Windows 8 New Shortcut Keys

Windows 8Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out and with it comes a host of new keyboard shortcuts to help navigate across the new Metro UI. Here’s a short list of the shortcut keys introduced with Windows 8.

Shortcut keys Description
Windows key Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Windows 7 start menu.
Win + D Brings up the old Windows desktop.
Win + C Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
Win + I Opens the settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
Win + Z Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
Win + H Opens the Metro Share panel.
Win + Q Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
Win + W Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
Win + F Brings up the Metro File search screen.
Win + K Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
Win + , (comma) Aero Peek at the desktop.
Win + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen. (Right side)
Win + Shift + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen. (Left side)
Win + J Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
Win + Page Up (or) Down Moves the current app to the other monitor.
Win + Tab Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
Win + O Lock device orientation..

PC World has a complete list of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 8, along with the ones carried forward from Windows 7.


Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka Beta is out

Windows 8

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka the beta version of Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at The ISO files can be downloaded directly from here.

The system requirements/recommendations for the Consumer Preview include:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
  • Metro style applications require a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature.

Full details can be found at Building Windows 8 Blog

Microsoft has also released a Product Guide for Windows 8 Consumer preview, which you can download from here [PDF].


Restore Opera address field drop down arrow

Since version 11.50 Opera decided to hide the arrow in the address field drop down by default. So if you need to access the address list you will have to first set focus to the address bar and the pressing the down arrow key.

But if you would like the address field drop down arrow back follow the setps below

  1. Goto opera:config
  2. Search Show Dropdown Button In Addressfield
  3. Check that option
  4. Save

You should now have your address field drop down arrow back.
Opera with address field drop down arrow


System Requirements: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

In my previous post Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview, as pointed out by Ganesh I didn’t mention the system requirements for Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview.

So here it is:

Component Requirement
Computer and processor 500 MHz processor or higher
Memory 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher
Hard disk 2 gigabytes (GB). A part of this disk space is free after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard disk.
Drive CD-ROM drive or DVD drive
Display 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor
Operating system Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) (32-bit), Windows Vista® with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2003 R2 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2008 with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Terminal Server and Windows on Windows (WOW) (which allows installing 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems) are supported.
Additional Requirements and product functionality can vary based on the system configuration and operating system.

The requirements is same as Office 2007, which is very good and the other thing to note is that the 64-bit Office 2010 is not supported on Windows XP 64-bit and Microsoft has no plans to support it in future either


Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

As mentioned in the previous post, I am testing the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview, so here’s how the install process went.

The installer for Office 2010 Professional x64 is 598 MB and contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. There is a separate installer for Visio (342 MB), InfoPath (281 MB), SharePoint Designer (75 MB) and SharePoint Workspace (246 MB).

Right now I have only installed the Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview x64 pack.


Tasks: the first graduate of Gmail Labs

Google has just graduated Tasks out of Gmail Labs, a nifty feature to keep track of your to do list.

Gmail Task
Gmail Task

Tasks is a Gmail feature designed to help you keep track of the things you need to do. You can create lists of items, set due dates and notes, and even add Gmail messages directly to Tasks

Tasks is available for Gmail, Google Calendar, iGoogle and mobile phones.


Official Tester: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

Yesterday morning when I checked my mails I was pleasantly surprised to see an email from Microsoft, stating that my request to be an Office 2010 Beta tester had been accepted. Yes, surprised because the news of it being previewed to the audience was already out on Monday, and so I had thought that I had been left out, which now is not the case.

Initially all testers were barred from disclosing anything by a NDA or Non-Disclosure Agreement, despite the fact that it was already a public knowledge. But today morning as I logged into Microsoft Connect they had an announcement waiting, which said

The Office 2010 clients have been publicly disclosed and are not under a confidentiality obligation. You are free to talk about the Office 2010 client build as you wish.

Please remember that the builds you have received are for your use only. Please do not share these builds.

So now with permission being granted to openly talk and discuss about it, I’ll be sharing my experience about Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview with all of you, so keep coming back for regular updates.

P.S: I only plan to test the 64-bit version as of now.

UPDATE: Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview


New bike: Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si

Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si

Yahoo!, we have a new bike, Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si, and right now I’m feeling on of the top of the world.

The bike with its stunning design, especially the classy rear twin LED tail lamp, a spec-sheet full of goodies:5 speed gear box, digital instrument cluster with analogue tachometer, front disc brake, alloy wheels, etc, makes you fall in love with it instantaneously. The version we bought is in Black-Blue colour (pictured above) with Electric Start and Disc Brakes. I really wanted the Red one, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be available for at least a couple of weeks

It has an excellent pick-up and power delivery and am hoping the fuel mileage come out at least above 65 kmpl. The gearing is a bit short especially for the first gear, where you have to up-shift instantly to second and then third, but this short gearing ratios means that the power delivery is seamless. I’m just lovin it.

A small tip for Bajaj, improve your sales personnel’s technical knowledge, and please produce more colours which the customer wants


VLC 1.0 Released

VLC VLC Media Player, the media player that plays all the media files out of the box has just reached a great milestone of version 1.0.0.

So here’s small quick list of changes

  • Live recording
  • Instant pausing and frame-by-frame support
  • Finer speed controls
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS) and major improvements in many formats
  • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
  • Video scaling in fullscreen
  • RTSP Trickplay support
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • New skin for the skins2 interface

Along with some major bug fixes, for a complete list of changes check out the changelog.

If you are using VLC player then you know its the best and version 1.0.0 is a highly recomeneded update as it will most probably fix the grouse you have had with it, and if you have never used it, then well just download it yourself, to see why millions are such die hard fans of VLC Media Player.

Download: VLC Media Player


I’m back – My first post in 545 days

Its now officially 545 days since my last blog post and I know I should be crucified for not blogging. But well now hopefully I’m back and should start blogging regularly.

I have given my Final Year B.Sc. (I.T.) exam (results awaited) and my PG course in Advance Software Technology only starts on 10-August-2009, so now I should have plenty of time to blog.

You might call them silly reasons, but for the better part of the last One & half year I didn’t have a proper internet connection, all I used was my phones GPRS via proxies and it was really slow (48 kbps) and proxies meant that I had no access to messengers. Plus I didn’t get time as I used to be busy with my college work.

A lot has changed over the last year and half and hopefully that’s what I would be blogging about over the next couple of days, haven’t thought of anything in particular but there are tons of things on which I could write.

Please do leave your valuable suggestions good or bad so that I can improve the blog.