During the Build Developer’s conference, we got to see and hear about Microsoft’s next generation operating system, Windows 8. With the imminent release of the developer preview build, lets take a look at some tips and tricks for the new Start Screen.
- Just start typing with a keyboard in the Start screen to quickly search and launch applications.
- Find additional applications (e.g. accessories generally found in the Start menu) can be found in the application list by clicking on the “Search” charm.
- New shell keyboard shortcuts:
- WIN+Q for application search
- WIN+W for settings search
- WIN+F for files search
- WIN+I for “settings” charm
- WIN+O for rotation lock
- WIN+C to bring up simple “Start menu” and time/date
- Most old shell keyboard shortcuts also work: e.g. WIN+D activates desktop, WIN+R opens “Run”, WIN+L locks user. WIN+E opens Explorer.
- In mouse mode, activate the options/charms by moving the mouse to the bottom left edge (where the Windows button used to be).
- In mouse mode, right clicking activates in-app options.
- With a keyboard, you can use the arrow keys and page up/down to select tiles. Enter launches them. The “menu” button (the key with a drop down) selects them.
- Make sure to check the “settings” charm in applications to reveal app-specific settings.
- Enable the “high contrast” mode in Control Panel > Ease of Access to see a dark themed Start screen (above)
Thanks to Long Zheng for putting this together.