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Using Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts
The Windows taskbar finally received multi-monitor support, which allows
users to extend it to all monitors. Users can also customize the behavior of
application icons so that open windows on a single monitor show up on all monitor
taskbars or just on the taskbar the window is actually on.
Under the covers, Windows continued the Vista diet. According to Microsoft,
Windows 8 uses less RAM than Windows 7 and has fewer processes running in
the background. I have actually used Windows 8 on a machine with just 2 GB
of RAM and performance was acceptable.
Using Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts
Navigating the classic desktop in Windows 8 has not changed significantly other
than how you get to it. The keyboard shortcuts in Table 3-2 are not all brand
new, but they will help you quickly navigate the interface like a true power user.
Table 3-2: Classic Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts
KEY COMBINATION
FUNCTION
Windows Key+D
Show desktop
Windows Key+Comma
Peek at desktop
Windows Key+M
Minimize window
Windows Key+Up Arrow
Maximize window
Windows Key+Right Arrow
Snap window right
Windows Key+Left Arrow
Snap window left
Windows Key+X
Admin tools menu
Windows Key+Pause/Break
System Information
Ctrl+Shift+Escape
Task Manager
Windows Key+Enter
Windows Narrator
Windows Key+L
Lock PC
Windows Key+P
Projector options
Windows Key+Print Screen
Saves screenshot to pictures
Windows Key+Space
Switch language packs
Windows Key+R
Run dialog
Windows Key+E
File Explorer
Windows Key+Number
Launch pinned taskbar app
Windows Key+Plus
Screen zoom in
Windows Key+Minus
Screen zoom out
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