Windows 8 Keyboard and Mouse Tutorial

Microsoft is betting the company on Windows 8 and from the look of the new Metro design, it does look a little bit risky. Microsoft has not had this much pressure and excitement in one of its products since the release of Windows 95, which became one of its most successful products of its time. Microsoft created the new desktop with touchscreens in mind but that does not mean desktop users are out of the circle. We have been extensively testing Windows 8 on different form factors such as desktops, laptops, and tablets. We came up with a cheat sheet for those of you who find Windows 8 confusing and intimidating. Hopefully after these tips you will find the the new Metro experience just as productive as the classic Windows 7 desktop.

Keyboard Cheat sheet:

Windows Key:Switch between Start Screen and Previous App

Windows key + C: Charms Bar

Windows Key + D: Goes to Desktop

Windows Key + F: File Search

Windows Key + I: Preference/Setting (for each app)

Windows Key + W: Settings

Windows Key + Z: Hidden Menu (feedback,slideshow)

Windows Key + tab (HOLD): List of Opened Apps *After the list appears you can tap tab to move through the list

Mouse Cheat Sheet:

Move Mouse to bottom or top left corners: List of Opened Apps *right click on app to close it

Move Mouse to bottom or top right corners: Charms Bar

Click Icon on the bottom right of the Start Screen: Symantec Zoom

Move Mouse to the top of an App Click and Drag to to the bottom of the screen: Close the app.

Right Click anywhere: Reveal hidden menu for any app and the Start Screen.

While on Symantec Zoom: Right click a group off apps to name them.

Tips: Change the color and design of your background by going to Settings, More Settings. Also from there you can enable picture password Microsoft’s Patented unlocking system. Right Click on a tile to change its size. Type anything on the Start Screen to search for anything on your system. Give feedback to Microsoft whenever you do not like something or if there is a bug, it will only improve the final Windows 8 experience.

Personal Thoughts: The big question everyone asks is if Windows 8 can be your everyday productive operating system? The answer is… yes, but it will take some time getting use to it. I know it looks a little hectic from the number of commands we have listed out but from my personal experience I say it’s great. At first I must admit, I disliked the idea of having to use the mouse for the new interface. I hated the way the tiles were all different colors but after playing around with it for a few hours I started customizing the Metro inspired UI. That is the main allure I found on previous renditions of Windows, they are all very customizable. Luckily I am quite patient and I like trying out new things. The scrolling was probably the hardest thing to get used to. Scrolling left and right can be quite annoying when using a mouse. I feel better about it now, but still wish I could scroll by grabing empty space between the tiles like a touch screen flick motion instead of having to use the scroll bar on the bottom. Yes you can use the arrow keys but sometimes for some reason it doesn’t work. Being the neat freak that I am, I set out to group all of the tiles of the same color and organizing them the way I wanted. I changed the background into a dark red design, my favorite color and with that Windows 8 was coming along very nicely.

While I was doing all of that I was also relearning how to use a computer. Yes Windows 8 is so different it actually feels like you have to learn to use a computer again. It actually reminded me of my first week with my Zune HD. I was excited about the Zune, and learning the ins and outs of the device took about a week. Even though I felt upset about Windows 8 at first, it is slowly growing on me.

To those of you who do not like this new direction Microsoft is headed at, all I have to say is give it a week so that you can get through that steep learning curve. People do not like change but without it there’s no progress, yet Microsoft still has the legacy Windows desktop still there for you nostalgic few.

This is not a complete list of all the Windows 8 commands: notice I did not add the snap feature. I have yet to master that ability. If you have any other tips on Windows 8 feel free to share it with us by writing a comment below.