5 Hidden Features of Microsoft Windows 8

The Microsoft Windows 8 had been around for a long time now. Many users are not able to find the hidden features in Windows 8. Though the operating system is easily accessible with the features known by the users, but still, the hidden features in Windows 8 provide better experience to the users. In this article you will read what is hidden inside your Windows 8 OS. These marvelous features will definitely help you out by providing better user experience and accomplish the tasks quickly. So here is the list of  5 Hidden Features of Microsoft Windows 8:

Remove Windows 8 Login Password

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If you wish to login your Windows 8 device, you have to input the username and password on your system. If you want to get rid of this password then you must follow the instructions below.

  • Start your Windows 8 device. When it is in Metro UI screen, just type ‘netplwiz’ and click on the result.
  • The ‘Users’ window will be opened where you can see different accounts for Windows 8 device.
  • Just click on the main account and now uncheck the box saying- ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer’.
  • Click ‘Apply’. It will now ask you for the password. Enter the password and click ‘OK’.
  • Restart your PC and now you will go straight away to Modern UI screen without entering the password.

Add the most recently used folders to Jump List

This feature was also present on Windows 7 and many of the users have used it to making browsing easier. You can also add recently used items to Windows 8 Jump List, which is a simple and easy task. This will help you out in saving your time that you waste by searching the recently used folder.

  • Right click on ‘File Explorer’ icon in taskbar.
  • You can now see the list of recent accessed folders.
  • Now pin the list of folders that you want to be available forever for you. You just need to drag and drop the folder to ‘File Explorer’.
  • Also, the list can be viewed with a shortcut Windows Key + X.

Make use of Keyboard Shortcuts

Just like most of the operating systems, Windows 8 also have some useful shortcut keys. The list of some shortcut keys is given below.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc (Opens the task manager)
  • Windows Key + R (opens ‘Run’ window)
  • Windows Key + Q (App Search)
  • Windows Key + F (File Search)
  • Windows Key + W (Settings Search)
  • Windows Key + E (Open ‘My Computer’)
  • Windows Key + C (Open ‘Charms’ Menu)
  • Windows Key + I (Open ‘Settings’ Charm)
  • Windows Key + K (Open ‘Devices’ Charm)
  • Windows Key + Tab (Switch between Open Apps)
  • Windows Key + , (View Desktop)

There are many more shortcut keys in Windows 8, but these were the shortcuts that you must know to make browsing easier.

Categorize your Apps

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You have different apps installed in Windows 8 start up screen. You can easily categorize these applications in groups. This will help you out in locating the apps easily. You can make use of shortcut key Ctrl + – to Zoom out. Just right click on app screen and select ‘Group’. You can also rename that group accordingly.

Create God Mode Folder

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The people who want to take complete control over their OS can do it by creating God Mode folder. You can find all the functions of operating system here. For creating this for folder just make a new folder on desktop and rename it to ‘GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}’. Now the icon of this folder will change and all the features of your Windows 8 OS will be found in it.

So these were some hidden features of Windows 8 OS that can enhance the user experience and provide with a great UI to end users.