Windows 8 Shortcut Key Combination

Here is a list of new shortcuts specific to Windows 8. You might it useful when you are in Windows 8 new Metro style UI. For me I found WinKey + C and WInKey + I really helps a LOT

Hotkeys unchanged from Windows 7

Windows Display or hide the Start menu.

Windows-Left Arrow Dock the active window to the left half of the screen (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Right Arrow Dock the active window to the right half of screen (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Up Arrow Maximize the active window (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Down Arrow Restore/minimize the active window (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Shift-Up Arrow Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining width (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Shift-Down Arrow Restore/minimize the active window vertically, maintaining width (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Shift-Left Arrow Move the active window to the monitor on the left (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-Shift-Right Arrow Move the active window to the monitor on the right (does nothing to Metro-style applications).

Windows-P Display projection options.

Windows-Home Minimize all nonactive windows; restore on the second keystroke (does not restore Metro-style applications).

Windows-number Launch or switch to the program located at the given position on the taskbar. (Example: Use Windows-1 to launch the first program.)

Windows-Shift-number Launch a new instance of the program located at the given position on the taskbar.

Windows-B Set focus in the notification area.

Windows-Break Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows-D Show the desktop; restore on the second keystroke (does not restore Metro-style applications).

Windows-E Open Windows Explorer, navigated to Computer. Windows-Ctrl-F Search for computers (if you are on a network).

Windows-Ctrl-F Search for computers (if you are on a network).

Windows-G Cycle through Windows Desktop Gadgets.

Windows-L Lock your computer (if you’re connected to a network domain), or switch users (if you’re not connected to a network domain).

Windows-M Minimize all windows.

Windows-Shift-M Restore minimized windows to the desktop (does not restore Metro-style applications).

Windows-N Create a new note (OneNote).

Windows-R Open the Run dialog box.

Windows-S Open screen clipper (OneNote).

Windows-T Set focus on the taskbar and cycle through programs.

Windows-Alt-Enter Open Windows Media Center. Note that Windows Media Center must be installed for this key combo to function; in many Windows 8 builds, it is not present.

Windows-U Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows-X Open Windows Mobility Center.

Windows-F1 Launch Windows Help and Support.

Windows-N Create a new note (OneNote).

Windows-S Open screen clipper (OneNote).

Windows-Q Open Lync. Note that in Windows 8 the Search function overrides this key combo.

Windows-A Accept an incoming call (Lync).

Windows-X Reject an incoming call (Lync). Note that this key combo does not function if Windows Mobility Center is present on the machine.

Windows-Minus Zoom out (Magnifier).

Windows-Plus Zoom in (Magnifer).

Windows-Esc Close Magnifier.

New hotkeys for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Key combination Windows 8 functionality

Ctrl-Shift-Esc Starts Task Manager

Windows-Space Switch input language and keyboard layout.

Windows-O Lock device orientation.

Windows-, Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows-V Cycle through toasts.

Windows-Shift-V Cycle through toasts in reverse order.

Windows-Enter Launch Narrator.

Windows-PgUp Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left.

Windows-PgDown Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right. Windows-Shift-. Move the gutter to the left (snap an application).

Windows-. Move the gutter to the right (snap an application).

Windows-C Open the Charms bar.

Windows-I Open the Settings charm.

Windows-K Open the Connect charm.

Windows-H Open the Share charm.

Windows-Q Open the Search pane.

Windows-W Open the Settings Search app.

Windows-F Open the File Search app.

Windows-Tab Cycle through apps.

Windows-Shift-Tab Cycle through apps in reverse order.

Windows-Ctrl-Tab Cycle through apps and snap them as they cycle.

Windows-Z Open the App Bar.

Windows-/ Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion.

Windows-J Swap foreground between the snapped and filled apps.

Start screen/Metro

The following Windows key shortcuts work in the new Windows shell/Start screen.

WINKEY (tap) Toggles between the Start screen and the foremost running app (Metro-style) or the Windows Desktop.

WINKEY + 1, WINKEY + 2, etc. – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the nth shortcut in the Windows taskbar. So WINKEY + 1 would launch whichever application is first in the list, from left to right.

WINKEY + B Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and select the tray notification area.

WINKEY + C Display Charms and time/date/notification overlay.

WINKEY + D Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and toggle Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows).

WINKEY + E Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

WINKEY + F Display File Search pane

WINKEY + H Display Share charm.

WINKEY + I Display Settings charm.

WINKEY + J Swaps foreground between the snapped and filled apps.

WINKEY + K Display Connect charm.

WINKEY + L Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

WINKEY + M Minimize the selected Explorer window.

WINKEY + O Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs.

WINKEY + P Display the new Project (for “projection”) pane for choosing between available displays.

WINKEY + Q Search (within) Apps using the new Search pane.

WINKEY + R Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.

WINKEY + U Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.

WINKEY + V Cycles through Notification toasts.

WINKEY + W Display Settings Search pane

WINKEY + SHIFT + V Cycles through Notification toasts in reverse order.

WINKEY + X Access the advanced context menu on the Start preview tip.

WINKEY + Z Access the App Bar.

WINKEY + ENTER Launches Narrator.

WINKEY + SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout

WINKEY + TAB Cycle through apps in Switcher.

WINKEY + SHIFT + TAB Cycle through apps in Switcher in reverse order.

WINKEY + CTRL + TAB Cycle through apps, snapping them as you go.

WINKEY + , Peeks at the Windows desktop.

WINKEY + . Snaps application to the left.

WINKEY + SHIFT + . Snaps application to the right.

WINKEY + PGUP Moves the Start screen to the display on the left.

WINKEY + PGDN Moves the Start screen to the display on the right.

Windows desktop/Explorer

The following Windows key shortcuts work in the classic Windows desktop. Note that while many of these shortcuts also work in Windows 7, some are new to Windows 8.

WINKEY (tap) Toggles between the Windows desktop environment and the new Start screen.

WINKEY + 1, WINKEY + 2, etc. Launch the nth shortcut in the Windows taskbar. So WINKEY + 1 would launch whichever application is first in the list, from left to right.

WINKEY + B Select the tray notification area.

WINKEY + C Display Charms and time/date/notification overlay.

WINKEY + D Toggle Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows).

WINKEY + E Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

WINKEY + F Search Files using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + I Display Settings pane for Windows Desktop (also provides access to Networks, Volume, Screen Brightness, Notifications, Power, and Language).

WINKEY + L Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

WINKEY + M Minimize the selected Explorer window.

WINKEY + O Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs.

WINKEY + P Display the new Project (for “projection”) pane for choosing between available displays.

WINKEY + Q Search (within) Apps using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + R Display Run box.

WINKEY + U Launch Ease of Access Center.

WINKEY + W Search Settings using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + X Display Windows Mobility Center application.

WINKEY + ARROW KEYS Aero Snap.

Exceed Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Period

Windows Server 2008 R2 does not ask for a CD key in setup, and it can be run for 30 days for free before needing to be active. You can continue to use it after 30 days trial but the system will reboot every 2 hours and run with reduced functionalities.

If you want to evaluate or run testing on a server with Windows Server 2008 R2 installed. The following procedures will walk you through the steps to extend your grace period.

Re-arm windows

Type in the following from an elevated command prompt:

slmgr.vbs –rearm

This will reset the activation expiration and the machine is good for another 30 days. You can do this up to 3 times and get 120 days free trial in total.

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Remove Earlier Version of Windows boot option

After I upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, I see two options at boot up, one is to logon to Earlier Version of Windows, the other is Windows 7. The default option is boot into Windows 7.

There is a workaround to remove the Earlier Version of Windows option from the boot up screen so that it will boot straight into Windows 7 instead of asking users to choose which OS or waiting for 30 seconds and boot into Windows 7.

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Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service

If you see Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service error on VISTA, Windows server 2008, or Windows 7, you can try follow these steps to get it resolved.

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
  2. Right-click on the Command Prompt and then select Run as Administrator.
  3. Once the Command Prompt has opened, type following command and then press ENTER.

    netsh winsock reset

  4. Close the Command Prompt and restart the machine.

Manage Hyper-V remotely from windows 7

Once Hyper-V role is enabled on windows server 2008/R2, Hyper-V manager will be installed automatically. However, you don’t need to log on to Hyper-V host server to use Hyper-V manager. Instead, you can manage Hyper-V machines remotely from you Win7 desktop.

To manage Hyper-V machines remotely from Win 7, following these steps:

  1. Install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en
  2. Go to Start > Control panel Under Programs, click on Get programs
  3. On the left panel, click on Turn Windows feature on or off
  4. On the feature list, expand Remote Server Administration roles > Role Administration Tools, mark Hyper-V Tools, then click OK
  5. Go to Administrative tools > Hyper-V Manager, launch it
  6. Now you can manage Hyper-V virtual machines from your windows 7 box. Continue reading Manage Hyper-V remotely from windows 7

Install Local WordPress Environment on Windows

WordPress is one of most popular blog applications. This application is very easy to use however setup a local environment for theme or plugin development on windows system is not that easy for bloggers. In this post, I will walk thru you how to setup local WordPress environment using Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 with just a few clicks. (I am using 64bit Windows 7 in this tutorial but same steps work windows server 2008 as well)

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Uncompress MSI File

Sometimes I need to unzip MSI file to view its content without actual installing it. I used to use a 3rd party tool named 7zip to extract MSI. Today I discover there is much easier way to do this with windows build in tool msiexec.exe

The use msiexec to uncompress MSI file, you need to open a command line and run type following:

msiexec /a <YourPackageFullPath> TARGETDIR=<ExtractedMSIFullPath>

Replace <YourPackageFullPath> with full path of MSI file, <ExtractedMSIFullPath> with the target folder you want MSI files to be extracted to.

For example, to extract c:setup.msi, run following command:

msiexec /a c:setup.msi TARGETDIR=c:ExtractedMSI

The uncompressed setup.msi and all files along with fold structures will be extracted into  c:ExtractedMSI

Note: For Vista/Win7 with UAC turn on, the above command needs to be run from elevated command prompt.

Enabling Virtualization in Your BIOS

For Dell Systems

  1. Restart your machine, and press F2 at boot (or whichever key is necessary) to enter BIOS setup
  2. Under Performance > set Virtualization to ON
  3. Under Performance > set VT for Direct I/O Access to ON
  4. Save & Exit BIOS
  5. Restart computer

For HP Systems

  1. Restart your machine, and press F2 at boot (or whichever key is necessary) to enter BIOS setup
  2. Under OS Security > set Intel Virtualization Technology (VTx) to ON
  3. Under OS Security > set IO Virtualization to ON
  4. Save & Exit BIOS
  5. Restart computer

Find Computer Owner

At times people want to find out who owns a certain machine.

My Network places -> Search Active Directory -> Find: Computers, Enter Computer name: “FOOBAR”, Click “Find Now”, Select Result, Right Click “Manage” -> Local Users and Groups -> Groups -> Administrators -> (Find who is an admin on the box).

Another method is to open dsa.msc in MMC and Select “Advanced” View, then lookup computers and look at the Security tab.

The tool, srvinfo.exe, is also useful for learning info about a machine.