Basic Windows 8 Tricks You Must Know and Try

I guess many of you maybe on Windows 8 now after following easy way to dual boot windows 8 and 7. If you are somewhat geeky and want to tweak some features and play with it, here is a compilation of various basic tricks applied to Windows 8.

Restore the old Win 7 Start menu instead of the Start Screen

  • Go to the Windows Classic Desktop
  • Press Win + R to open Run
  • Type regedit and press Enter to access the registry editor sisitema;
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer;
  • Double-click on RPEnabled and set its value to 0 (the default is 1).

If you think the above steps are dirty then you can download Start Menu Toggle Application for Windows 8 which does the same easy way!

Try the touch capabilities of Windows 8 with the mouse

I already said while listing out Windows 8 Features that this OS is touch friendly but what if you don’t have touch input device. Try the inbuilt simulator.

  • Go to “C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Common Files \ Microsoft Shared \ Windows Simulator \”;
  • Microsoft.Windows.Simulator.exe start the program that simulates the Windows Start Screen 8 complete touch functionality (eg gestures for rotation and zoom) for use with the mouse.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • WIN + Q research applications
  • WIN + W search settings
  • WIN + F Search files
  • WIN + The panel settings
  • WIN + O blocks the screen rotation
  • WIN + C displays the new mini-start menu with the time
  • WIN + Shift + C shows the new sidebar with shortcuts
  • WIN + Z displays a context menu in a full screen app
  • WIN + Y makes all windows transparent to the desktop below

How to Close / Exit Metro Applications

Like Traditional applications, Metro apps does’t have red cross icon to exit. Let me tell you when you return to the Windows desktop Homescreen and stays there for about a minute, they are stopped automatically by Windows. It can be seen by checking Task Manager, “Suspended” appears in front of their name.

How to change Windows 8 Home Screen Color [ 64 Bit ]

  1. Download this archive with detailed instructions on the HEX values ??to change;
  2. Download the hex editor HxD ;
  3. Navigate to the folder C: \ Windows \ System32 \ Windows Explorer with the 8;
  4. Click the File button at the top right and select Open Command Prompt> Open Command Promt as Administrator from the menu to open the command prompt;
  5. Give commands takeown / f and icacls uxtheme.dll uxtheme.dll / grant Administrators: F to acquire all the rights of uxtheme.dll;
  6. Copy the file uxtheme.dll on deskop;
  7. Open uxtheme.dll HxD;
  8. Press Ctrl + G and go to the locations specified in the HEX Hex file in the archive Table.txt downloaded at the beginning;
  9. Make sure the hex editor is set to OVERWRITE (OVERWRITE) and NOT Insert (Enter).
  10. Replace colors as shown in the Hex file in the archive Table.txt downloaded at the beginning. You can use the colors you want. Just use the format of Red, Green, Blue, Alpha (RGBA). For an image solid / opaque must leave the last byte of FF (eg: FF0000FF for a solid red);
  11. Save the edited file;
  12. Rename the uxtheme.dll file in the directory System32 uxtheme.dll.old;
  13. Copy the modified uxtheme.dll from the desktop to System32.
  14. Restart the PC.

Some more Handy Tricks

  • Switch quickly from your desktop Start Screen you can using the key combination WIN + Tab or by placing the mouse cursor to the far left of the screen and clicking on the small preview of the desktop that appears next to the dart.
  • Resize or delete a step in the Start Screen you can right click on it and using the options that appear at the bottom.
  • Search programs, files and settings can be rapidly going in the Start Screen key (WIN) and start typing the name of things to look for.
  • Change the color of the Start Screen to dark you can make by going into Control Panel and enabling mode “High Contrast” in “Ease of Access.”

About the Author

Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. Samim says:

    Hello sir, I am using Windows 8 Enterprise Evolution copy. I am facing Internet Connection Problem. I am using Nokia s40 mobile(6303 classic) and a Micromax 310G 3G modem and a Vodafone 2G connection. 1st I am connecting Modem and it shows “NO DEVICE” though the software installed correctly, and also check Compatibility Issue but it does not work. 2nd, I connect my S40 phone using Nokia Pc suite (WEB ALL INSTALLER) and it connect my phone to pc i.e. It recognise my 6303classic phone. Next when I try to connect to INTERNET using this pc suite, it says, “First Connect your phone to pc to change any setting”. So, I have to remain unconnected to the Internet. And I could not ACTIVATE my 90 day trial. Please HELP ME ! ! !

  2. Tayte Hootman says:

    I have been using windows 8 for about a day now. What I really do not get. What were they thinking. Unless I’m missing something. And if I am not. I’m going back to windows 7. The problem is! All these apps are in full screen. what happen to multi tasking. I want to watch a video but not in full screen so I can check my emails, chat, facebook etc.
    This is so stupid I can not believe it.

  3. samim says:

    How could I get back Start Orbs in Windows 8 pro using Registry tweak? I try The option “RPEnabled” but I could not find it on Registry. Please help… I just activated my windows 8 pro build 9200 with WMC process.

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