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With the GA of Windows 8 just around the corner, I started to put together an article of tips and tricks. However, then I found this great post over on the Go Dev Mental student blog written by my colleague Susan Ibach on all the keyboard shortcuts she could find. I’m not too proud to beg, borrow and steal when it’s appropriate, so instead of me creating something net new, here is Susan’s post with in all it’s shortcut glory.
My favourites? <Windows> + C to bring up the charms and <Windows> + I for the settings panel.
What are yours?
<p>Great to know these, especially the <Windows> + I and <Windows> + C. Still waiting for Microsoft to put the START Button back on the Desktop. Remember when Coca-Cola corporation tried to come out with a new flavor for Coke? They saved their butts by coming back to the original flavor and calling it Coca-Cola Classic! For people without some kind of a touch screen and upgrading to Windows 8 for $39.95 they will find the new interface clumsy. What would it cost to put the start button back on the Desktop and leave everything else in Windows 8 the same as it is now?</p>
<p>Thanks for your comments, we appreciate the feedback.</p>
<p>For additional information regarding the change in the Start Menu, there's a great blog post here:</p>
<p><a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/10/11/reflecting-on-your-comments-on-the-start-screen.aspx">blogs.msdn.com/.../reflecting-on-your-comments-on-the-start-screen.aspx</a></p>
<p>You may also want to read up on Paul Fitts and "Fitts' Law, I think this can be applied to Windows 8. You can read more about it here: <a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitts%27_law">en.wikipedia.org/.../Fitts%27_law</a></p>
<p>Here's something I compiled. You're welcome to take a look; may be something you didn't know...</p>
<p><a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/2faadba8-7568-48fb-ac93-0282c438bfea">social.technet.microsoft.com/.../2faadba8-7568-48fb-ac93-0282c438bfea</a></p>
<p>There, already, is a start button in Windows 8. Bottom-Left Corner of your screen. I have been using Win8 non-stop for, @ least, 10 months without Touch. Rather than clumsy, my experience has shown it to be smooth, quick, convenient, requiring little digging & few clicks and easy. I've, really found it more fun than clumsy. Yeah, it's different and shortly one gets familiar w/ it and away you go. It works very nicely w/out putting anything back; and it's better w/ what it has, anyway (bonus).</p>
<p>Oh well, that's what I see out my Windows.</p>