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100+ shortcuts for Windows 8

September 6, 2014 at 7:07 am

With Windows 8 now a player in the Operating System Arena, it’s time we take a look at making your everyday tasks a little easier.

Lets take a look at 100.. yes I said it. 100 Windows 8 shortcuts that will make your life not only a whole lot simpler, but also a lot more productive. (Just to be nice guy, I’ll also throw in an additional 11 shortcuts at no extra cost).

For arguments sake, I am going to use “WIN” for the windows key. So, whenever you see WIN, please note that I am making reference to the Windows Key.



  1. WIN : Switches between Metro Screen and last accessed application.
  2. WIN+C : Accesses the charms bar
  3. WIN+Tab : Accesses the Metro Taskbar
  4. WIN+I :  Accesses the Setting charm
  5. WIN+H : Accesses the Share charm
  6. WIN+K : Accesses the Devices charm
  7. WIN+Q : Accesses the Apps Search screen
  8. WIN+F : Accesses the File Search screen
  9. WIN+W : Accesses the Settings Search screen
  10. WIN+P : Accesses the Second Screen bar
  11. WIN+Z : Brings up the App Bar when you have a Metro App running
  12. WIN+X : Accesses the Windows Tools Menu
  13. WIN+O : Locks screen orientation
  14. WIN+E : Opens “Computer”
  15. WIN+R : Opens the Run dialogue box
  16. WIN+V : Views all active Toasts/Notifications
  17. WIN+U : Opens the Ease of Access Center
  18. WIN+. : Moves the split screen to the right
  19. WIN+Shift+. : Moves the split screen to the left
  20. WIN+Ctrl+F : Opens Find Computers dialogue box
  21. WIN+Shift+V : Views all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
  22. WIN+PrtScn : Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot(#) – incrementing the # with each screenshot
  23. WIN+Enter : Launches Narrator
  24. WIN+Pause/Break : Opens the System page
  25. WIN+1…10 : Launches a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number or, accesses a running program on the Taskbar inn the position indicated by the number
  26. WIN+Shift+1…10 : Launches a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  27. WIN+Ctrl+1…10 : Accesses the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  28. WIN+Alt+1…10 : Accesses the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  29. WIN+B : Selects 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
  30. WIN+Ctrl+B : Accesses the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
  31. WIN+T : Cycles through items on the Taskbar
  32. WIN+M : Minimizes all windows
  33. WIN+Shift+M : Restores all minimized windows
  34. WIN+D : Shows/Hides Desktop (minimizes/restores all windows)
  35. WIN+L : Locks Computer
  36. WIN+Up Arrow : Maximizes current window
  37. WIN+Down Arrow : Minimizes/restores current window
  38. WIN+Home : Minimizes all but current window
  39. WIN+Left Arrow : Tiles window on the left side of the screen
  40. WIN+Right Arow : Tiles window on the right side of the screen
  41. WIN+Shift+Up Arrow : Extends current window from top to bottom of the screen
  42. WIN+Shift+Left/Right Arrow : Moves the current window from one monitor to the next
  43. WIN+F1 : Launches Windows Help and Support
  44. Alt : Displays a hidden Menu Bar
  45. Alt+D : Selects the Address Bar
  46. Alt+P : Displays the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
  47. Alt+Tab : Cycles forward through open windows
  48. Alt+Shift+Tab : Cycles backward through open windows
  49. Alt+F4 : Closes the current window / Opens the Shut Down Windows dialogue box from the Desktop
  50. Alt+Spacebar : Accesses the Shortcut menu for the current window
  51. Alt+Esc : Cycles between open programs in the order that they were opened
  52. Alt+Enter : Opens the Properties dialogue box of the selected item
  53. Alt+PrtScn : Takes a screenshot of the active Window and places it in the clipboard
  54. Alt+Up Arrow : Moves up one folder in Windows Explorer
  55. Alt+Left Arrow : Displays the previous folder
  56. ‘Alt+Right Arrow : Displays the next folder
  57. Shift+Insert CD/DVD : Loads CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
  58. Shift+Delete : Permanently deletes an item (skips the recycle bin)
  59. Shift+F6 : Cycles backward through elements in a window or dialogue box
  60. Shift+F10 : Accesses the context menu for a selected item
  61. Shift+Tab : Cycles backward through elements in a window or dialogue box
  62. Shift+Click : Selects a consecutive group of items
  63. Shift+Click on Taskbar button : Launches a new instance of a program
  64. Shift+Right-click on a Taskbar button : Accesses the context menu for the selected item
  65. Ctrl+A : Selects all items
  66. Ctrl+C : Copies the selected item
  67. Ctrl+X : Cuts the selected item
  68. Ctrl+V : Pastes the selected item
  69. Ctrl+D : Deletes the selected item
  70. Ctrl+Z : Undoes and action
  71. Ctrl+Y : Redoes and action
  72. Ctrl+N : Opens a news window in Windows Explorer
  73. Ctrl+W : Closes a current window in Windows Explorer
  74. Ctrl+E : Selects the search box in the upper right corner of the window
  75. Ctrl+Esc : Switches between the Metro Start screen and the last accessed Application
  76. Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel : Activates the Semantic Zoom on the Metro screenCtrl+Shift+N : Creates a new folder
  77. Ctrl+Shift+Esc : Opens the Windows Task Manager
  78.  Ctrl+Alt+Tab : Uses arrows keys to cycle through open windows
  79. Ctrl+Alt+Delete : Accesses the Windows Security screen
  80. Ctrl+Click : Selects multiple individual items
  81. Ctrl+Click and drag an item : Copies that item in the same folder
  82. Ctrl+Shift+Click and drag and item : Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
  83. Ctrl+Tab : Moves forward through tabs
  84. Ctrl+Shift+tab : Moves backward through tabs
  85. Ctrl+Shift+Click on Taskbar button : Launches a new instance of a program as an Adminstrator
  86. Ctrl+Click on a grouped Taskbar button : Cycles through instances of a program in the group
  87. F1 : Displays Help
  88. F2 : Renames a file
  89. F3: Opens Search
  90. F4 : Displays the Address Bar list
  91. F5 : Refreshes the display
  92. F6 : Cycles forward through elements in a window or dialogue box
  93. F7 : Displays command history in a Command Prompt
  94. F10 : Displays hidden Menu Bar
  95. F11 : Toggles full screen display
  96. Tab : Cycles forward through elements in a window or dialogue box
  97. PrtScn : Takes a screen shot of the entire screen and places it in the clipboard
  98. Application Key : Accesses the context menu for the selected item
  99. Home : Moves to the top of an active window
  100. End : Moves to the bottom of an active window
  101. Delete : Deletes the selected item
  102. PageUp : Scrolls forward on the Metro Start screen
  103. PageDown : Scrolls Backwards on the Metro Start Screen
  104. Backspace : Displays the previous folder in Windows Explorer / Moves up one level in Open or Save dialogue box
  105. Esc : Closes a dialogue box / Closes a Charm
  106. (NumLock enabled)+(+ key) : Displays the contents of the selected folder
  107. (NumLock enabled)+(- key) : Collapses the selected folder
  108. (NumLock enabled)+Shift+8 : Expands all subfolders under the selected folder
  109. Press Shift 5 times consecutively : Turns sticky keys on/off
  110. Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds : Turns FilterKeys on/off
  111. Hold down NumLock for 5 seconds : Turns ToggleKeys on/off


XP hack adds 5 years

September 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Well, it turns out Microsoft XP isn’t dead after all. All the hype over “Dump XP, and get into Windows 7 or 8… ASAP” has been given a “stay of execution” by the recent hack spotted by betanews. The hack involves utilizing Microsoft’s existing support of POSReady machines until 2019. It just so happens that these machines also run XP SP3, but in a 32 bit flavor.

The updates provided to these POSReady machines are essentially the same updates that would’ve been provided to the average user had support not ended for these machines. The only caveat is that these POSReady machines utilitze a stripped down version of the WinXP retail release (which is designed for POS applications exclusively). Therefore, it is essential to disclose that had MS not ended support for the WinXP full versions, you might have gotten more updates compared to what this hack will provide you with.

All that aside, with this Hack you can essentially get continued updates until 2019. How cool is that?


This is how it is done.

Create a text document, and call it XP.reg. You’ll need to make sure .reg is the proper extension — so not “XP.reg.txt”. If it’s not showing up as a registry file, open any folder, go to Tools > Folder Options, select View and check ‘Show hidden files and folders’. Also, uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.  That should fix the problem.

Right-click the file, and select Edit. Paste in the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Save it, and then double-click the file. That will make that change to the registry. That’s all you need to do. Windows will now automatically fetch updates designed for POSReady 2009, ensuring XP remains protected for the foreseeable future.

This trick only works for 32-bit editions of XP, but there’s a workaround for 64-bit versions here.


Of course, there is no way of knowing with any amount of certainty how long this hack will remain open. Microsoft could put a stop to it at any moment. Also, there is a possibility that all the updates downloaded as a result of this hack might not be applicable to your system. Buy hey, if you get an extra 5 years out of the deal…. why not?


WinXP SP4 Launched

September 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Although Microsoft ceased support for the XP operating system in April, it just goes to show that people aren’t willing to give up on the best-selling Microsoft Operating System just yet.

Greece based developer “Harkaz” started the project back in September 2013 as a result of being forced into a new operating system by Microsoft. “Many users, including me, who won’t be able to upgrade their old machines to a newer OS would like to easily install all Windows updates in one convenient package”, said Harkaz. He later stated, “Windows XP Unofficial SP4 ENU is a cumulative update rollup for Windows XP (x86) English. It can be applied to a live Windows XP system which has SP1 at minimum, installed or it can be slipstreamed (integrated) into any Windows XP Installation Media.”   Hence, the dubbed ‘SP4 for XP’.

Harkaz continued in saying that the SP4 release includes updates for MOST Windows XP components. These include:

  • MCE and Tablet PC
  • Request only hotfixes
  • Microsoft .NET Frameworks 1.0 (Tablet only), 1.1, 3.5, & 4.0
  • Integrated POS ready security updates


Regardless of whether you are a dedicated XP enthusiast or not, installing patches not verified by Microsoft has it’s inherent risks. However, running XP as it (with no support offered anymore) might be just enough to persuade someone to see what is on the other side of the fence.

As always, make sure you have your system up to date, and backups are in your data recovery plan.



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