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Yeah, but do you have Windows 8.1?
yes i installed the 8.1 update to this laptop before i did my tweaking
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I hope you know it looks like this natively now:
Power options are easily accessible.

I use Windows 8 almost exactly like 7, I don't have to use the charms bar for anything, so mousing into corners is a non-issue for me. Just disable the hot-corners.

Windows key + typing works the same, just interface is different. I personally find the metro switch jarring, so I use windows button + q to search. I know its an extra key press, but once you get used to it, it just feels normal.

 

 

Looks like I may have to give it another try then... this was not the case the last time I tried it.  Thanks! (I installed the beta 8.1 and played with it for a while, and that was the last time I touched Win 8. Do have a lot of Server 2012 at work... and still don't care for it, lol!)

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with windows 7 or 8 you can press windows key, then alt+F4 then alt+f4 again and it brings up the shutdown menu. works for me smile.gif

 

That's a little less user-friendly than Windows Key, Right Arrow, Enter, or Windows Key, Right Arrow, Right Arrow, Enter. It's more keystrokes and it's larger arm movements.

 

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yes i installed the 8.1 update to this laptop before i did my tweaking

 

Interesting, yet you still installed Start is Back. Did you try 8.1 for a while before installing Start is Back?

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That's a little less user-friendly than Windows Key, Right Arrow, Enter, or Windows Key, Right Arrow, Right Arrow, Enter. It's more keystrokes and it's larger arm movements.


Interesting, yet you still installed Start is Back. Did you try 8.1 for a while before installing Start is Back?
nope, didnt want my gf pestering me with little questions here and there. startisback just seemed like the best option. and as for the alt f4 for shutting down, i've been using it because it not only bypasses the windows update shutdown for a quick shutdown and not having to wait 30 minutes, but it also works on xp, vista, 7 and 8. working in IT it helps to have a universal keyboard shortcut.
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That's a little less user-friendly than Windows Key, Right Arrow, Enter, or Windows Key, Right Arrow, Right Arrow, Enter. It's more keystrokes and it's larger arm movements.


Interesting, yet you still installed Start is Back. Did you try 8.1 for a while before installing Start is Back?

Win - X brings up the contextual menu, so then its ↑↑→↑↑

I'm primarily a mouse user though, so there might be a better way.
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nope, didnt want my gf pestering me with little questions here and there. startisback just seemed like the best option. and as for the alt f4 for shutting down, i've been using it because it not only bypasses the windows update shutdown for a quick shutdown and not having to wait 30 minutes, but it also works on xp, vista, 7 and 8. working in IT it helps to have a universal keyboard shortcut.


I did the same thing on a work laptop... installed 8.1, and the put classic display on it just minutes later.

 

Alt F4 is really useful. I used to setup classrooms (up to 100 PCs) and using the Alt F4 to shut them down was the best way to do it (at least until I scripted a shutdown sequence for it)

 

I just did a full backup on my boot drive... going to install Win 8.1 on it as dual boot... to play with!  :)

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nope, didnt want my gf pestering me with little questions here and there. startisback just seemed like the best option. and as for the alt f4 for shutting down, i've been using it because it not only bypasses the windows update shutdown for a quick shutdown and not having to wait 30 minutes, but it also works on xp, vista, 7 and 8. working in IT it helps to have a universal keyboard shortcut.

 

To each their own. :)

 

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Win - X brings up the contextual menu, so then its ↑↑→↑↑

I'm primarily a mouse user though, so there might be a better way.

 

WinKey+X? Then, ↑↑→↑↑ Enter? That sucks. lol

 

You're probably right though. There has to be an easier way.

 

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I did the same thing on a work laptop... installed 8.1, and the put classic display on it just minutes later.

 

Alt F4 is really useful. I used to setup classrooms (up to 100 PCs) and using the Alt F4 to shut them down was the best way to do it (at least until I scripted a shutdown sequence for it)

 

I just did a full backup on my boot drive... going to install Win 8.1 on it as dual boot... to play with!  :)

 

To each their own with the Alt+F4 thing. For me, I shut down with just WinKey, Right Arrow, Right Arrow, Enter. I restart with just WinKey, Right Arrow, Enter. I love the fact that there are no required key combinations, just quick and easy single presses.

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To each their own with the Alt+F4 thing. For me, I shut down with just WinKey, Right Arrow, Right Arrow, Enter. I restart with just WinKey, Right Arrow, Enter. I love the fact that there are no required key combinations, just quick and easy single presses.

I like my alt+F4 quick and dirty way to close down almost anything.
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Well obviously if you have it installed on a personal computer, you can customize it however you want, such as putting a shutdown shortcut in the first application slot on the Metro interface.

Then Windows Key, →, Enter, would shut-down your pc. Make a logoff tile next to it, then →, →, would logoff.
i.e.


Negatives of this are that if you do it via the normal way, it checks that all applications close properly, so you don't accidently lose that unsaved file, while this instantly initiates the shutdown sequence.

Or if you put it completely left, you only have to use two keystrokes, Windows key + Enter, but this could lead to accidental shutdowns tongue.gif
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I like my alt+F4 quick and dirty way to close down almost anything.

 

Well yeah, I use Alt+F4 a lot too, but WinKey, Alt+F4, Alt+F4, Down Arrow, Down Arrow, Enter is clunky in comparison to just WinKey, Right Arrow, Right Arrow, Enter.

 

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Well obviously if you have it installed on a personal computer, you can customize it however you want, such as putting a shutdown shortcut in the first application slot on the Metro interface.

Then Windows Key, →, Enter, would shut-down your pc. Make a logoff tile next to it, then →, →, would logoff.
i.e.

 

OH SNAP! :)

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