Windows 8 Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks to use New OS on Non-Touchscreen Devices

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Windows 8 Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks to use New OS on Non-Touchscreen Devices

Windows 8 – the latest incarnation of Windows OS, which was released by the software giant on October 25 alongside Surface tablet. There is no denying that Windows 8 works the best on touchscreen devices as it has many touch-centric and touch optimized features like swiping across the Start screen, swiping in charms, pinching for zoom, playing games and more.

Consumers can use gestures at the sides of the screen for task switching, working with charms, swiping to switch to Modern UI apps and more.

What about the users who do not have a touchscreen device or those who have upgraded their Windows 7 PC to Windows 8? Can they experience all the smooth and responsive features of Windows 8 on their device?

There are some issues when it comes to using Windows 8 on non-touch devices, but they can be dealt with easily.

Below are few such issues and the solution on how to handle them.


There are different ways to get rid of the lock screen, but for those users who want to save themselves from dragging the mouse all over the desktop, pressing the spacebar should help in unlocking the device.

Start, Apps, Search

Hitting Windows + X will open the menu similar to the Start menu in earlier versions presenting access to control panel, programs, task managers, powr managers, device info and more.

Windows + Q opens the list of applications that are installed with a Metro look, Windows + W opens the search bar, wherein users can search for any app, program or file.

Working with IE10

Windows 8 hides the taps rather than displaying them at the top of the browser, and the users have to swipe down towards the bottom to reveal them. This is possible with touchscreen devices, but when it comes to non-touch devices, the users can either simulate the finger swipe with the cursor or press Windows key + Z to open the tabs.

Also, users can simply view all the tabs rather than opening each one of them on the browser by pressing the key combo Ctrl+Tab.

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