8 Great Windows 8 Links

First, I started compiling my favorite Windows 8 tips – y’know, since I’ve been playing with it for a while now. Then, I started thinking about it: Why reinvent the wheel when scores of journalists have been dissecting this OS for months. Collected below are eight essential links you should check out for how to get the most out of Windows 8. And, yes, I’m still going to throw in my favorite tips for good measure. Don’t say I never did anything for ya!

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CNET: 5 Essential Windows 8 Tips– I’m a big fan of shortcuts. Not just the cute little icons you’ll place on-screen, I’m talking macros – keyboard commands. And CNET’s got a super-simple list to follow. Here are a couple go-tos to use:

  • Windows logo key       Brings up the Start menu, start typing to search for an app
  • Windows logo key + C Opens the Charms bar, which includes the Search, Share, Devices and Settings
  • Windows logo key + D            Displays or hides the desktop
  • Windows logo key + E Opens My Computer
  • Windows logo key + F Open the Charms bar to search for files
  • Windows logo key + Q            Open the Charms bar to search for apps
  • Windows logo key + R Opens the Run dialog box in the desktop
  • Windows logo key + Tab Cycles through open apps (Metro-only); use Alt + Tab for desktop programs
  • Windows logo key + PrintScreen        Captures the current screen, saving it to the Pictures folder
  • Alt + F4            Closes an app


ComputerWorld: Windows 8 Tips and Tricks – You’ll find a couple good tips in an easy-to-follow slideshow format, but out of them, the one tip I’ve been using since day one:

If you’re like me and search for everything, take advantage of type to search in the main Win 8 menu. Just keep in mind that as you’re typing away, it’s only searching in the highlighted section below the search window. Just head over to ComputerWorld’s story for more on that.


LaptopMag: Windows 8 Launch Page – There’s a handy collection of stories and tips here.  Me? I found  this one plenty helpful  -- pinning my Web pages to the Windows 8 Start menu.  I’m a big supporter of getting to the point. And if that means I can launch a Web page straight from a tile, awesome.


TechRadar: 50 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets50 tips? Seriously? I’m supposed to narrow this down to one tip that stands out to me? Yeesh. OK,  here’s a handy one from the story: speeding up a program launching….

Launch the desktop app, right-click an empty part of the desktop and click New > Shortcut.

Browse to the application you'd like to launch here. Of for the sake of this example, enter shutdown.exe -s -t 00

to shut down your PC, or


shutdown.exe -h -t 00 to hibernate it, and click Next. Type a shortcut name - 'Hibernate', say - and click Finish.


Right-click the shortcut, select Pin to Start and it should appear on the far right of the Start screen - just drag the tile wherever you like.



VentureBeat: Tips and tricks for getting started with Windows 8I noticed early on how I wanted to be able to rename files. Windows 8 has a slightly new procedure. VentureBeat to the rescue!

1.         Right-click on the tile you wish to rename.

2.         In the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen, left-click on “Open file location.”

3.         You will now see a traditional shortcut in a Windows Explorer window. If you rename this shortcut using any of the old methods (clicking on the text, right-clicking and selecting “rename”), the changes will reflect on the tile as well.


Maximum PC: Windows 8 Tips Guide – The guys at Maximum PC talk my language…nerd. And like them, I also happen to like the tile animation when you fire up a PC for the first time. Want to hack your system so it does that every time? Here’s how, according to the article:

Open up the registry (type “regedit” on the Windows 8 Start Screen) and navigate over to this key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid. Right-click on the right-most window pane, hover over “New,” and select the “DWORD” option. Right-click on your new DWORD and rename it to “Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow,” and then double-click on it and set its Value data to 1.



NotebookReviews.com: Windows 8 Tips: How to Play Back Movies & Music – I think that in this case, the name of the link kinda says it all. If you’re into multimedia (really, who isn’t?) check this piece out.



….and last, but not least…Helpful Windows 8 Information & FAQs from HP

Here, within HP’s support forums, we’re trying to tackle all your major Windows 8 questions. Curious about how your HP computer will work with Windows 8? THIS is the site you need to check out.


How about you? You using Windows 8? You find any cool Easter Egg-caliber tips handy or uncover something for yourself? Share ‘em in the comments!

Labels: how-to| tips| windows 8
by dmcclen
on ‎03-09-2013 09:02 AM

I tried Windows 8 and totally HATE it.  Why doesn't HP listen to the public.  I hate this but for the first time I am going to by a apple.. ma..ma.. mac, all thanks to Windows 8.  Sorry HP for years I have done business with you from desktops, laptops and even printers, but well guess not any more sorry but have to leave windows 8 behind.

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