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.
- WIN : Switches between Metro Screen and last accessed application.
- WIN+C : Accesses the charms bar
- WIN+Tab : Accesses the Metro Taskbar
- WIN+I : Accesses the Setting charm
- WIN+H : Accesses the Share charm
- WIN+K : Accesses the Devices charm
- WIN+Q : Accesses the Apps Search screen
- WIN+F : Accesses the File Search screen
- WIN+W : Accesses the Settings Search screen
- WIN+P : Accesses the Second Screen bar
- WIN+Z : Brings up the App Bar when you have a Metro App running
- WIN+X : Accesses the Windows Tools Menu
- WIN+O : Locks screen orientation
- WIN+E : Opens “Computer”
- WIN+R : Opens the Run dialogue box
- WIN+V : Views all active Toasts/Notifications
- WIN+U : Opens the Ease of Access Center
- WIN+. : Moves the split screen to the right
- WIN+Shift+. : Moves the split screen to the left
- WIN+Ctrl+F : Opens Find Computers dialogue box
- WIN+Shift+V : Views all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
- WIN+PrtScn : Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot(#) – incrementing the # with each screenshot
- WIN+Enter : Launches Narrator
- WIN+Pause/Break : Opens the System page
- 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
- WIN+Shift+1…10 : Launches a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
- WIN+Ctrl+1…10 : Accesses the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
- WIN+Alt+1…10 : Accesses the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
- 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
- WIN+Ctrl+B : Accesses the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
- WIN+T : Cycles through items on the Taskbar
- WIN+M : Minimizes all windows
- WIN+Shift+M : Restores all minimized windows
- WIN+D : Shows/Hides Desktop (minimizes/restores all windows)
- WIN+L : Locks Computer
- WIN+Up Arrow : Maximizes current window
- WIN+Down Arrow : Minimizes/restores current window
- WIN+Home : Minimizes all but current window
- WIN+Left Arrow : Tiles window on the left side of the screen
- WIN+Right Arow : Tiles window on the right side of the screen
- WIN+Shift+Up Arrow : Extends current window from top to bottom of the screen
- WIN+Shift+Left/Right Arrow : Moves the current window from one monitor to the next
- WIN+F1 : Launches Windows Help and Support
- Alt : Displays a hidden Menu Bar
- Alt+D : Selects the Address Bar
- Alt+P : Displays the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
- Alt+Tab : Cycles forward through open windows
- Alt+Shift+Tab : Cycles backward through open windows
- Alt+F4 : Closes the current window / Opens the Shut Down Windows dialogue box from the Desktop
- Alt+Spacebar : Accesses the Shortcut menu for the current window
- Alt+Esc : Cycles between open programs in the order that they were opened
- Alt+Enter : Opens the Properties dialogue box of the selected item
- Alt+PrtScn : Takes a screenshot of the active Window and places it in the clipboard
- Alt+Up Arrow : Moves up one folder in Windows Explorer
- Alt+Left Arrow : Displays the previous folder
- ‘Alt+Right Arrow : Displays the next folder
- Shift+Insert CD/DVD : Loads CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
- Shift+Delete : Permanently deletes an item (skips the recycle bin)
- Shift+F6 : Cycles backward through elements in a window or dialogue box
- Shift+F10 : Accesses the context menu for a selected item
- Shift+Tab : Cycles backward through elements in a window or dialogue box
- Shift+Click : Selects a consecutive group of items
- Shift+Click on Taskbar button : Launches a new instance of a program
- Shift+Right-click on a Taskbar button : Accesses the context menu for the selected item
- Ctrl+A : Selects all items
- Ctrl+C : Copies the selected item
- Ctrl+X : Cuts the selected item
- Ctrl+V : Pastes the selected item
- Ctrl+D : Deletes the selected item
- Ctrl+Z : Undoes and action
- Ctrl+Y : Redoes and action
- Ctrl+N : Opens a news window in Windows Explorer
- Ctrl+W : Closes a current window in Windows Explorer
- Ctrl+E : Selects the search box in the upper right corner of the window
- Ctrl+Esc : Switches between the Metro Start screen and the last accessed Application
- Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel : Activates the Semantic Zoom on the Metro screenCtrl+Shift+N : Creates a new folder
- Ctrl+Shift+Esc : Opens the Windows Task Manager
- Ctrl+Alt+Tab : Uses arrows keys to cycle through open windows
- Ctrl+Alt+Delete : Accesses the Windows Security screen
- Ctrl+Click : Selects multiple individual items
- Ctrl+Click and drag an item : Copies that item in the same folder
- Ctrl+Shift+Click and drag and item : Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
- Ctrl+Tab : Moves forward through tabs
- Ctrl+Shift+tab : Moves backward through tabs
- Ctrl+Shift+Click on Taskbar button : Launches a new instance of a program as an Adminstrator
- Ctrl+Click on a grouped Taskbar button : Cycles through instances of a program in the group
- F1 : Displays Help
- F2 : Renames a file
- F3: Opens Search
- F4 : Displays the Address Bar list
- F5 : Refreshes the display
- F6 : Cycles forward through elements in a window or dialogue box
- F7 : Displays command history in a Command Prompt
- F10 : Displays hidden Menu Bar
- F11 : Toggles full screen display
- Tab : Cycles forward through elements in a window or dialogue box
- PrtScn : Takes a screen shot of the entire screen and places it in the clipboard
- Application Key : Accesses the context menu for the selected item
- Home : Moves to the top of an active window
- End : Moves to the bottom of an active window
- Delete : Deletes the selected item
- PageUp : Scrolls forward on the Metro Start screen
- PageDown : Scrolls Backwards on the Metro Start Screen
- Backspace : Displays the previous folder in Windows Explorer / Moves up one level in Open or Save dialogue box
- Esc : Closes a dialogue box / Closes a Charm
- (NumLock enabled)+(+ key) : Displays the contents of the selected folder
- (NumLock enabled)+(- key) : Collapses the selected folder
- (NumLock enabled)+Shift+8 : Expands all subfolders under the selected folder
- Press Shift 5 times consecutively : Turns sticky keys on/off
- Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds : Turns FilterKeys on/off
- Hold down NumLock for 5 seconds : Turns ToggleKeys on/off
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?
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.