By making the interface more touch-friendly, some features — like the power button — are now much harder to get to with the mouse.However, Microsoft has added a few keyboard shortcuts.
- Alt-F4 — In one of the best changes since Developer Preview, you can now close Metro apps using Alt-F4!
- Windows Key-I — This pops up the new system tray, which slides in from the right. If you hit Space or Enter, the Metro control panel opens. If you hit Up then Enter, you can shut down the computer.
- Windows Key — If you have a multi-monitor setup, popping up the Start Screen with the Windows Key is actually not difficult, and an excellent way to check on your mail, instant messages, and so on. Tapping Windows Key again hides the Start Screen and returns you to the previous app (could be the Desktop, or another Metro app). If you start typing the name of an app from the Start Screen, Windows will automatically start looking for it (just like Windows 7)
- Windows Key-F — If specifically want to search through files, rather than apps, use Windows-Key-F. Windows Key-W searches settings.
- Windows Key-C — One of the most annoying menus to get to in Windows 8, with a keyboard and mouse anyway, is the Charms menu. Fortunately, you can also use Windows Key-C, and then the arrow keys.
- Alt-Tab — Alt-Tab, app switches through Desktop and Metro apps.
- Windows-Tab — This cycles through your Metro apps. The 3D “Aero Flip” from Windows Vista and 7 is no more.
- Windows Key-Z — In a Metro app, this opens the App Bar (i.e. the app’s menu). Unfortunately there aren’t any keyboard shortcuts for selecting items from the App Bar, but hopefully they’ll be added before retail release.
- Windows-Page Up — This switches which screen the Metro interface (i.e. the Start Screen and any Metro apps) appears on. The switch is very rapid.
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