Shortcuts for working with Win8 (Win7, too)

Michael Lasky

As with all preceding versions of the OS, Windows 8.1 includes many useful keyboard shortcuts and utilities for quick navigation and file management.

You just have to know where to find them.

For the most part, you can’t rely on Microsoft documentation to find these tools. And searching the company’s online help will likely get you mired in layers of unorganized feature descriptions and instructions.

But we’re here to help. Here’s a collection of useful utilities and tricks built right into the OS. They’ll make the task of working within Windows 8 surprisingly easier and more efficient than you might have expected. Many of these tips will be useful reminders for Windows 7 users, too.

Keyboard shortcuts for quicker window resizing

Once, the only way to maximize or minimize a window was to click on the dash and box icons in a window’s top-right corner. Windows 7 gave us more options, and Windows 8 adds still more.

For example, on the Win8 Desktop, you can quickly make a window full-screen by simply dragging its title bar toward the top of the desktop screen. Dragging the title bar down slightly reverses the process.

Pressing the Windows key (WinKey) plus either the up arrow or down arrow achieves the same ends.

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Michael Lasky

About Michael Lasky

WS contributing editor Michael Lasky is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California, who has 20 years of computer-magazine experience, most recently as senior editor at PC World.