The most common difficulties I see folks having with Windows 8 has more to do with navigation than anything else. Here are some useful shortcut keys you can use to perform functions faster and easier.
When you push the Windows logo key on your keyboard, it toggles back and forth between the Windows 8 Start screen and the desktop. You can also push the Windows logo key and other keys at the same time to perform functions.
“C” opens the charms sidebar, “F” opens the Search charm to search files, “H” opens the Share charm, “I” opens the Settings charm, “K” opens the Devices charm, “O” locks the screen orientation (landscape or portrait), “Tab” cycles through open applications, “Shift + period (.)” snaps an application to the left, “period (.)” snaps an application to the right, and “L” locks your computer at the sign in screen.
Remember to push the Windows logo key at the same time for these keys to perform their specific functions.
There are many shortcuts that work for most all versions of Windows.
The most popular are: “Ctrl” + “C”, which copies anything that is highlighted, “Ctrl” + “V”, which pastes what you have previously copied, “Ctrl” + “Z”, which undoes your last action, “Ctrl” + “B”, which bolds highlighted text, “Ctrl” + “U”, which underlines highlighted text, “Ctrl” + “I”, which italicizes highlighted text, and “Ctrl” + “Esc”, which opens the Start menu. Pressing “F1” opens the help menu regardless of what Microsoft program you are in.
Shortcuts can help you move around your system faster, allowing you to perform commands quickly and easily. If you would like to see more shortcuts, go to Microsoft.com and just type in “shortcuts” in the search bar at the top.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 12 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.