15 Tips and Tricks for Windows 8

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  • ... and how this sensfully utilizes my 27'' display?
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  • Running command prompt as administrator (pic 12) is using a tedious method.

    Hit Windows key, type cmd, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

    Just the same as Windows7.
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  • djscribblesRunning command prompt as administrator (pic 12) is using a tedious method.Hit Windows key, type cmd, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.Just the same as Windows7.

    Did not know about this. Super cool. Does CTRL SHIFT ENTER work to run anything as admin?
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    Running command prompt as administrator (pic 12) is using a tedious method.Hit Windows key, type cmd, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.Just the same as Windows7.

    You can still do that in Windows 8, or you can just right click where the start button used to be and select command prompt (Admin), both really easy.
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  • Another (easier) way to run the command prompt as an admin. When on the desktop, hover your mouse over the lower left corner, right click, and choose "command prompt (run as administrator)".
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  • Good tip on the shutdown icon. Hadn't bothered me enough yet to find a workaround.

    Here's a decent icon set for it. Attach the icon to the shortcut 'after' you place the icon wherever it's going to stay permanently.
    http://www.softicons.com/free-icons/system-icons/windows-8-metro-invert-icons-by-dakirby309/power-shut-down-icon
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  • Shutdown even easier with Alt+F4 (actually work as close function for almost everything)
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  • krowbarYou can still do that in Windows 8, or you can just right click where the start button used to be and select command prompt (Admin), both really easy.

    yes :)
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  • jacobdrjDid not know about this. Super cool. Does CTRL SHIFT ENTER work to run anything as admin?

    the YES was for this. damn lack of edit.
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  • These are among the most useful articles I've encountered about Windows 8:
    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Windows8ProductivityWhoMovedMyCheeseOhThereItIs.aspx
    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/PinningUsefulAndObscureStuffToTheWindows8StartMenu.aspx
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/santhoshonline/archive/2012/08/05/windows8-desktop-keyboard-shortcuts.aspx

    "Real" power users should already know about this among other things and wouldn't be caught dead complaining about something as trivial as "lack of start menu".
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  • Here is another tip for using Windows 8, install ClassicShell and ribbon disabler. This makes the desktop much more useable, enabling you to ignore the Metro crap.
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  • Why would you need a shutdown shortcut at all? Just set the power off button to perform a shutdown and you are good to go(I am pretty sure, that this is it's default attitude, on a desktop pc anyway).
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  • Windows Key + X combos are all you need.

    For example Windows Key + X, A - pow instance Admin Command Prompt.
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  • Another method for shutdown. Hit the power button on your computer. Most motherboard Bios default the ability to shutdown Windows when you hit the power button. If it doesn't by default, go into the Bios and change the corresponding setting.
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  • Guys don't buy this crap, let it die out. Then Microsoft will learn its mistake.
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  • Quote:
    Fast forward several years later, such reservations about the new interface no longer hold weight.


    Maybe so, but I still think it sucks.
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  • I'm getting tired of reading these articles that try to make it sound like the traditional windows experience no longer exists. The traditional desktop is fully intact. They make it sound like you have to use the computer in Metro view all the time. The truth is they replaced the start menu with a start screen, which actually works a little better for finding programs (including normal programs like excel, photoshop, etc.), but it doesn't really seem useful for much else yet. Once I got all of my programs pinned to the taskbar, I didn't have to look at the metro screen at all, except for when I initially log in. It's a slightly refined Win 7 experience in the desktop mode.
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  • Windows 8 + l+ and you are back at windows 7 look :) and visa-versa!
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  • ctrl plus esc that is
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  • Classic shell fixed all the issues i had with 8.
    BTW my system will still lock and ask for the password even with the lock screen disabled.
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