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Windows 8 – Mouse and keyboard: What’s new in Windows

Here is a recent post from the Microsoft Windows Site for Windows 8:

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 and Windows RT 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 to see the charms. (Try moving so far into the corner that the mouse pointer disappears.) When the charms appear, move up or down the edge to click the one you want.

Windows 8 - Illustration of opening the charms with a mouse
All charms: Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key+C
Search charm: Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+Q
Share charm: Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+H
Start charm: Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key
Devices charm: Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+K
Settings charm: Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+I
Search your PC (apps, settings, and files), the web, or within an app. Point to the upper-right or lower-right corner to see the charms. (Try moving so far into the corner that the mouse pointer disappears.) When the charms appear, move up or down the edge, click Search, and then enter your search term. If you want to search settings, files, or another app, click that option. If you’re on Start, just start typing your search term.If you want to see a list of all apps on your PC, right-click the Start screen, and then click All apps.

Search within apps or find an app: Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key+Q
Search settings: Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+W
Search files: Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+F
Go to Start. Point to the lower-left corner. When Start appears, click the corner.Point to the upper-right or lower-right corner to see the charms. (Try moving so far into the corner that the mouse pointer disappears.) When the charms appear, move up or down the edge, and then click Start.
Press the Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key on your keyboard.
Get to commands and context menus. Right-click to see commands and context menus. Right-clicking on items often brings up options specific to that item.

Windows 8 - Illustration of viewing app commands
Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key+Z

Use Tab or arrows keys to highlight things, and then press the space bar or Enter.

Switch between recently used apps. To switch to your most recently used app, point to the upper-left corner. (Try moving it so far into the corner that the mouse pointer disappears.) When the previous app appears, click the corner.To switch to a different app, point to the upper-left corner and then move down slightly. When the other apps appear, click the one you want.

Windows 8 - Illustration of switching apps
Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key+Tab
Snap an app to use two apps side by side.Notes

  • Your screen resolution must be at least 1366 x 768 to snap apps. To check this setting:Open Screen Resolution by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Display in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Display.
  • The desktop is treated as a single app.
Move your pointer into the upper-left corner until the second app appears, and then drag that app to the left or right side of the screen until an opening appears behind it.You can also point to the upper-left corner and then move the pointer down to see the apps you’ve used recently. Click and drag the app you want to snap.

Keep the app that size, or resize it to fill two-thirds or the full screen.

Windows logo key  Windows 8 - Windows logo key+Period
Open the desktop. Go to Start, and then click the Desktop tile.
Windows logo key Windows 8 - Windows logo key+D
Zoom in or out
On Start, use the zoom icon Windows 8 - Icon in the lower-right corner of Start in the lower-right corner or Ctrl+Scrollwheel.
Ctrl+Plus sign to zoom inCtrl+Minus sign to zoom out
Close an app Point to the top edge of the screen, and then click and drag the app to the bottom of the screen.You can also close apps you’ve used recently by pointing to the upper-left corner and then pulling down. Right-click the one you want. and then select Close. Alt+F4
Shut down Point to the upper-right or lower-right corner to see the charms. (Try moving so far into the corner that the mouse pointer disappears.) When the charms appear, move up or down the edge, and then click Settings. Click Power, and then select a shutdown option.
  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  2. Use the Tab key to move to the Power icon. A list of shutdown options appears.
  3. Use the up or down arrow keys to get to the option you want.
  4. Press Enter.

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