Windows 8 Shortcuts

Here is a list of Windows 8 shortcuts that i have compiled.

Windows key
Windows key Opens Start Screen
Windows key + B Go to the Desktop from the Start Screen
Windows key + C Opens Charms bar
Windows key + D Show Desktop
Windows key + E Locks device orientation
Windows key + F Opens Metro File search
Windows key + G Cycle through desktop gadgets
Windows key + H Opens the Metro Share charm panel
Windows key + I Opens the computer Settings charm panel
Windows key + J Switch focus between snapped ans larger apps
Windows key + K Opens the Connect Devices charm panel
Windows key + L Lock System and show Lock screen.
Windows key + M Minimize all Windows on the desktop
Windows key + O Locks device orientation
Windows key + P Choose between available displays.
Windows key + Q Opens Metro App Quick Search
Windows key + R Opens the Run box
Windows key + T Set focus on taskbar & cycle through running desktop apps
Windows key + U Opens the Ease of Access Center
Windows key + V Cycles through toasts
Windows key + Shift + V Cycles through toasts in reverse order
Windows key + W Opens Metro Settings search
Windows key + X Opens the Start Menu
Windows key + Y Peak at the Desktop
Windows key + Z Opens App Bar
Windows key + Tab Cycles through Metro style apps
Windows key + Shift + Tab Cycles through Metro style apps in reverse order
Windows key + Ctrl + Tab Cycles through Metro style apps and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows key + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows key + Enter Launches Narrator
Windows key + PgUp Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on the left
Windows key + PgDown Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on the right
Windows key + Shift + . (period) Snaps an application Left)
Windows key + . (period) Snaps an application Right)
Windows key + , (comma) Aero Peek at the desktop
Alt key
Alt key + (1-9) Go to application at the number position on the taskbar
Alt key + + (plus) Zoom in
Alt key + – (minus) Zoom out
Alt key + Break System Properties
Alt key + Left Arrow Snap Window to the Left
Alt key + Right Arrow Snap Window to the Right
Alt key + Up Arrow Maximize App
Alt key + Down Arrow Minimize App
Alt key + D Select address bar (Explorer)
Alt key + Enter Properties
Alt key + Spacebar Shortcut Menu
Alt key + Tab Switch between apps
Alt key + Left Arrow Previous folder (Explorer)
Alt key + Up Arrow Go up one level (Explorer)
Alt key + F4 Close active item or application
Ctrl key
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + E Select search box (Explorer)
Ctrl + N New Window (Explorer)
Ctrl + R Refresh
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + W Cose current Window (Explorer)
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Esc Start screen
Ctrl + Tab Cycle through metro app history
Ctrl + Ins Copy
Ctrl + Left Arrow Previous word
Ctrl + Right arrow Next word
Ctrl + Up arrow Previous Paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrow Next Paragraph
Ctrl + F4 Close active document
Shift key
Shift + Tab Move backwards through options
Shift + Ins Paste
Ctrl + Shift key
Ctrl + Shift + N New folder (Explorer)
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens Task Manager
Left Arrow Select a block of text
Right Arrow Select a block of text
Up Arrow Select a block of text
Down Arrow Select a block of text
Ctrl + Alt key
Ctrl + Alt + D Docked mode (Magnifier)
Ctrl + Alt + I Invert Colors (Magnifier)
Ctrl + Alt + L Lens mode (Magnifier)
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Switch between apps using arrow keys
Alt + Shift key
Alt + Shift + PrtSc High Contrast
Alt + Shift + NumLock Mouse Keys

What is Website Hosting?

In our travels over the internet we run across the question “what is website hosting?” quite often. This is an attempt to clear up that confusion and to also define the working components of a hosted website.  Let me start by separating two terms used in conjunction with hosting, those being Domain and Website. First we have the Domain or Domain name. Domains are your .com .net .org etc address that you give to people when you want them to visit your site. Our Domain is for example.  When you sign up for a domain, whether you see it initially or not, that domain is pointed to the DNS servers of the hosting provider you’ve chosen.  DNS acts like a GPS, in that, when you put in your browser, DNS hears the request and directs your browser to the location of the hosting provider. This is now where the Website hosting comes into play. Your hosting provider stores a copy of your website on a server, so that when someone types into their browser the website itself is displayed. The Website is the actual text document containing the code that makes up your website. So to be very specific, website hosting, is the service your purchase to store and display your website. While the Domain name is the address you give to others whom you wish to have visit your site.



Windows 8 activation error 0x8007007B

When I tried to activate Windows 8 I got the following error message: “Error 0x8007007B The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”. I was unable to change the Windows key in the Windows Activation GUI. The key was grayed out with no option to edit.

The Fix that worked for me

1. Open a command prompt in administrator mode “Press and hold the Windows button+R”
2. Type slmgr.vbs /ipk (Windows Key) minus the ( ). *** This forces the Windows key to update.
3. Type slmgr.vbs /ato *** This starts the activation
4. If all went well you should be activated at this point.