Windows 8 Top 10 Hidden Features
There are two different parts to Windows 8 — the desktop, which looks and feels a lot like Windows 7, and the all-new, all-singing, all-dancing Start page, which is a complete different from the operating system.
If you’ve just upgraded, it may take you some time to discover all of the tools hidden in Windows 8, so here are the top 10 hard-to-find features you should know.
If you’ve uncovered some useful tricks of your own, let me know in the comments.
1. Built-in Screenshots
However, there’s an even easier way to capture what’s happening on your display — press the Windows key and the PrtScn button together, and a PNG grab will be automatically saved to your Pictures library.
2. Secret Start menu
3. Sync your settings
Launch the Settings charm, then choose ‘Change PC settings’ and open the ‘Sync your settings’ page to configure the feature.
4. Windows Defender
You’ll notice that it makes an appearance in Windows 8 if you don’t already have antivirus and anti-spyware tools in place, leaping into action to plug whichever security gaps need filling.
Also see >> Free Version Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit Beta
5. Simpler shutdown
6. Keyboard shortcuts
Win+C brings up the Charms bar, for example, while pressing the Windows key on its own switches between the desktop and the Start page.
Tip: hit Ctrl+Tab on the Start page to switch to the ‘All apps’ view.
Also see >> Windows XP Top Shortcuts and Tricks
7. Snap your apps
Windows 8 goes one step further, enabling users to dock a Start page app (like Weather or Bing) to the side while you work on the desktop.
To dock a full-screen Start page app, drag it from the top to the left or right of the screen. You can run Start page apps alongside each other too.
Also see >> Top Education Apps in Windows 8 Store
8. File History
9. ISO Support
10. Reinstall Windows Simply
There’s no need to insert discs or serial codes, because everything you need is already available, hidden away on the hard drive.
Returning Windows to its factory setting takes a handful of clicks, and has never been easier. Alternatively, you can do a ‘refresh’, which brings back all the default operating system settings, keeping your personal files, settings, the programs that came with your PC and any applications that you have downloaded from the Windows Store.