Windows 8

Quick Tip: Easy access to system commands in Windows 8

With a right-click in the right place you can get to an easy access menu of some of the most common Windows 8 commands and features.

I have been using Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview since it was released, and I find I am not nearly as annoyed with it as many readers of this blog seem to be. However, I was frustrated by the lack of an easy way to get to what I consider basic system commands and functions. Doing every little thing, like changing the Power Options, through a search or by calling up the Control Panel just didn't make sense. I thought for sure there must be a better way.

A better way

What do you know, there is a better way. In fact it is the best way. It is so simple, so elegant, that I can't understand why Microsoft does not make it obvious to users somehow.

This is a tip for those of us using the Desktop mode in Windows 8. After you are in Desktop mode, move your mouse down to the bottom-left corner (Figure A). With a left-click in this corner you typically return to a previously running app or to the Metro Interface.

Figure A

Left-click here instead of right-clicking.
However, if you right-click instead you will get a menu of common system commands and configuration features. Making changes to the Power Options is so much easier this way (Figure B).

Figure B

That was easy.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

11 comments
Gisabun
Gisabun

If Microsoft didn't bugger up the interface with Metro, we wouldn't be seeing this article or try to remember probably 50+ shortcuts.

maj37
maj37

No offense intended Mark but did it really take you to just recently to find this? I admit that most of the stuff I found in Windows 8 was by just clicking around but this is a pretty obvious click around to me.

SquelchQuelch
SquelchQuelch

It still makes no sense! Why not just keep the Start button? Everything was right there, everyone knows it and it probably took days, if not weeks, for Micro$oft to decide to remove it. Time which could've been spent on something of more importance, like replacing that stupid Ribbon control. :)

gtovini
gtovini

Maybe I am not awake since no one else has mentioned this but, shouldn't it be "Right Click" where it says "Left Click" and viceversa?

adennya
adennya

Maybe I'm just not awake this morning, but why does the text say to move the mouse to the bottom RIGHT corner and the screenshots both show the arrow in the bottom left corner?

lehnerus2000
lehnerus2000

"[i]What do you know, there is a better way. In fact it is the best way. It is so simple; so elegant, that I cant understand why Microsoft does not make it obvious to users somehow.[/i]" (sarcasm) MS, "Dude how much more obvious could it be? Find the invisible hot spot and right click on it." (/sarcasm) ;)

techno0001
techno0001

hey, when is the official release for windows 8? Ive been waiting for a while + where can u get the developer preview? thnx

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I am discovering new quirks and wrinkles in Windows 8 as I use it, have you found one that you find useful or perhaps just plain weird?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

It should have said LEFT corner and it does now. Thanks for the heads-up.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Assuming there are no issues, Windows 8 could go RTM by July or early August at the latest. Shortrly after, OEMs, paid MSDN subscribers, paid TechNet Plus subscribers and some others will be able to get a copy. General availabilty to all would be probably early November.