Windows 8 shortcut keys and hidden features
Windows 8 has many features compared to the previous version of windows 7. It has new features like Metro UI , Start Screen, Ribbons in Windows Explorer, Windows live syncing, improved search function, speedy booting etc.
Now to know about the hidden functions, Though Microsoft has removed the start button it has a hidden QRM ( Quick Access Menu ).
1) QRM menu
For accessing QRM move your mouse cursor to the lower left corner and right click to get the QRM menu where you can access all features. Also we can open it by pressing the shortcut key Win key + X
Windows 7 also has screenshot option by pressing PrntScr button and go to paint and press Ctrl + V and then saving it to your folder. But in the new version of the operating system we can directly save the screenshot without opening paint. For doing it press Win key + PrntScr. Now the screenshot is saved in the following directory “C:\Users\username\Pictures\Screenshots”
3) Access Safe Mode
To boot the operating system in safe mode we need to press F8 in windows7 but in windows8 the shortcut key is Shift + F8.
4) Start Screen
In windows 8 the start screen is not displayed but it is a hidden feature, When you place the mouse cursor on the bottom left corner start screen thumbnail is displayed.
Access the hidden application folder directly from desktop by entering the following command in CMD [ command prompt ] as administrator.
6)Few Useful Hotkeys
Win key + C – Opens Charms Bar
Win key + I – Opens Settings panel
Win key + K – Launches Devices charm
Win key + H – Share charm gets launched
Win key + W – Settings search gets launched
Win key + Tab – Shows Metro apps switcher
Win key + Z – Hides/shows Apps bar at Start Screen
Win key +, – Magnifier
Win key + Enter – Narrator gets launched
Win Key + D – Switch to desktop.