Top Windows 8 tips and tricks

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Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Theres no Shortcut to success. But these shortcuts prove to be very usefull as they cut short your time spent on moving and hovering your mouse around all the time. A shortcut to Smart Work.
1. Press the Windows key to open the Start screen or switch to the Desktop (if open).
2. Press the Windows key + D will open the Windows Desktop.
3. Press the Windows key +. To pin and unpin Windows apps on the side of the screen.
. Press the Windows key + X to open the power user menu, which allows you to you access many of the features most power users would want (e.g. Device Manager and Command Prompt).

Know your hot corners

The corners on your screen are the so called hot corners and give you access to a coterie of Windows features.
Bottom Left-hand corner
The bottom left-hand hot corner of the screen allows you to access the Start screen, if you're in the Start screen and have the Desktop open, this corner will open the Desktop from the Start screen.
Tip:Right-clicking in the left hand corner will open the power user menu.
Top-left corner of the screen
Sliding the pointer to the top-left corner and then down displays all the apps running on the computer. Clicking and dragging any of these apps to the left or right-hand side of the screen will snap that app to that side of the screen. Each of these open app icons can also be right-clicked to close or snap.
Right-hand side of the screen
On the full right-hand side of the screen will be given access to the Windows Charms.

Taking advantage of search

The very essential tool in any Operating System, the search tool. Has been significantly improved when compared to all previous versions of Windows. In order to search for a file or run a program in Windows 8 from the Start screen just start typing what you're trying to find or want to run.
As you just commence typing, the results shall start appearing on the left-hand side. The search does not only limit upto files and run programs, the Search also supports limiting the search to apps such as Finance, People, Maps, Photos, Mail, Music, Videos, Weather, and much more. If what you are searching for is not a file or program, click on the app you wish to use as the search. For example, if you were searching for "New York" and selected the Weather App you would be shown the weather in New York, NY.
By default, Search organizes the available Apps by the frequency of their usageand then in alphabetical order. If you want to keep your favorite app at the top of the Search list, right-click the app and choose Pin. Pinning the app will lock it in place regardless of how often it is used. If there is an app you don't want (e.g. Finance) you can turn on and off any of the search apps through the PC settings, which is found under the Settings in the Charms.
Bonus tip: The Search is also found through Charms and can also be opened by pressing Windows key + F.

Use a picture password to log into your computer

Windows 8 includes a new feature called Picture password, which allows you to authenticate with the computer using a series of gestures that include circles, straight lines, and taps. Enable this feature if you want a new way to access your computer or have a hard time with passwords.
1. Open the Windows Charms.
2. Click Settings and then More PC settings
3. In the PC settings window click Users and then select Create a picture password