Windows 8 operating system was the first operating system to bring forward a sleuth of radical new changes to the user interface. Unfortunately, due to the same reason, Windows8 received notoriety as well. Microsoft, due to some oversight, completely left out normal keyboard-and-mouse users. Instead, the complete focus was on touch-screen users, which spelled doom for normal users, which is exactly why the OS was rejected.
However, Windows 8 OS is one of the most stable operating systems released until now. The OS is extremely fast and futuristic, keeping in tune with the changing times and the popular mobile interface. It is true that Windows8 had some major flaws with the UI but the Windows 8.1 upgrade was meant for users who were not satisfied with the changes in Windows8 OS.
If you are running Windows 8 OS, you will be able to use it normally with the same speed that you were able to operate previous operating systems if you incorporate the use of shortcuts. These tips and tricks are mostly done using the keyboard, which is ideal for most PC users who are grown used to using Windows Shortcuts.
Some of the keyboard shortcuts are,
- Windows+J : Switch between snapped modern applications
- Windows+E : Opens Windows explorer
- Windows+S : Opens Search
- Windows+C : Opens Charms menu
- Windows+X : Opens Windows Tools menu
Although you may face issues getting used to these keyboard shortcuts in the beginning, you will get completely accustomed to them in a while and will be able to incorporate them into your daily work very easily. These shortcuts may seem very few but perform some of the most common actions that you will be repeatedly doing throughout the day.
Most users do not know this feature but most often used folders can be easily pinned to Windows8 Start screen. This way, you be able to access the most often used folders with relative ease. The trick is to limit using the mouse at all and perform all actions using the Keyboard.
To get the most out of Windows8 OS, you need to be able to operate the Split screen operation with ease. This way, you will be able to operate two programs at the same time. When docking two different programs, make use of Windows + arrow keys to make switches. You will be able to place two windows side by side with ease. All these shortcuts work in Windows 8.1 upgrade version as well.