We all know that with Windows 8 there was a radical change in the interface and in how to use the operating system with mouse and keyboard. These changes have generated the rejection of many users; leading to Microsoft wants to reverse, incorporating many elements of Windows 7 and earlier, such as the Start Menu.
But the truth is that in Windows 8 and later update Windows 8.1 there are many new features and changes that we can take advantage of in our favor, in order to become more productive in the use of the PC once we learn to use them. That’s why in this post we wanted to collect several tricks that allow us to take advantage of the new features of Windows 8.1 to work more efficiently, including some that are also valid for tablets.
Use the “Share” charm to work with multiple Metro applications
Despite being little used by most users of desktop PCs, charms offer several useful functions for those who work with mouse and keyboard. One of them is the ability to send content between different Metro / Modern UI applications, thanks to the “Share” charm.
Although its name can make us believe that it is a function designed to share things on social networks, it actually allows you to send content from a Metro application to any other app that has support for this feature, and then execute some function with that content. For example, if we are reading a book in the Kindle app or a document in the Windows PDF reader, we can select a piece of text and share it with the Bing Translator, and we will show the translation of the text in a pop -up, without leaving the original application.
Note-taking applications, such as OneNote or Ever note, also benefit from this feature, since using the Share charm we can store text, images or other content in them from almost any other Metro application, and you can even save screenshots from the desk. And so, there are many other possible uses for this function, and it’s just a matter of exploring the Windows Store in search of apps that have Share support.
And in case the list of applications to share becomes extensive (and therefore cost us find the apps that we really use) we can hide some. To do this, go to Settings> Search and applications> Share.
Taking advantage of the Ribbon: search and quick access bar
Another novelty of Windows 8, perhaps a little more known than the charm Share, is the incorporation of the Ribbon in the Windows Explorer. This interface, originally from Office, has the advantage of displaying a large number of options grouped intuitively, and also of adapting to the context, for example, by displaying an image editing menu if we select an image.
Thanks to this, the Ribbon of Windows 8 shows a tab with search options each time you select the search box of the File Explorer. So we can have easy access to advanced search filters, such as size, file type, labels, or modification date. We also have a one-click option to search in non-indexed locations, to resort to recent searches or to save the current search.