@LarryLarsen: I think my point was rather that these things (including the shortcuts you list) are not obvious or easy to find. I think MS needs to do a lot more work to educate everyone about them: a 'Tip A Day' app that drip-feeds these kinds of details, perhaps?
I am not sure how much help this will be. It's one thing learning how to do something differently, and another thing wanting to. Windows 8 is an unpleasant desktop experience, as touch has taken precedence.