Mouse and keyboard: What’s new in Windows 8 Consumer Preview
[This information is preliminary and subject to change.]
Most of what you know about using a mouse and keyboard with Windows has stayed the same, especially in the desktop. Here are a few ways to use the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview features with a mouse and with keyboard shortcuts—and how to find some familiar things in new places.
|To do this
|With a mouse
|With a keyboard
|Open the charms (Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings).
|Point to the upper-right or lower-right corner. (Try moving so far into the corner that it disappears.) When the charms appear, click the one you want.
All charms: Windows logo key +C
Search charm: Windows logo key +Q
Share charm: Windows logo key +H
Start charm: Windows logo key
Devices charm: Windows logo key +K
Settings charm: Windows logo key +I
|Search your PC (apps, settings, and files), the web, or within an app.
|Open the charms, click Search, and then enter your search term.
|If you’re on Start, just start typing your search term.
Search apps: Windows logo key +Q
Search settings: Windows logo key +W
Search files: Windows logo key +F
|Go to Start.
|Open the charms, and then click Start.
Point to the lower-left corner. When the Start preview appears, click it.
Press the Windows key on your keyboard or tablet.
|Get to commands, like Save, Edit, and more.
|When using an app, right-click in open space (no text or images).
On Start, right-click a tile.
Within an app: Windows logo key +Z
|Switch between open apps.
|To switch to your most recently used app, point to the upper-left corner. (Try moving it so far into the corner that it disappears.) When the app preview appears, click it.
To switch to a different open app, point to the upper-left corner and then pull it down slightly. When the app previews appear, click the one you want.
|Snap an app to use two apps side by side.
|Point to the upper-left corner. When the app preview appears, drag it to snap the app to either side of the screen.
You can also right-click the preview and select the app you want to snap.
Windows logo key +Period
|Open the desktop.
|Go to Start, and then click the Desktop tile.
Windows logo key +D
|Select a file, tile, or other item, or view options for an item.
|Right-click the item.
|Use Tab or arrows keys to highlight things, and then press Enter.
|Zoom in or out
|On Start, use the Summary view icon in the lower-right corner or Ctrl+Scrollwheel.
|Ctrl+Plus sign to zoom out
Ctrl+Minus sign to zoom in
|Close an app
|Point to the upper-left corner. When the thumbnail appears, drag it to the bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key +F4
|Open the charms, and then click Settings. Click Power, and then select a shutdown option.