OneThing I’ve Learned Today: Windows 8 tidbits

Just this past week, I upgraded from Windows 7 (32-bits because my desktop is ancient) to Windows 8. The upgrade went very smoothly which gave me some good vibes about this new operating system.

It’s only been a few days so I’m still getting used to the new Start Menu and the way Metro-style applications work but so far I’ve enjoyed the experience though I’ve had tCharms baro change a few of my habits.

 

Charms bar with two monitors

I have two monitors but I don’t always turn them both on so bringing my mouse to the top or bottom right-hand corner of my screen without having it navigate to the second screen requires more precision than I’m willing to exercise. The solution? Shortcuts! The Windows key + C will bring up the Charms bar quickly and effortlessly.

Sleep

Rather than shutting down my computer when I’m not using it, I normally use Start Menuthe “Sleep” power option. In Windows 8, this option can be found on the Charms bar / Settings / Power / Sleep. It can also be reached via Ctrl + Alt + Del / Power / Sleep. Downright inconvenient if you ask me. The solution? Create a tile for the Start Menu. I called mine “Sleep” and placed it as lowest and rightmost tile of the menu though you can place yours anywhere. On the picture here, it’s the one with a royal blue background and a blank page for the image.

In Windows Explorer, I navigated to:

C:\Users\***username***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Here, I created a shortcut by right-mouse clicking and selecting New Shortcut. A Create Shortcut dialog appears. Here, I gave it the following command line:

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

Then I clicked Next, called it “Sleep” and clicked Finish.

In my case, I needed to perform one more step. I needed to disable hibernation on my computer. To do so, I followed the instructions found here.

Over the next few days or weeks, I’ll try to post about more useful tidbits as I find them. If you’ve found this information useful, leave me a comment! :-)