Windows 8 released in October 30 2012 and announced that the mainstreamed support will be given until January 9 2013. It was developed to bring the desktop PC’s and the tablet PC close together in all platforms. So the special features of Windows 8 mainly focus on the appearance of applications and their GUI.
One of the best advantages of Windows 8 is using the shortcut keys. Though the usage of short cut keys is in practice, it was first introduced in Windows 95. The “Windows key” in the keyboard came prior to that of the Windows 95 release. At that time, some of the keyboards lacked this Windows key. So, users started using key combinations of ctrl + Esc. This was the first key combination in the history as well.
Later, the usage of shortcut keys and combinational keys has been developed vastly. This is continued in Windows 8 also. There are some unique shortcut key features added in this edition, like, you can even add short cut keys to programs and files installed on Windows.
To assign shortcut keys for the programs follow the steps:
- First, create a shortcut for that program after that right click the newly created shortcut
- Click on “properties”
- In that select the shortcut key dialog box
- Insert your desired key combination and click ok
Windows 8 also allows creating shortcut keys to automate manual works like opening a specific folder. However, it is not legal and it is a complicated issue.
The other default shortcut key combinations introduced in Windows 8, which are unavailable in Windows 7, are listed here:
Windows key + (.) period – snaps app to right
Windows key + Shift + (.) period –snaps app to left
Windows key + Page Up – Moves apps and start screen to the left
Windows key + Page Down - Moves apps and start screen to right
Windows key + Shift + Tab – Cycling the opened apps in reversed order
Windows key + Ctrl + Tab - Cycling the opened apps
Windows key + Tab – Cycling the opened app and not the desktop app
Windows key + Space bar – Change keyboard language and layout
Windows key + search text – Search the text on your PC
Ctrl + Plus (+) or Minus (-) or mouse scroll - Zoom in or zoom out
Windows key + c – Current charm open
Windows key + F - view open charm and search files
Windows key + H – View a shared charm
Windows key + I – open charm settings
Windows key + J – Switch between main app and snapped app
Windows key + K – View device charm
Windows key + O – Lock screen orientation
Windows key + Q – View search charm to search app
Windows key + W – View search charm to search settings.
Technical terms you should be aware of:
Charms – Nothing but a floating menu bar which contains the information and settings about the opened application
Cycling – The active state of application is known as cycling. It is similar to the word running.
Some consequences while using the shortcut keys:
However, there are many advantages in using Windows 8 shortcut keys. There are some disadvantages too. One of them is using shift + delete key combination. Although this shortcut is found even in previous versions of Windows, the unintentional usage will result in data loss. Well Windows 8 does not have any solution for this problem. Only good recovery software like Remo Recover Windows can solve this issue and restore back your Windows 8 data.
Another major draw back is we cannot assign shortcut keys for user defined files and their file operations. For e.g. opening a specific file.