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So, you've installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview and you're feeling a bit disoriented? You've got company. And you've come to the right place.
Windows 8 introduces some fundamental changes to the way familiar actions work, and the demos Microsoft has been offered are typically geared toward showing off new touchscreen devices. If you're like most people, you're trying Windows 8 on a conventional PC equipped with a keyboard and mouse.
On the next few pages, I've assembled a collection of shortcuts and tips to help you navigate the "reimagined" Windows 8 interface. In every case, you can accomplish the same results using a keyboard and mouse as you can with touch, but the optimal technique isn’t always obvious until you learn it.
So let's get started...
This is the customizable Windows 8 lock screen. It appears when you power on your PC or resume from sleep. (You can also lock the screen manually by pressing Windows key+L.
If you have a touch screen or a trackpad, you can swipe this screen up with a flick of your finger and get back to work.. If you are using a mouse and keyboard, you can imitate that gesture by swiping the mouse pointer up from the bottom of the display.
But there are two easier ways:
- Double-click anywhere on the lock screen, OR
- Just press Enter.
In either case, you're in. The lock screen slides up, allowing you to enter your password or PIN and then get to work.
With a touch-enabled device, you use your finger to swipe in from the right side of the screen and open the Windows 8 charms. If you have a mouse and keyboard, it’s much easier to bump the mouse pointer into the lower left of the screen and expose the minimalist Start menu shown here. These charms are identical to the ones on the right side of a touch screen.