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Shortcuts: Getting used to windows (8 and 10)

Windows can be used quickly and efficiently using the mouse, trackpad, and keyboard on a desktop or notebook. With the advent of tablets and windows 8 or 10 trying to unify the user interface, some users were taken off-guard.


The Problem: 

You don't like getting used to another user interface that somebody else thinks is better for you or spend the time to learn new features.


The Solution:

Embrace the windows key and the use of keyboard shortcuts. They work the same way across releases - independent of what the interface looks like (minor exception below). If you need to start a program or find a system setting, just press the windows key and start typing. Press return if your item of choice appears or choose from a list with cursor and return vs. mouse-click. Also check out windows-S, windows-P, windows-cursors, windows-tab etc. For the most part shortcuts in Microsoft products stay for good (ALT-F4 to close stuff or shut down the computer; F1 for help, CTRL-P for print). A notable exception is Windows-S for screen capture that now brings the search function (use windows-SHIFT-S for screen capture from windows 8 and 10).



Downgrade to windows 7, install a utility, or edit the registry to get your old interface back. PICTURE - Kid at computer?



The windows 10 user interface can be adapted to be anything from windows 7 to windows 8 or the combination. No matter what you install, use shortcuts to avoid the cumbersome navigation by mouse or touchpad.

Figure 1: Getting used to Windows.

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