Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts summary

Few days ago i was reading a nice post from Scott Hanselman’s blog about Windows 8 enhanced keyboard shortcuts

Here is a summary of the keys:

  • Win+E – Explorer
  • Win+R – Run
  • Win+Break – System Info
  • Win+D – Desktop (I use this constantly if I get trapped outside the Desktop world)
  • Win+Plus or Win+Minus (no shift) – Magnifier/Zoom In and Out
  • Alt-Tab – Switch between Apps
  • Win-Tab – Switch between Full Screen Apps
  • Win+W – Search Control Panel and Settings stuff
  • Win+F – Search Files
  • Esc – Yes, escape. No joke. If you hit the Windows Key, you can hit Escape to go back.
  • Win+C – Charms (right side menu) then arrows to move and enter to launch.
  • Win+K – Devices
  • Win+I – Settings in any app plus brightness, network and other useful system features
  • Win+Arrows – Snap desktop apps to the sides
  • Win+(period) – Alternate sides to “snap” Metro Apps. Add shift to reverse it.
  • Win-X – Admin Stuff. It’s REALLY useful.
  • Win+PageUp or Win+PageDn – Move full screen apps to other monitors. Super useful for News apps and Readers. The Start Screen can be moved as well.

Install Windows with UEFI on Dell Latitude

Today i was trying to install Windows 8 Pro on my Dell Latitude E6510 laptop with UEFI enabled.

You can enable UEFI from the bios, (i first installed the most recent bios version) under boot section and then select UEFI. 

But with my disappointment i couldn’t boot from my USB key with the windows bootable installation on it.

I prepared the USB key with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, a nice tool from Microsoft to make installation from USB possible from an ISO Windows installation image.

After a little bit research on the net i found here that the installation on UEFI is possible only in some circumstances and that the USB Download Tool was useless. Continue reading “Install Windows with UEFI on Dell Latitude”