Baffled by Windows 8? These Free Job Aids Can Help You Master It!

Sometimes all a smart person needs when they’re trying to learn to use new software is a nice, tight little reference tool that summarizes the essential operations and helps them get the job done. In the training industry, we refer to these sorts of things as job aids or performance support tools — And sometimes good ones can completely eliminate the need for training!

Image: Windows 8 Cheat Keys App & PDF of 100 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

In this post we share two well-designed job aids that can help you wrap your head around that most baffling of new Microsoft inventions, Windows 8!

TechRepublic’s 100 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

Compiled by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic, this 4-page PDF is a quick-reference power tool for new Windows 8 users. Check it out!

Go to download: 100 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8



App: Windows 8 Cheat Keys

(NOTE:  You can’t download this app unless you have Windows 8 installed on your computer.)

Produced by, this unusual app is available for free from the Windows (App) Store.  According to the publisher’s description: “Windows 8 Cheat Keys helps to teach the keys and other tips that allow users to get around quickly in Windows 8. Find shortcuts for familiar features as well as many, many new and handy ones.”  In a nutshell, the app is designed to gently teach you about Windows 8, a little at a time. Specifically, it will:

  • Present Windows 8 users with multiple shortcuts and tips per day. (You can mark your favorites to find them easily.)
  • Allow you to share tips with your friends and coworkers.
  • Help you search through the listings of available tips and shortcuts.
  • Present notifications and via live tile updates to let you know when new tips or shortcuts have arrived.




Recommended Article:  Two must-have downloads that make Windows 8 more bearable (ZD Net) — If you really HATE Windows 8, be sure to check out the downloads discussed in this article. I have installed both of them on our Windows 8 machines and they really do make Windows 8 much more bearable!

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