left on the touch screen, or pointing with your mouse to the top right or bottom right corner of the screen.

    You can also use these keyboard shortcuts to quickly jump to:

    Share: Win+H

    Settings: Win+I

    Devices: Win+K

    The App Switcher: Switch between apps quickly

    To see all of your open applications and cycle between them hit Win+Tab. This brings up the App Switcher panel on the left with thumbnails of all the open apps. (Alt+Tab also still works.)

    Alternatively, you can hover your mouse over the top left corner and drag down on the thumbnail to see the list of running apps. Then click the one you want to get to.

    If you have a touch screen, you can also switch to the last-used app by swiping from left to right.

    The Apps Bar: Like Right-Clicking on Something

    The Apps Bar is a menu that opens on the bottom and sometimes top of the screen to present other options, depending on what app you’re using or if you’re in the start screen. It’s the context menu akin to right-clicking.

    Open it by swiping down from the top or up from the bottom of the screen. You can also right-click anywhere with your mouse or hit Win+Z.

    Working with Apps

    To remove or unpin a tile from the start screen, either right-click to select it, press the menu key on the keyboard, or swipe down on the tile (a bit tricky). This will bring up options for managing the tile.

    By default Windows leaves those full-screen apps open. What if you want to close an app? The old Alt+F4 shortcut still works. Otherwise, drag the top of the screen (with your mouse or finger) and release the thumbnail on the bottom.

    Getting to the Desktop

    The desktop you know and love in Windows 7 is still here, don’t worry. To get to it, hit Win+D or tap/click the Desktop tile on the start screen.

    Finding What You Need

    In most cases, you can simply start typing anywhere (in an app, the start screen, windows store, etc.) and the search panel will open.

    Special shortcuts for searching include: Win+Q for settings and Win+F for files.

    Multi-Tasking

    You can snap the normally full-screen apps to the left or right side while working in the desktop. (This only works on screens with at least 1366×768 resolution.) To do so: Swipe in from the left edge of the screen or move your mouse cursor to the top left corner and swipe down to show the thumbnails of your open apps. Select one and drag its thumbnail to the right until you see a dark grey snap bar on either the left or right side. Then release the thumbnail there to snap the app.

    For external monitor and projector options, hit Win+P or on the Charms panel, select Devices, then Second Screen.

    Printing and Taking Screenshots

    To print from a Metro app, open the Charms panel (Win+C, hover your mouse on a right corner, or swipe in from the right). Then select the Devices charm and select your printer. For more print options, click the More settings link.

    Windows 8 comes with a cool new screenshot shortcut: Hit Win+PrtScrn and the system not only takes the screenshot, it automatically saves it as a PNG file in your pictures folder (under a new Screenshots folder).

    If you have OneNote installed, Win+S lets you drag to create a screen clipping and save to OneNote.

    Changing Settings

    Hit Win+I to get to open the settings menu (or open the Charms bar and select Settings). What’s on that menu will change depending on the app you’re in or if you’re on the start screen. The PC settings—like a simplified version of the control panel—is under the “PC Settings” button.

    Here’s a great shortcut for power users: Win+X. It brings up links to the event viewer, device manager, command prompt, and more. Remember that shortcut: Win+X

    Locking up and Shutting Down

    Speaking of settings, under the PC Settings screen, you can customize the lock screen with a background image and also choose the apps that show notifications/information when the screen is locked. For example, you can have the Mail app show new emails or the Weather app show a forecast.

    Finally, shutting down the Windows 8 way requires a number of steps: Open the Charms Bar then click Settings (or hit Win+I), then the Power button, and select if you want to Sleep, Shut down, or Update and restart.

    You could also press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and hit the power button in the bottom right. Or, better yet, add a shutdown button to your start screen with a shortcut.

    Hopefully these tips and shortcuts will help you get around Windows 8 much more easily. For a giant list of Windows 8 shortcuts, see this blog post on MSDN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688122797 Wilson Ang

    windows key + i –> settings
    windows key + m –> minimize
    windows key + r –> run
    windows key + e –> my computer
    windows key + p –> projector/second screens
    windows key + c –> menu

  • I3arnon

    For those of us using Windows 8 on a laptop without a touchscreen:

    We’re missing out on the new gestures built into the system and we can maybe fix that using the touch pad.

    There aren’t alot of drivers ready and customized for windows 8, but there’s a generic touch pad driver from Synaptics that may (or may not, depends on your machine) do the job.

    Link: http://www.synaptics.com/resources/drivers

    That way you can swipe from the left and right sides of the touch pad as if it was a touch screen and use Windows 8 to the fullest.

    It works on my machine, let me know if does on yours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kihtrak778 Karthik Kihtrak

    Here are the shortcut to use.

    - Win+ . (Full-stop): Switches snapping among Left-> right ->Center.
    - Win+ , (Comma): Shows up Desktop temporarily
    - Win+ Prnt Scrn: Saves a PNG file of screen. In Metro apps Alt+Prnt Scrn saves image of ACTIVE screen. Simply hitting Prnt Scrn copies image of screen in Clipboard.
    - Win+ 1..9 (Any number): Opens program pinned at Task bar at that position
    - Win+ X: Opens a System Menu at Bottom left corner containing many advanced and useful shortcuts
    - Win+ Tab: Shows up all the running apps in left side and one can easily switch among them
    - Win+ Q: For search in the currently active app (One can still choose to search in other apps, files, settings etc)
    - Win+F: Searches in Files (One can still choose to search in other apps, files, settings etc)
    - Win+ W: Searches in Settings (One can still choose to search in other apps, files, settings etc)
    - Win+ E: Opens File Explorer (Computer opened in it)
    - Win+ R: Opens Run prompt
    - Win+ T: Takes attention to Task bar
    - Win+ U: Opens Ease of Access control panel
    - Win+ I: Opens Settings pan
    - Win+ P: To connect to projector or second screen
    - Win+ D: Shows Desktop (Minimizes all windows)
    - Win+ H: Opens Share pan
    - Win+ K: Opens Devices pan
    - Win+ L: Locks the computer (without signing out)
    - Win+ B: Takes attention to Notification area
    - Win+ M: Minimizes active window
    - Win: Opens Start menu

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kihtrak778 Karthik Kihtrak

    Download the Soluto Windows 8 App

  • gmark7

    Do you miss that start orb in Windows 8? Well you can have a similar experience as the start orb by enabling a simple toolbar on your desktop taskbar! Steps to do it?

    1. Go to your desktop by clicking the desktop tile from your modern UI start screen

    2. Right click on the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop

    3. Hover your mouse over the toolbars menu item and then navigate to the sub-menu item that says Desktop. If it is not already checked, click on it.

    4. Now you will notice a new option in the bottom right side of the taskbar that says desktop with two little arrows that look like this >>.

    5. Click the “>>” arrows button and you will find a list of programs and folders similar to that of your experience with the start orb on windows 7 or earlier.

    ENJOY!!

  • gmark7

    Create groups on your start screen
    You can sort the groups of apps on the start screen into custom groups.

    You might want to put People, Mail, Messaging and Calendar over to the left-hand side, for instance, to form a separate ‘People’ group. Click the “-” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to zoom out. You’ll now find you can drag and drop the new group (or any of the others) around as a block.

    If you want to name a group, just right-click a group of apps and a text block will pop up in the bottom left side of the screen. Just type in the name of the group you would like and bam, you have a named group personalized to your liking.

  • gmark7

    Want to know a secret?

    There is a secret menu that no-one really knows about in Windows 8. On the start screen or the desktop drag your mouse to the bottom left corner. When you are all the way into the bottom left corner, right click with your mouse and a secret little menu will pop-up giving you similar shortcuts you would find in the start orb menu on windows 7 plus a few administrator tools you can use!

  • gmark7

    Wait you are in an app and can’t find the settings for that app? Well you have two options: In any app, bring your mouse to the bottom of the screen and right click, an application bar will pop up with many options to choose from. Also, when in an app, open up the charms bar by bringing your mouse to the top right corner of the screen or by clicking Windows Key + C, and click the settings icon. You will find the settings for that app show up on the right side of the screen!

  • gmark7

    Spell check exists in all apps!

    If you are in an app and see the red squigly line under a word, just right click the word for spell check suggestions!

  • gmark7

    Want to add all administrative tools to your start screen? It’s simple!

    From the start screen, open the charms menu by clicking “Windows Key + C” or by dragging your mouse to the top or bottom right corner of the screen. Click the settings icon. You will see an option at the top that says Tiles, click on it. Then you can turn the toggle on that says administrative tools and you will see all administrative tools show up on your start screen!

  • gmark7

    Don’t want the lock screen to show up for a faster start up? Easy fix!

    1. Click the windows key + R to launch ‘Run.’

    2. In the run text box, type “GPEdit.msc” without the quotes.

    3. A window will pop up. Navigate through these menu items and browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalisation.

    4. Double-click on the option that says ‘Do not display the lock screen’, select Enabled and click OK.

    5. Restart your computer by opening the charms menu (Windows Key + C, or drag your mouse to the top or bottom right hand corner of the screen) and click the settings icon. Click the power button and choose restart and when your computer boots back up, the lock screen will be gone.

  • gmark7

    Did you just disable the lockscreen from my other tip but you still have to log in every time?

    Do you want to log in automatically without having to type your password every time?

    1. Hold down the Windows key, press R, type “netplwiz” without the quotes and press Enter to launch the User Accounts dialog.

    2. Clear the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” box and click OK.

    3. You will then be prompted to enter the user name and password of the account that you’d like to be logged in automatically, click OK, restart your system and this time it should boot directly to the Start screen. :)

  • Lucas T

    My favourite Windows 8 tip: Windows Key + Print Screen takes a screenshot and saves it to [Username]My PicturesScreenshots. Also, Windows Key + X allows you to access a list of what were Administrative Tools in previous Windowses.
    Thanks! -LT

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.schutte.33 Paul Schütte

    Got tired of an app, you just downloaded from the store to test it?

    Do a short swipe-down over the app’s tile and select “remove” in the bar that appears on the bottom.

  • TAJE

    Not exactly a tip to start with, but an interesting story regarding Windows 8… My flatmate has a brother who came round the other day… he said “I’m not brilliant with computers, but I can at least open up Powerpoint”. Little did he realise that I’d just installed Windows 8 a few days before, and knew he wouldn’t have a clue how to use it.

    Of course, I told him to open up Powerpoint for me, which in all fairness, he did. It just took about 40 minutes to do so. Other people have told me that it was mean to leave him for so long to work it out (in the end, he managed to find the Charms Bar and did a search… Powerpoint wasn’t even on my start menu, but in the “other programmes” section), but me and my flat mate were in hysterics throughout.

    So now for the Windows 8 advice:

    The start “button” is still there (sort of), you just need to hover your mouse in the bottom left of the screen.

    The Charms bar is on the right hand side (hover along in either the top or bottom right until it pops up), and from there you can search through programs and files, as well as perform searches from within apps such as the app store.

    The easiest way to turn your PC off is to press “Alt + f4″ and select “shutdown”, but you can also get the charms bar up, click “Settings>Power>Shutdown”.

    Also, to close a program (or an app), grab it from the top and drag it down to the bottom of your screen.

    Have fun with Windows 8, the operating system that Could Be Great…

  • http://profiles.google.com/ryanstrat Ryan Strat

    You can add labels to your Start Screen Groups by going to the overview mode (pinch together or click the button in the bottom right corner) and right clicking on a group an selecting rename from the bar at the bottom

  • Isaac W

    A few cool new tricks with Win8:

    1. You can right click an .iso file in explorer and choose mount to mount the file as a virtual drive. No more need for programs like Daemon Tools!

    2. Win8 comes with a built-in virtual machine program like VirtualBox. Go to Run (WindowsKey+R), type OptionalFeatures.exe and tick the box next to Hyper-V. You can now find this with your other apps, and is super easy to use!

    3. Another awesome new feature is a consumer simplified RAID system that Microsoft calls Storage Spaces. It allows you to group several USB, SATA or SAS storage devices and make them a pool of storage, within which you can partition and format virtual drives. This can be easily tuned to allow for faster access to files, or to mirror data in case of drive failure.

    Several excellent features to join the long list in the other comments, if you think these are as cool as I do please vote accordingly! :-)

    • Rach

      Thanks, this was very insightful :)

    • Hayden

      Wow, that is so amazing!

    • http://twitter.com/drakesteele Drake W. Steele

      No need for daemon tools… unless what you want to mount is on a network share. ;) My Win8 would tell me I didn’t have permission to do it with the internal mounter, no matter my permissions on the shared system/drive.

  • Brandon Richards

    Here’s a tip to remember for the future! If your Windows 8 PC starts to run slow or becomes a little buggy after you have used it for many months or years, be sure to remember to take advantage of Windows 8′s “Refresh” feature. It will allow you to give Windows a spring cleaning without affecting your personal files. To access this feature, bring up the charms bar by swiping from the right, placing the mouse in one of the right corners of the screen, or pressing Win + C. Next, touch or click “Settings” and then “Change PC Settings” at the bottom of that menu. Now, change to the “General” tab and you’ll see the option labeled “Refresh your PC without affecting your files.” Just touch or click “Get Started” and you’ll be on your way to restoring that “fast and fluid” Windows 8 experience in no time. ;-D

  • Robert

    My Windows 8 tip:

    INSTALL SOLUTO!!!!!!

  • Samuel

    The most important thing you need in Windows 8 is the search tool.

    Every single app you use has it accessed via the charms bar- just swipe in from the right or move your mouse to the top right corner to access it.

    Once the charms bar is open, just click on search and start typing away. If you’re on the Start menu and already looking for an app, you don’t even need to click on anything; just start typing and Windows 8 starts searching!

    You can use the search charm to go through things like your emails, the Xbox music store, your notes, all your applications, files, photos and more.

    Trust me, before I found out this I was completely and utterly lost in Windows 8; it took me forever to realise that every app used the same search charm, and now it’s easy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729210002 Harry Wood

      Thanks mate, this helped a lot

      • Nicki Straus

        omg i agree
        i couldnt even find any music until i tried using tht search thing

        • whydoIhavetopickadamnname

          Piss off, Nicki and learn how to spell

    • Fred Wecker

      Good tip, thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ellen-Pringle/1178063671 Ellen Pringle

    Installed windows pro 8 and love it take some time to learn all of the charms so far so good
    Enjoying the challenge of learning some thing new>>things like programs are now apps.
    Like to be lucky winner of 8 tablet good luck to all

  • Uday

    Windows 8 is more User Friendly than Windows 7 Check how:

    So many of the user are in a belief that in Windows 8 there
    is no Start

    button, it is useful only to tablets but that`s not true
    every option is provided

    Very simple and easily. Check Out this tips and try out once…….

    1. In Modern User Interface screen right-click near the left
    corners of the screen you can get lots of option like Programs and Features, System,
    Task Manager and so on….

    For Example if u click on System in the above option then u
    will be shown system properties…..

    2. When you click on any one of the application in Modern
    User Interface. Then the application is going to open in full screen and move
    back to previous Start Screen by just moving your mouse to bottom of left side
    of the screen. Again if you want to switch back to that application simple move
    the mouse to left-side bottom of the screen and click the application which you
    want to open.

    3. If you want to go to desktop while you are in any of the
    application simple move the mouse to top of left-side of the screen and click
    the desktop icon.

    4. If you want to close the application without opening it
    then here is a chance, while you are in any of the application are start screen
    simple move the mouse to left-side top of the screen and click the application
    to close it.

    5. Now when you come to right side of the screen you can
    find search, charms bar, shutdown option etc.,

  • Uday

    Search the content in Google without typing:

    Even the Google Search is much gigantic than the older one……open the Google search in the screen menu and get look of the results in MUI view …….here is an interesting thing too get the results of the search with out typing anything just click the microphone icon on the goggle and speak the words you want to search simple you can get the results instantly……

  • http://www.facebook.com/nambler1 Nate Ambler

    Do you miss the Start Menu that was located at the bottom left corner of the screen in all previous versions of Windows? If so, the best tip I have to give you is to right click in the bottom left corner of the screen while on the desktop. This will give you a selection menu of all the old features there used to be in the Start Menu, along with many other useful options.

    Navigation: Windows 8 has quite a few shortcuts to different elements of the operating system but they are all hidden. Here I will discuss how to access these shortcuts and what functionality they have within the system.

    Charms Menu – This menu can be accessed by moving your mouse to the top or bottom right corner of the screen and then sliding toward the opposite corner on the right edge of the screen. If you are on a touch screen device, simply swipe in from the right edge. This menu brings up 5 different icons. These icons include Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings. Search, Share, and Settings are all universal options that work with the individual app you currently have open. Devices shows you a list of external hardware devices you have attached to the computer and gives you options for using them. Start takes you back to the Modern UI start screen.

    App Menu -This menu can be accessed by right clicking within any app. If you are on a touch screen device, swipe in from the bottom or top. This menu gives you any number of options for the app your on and it is unique to that app. This can be quite different from one app to another, but it basically provides a second set of unique options to manipulate that particular app.

    Currently Running Apps Menu – This menu can be accessed by moving your mouse to the top or bottom left corner of the screen and then sliding toward the opposite corner along the left edge, similar to accessing the Charms menu on the right side. If you are on a touch screen device, swipe in from the left side, and then immediately swipe back toward the left edge. This menu shows all your currently running apps on the system. You can left click on any app to switch to it, or you can right click to bring up a small menu to either snap it to the left or right corner, or close it. This menu will also have the Start Screen (Modern UI) icon at the bottom, to allow you to access that from this menu as well.

    More Tips For Navigating Windows 8:

    - To switch between all running apps you can left click on the top left corner of the screen. If you are on a touch screen device, you can swipe in from the left of the screen. You can also click on them from the Currently Running Apps menu (Previously discussed).

    - To access the Start Screen (Modern UI) you can left click on the bottom left corner of the screen. You can also click the Start (Flag) button on your physical keyboard. This menu can be accessed from the Charms Menu or Currently Running Apps Menu as well.

    - To close any app that you got from the Windows Store, click and hold on the top edge of the screen, then pull the pointer all the way down to the bottom edge of the screen and let go. If you are on a touch screen device, swipe all the way from the top edge of the screen to the bottom edge.

    - To manually snap any running app to the left or right of the screen, click and hold at the top edge of the screen and then drag your pointer to the left or right area of the screen (not too far to the left or right) and wait for a box to appear to verify that you are snapping the app, then let go. If you are on a touch screen device, swipe from the top edge of the screen to about the middle of the screen, and then follow the same process. This allows for two apps to be simultaneously shown on the same screen for multitasking purposes.

    Hopefully you guys find this quick navigation tutorial helpful, and I would really appreciate it if you gave me a Vote Up. Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/isla.thomas.56 Isla Thomas

      Really great tutorial! :)

    • Shane Winter

      HOPE YOU WIN!!!!!!! VOTE FOR NATE, THE SMARTEST GUY IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!

    • alas

      Nice job copying mark you suck

      • Sue

        Nice job being jealous. -_-

      • felonbsnt

        nice comment…i like it hehe

    • Hiyaaa :D

      GO NATE!! WOO!

    • http://twitter.com/Neenie133 Neenie

      Great tips Nate

    • solutoblog

      Hi Nate, can you please get in touch with us at marketing@soluto.com with your contact information? Thanks very much :)

  • Kignuf

    Hello,

    If you just upgraded from windows 7 to windows 8 you might have noticed your system got a bit heavy.

    That’s because upgrade tool kept a copy of your previous win7 install and other unnnecessary stuff.

    Here is the best way to free up to 30Gb from your system partition. It’s of great help especially if you have a 64Gb SSD.

    Go to start screen and type “clean”, it will bring you one results in your applications.

    Open it and choose C: then hit “clean system files” button (see attached screenshot, French language).

    Choose C: again

    Check all what’s using a lot of memory, you should have a windows.old and some other old update remaining files.

    Proceed

    Voila ! 30Gb for only 5min of your time.

  • PaulN8191

    Good thing in Windows 8 is the choice to make a pincode instad of the password, so now I can unlock my pc from the bed with my remote controll. I LIKE THAT and I hope YOU TOO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347080445 Jackson Taylor

    If things seem kinda unstable, update your graphics driver. Made my deksto versions of Chrome and IE spring to life and made Facebook stop freezing.

    Also, to quickly switch between two things just click in the top left corner and you’ll go between your two most recent apps.

    When in an app that you don’t need any more, just drag all the way from the top to the bottom to close it (helps me de-clutter my multitasking bar found by dragging down from top left corner).

    When on the lock screen, hit the up arrow key on your keyboard to replace dragging up with your mouse.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347080445 Jackson Taylor

      except if you just leave your mouse in the top left and keep clicking it cycles through ALL your open apps. Go away from it and then click again to go between the two apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mfabzak Matthew Fabiszak

    One of the best features of Windows 8 is the new “refresh your PC” feature. This allows you to return your system to a like-new state. The refresh will keep your files and personalization settings as well as apps from the Windows Store, but the one problem it has is it will remove all other (non-Metro) programs. You can fix this by creating a custom refresh image.

    You create a custom refresh image in just a few easy steps:

    1. Right click the bottom left corner of your screen and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the context menu.

    2. To create a custom refresh image we use the recimg.exe utility by entering (without “”): “recimg /createimage C:CustomRefreshImagesImage1”

    3. The reason we are using a subfolder (“Image1”) is so we can create multiple refresh images and switch between them at any
    given time. To create another image we could simply enter the following into command prompt (without “”): “recimg /createimage C:CustomRefreshImagesImage2”

    4. When you create an image using the /createimage parameter, the image you create is automatically set as the default refresh image. If you have multiple refresh images you can choose the active image by using the /setcurrent parameter. You do this by entering the following prompt (without “”): “recimg /setcurrent C:CustomRefreshImagesImage1”

    5. You can also use the /showcurrent parameter to show the active image.

    You are done! Now you can refresh your computer this this
    state (keeping all files and programs) whenever it gets bogged down.

    If you found this helpful, I would appreciate if you liked
    this post! Thank you!

    • Mike

      Fantastic tip! Thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/simashengrong2 Dan

      You rock! This tip is not as easy to come by as the others here. Way to find something really useful that is not was well known.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.schutte.33 Paul Schütte

    Need to access the BIOS (e.g to enable hardware virtualization)? If you are running a UEFI-equipped-device you will have no luck with pressing F2 or DEL or whatever the key is you are used to acces the BIOS.

    Start up Windows8, open the settings (by swiping from the right on a touch-device or by moving the mouse in one of the right corners on a desktop-device) and select “settings” then “change pc-settings” -> “General” and over there under “Advanced Startup” press “Restart now”. You will be presente with a menu that allows you to select “Troubleshoot” and on the following page “UEFI Firmware Settings”. Voilá.

    The shortcut for this menu is to hold down SHIFT while clicking on “Restart” in the Shut Down menu.

  • http://twitter.com/gatrfedcrnbread Mike B.

    Simple trick is to install Soluto to stop unnecessary programs from premature start-up!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MarineHero James Pereira

    For a one stop list of Windows 8 tips and tricks go to http://pinterest.com/173sud/windows-8-the-best-how-to-tips-hacks/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645930458 Pwen Brady

    want your start menu back? check out classic start available at ninite.com

  • Hauke

    Replace it with Ubuntu. Best tip you can get.

  • Penguin

    Change back to Win 7.

  • Christopher Paine

    Want to create your own ‘Modern’-style tiles for the start screen?

    Download and install OblyTile – http://www.xdafileserver.nl/index.php?dir=Other/Oblytile

    You’re free to pick any image you would like to represent the program of your choosing.

    It takes a little time, but very worth it once you have your favorite programs setup on the Start Screen.

    If you want a head start on icons, there are many packs out there that can help you find the icon that you’re looking for, such as this one: http://www.iconspedia.com/pack/windows-8-metro-ui-icons-3882/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    Since this is all about getting likes, I’ll just write one tip: Windows Key opens/closes the Start Screen :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.sheley.3 Rachel Sheley

      wow, way to completely miss the point of the sweepstakes. you should only get a reward if you DESERVE it – by promoting the site, Windows 8, and giving a good tip. shame on you. i hope Soluto sees this and deletes your comment, because it is utterly worthless and disrespects not only the company but the many others that actually TRIED to win this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        Well, I’ve participated in many competitions, and really gave effort on what should be done, but only people with most likes or something similar won, who did almost nothing for the competition. So first I’ll try to get most likes and then post more tips if it is necessary for winning.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        I’ll write more tips now.

    • solutoblog

      Hey Aleksander, To clarify, this tip is not qualified for Soluto’s Tips & Tricks competition. It doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for being a useful Win8 tip – this action is too basic and does not bring added value to the Windows 8 discussion. For more information on what qualifies for the Soluto Tips & Tricks contest, please visit our terms and conditions page: https://support.soluto.com/entries/22234661-soluto-surface-rt-giveaway-official-rules

      That being said, we definitely encourage you to submit any additional Windows 8 tips and tricks that you think will be helpful for users, and encourage your friends to vote them up. You have until November 26 to enter them.

      Sorry for any confusion, and wishing all the best of luck.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        I wrote more tips and tried to post it as a reply, but it said that the comment is waiting for a moderation. If you allow me to post a reply, will my previous votes be taken under consideration? Thanks for your answer in advance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        Does my comment below meet the minimum requirement?

  • Mark

    BOOT TO THE DESKTOP INSTEAD OF THE START SCREEN
    Go to the start screen and type in “schedule” to search for Schedule Task in Settings. Click on Task Scheduler Library to the left, and select Create Task. Name your task something like “Boot to desktop.” Now select the Triggers tab, choose New, and use the drop-down box to select starting the task “At log on.” Click OK and go to the Actions tab, choose New,and enter “explorer” for the Program/Script value.
    Press OK, save the task, and restart and you are good to go!

    LOG IN WITHOUT USERNAME AND PASSWORD
    To speed up the log-in process, you may want to disable the username and password log-in screen. You can do so by opening the Run window (press the Windows key + R) and typing in “netplwiz” to access the User Accounts dialog box. Uncheck the box near the top that says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” ClickOK, and enter the username and password one last time to confirm your choice, and you are all set for easy access to your system.

    QUICK ACCESS MENU (LIKE A START MENU)
    Right-clicking on the lower left of the screen—whether you’re in the Windows 8 Start screen or in the desktop—will bring up the Quick Access Menu, which enables a direct line to many key system management chores, including Disk Management, Task Manager, Device Manager, and Control Panel.

    GET A START-MENU-LIKE BUTTON ON YOUR TASKBAR (it’s built in!)
    Go to your desktop and right click on the taskbar.Go to toolbars and click on ‘desktop’. Simple as that! Now on the right of your taskbar on your desktop you will see a little button where it says ‘Desktop’ which brings up a menu that looks extremely familiar to the all programs menu on Windows XP, Vista, or 7.

    SEARCH THE ENTIRE COMPUTER
    Simply go to the start screen by either clicking the bottom left corner of the screen or by clicking the Windows key. Start typing anything and it will start searching your entire computer.

    GREATEST TIP OF ALL!
    Enjoy Windows 8 and all of its greatness :)

  • FatherStorm

    Install Ubuntu

  • z

    my best tip about windows 8, is to stop using it, and install macosx or ubuntu! Windows 8 is slow, ugly like AOL in ’95 (and I take all reddit as witnesses) and unergonomic.

  • Marius

    You dont like the way regular icons look on the Windows 8 start screen. You can make them look like app tiles. Use OblyTile to create custom Windows 8 app tiles.

    More info at: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1899865

    Download link: http://www.xdafileserver.nl/Files/Other/Oblytile/OblyTile%20v0.8.2.exe

  • adarsh

    In the charms bar one had all the settings for every application one has to just open the application and then go the settings in the charms bar one can also search for any thing in the app specifically using the search in the charms bar…
    The computer must have a minimum screen resolution of 1024*768 for the windows 8 tiles to work this view of the live tiles is calls as the Retro view and the tiled apps are called ad metro apps this user interface is known as metro ui and last but not the least a minimum of 1366*768 resolution is needed for snapping windows …..Horton cut for search windows key +f. …..more to come depending on the likes I get … thank USA all for reading and liking. It

  • http://twitter.com/shrff James Sheriff

    Use OS X?

  • http://twitter.com/raymondjwlau Raymond Lau

    I haven’t read everything here, but based on what I have read, nobody has said anything about Semantic Zoom yet, so here goes.

    In Windows 8, we all know the new UI favours horizontal scrolling. However, if you have a long list of, say, installed apps, it will take a very long time of panning just to find the app you want.

    To make this easier, Microsoft built in a feature called Semantic Zoom. On your Start screen, simply do a pinch gesture and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of all installed apps. You can even rename sections this way. If you’re using Windows 8 on a non-touch PC, there’ll be a small “-” button at the bottom right corner. Click that and you’ll zoom out.

    The best part about Semantic Zoom is that it works almost anywhere. In the Windows 8 Store, zoom out to see all the categories. In your all apps list, zoom out to group it in alphabetical order. Microsoft has even opened this feature out to developers, so you can try it in third-party apps to see if they have made it available.

    it’s a great way to organise and find information, and I think you’ll find it very useful!

    Here are some screenshots:

    Before Semantic Zoom, my all apps list look like this: http://i.imgur.com/dQRQs.jpg

    After Semantic Zoom, it looks much neater: http://i.imgur.com/1jPIY.jpg

    Hope this helps! :)

  • Randy

    Windows Key + X on the desktop opens up the administrator menu. It’s a nice set of shortcuts with access to task manager, control panel, command line, run, etc.

  • Gabriel

    Windows 8 Rocks!

  • Grey H

    -Searching can be done just by typing. Just start typing and the search will begin populating! No more clicking to initiate the search. Search for apps or web or documents, etc.

    -From the start tiles, you can swipe up from the bottom and reach ‘all apps’ to see everything that you may be used to seeing, like Notepad and more.

    -Performance is a little poor on some systems, especially atom based processors. To fix this, increase the base performance in the power settings up to 80%. Right click on the power icon from the tray, select options, and change the plan settings, or make a new plan for performance. Once the plan settings are open, change the advanced settings for processor power management such that the minimum processor state is 80% when on batter or plugged in. This will give more power to your CPU, though it may cost you some time when running on battery.

  • Hiyaaaa :D

    GO NATE!!!
    WOO!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    Does this comment meet the minimum requirements?

    • solutoblog

      Yes, your comment meets the criteria for the contest – thanks for letting us know that this comment is from you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        Can I just edit my first comment, because I already gave a lot of effort on getting those likes, or I have to do it again?

        • solutoblog

          Hi Aleksandar, please get in touch with us at social@soluto.com to discuss this. Thanks, The Soluto Team

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        Soluto, could you delete these guest comments, please. I posted my original post, and anybody who likes it can vote up for it there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    Omg, why is this shown as Guest, i posted it xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    Just to mention, I posted this, I have no idea why it is shown as guest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    - So, did you know that you don’t have to run msconfig or use any kind of
    software to view or edit your startup items. Now you just open Task Manager,
    click the “More details” tab at the bottom and at the top, there should be
    the Startup tab.

    - Another great feature of Windows 8 is that there is a picture password, so
    you can make your computer more secure and there is no need to remember
    complex passwords anymore. You just press Windows Key + I to get the
    settings, click “Change PC settings” at the bottom right, and go to the
    Users tab. There will be a “Create a picture password” button under “Sign-in
    options”. You can make circles, swipes or clicks to make the password.

    - The coolest thing for those “PC breakers” (those who frequently have
    problems with starting Windows or something similar) is the Refresh option.
    There is no more need to back up your data and do a fresh install if you
    want to get “like a new” PC. Windows 8 allows you to perform a fresh install
    from within Windows without losing any data (isn’t that so cool). If you
    have some kind of problems, just go to settings and click “Change PC
    Settings” tab and select the General tab and find “Refresh your PC without
    affecting your files” or “Remove everything and reinstall Windows” to return
    everything to the factory settings. Then select “Get started” and press
    “Refresh”. After a few minutes, the PC will restart and you will have a
    fresh copy of Windows 8.

    - Closing some applications in Windows 8 can be a bit difficult, because the
    Exit button is hard to find. But, you can just drag the app from the top to
    the bottom and it will exit. You can also exit by Alt+F4 well known combo,
    or through the Task Manager.

    - Shutting down takes a few steps, so, why wouldn’t you make it easier, just
    with one click? Well, it’s possible. You just have to create a shortcut on
    your desktop (right-click, new, shortcut), enter “shutdown /s /t 0″ (without
    quotes) as the location of the item, click next. Now name the shortcut
    whatever you want (commonly “Shutdown”) and click on Finish. To make it look
    more cool, right-click the shortcut, go to Properties. Choose “Change Icon”
    in the Shortcut tab. Chose an icon of your choice from the list. You can
    right click the shortcut again and select “Pin to start”. Then you can move
    it wherever you want on the Start Screen, and clicking (or hitting) it once
    will shut down your PC.

    - And, to sum up, I’ll put some useful keyboard combos to make the usage of
    Windows 8 easier (I’ll put WK, instead of Windows Key, to make it shorter
    and look more clearly):

    WK + E – opens the explorer to easily access your folders;
    WK – gets you on the start screen;
    WK + D – gets you to the desktop;
    WK + Tab – opens a list of running programs;
    WK + Print Screen – takes a screenshot and places is in the Screenshots
    folder in the Pictures folder;
    WK + Q – opens a global search, you just have to type what you are looking
    for and where;
    WK + F – opens a file and folder search;
    WK + , – makes all current windows transparent giving you a peek at the
    desktop as long as you hold the WK;
    WK + . – snaps a window to the right or left side;
    WK + R – opens a run box to easily and quickly run apps.

    Guys, I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Thanks a lot to anyone who votes up for my comment. And I suggest you upgrade to Windows 8 as soon as you can, because it has loads of interesting and useful features.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    Soluto, could you delete this comment, please. I posted it and anybody who likes it can vote up for my original post, not this one.

  • Vlaci

    Vote for Aleksandar, he is the best. :D

  • zondron

    In Windows Explorer you can double-click on the menu title (Home, Share, View, Computer) to hide the ribbon.

  • http://twitter.com/Turrican_exo103 Fernando Fernandez

    With keyboard and mouse, you can take full advantage of Windows 8 the same way you can do wtih tablets!

    One example is that if you use the desktop on Windows 8, and you want to peek through the entire desktop, including from open windows, metro apps, etc. You can hold the Windows Key + the “,” key.

    I’d suggest that you increase the mouse sensivity, so you can access the charms easier and switch between apps easier.

    You must remember that in every (for now, almost) single app you can search contents related with it with the search charm. With Dailymotion, for example, you can search videos, and with WordPress.com, you can search blogs, posts, etc.

    The same can be said about the Configuration & Devices charms, but not much of them for now, and more less in the case of the Share charm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CHAmacotron Chris Palace

    The new picture password

    Traditionally, users type in passwords but If you’re tired of coming up with text passwords full of letters (a..z), numbers(0..9) and symbols(@,#,%,?). Picture Passwords its for you, Windows 8 give a opportunity to select one picture of you library from there, you have to draw circles, taps or lines on any three areas to set up your security.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

      I’ll have to complain here. This comment is too simple for this competition, so I ask you Soluto to delete it as you did with my comment which was inappropriate. He probably just copied it from me or somebody else.

      • http://www.facebook.com/CHAmacotron Chris Palace

        hi friend i never click in inappropiate i enter at the contest 4 days ago your comment is more older, the other is a contest, never said the tip need to be to longer or shorter but if you want i can write it more not big deal, lucky aleksandar :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

          You don’t have to, we’ll see what Soluto says. :)

    • http://twitter.com/DianaPotterish Diana Mancía

      Good luck Chris !!!! :D you really deserve to win :) I hope you do !!

    • http://www.facebook.com/abdexter Isaac Bertrand

      thats true !!!! i think is easier for people without time and might be usefully for the begginers :) nice help palace

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

        OK, sorry for my complaint. I see that Soluto isn’t reacting, so this must be good enough :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/CHAmacotron Chris Palace

          dont worry bro :)

    • http://twitter.com/lazarov91 Lazaro Velasquez

      that is new for me. it is great way to keep confidential stuffs. i will try to put it practice in my new asus with w8 i recently bought :) best of luck my friend

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731530342 ‘Eduardo Palacios Lopez

    you can access to every app configuration through the “charms”, just click the “configuration” icon while you’re inside the app

  • http://www.facebook.com/dovla23 Vladimir Ritan

    ○ Unlike Windows 7 which only had spell check in some applications, Windows 8 has it in all :) When you make a mistake, a red line will appear under the inappropriate word. You can right click it to see alternative words that are suggested to replace the offending word.

    ○ Another amazing feature of Windows 8 is that there is no more need for programs like Deamon Tools. If you want to mount an .iso file, you just right click on it, and choose Mount. It will then appear as a virtual drive and you can run files from it, or add some more.

    ○ The Task Manager is also improved over previous versions of Windows. In Windows XP or 7, you could view an overall percentage of CPU that is being used. Now, in Windows 8, you can check how much percentage every process takes. You can also change startup items from Task Manager (no need to use additional programs or msconfig).

    ○ We can also notice that Windows is becoming more user friendly and has more integrated apps. Nowadays, social networks are used a lot, and Windows 8 took care about it. Now you can connect your Facebook, Twitter,… profile with your coumputer and easily monitor what’s going on in your virtual social life. Another cool feature is SkyDrive, which gives you 7GB to fill with your files and keep them safe. There is also a Reader app, which will give you .pdf support right out of the box, but I doubt it will easily replace Adobe Reader.

    ○ And, for those who love their keyboard, I’ll put some useful keys and combos that will facilitate the use of Windows 8 and save your precious time:

    Alt: displays a hidden Meny Bar
    Alt + Tab: goes forward through open windows
    Alt + Shift + Tab: goes backward through open windows
    Alt + F: closes the active window
    Alt + Space: access the shortcut menu for current window
    Alt + Esc: cycles between open programs in the order that they were opened
    Alt + Enter: accesses the Properties dialog box of the selected item
    Alt + PrtScn: Take a screenshot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard

    Shift + Delete: permanently deletes an item, rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin
    Shift + F10: accesses the context menu for the selected item
    Shift + Click: selects a group of items which don’t have to be next to each other

    Ctrl + A: selects all items
    Ctrl + E: selects the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
    Ctrl + Tab: move forward through tabs
    Ctrl + Shift + Tab: move backward through tabs

    Num Lock Enabled + Plus (+): displays the contents of the selected folder
    Num Lock Enabled + Minus (-): collapses the selected folder
    Num Lock Enabled + Asterisk (*): expands all subfolders under the selected folder

    You can press Shift 5 times to turn StickyKeys on or off, or hold down right Shift for 8 seconds to turn FilterKeys on or off, or hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds to turn ToggleKeys on or off.

    ○ Guys, I just hope that my quick tutorial for Windows 8 is good enough for a vote up, which I’ll appreciate a lot. Windows 8 is the extraordinary operating system, but, as far as I’m concerned, it’s primarily built to get Microsoft into the touch world, which they succeeded. For non-touch devices, it’s still a great upturn over previous versions of Windows, so I suggest you to stay up-to-date and upgrade to Windows 8 as soon as you can.

    • http://twitter.com/Neenie133 Neenie

      Great tips:)

      • http://www.facebook.com/dovla23 Vladimir Ritan

        Thanks a lot! :)

    • solutoblog

      Hi Vladimir, can you please send us an email at marketing@soluto.com to confirm your contact information? Thanks very much

  • Brand Di bari

    Aquí les muestro algunos trucos que nos trae Windows 8

    -Actualizar su PC sin afectar a los archivos” o
    “Eliminar todo y volver a instalar Windows” para volver todo a la
    fábrica configuración. A continuación, seleccione “empezar” y pulse
    “Actualizar”. Después de unos minutos, el PC se reiniciará y usted
    tendrá una copia nueva de Windows 8.

    -Puedes crear un acceso rápido para apagar el equipo

    -Estos combos de teclado:

    Alt: Muestra una barra de Meny oculto

    Alt + Tab: avanza a través de las ventanas abiertas

    Alt + Shift + Tab: va hacia atrás a través de las ventanas abiertas

    Alt + F: cierra la ventana activa

    Alt + Espacio: el acceso al menú de acceso directo para la ventana
    actual

    Alt + Esc: ciclos entre los programas abiertos en el orden en que se
    abrieron

    Alt + Enter: accede al cuadro de diálogo Propiedades del elemento
    seleccionado

    Alt + Impr Pant: Tome una captura de pantalla de la ventana activa y
    colocarlo en el portapapeles

    Shift + Delete: elimina permanentemente un elemento, en lugar de
    enviarlo a la Papelera de reciclaje

    Shift + F10: accede al menú contextual del elemento seleccionado

    Mayús + clic: selecciona un grupo de elementos que no tienen que estar
    uno al lado del otro

    Ctrl + A: selecciona todos los elementos

    Ctrl + E: selecciona la casilla de búsqueda de la esquina superior
    derecha de la ventana

    Ctrl + Tab: avanzar a través de las pestañas

    Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Retroceder a través de las pestañas

    Num Lock Enabled + Plus (+): muestra el contenido de la carpeta
    seleccionada

    Num Lock Enabled + signo menos (-): se derrumba la carpeta seleccionada

    Num Lock Enabled + asterisco (*): expande todas las subcarpetas de la
    carpeta seleccionada

    WK + E – abre el explorador para acceder fácilmente a las carpetas;

    WK – te lleva a la pantalla de inicio;

    WK + D – te lleva al escritorio;

    WK + Tab – abre una lista de programas en ejecución;

    WK + Print Screen – toma una captura de pantalla y coloca en las
    capturas de pantalla

    carpeta en la carpeta Pictures;

    WK + Q – abre una búsqueda global, sólo tienes que escribir lo que
    buscas

    y dónde;

    WK + F – abre un archivo y búsqueda de carpetas;

    WK +, – toma todas las ventanas actuales transparente que le da un
    vistazo a la

    escritorio, siempre y cuando mantenga el WK;

    WK +. – Toma una ventana a la derecha oa la izquierda;

    WK + R – abre un cuadro de ejecución para ejecutar aplicaciones de
    forma fácil y rápida.

    Bueno es todo lo que pude encontrar asi que espero que les
    agrade

  • Guest

    -Did you that, on the desktop, you can right click in the left corner down the screen to show a power user bar. That bar includes control panel, command prompt, computer ans many other useful utilities to manage your PC

    -Laptop users, did you know that by going on synaptics website you can download a generic touchpad driver for windows 8 that enables quick gestures? Gestures like swiping your finger from right to left opens the charm bar and the opposite switches between your metro apps.

    -Looking for some settings in a metro app? Open the charm bar and take a look at the settings section for parameters dedicated to the current application you are running. You can also right click mostly anywhere to show basic tasks for your app.

    -Don’t like the new interface? install start8, classic shell or even pokki to bring back the good old start menu from windows 7 and earlier! Along with some exclusive and cool features!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.lavoie.355 Michaël LeSolitaire Lavoie

    -Did you know that, on the desktop, you can right click in the left corner down
    the screen to show a power user bar. That bar includes control panel,
    command prompt, computer ans many other useful utilities to manage your
    PC

    -Laptop users, did you know that by going on synaptics website you
    can download a generic touchpad driver for windows 8 that enables quick
    gestures? Gestures like swiping your finger from right to left opens the
    charm bar and the opposite switches between your metro apps.

    -Looking for some settings in a metro app? Open the charm bar and
    take a look at the settings section for parameters dedicated to the
    current application you are running. You can also right click mostly
    anywhere to show basic tasks for your app.

    -Don’t like the new interface? install start8, classic shell or even
    pokki to bring back the good old start menu from windows 7 and earlier!
    Along with some exclusive and cool features!

  • http://twitter.com/Nikolovski23 Nikola

    Start up Windows 8 directly to the Desktop.
    This is very simple trick, which many of you guys may find it useful because many of you don’t like the Metro interface.

    Ok, so…
    - First open Notepad
    - Second enter this text (without the ” “)

    “[Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=Explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop”

    - And third, click Save As. Save the file with .scf extension.

    - Done.

    I hope you’ll find this very useful. If so, just click Vote up and help me get the Surface tablet! Thanks guys!

  • Nikola

    Start up Windows 8 directly to the Desktop.
    This is very simple trick, which many of you guys may find it useful because many of you don’t like the Metro interface.

    Ok, so…
    - First open Notepad
    - Second, enter this text (without the ” “)

    “[Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=Explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop”

    - And third, click Save As. Save the file with .scf extension.

    - Done.

    I hope you’ll find this very useful. If so, just click Vote up and help me get the Surface tablet! Thanks guys!

  • Joshua Smith

    Windows 8 has integrated so many features at once that’s even difficult to name them all but I will start with the main spotlights.

    *Has an amazing search tool that lets you look for anything you need just by start typing. There’s no need to open the bar or any application.

    *Great shortcuts to open charms menu or the app menu. Just by moving your mouse to the top or bottom right corner of the screen you will get the menu with icons that includes search, share, start, devices and settings. If you need the App menu you just have to click with the right button on it.

    *Spelling mistakes, not matter if you are not using microsoft office. Windows 8 will make you aware of mistakes and advice you to correct the words that are wrong.

    *Picture password! One of the best things of this system. There’s no need to remember all hard and complex passwords. (You can change this from properties)

    I recomend you to try to discover as much as you can of key combos, since there are many and makes it easier to use it.

    The ones I usually use are:
    Alt + F: Closes the window you are using.
    Ctrl + A: Selects all items
    Windows key + F: To look for files
    Shift + delete: Deletes and item directly (no need to empty the bin)

    I’m still learning how to use it and I can assure there’s plenty to discover yet. Hope you liked my short tutorial (if you did so please come and vote for me, I would really appreciate it) Thanks everyone :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

      It’s weird that you get votes so evenly, but great job for you :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731530342 ‘Eduardo Palacios Lopez

      wow 400 votes in a morning..you must be so popular :)

    • Jim Beglin

      I think this guy was cheating because he is not the first one in the list in spite of having the most votes and the biggest vote frequency. He should be checked!

      • Greg Hollow

        I think he somehow got votes visually appear, they are not counted in a rating system. He must have been cheating, or maybe buying votes, which I think is illegal.

      • Greg Hollow

        He somehow got votes appear visually. They are not counted in a rating system. He must have been cheating, or maybe buying votes, which I think is illegal.

    • solutoblog

      Hi Joshua, can you please get in touch with us at marketing@soluto.com with your contact information? Thanks very much :)

  • Mike T

    A new user is confronted with just the lock screen. To log in, tap the space bar, swipe up on the touch screen, or move your mouse scroll wheel.

  • http://clanrossconcepts.blogspot.com/ Jonathan Ross

    If u have a combination of Metro and Desktop apps open you can cycle through them all using the good old ALT-TAB buttons

    Windows button + 1 will open 1st App in Desktop Quick launch (left to right)

    Windows button + 2 will open 2nd App in Desktop Quick launch .. and so on

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashik.sathyaraj Ashik Sathya Raj

    Why you all hoping to get answer from here?
    Use windows 8 and enjoy it
    You can get all tips from windows 8 help and support
    Go on and check there
    But i will guide to how to turn off windows 8
    Place mouse at right corner
    charms will appear
    from there select setting
    power option then Shut Down

  • solutoblog

    Thanks to all those who participated in Soluto’s Windows 8 Tips & Tricks competition. This discussion will remain open so everyone can enjoy the great Windows 8 tips and tricks shared by our users, and also so you can continue to share additional Windows 8 tips in the future.

    The Microsoft Surface contest will end tonight, November 26th, 2012 at 11:59 GMT, and any tips or tricks posted after that time will not be included in the competition.

    We have received some great Windows 8 tips and tricks, and we’ll share a few highlights over the next few weeks.

    We’ll be notifying the winner – the tip with the most upvotes – in the coming days by email. We’ll also get in touch with our 10 runners up who will each receive an exclusive Windows 8 Soluto t-shirt.

    If you haven’t already, download the Soluto web app or install the Soluto Metro App from the Windows 8 store now. Plus, stay tuned for the great things we have in store for the upcoming holiday season.

    The Soluto Team

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    When will you announce the winner?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575594097 Aleksandar Ritan

    When will you announce the winner?

  • Petar

    Windows 8 is new operation system from 2012/13, the end… :) I hope you like my tutorial hahhaha

  • Petar

    Windows 8 is new operation system from 2012/13, the end… :) I hope you like my tutorial hahhaha

  • Nogods

    Windows 8 is deplorable. Without Aero/Glass that was in Windows 7, the interface becomes white sheets of paper with no tangible depth or perspective.
    It becomes too easy to select the wrong window when trying to select with the title bar.
    It would seem that Windows 8 was designed by Gen Y. It’s really a step backwards.
    Give me back Glass and I might reconsider my opinion.

  • Dipper

    A while back we created a Windows 8 tutorial video. Check out it here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wAlVz3tJvw&list=PLK4X7ezNLFJRYEWgAxRaYkc9HiGHeE3qy

  • yaso

    Hey guys how can I like when I want to open my folder pictures I want it before I open it I want to have a password before opening it . Not a picture password!!!!!!!!!

  • sad moment

    Windows 8 is THE WORST! When even trying to perform the simplest task windows 8 finds a way to complicate matters. I go to right click on a word in a Word document and the window’s home screen keeps appearing….. I’m anti apple but i’m heavily considering switching to a Mac to alleviate some of these nuances that seem to have arisen with our “advances….”

  • http://www.angelsforshannon.com/ Shannon Knight

    i hate windows 8