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.
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).
That was easy.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.