Everything-Microsoft.com: Using Windows 8 With A Mouse & Keyboard

navigating windows 8 with mouse and keyboard

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By Robert Boland for everything-microsoft.com

Thanks to the new Metro UI, Windows 8 is certainly heavily geared towards tablets and other touchscreen devices. The Metro UI may seem a little daunting at first because of the lack of visible controls and settings, but once you figure out the different swipes and gestures it becomes second nature to you. Suddenly it makes sense to swipe in from the left when you want to switch to a different app or pinch to zoom out.

Now this is all well and good for touchscreen users, but what about those of us who are still using a mouse and keyboard? The vast majority of Windows machines are all using this traditional set up. Many have criticised Microsoft’s implementation of the mouse and keyboard controls for the Metro UI, but I’ve actually got used to them fairly quick.

I do like the immersive full screen experience that you get with the Metro UI, and this can only be achieved by hiding the controls and settings that we’re used to seeing on screen.

So for those of you who are struggling to get to grips with the Metro UI using your mouse and keyboard, here’s how you can access the different menus and options.

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1 thought on “Everything-Microsoft.com: Using Windows 8 With A Mouse & Keyboard”

  1. Windows 8 is a poorly-implemented attempt to mimic Android and IoS for tablets. As a desktop OS it is not even a functional OS, nor should it be–that is, unless you really miss the days of Tandy's DeskMate. Complaining about the lack of keyboard and mouse controls in Windows 8 is like complaining that your car doesn't have ailerons.

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