A few months back, I purchased a laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed. This laptop does not have a touch screen, so I was forced to figure out how to use Windows 8 with a mouse. Frustrating is the only word I can think of to describe this experience. While there are things that I like about Windows 8, there are far more things that I don’t like about it. At the top of my “dislike” list is the Modern UI (previously known as “Metro UI”). Why any computer manufacturer would ever consider pre-installing this OS on a non-touch screen device is beyond me. While I could sit here and tell you about the many things I don’t like about Windows 8, I’ll narrow it down to this, don’t buy it. But if you do, and you find yourself in the same situation as I did, here are a few little tricks I’ve learned that help ease the pain:
Shutting down. Why has this become such a chore? First you must point your mouse to a corner of the screen to call up the Charms Bar, then click on Settings, then click on Power, then click on Shutdown. Really, Microsoft, really? Here are a few shortcuts:
Use keyboard shortcut Windows key + i
Add a Desktop Shortcut to shut down:
- Right click on the Desktop and select New / Shortcut.
- Type: shutdown /s /t 0
- Click Next
- Name your shortcut “Shutdown” (or whatever you like).
- Click Finish.
Change your shortcut icon:
- Right click on your shortcut, and then select Properties.
- On the Shortcut tab, click Change Icon.
- Click OK in the warning box that says “choose an icon from the list or specify a different file”.
- Browse and select an icon of your choice and then click OK twice.
Tip: Right click your shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar to add the button to your Taskbar.
Create a Desktop Shortcut to Restart Windows 8
Follow the steps above for creating a shutdown shortcut and replace step #2 with: shutdown /r /t 0