5 must know tips and tricks for Windows 8

A different user interface in Windows 8 is not an exciting thing for every Windows OS user. In this article, you can find some tips and tricks that can simplify things while working in Windows 8.

1. Hotkeys:

A Hotkey provides the user the easiest way to do things. Windows 8 has several Hotkeys which can save you from unnecessary mouse movements. Knowing these Hotkeys means less dependence on mouse for performing basic tasks.

Windows key

Go to tiled Start Screen

Windows key + D

Go to Desktop

Windows key + M

Minimize all applications

Windows key + E

Go to My Computer window

Windows key + Print Screen

Take screenshots and save them

Windows key + W

Quick access to Settings and search menu

Windows key + Pause

Gives you a quick view of the System properties

Windows key + “,”

Makes windows transparent and gives you view of the desktop

Windows key + F

Quick access to File search

Windows key + X

Quick access to important system settings such as Task manager, Power Management, Device Manager, Control Panel, Windows Explorer, Command prompt

2. Categorizing Apps:

By default Apps spread horizontally across 2-3 screens in Windows 8. To find a specific app, you are required to move the horizontal bar to the right which can be frustrating at times. However, Windows 8 allows you to move the App tiles and categorize as per your convenience.


3. One click shutdown:

In Windows 8, the Shutdown option is hidden in Charms Side Bar. To save time, you can create a shortcut for shutting down your PC on your desktop.

1. Right click mouse button which open a menu

2. Go to New -> Shortcut

3. Enter shutdown /s /t 0” without quotes.


4. Click on Next

5. Enter name for the Shortcut

6. Click on Finish

4. Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode:

Safe mode in Windows is the preferred way to sort problems with your software or hardware. However, starting you Windows 8 PC in Safe Mode is a long process. It involves several steps such as entering the Recovery Console and selecting different option in a specific order- Advanced options -> Troubleshoot-> Advanced options – Windows Startup Settings -> Restart. After which you are provided an option to boot in Safe mode. You can avoid this lengthy procedure by following this trick

1. Press Windows key + R

2. Enter “msconfig” without quotes

3. Check the option “Safe boot


4. Click on Apply-> OK

Your PC will boot in Safe mode until you remove the check mark from the option Safe mode

5. Checking for Startup items:

The number of entries in Startup menu greatly affects the booting time of your PC. To disable unnecessary Startup items follow these steps

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del

2. Select Task Manager

3. Go to Startup tab. You can find all startup entries along with their status.

4. To disable any startup entry, click on the Startup item in the list

5. Click on Disable.


(By default, the disable option is grayed out. It is only available after selecting a startup item)

In Category: Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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