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    lwinstead

    Shout out to all the old-school DOS/Windows users out there! 
    Does anyone still make use of obscure keyboard shortcuts?  For that matter, what's the general consensus on pushing so many keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8?  Do you (yep, talkin' to YOU IT guru) know any regular - or advanced - users of Windows that use more than the very basic shortcuts? I understand keyboard shortcuts have always been an integral part of Windows, but it seems that Microsoft distinctly feels the need to publish and highlight them as part of the marketing for Windows 8.  Nevermind the new touch paradigm, I'm getting retro vibes of DOS...

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    kettch

    @lwinstead: I have a few users who like learning shortcuts because they come from the green screen days, and aren't very good with a mouse. The mouse is pretty inefficient for a lot of things. Taking your hands off of the keyboard to do quick and simple task is pretty annoying sometimes.

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    Sven Groot

    My dad uses tons of shortcut keys. I still occasionally use shift-insert and shift-delete for paste/cut, which is an old combo from the DOS days which still works in Windows 8. Smiley

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    blowdart

    Win-. to activate snap view. Because twitter doesn't restart in snapped view Sad

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    wkempf

    @lwinstead: Sorry, but you're wrong. I know a lot of people that use shortcuts regularly. I also know a lot of people that do things exclusively with a mouse, as well. It's a preference thing, and Microsoft is absolutely doing the right thing by enabling both (err, all) input methods.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , wkempf wrote

    @lwinstead: Sorry, but you're wrong. I know a lot of people that use shortcuts regularly. I also know a lot of people that do things exclusively with a mouse, as well. It's a preference thing, and Microsoft is absolutely doing the right thing by enabling both (err, all) input methods.

    Except that when in W8 it takes more clicks to perform the same operation than in W7. When that issue is brought up the typical excuse it to say they should use the keyboard shortcuts instead. So instead of the keyboard shortcuts being a handy enhancement it's used a crutch by the Windows team when faced with their poor design for mouse users. 

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    wkempf

    @DeathByVisualStudio: I've never seen an official Microsoft statement resembling your claims. I have seen others (myself included) suggesting the keyboard shortcuts, but not as an excuse for the design (we don't have control over that) but simply as a faster alternative.

    I honestly didn't think this thread was yet another "they moved my cheese" post. If it's that, I bow out now, as that rhetoric is growing tiresome.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @wkempf: But you did move my cheese! What's that in your left hand? Oh that's right -- my cheese.

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