January, 2013

  • Windows 8 Shortcuts

    A while ago someone sent me a mail with all the shortcuts I needed to know to use Windows 8.

    Below is an extensive list of shortcuts but in reality I use only a couple of them on a daily bases:

    • Windows key + C: Access the charms bar
    • Windows key + L: Lock computer
    • Windows key + start typing to find app or document
    • Windows key + P: Access the Second Screen bar
    • Windows key + X: Access the Windows Tools Menu

    And the shortcuts I have been using for ages like ctrl+c…

    All 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 + 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 Lockfor 5 seconds Turn ToggleKeys on or off

  • Get an overview of key Windows 8 features for IT professionals

    Get an overview of key Windows 8 features for IT professionals with four new MVA courses:

    Windows 8 Jump Start training

    Module 1:
    Tips and Tricks for IT Pros

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    See what's new in Windows 8 for the IT professional from the new user interface and keyboard shortcuts to the Windows App Store and Internet Explorer 10.

    Download this module (2.66 GB)

    Module 3:
    Access to Windows

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    Explore virtualization scenarios for Windows 8, specifically with regard to Windows To Go, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and Client Hyper-V.

    Download this module (1.73 GB)

    Module 5:
    Windows Apps

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    Learn how to deploy applications in Windows 8, sideload apps for individual users or all users, and centrally manage apps once deployed.

    Download this module (1.39 GB)

    Module 2:
    Windows 8 Deployment

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    Learn how to simplify Windows 8 planning and deployment, and ease your migration from earlier versions of Windows.

    Download this module (1.76 GB)

    Module 4:
    Anywhere Productivity


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    Explore common Windows 8 mobility scenarios including providing a consistent user experience across devices, virtual machines, and session-based desktops.

    Download this module (2.02 GB)

    Module 6:
    Recovery and Security

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    Learn how to better control, secure, and manage Windows 8 PCs with BitLocker, UEFI, Secure Boot, and the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT).

    Download this module (1.63 GB)

  • Try Windows Server 2012 online

    Want to know what's new in Windows Server 2012 and don't have the time to install it? We have a couple of good Hands-on labs that you can do online.

    I've compiled a list of Hands-On labs and MVA training sessions you can follow free of charge.


    Hands-on labs

    • Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements
      In this lab, you will learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012. You will deploy domain controllers using the new Server Manager, as well as deploying remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell. You will be able to explore the new Active Directory Management tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.
    • Introduction to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012
      DirectAccess gives users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their corporate network anytime they have Internet access. In this lab, you will learn how to configure this now easy-to-install technology and provide greater mobility and ease of access for your users.
    • Managing Windows Server 2012 with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
      In this lab, you will learn how the Server Manager and Windows PowerShell framework in Windows Server 2012 delivers an enhanced, multi-server management experience. You will learn to perform tasks such as multi-server management. You will also explore new Windows PowerShell capabilities including new cmdlets and the Windows PowerShell gateway.
    • Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
      Network management is core to running a business, yet the tools that IT professionals need can be too costly or not available from Microsoft. With Windows Server 2012, we change that with the introduction of IP Address Management (IPAM).

    Check out the extended list of labs.


    Microsoft Virtual Academy

    • Windows Server 2012: Management & Automation Windows Server 2012 introduces new management and automation features and capabilities that offer excellent total cost of ownership (TCO) as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multi-computer manageability. This course covers a number of these new features.

    Check out the extended list of MVA cour