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Is there any easier way to move around in Windows 8?

Posted on 2013-11-02
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Just got windows 8 and it seems a bit cumbersome. There's gotta be a back button or something to move around. I can't see me always moving the cursor all the way over to the side of the screen to get that drop down box just to click on settings. Is there a shortcut key or something?

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by:Netflo
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Installing this to give you a start menu, should help you navigate around and make sense: http://www.classicshell.net/
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by:Paul Jackson
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A shortcut to open the charms menu?

Windows Key + c
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There are many keyboard shortcuts some specifically for Windows 8:

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/windows-8-keyboard-shortcuts/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/keyboard-shortcuts

Learning them makes Windows 8 very easy to use and would solve most of the complaints about the OS.

You need WinKey + I for Settings.

An oldie but goodie for shutting down your computer is to click on the Desktop and press Alt + F4.
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by:Alan Henderson
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For normal desktop computer users, the Modern UI (aka Metro) can be a pain. Most of the apps only work full screen and are unsuitable for big screen use.

If you just treat it as a glorified Windows menu you'll find it very useful. Just press the Windows key when you're on the Desktop, then start typing what you're looking for.

If you haven't already, you MUST install the Windows 8.1 update. It makes major improvements to the Modern UI search function.

You install it from the Windows Store.
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