Switch Between Metro UI and Desktop in Windows 8

Introduction

 
In this article, I want to explain switching between a Metro UI and Desktop Mode of Windows 8. In Windows 8 design we have seen elements of a Metro Style user interface and a Windows desktop tool such as Explorer and the copy file dialog. The Metro version of these applications will only function if the user sets the program as the default web browser. According to a Microsoft document that explains how to develop an application in the new style, a Metro style enabled desktop browser will be a single application that works in both the Windows and Metro environments. The Metros UI is for Tablets. The Metro interface looks slick; no doubt about it. The Windows 8 boot time is fast; less than 30 seconds after the machine BIOS. How do you turn this PC off? Given that there is no Start menu anymore, there is also no way to turn the PC off from there. You currently have to CTRL-ALT-DELETE to find the power-off switch. 
 
The system was very stable. After the ALT-TAB Metro UI way to start an application as in the legacy UI, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been released as aka-beta Version. This version of Windows 8 focuses on people and applications and providing a powerful way to connect social technologies and to connect people. The developers knew as they designed the Windows 8 UI that you can't just flip a bit overnight and turn all of that history into something new. In fact, that is exactly what some people are afraid they would do. Some have said that is the only path to take. Yet, even those who have fully embraced tablets also own a laptop for those times when they need more precise control or need to use one of the applications that are mission-critical (and are still being developed). 
 
To satisfy people's desire not to carry around two different devices, "remote desktop" programs for tablets and phones have become popular and make extreme attempts to harness the usefulness of the Windows 7 desktop within a new form factor. Windows 8 brings together all the power and flexibility you have in your PC today with the ability to immerse yourself in a Metro style experience. You don't have to compromise! You carry one device that does everything you want and needs. You can connect that device to peripherals you want to use. You can use devices designed to dock to large-screen displays and other peripherals. You can use convertible devices that can be both immersive tablets and flexible laptops.
 
Switching between Metro UI and Desktop is very easy and has a couple of options.
 
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Use the Windows 8 Key

 
Windows 8 provide many shortcut keys. Your device as a hardware keyboard with a Windows 8 key and pressing the logo key toggles between the Metro UI and Desktop. 
 
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Use the Desktop Tile and Start Menu

 
When you are on the Metro UI, click the desktop Tile to Switch to the desktop environment. If you are in the desktop environment you can move the mouse cursor to the left corner until the start icon pops up. If you have a touch-enabled device, you can use the touch to accomplish the task.
 

Use the Start button from the Charms Menu

 
You move the mouse to the right side of the screen until the charms menu appears.
 
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Windows 8 Keys
 
These are shortcut keys for Windows 8, given below:
  • Windows Key + Q: Open Windows 8 search utility within Metro.
  • Windows Key + Tab: Open the Switch List.
  • Windows Key + c: Open the Charms Bar.
  • Windows Key + I: Open the Setting Menu.
  • Windows Key + M: Minimize all applications and goes to Desktop.
  • Windows Key + Shift: Puts the application on the left, right or middle of the screen each time, you press the hotkey combination.
  • Windows Key + T: Puts you in desktop mode and move through an open window on your taskbar.
  • Windows Key + U: Open ease your access center.
  • Windows Key + F: Search within files.
  • Windows Key + Z: Access for Metro application.
  • Windows Key + W: Search within system setting.
  • Windows Key + P: Open the second screen.
  • Windows Key + H: Go to share setting pane.
  • Windows Key + K: Open Device setting pane.
  • Windows Key + E: Open windows explorer.
  • Windows Key + L: Open lock screen.
  • Windows Key + B: Go to the back desktop. 
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