I hope that you had a chance to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. One of the things that you will absolutely want to do is watch Jensen’s video as a video walk-through of Windows 8 features, focusing on working with the operating system as a user, introducing the gestures and things you want to know about. It is a great, short video and you should definitely watch it:
As an avid keyboard user (and one without a touch device currently) I rely on the ‘desktop’ use of my Windows installation. In addition to those things that Jensen mentions in his video, here’s a list of some helpful keyboard shortcuts…
|Windows key + spacebar||Toggles between input languages and keyboard layout|
|Windows key + ,||Peeks at the desktop|
|Windows key + Enter||Starts Narrator|
|Windows Key + PgUp||Moves full screen window (i.e., the new Metro UI) to the monitor on the left in multi-mon situations.|
|Windows Key + PgDn||Moves full screen to the right|
|Windows Key + Shift + . |
Windows Key + .
|Snaps application and/or moves the snapped app to left/right|
|Windows Key + c||Opens charms bar|
|Windows Key + i||Opens Settings|
|Windows Key + k||Opens Devices charm|
|Windows Key + h||Opens Share charm|
|Windows Key + q||Opens Search charm|
|Windows Key + w||Opens Settings search|
|Windows Key + f||Opens Files search|
|Windows Key + z||Toggle AppBar|
These have been helpful for me to work through these new experiences quickly. Hope this helps!
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