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I need a Windows 8 101 class. :smile:

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I found using Win8 a much easier transition learning a few keyboard shortcuts
Task mgr can be brought up using 'Ctrl + Shift + Escape'
Or what I find easier, use the windows key and 'X' together to get all advanced settings, and pick task manager from the popup list
 
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Will try your suggestion Rob.

I am continually hitting the wrong buttons - mainly getting on the internet when I think I am getting "start". :smile:
 
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Hope it helps, Marlene.
I forgot the #1 shortcut: windows + D to toggle over the old fashioned desktop
Then if you want to go back to the metro side, just the windows key without the 'D'
I'll send you a list in PM
 

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I only use a few of them...

List of Windows 8 shortcuts

Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
Windows key+C: Access the charms bar
Windows key+Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar
Windows key+I: Access the Settings charm
Windows key+H: Access the Share charm
Windows key+K: Access the Devices charm
Windows key+Q: Access the Apps Search screen
Windows key+F: Access the Files Search screen
Windows key+W: Access the Settings Search screen
Windows key+P: Access the Second Screen bar
Windows key+Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running
Windows key+X: Access the Windows Tools Menu
Windows key+O: Lock screen orientation
Windows key+. : Move the screen split to the right
Windows key+Shift+. : Move the screen split to the left
Windows key+V: View all active Toasts/Notifications
Windows key+Shift+V: View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
Windows key+PrtScn: Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot
Windows key+Enter: Launch Narrator
Windows key+E: Open Computer
Windows key+R: Open the Run dialog box
Windows key+U: Open Ease of Access Center
Windows key+Ctrl+F: Open Find Computers dialog box
Windows key+Pause/Break: Open the System page
Windows key+1..10: Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows key+Shift+1..10: Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows key+Ctrl+1..10: Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows key+Alt+1..10: Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows key+B: Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item
Windows key+Ctrl+B: Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
Windows key+T: Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
Windows key+M: Minimize all windows
Windows key+Shift+M: Restore all minimized windows
Windows key+D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)
Windows key+L: Lock computer
Windows key+Up Arrow: Maximize current window
Windows key+Down Arrow: Minimize/restore current window
Windows key+Home: Minimize all but the current window
Windows key+Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
Windows key+Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
Windows key+Shift+Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
Windows key+Shift+Left/Right Arrow: Move the current window from one monitor to the next
Windows key+F1: Launch Windows Help and Support

PageUp: Scroll forward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
PageDown: Scroll backward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
Esc: Close a charm
Ctrl+Esc: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel: Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Modern Desktop screen

Alt: Display a hidden Menu Bar
Alt+F4: Close App or Application
Alt+D: Select the Address Bar
Alt+P: Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
Alt+Tab: Cycle forward through open windows
Alt+Shift+Tab: Cycle backward through open windows
Alt+F: Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
Alt+Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window
Alt+Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
Alt+Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
Alt+PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
Alt+Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
Alt+Left Arrow: Display the previous folder
Alt+Right Arrow: Display the next folder
Shift+Insert: CD/DVD Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
Shift+Delete: Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
Shift+F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
Shift+F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
Shift+Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
Shift+Click: Select a consecutive group of items
Shift+Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program
Shift+Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item
Ctrl+A: Select all items
Ctrl+C: Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X: Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V: Paste the selected item
Ctrl+D: Delete selected item
Ctrl+Z: Undo an action
Ctrl+Y: Redo an action
Ctrl+N: Open a new window in Windows Explorer
Ctrl+W: Close current window in Windows Explorer
Ctrl+E: Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
Ctrl+Shift+N: Create new folder
Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Open the Windows Task Manager
Ctrl+Alt+Tab: Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows
Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Access the Windows Security screen
Ctrl+Click: Select multiple individual items
Ctrl+Click and drag an item: Copies that item in the same folder
Ctrl+Shift+Click and drag an item: Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
Ctrl+Tab: Move forward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+Tab: Move backward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator
Ctrl+Click on a grouped Taskbar button: Cycle through the instances of a program in the group
F1: Display Help
F2: Rename a file
F3: Open Search
F4: Display the Address Bar list
F5: Refresh display
F6: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
F7: Display command history in a Command Prompt
F10: Display hidden Menu Bar
F11: Toggle full screen display
Tab: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the entire screen and place it in the clipboard
Home: Move to the top of the active window
End: Move to the bottom of the active window
Delete: Delete the selected item
Backspace: Display the previous folder in Windows Explorer Move up one folder level in Open or Save dialog box
Esc: Close a dialog box
Num Lock Enabled+Plus (+): Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock Enabled+Minus (-): Collapse the selected folder
Num Lock Enabled+Asterisk (*): Expand all subfolders under the selected folder

Press Shift 5 times Turn StickyKeys on or off
Hold down Right Shift for 8 seconds Turn FilterKeys on or off
Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds Turn ToggleKeys on or off
 
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Thanks for the list Richard. Wife has W8 and I'm still using W7 and everytime I have to help her it's a frustrating learning expierence for me.. This will surely help.
 

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Thanks for the list Richard. Wife has W8 and I'm still using W7 and everytime I have to help her it's a frustrating learning expierence for me.. This will surely help.
The easy answer - if it is a normal computer and not touchscreen - is to simply stay in the desktop all the time, where everything works the same as Windows 7. Then if you find it too slow to use the Modern interface to launch programs (other than those you have pinned to your taskbar) then install Start8 for $5 and you are back to Windows 7 (but faster and better) with no learning curve at all.
 

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Marlene - I just noticed you don't have any applications pinned to your taskbar. Run each program you often use, and when it is running Right-click on its icon on the taskbar at the bottom and Pin it to the taskbar. Now next time you can run it with one click on the icon on the taskbar.

This came in with Windows 7, and is even more useful with Windows 8.
 
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I agree with Richard (as usual!). Now that I have a Surface and a desktop both running Win8, and I've gotten to see just how well "Modern" works with touch input, I'm virtually never on that interface on my desktop.

Stick with the traditional desktop mode and with only a few exceptions, it'll feel like Win7.
 
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Marlene - I just noticed you don't have any applications pinned to your taskbar. Run each program you often use, and when it is running Right-click on its icon on the taskbar at the bottom and Pin it to the taskbar. Now next time you can run it with one click on the icon on the taskbar.

This came in with Windows 7, and is even more useful with Windows 8.
Thanks all for the info and help. I'm getting to not mind Windows 8 at all. However, may have something to do with the 32GB of RAM that make it possible to download a couple hundred photos from the D800 in minutes instead of hours. :biggrin:
 

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