Archive for August, 2012

Windows 8 and Shortkeys

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Windows 8

Yesterday i had been side by side with a colleague who is using Windows 8 just with the Keyboard and o start thinking that this for a great part of user’s can be a problem when working without a mouse.

Thinking about that i decided to post every keyboard shortcuts of Windows 8 that i know.



Here they go:

  • Win , Any key  – Start Screen and then Search Applications Screen
  • Win + Q –  Another way to get to the Search Applications Screen.
  • Win+D – Desktop
  • Win+X – Administrative Tools
  • Alt-Tab – Switch between Apps
  • Win-Tab – Switch between Full Screen Apps “Metro applications only”
  • Win+W – Search Control Panel and Settings stuff
  • Win+F – Search Files
  • Win+C – Charms (right side menu) then arrows to move and enter to launch.
  • Win + Z – opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
  • Win + H – opens the Metro Share panel.
  • Win , Esc – If you hit the Windows Key, you can hit Escape to go back.
  • Win+L – Lock Computer
  • Win+K – Devices
  • Win+E – Explorer
  • Win+R – Run
  • Win+(period) – Alternate sides to “snap” Metro Apps. Add shift to reverse it.
  • Ctrl+Scroll – Can Name Groups
  • Win+Plus  – Magnifier/Zoom In
  • Win+Minus – Magnifier/Zoom Out
  • Win+Arrows – Snap desktop apps to the sides
  • Win+PageUp or Win+PageDn – Move full screen apps to other monitors



A lot of projects had been implemented by the team where i belong, using Sharepoint 2010 in some of the projects we had found an issue with the outoff the box redirect page.


The first 2 problems we had seen was:

– Absolute URL are saved even when we want to save just the relative url. This is can be a problem when we are in Webapplications that have more then a zone (a typical case in Internet facing projects default zone for editing + internet zone for clients).

– When a new page with redirect page layout is checkin or publish the page it loses the redirect url field value.

Both problems have workarounds and until know the answer to both problems by the support team as been using that workarounds. In the first case the solution passes by using absolute URL’s and to be edit in the extension that will be present to the public clients. In the second case there are two public workarounds:

1. Save it and check in it at your site > pages library .

2. A powershell script that solves at a content database level the problem and that should be run when a new redirection page is created.

After a couple of discussions about this topic in my Sharepoint projects we will use a different approach creating or own PageLayout for redirection cases. This is what i will suggest to every one who is at this time starting a new public internet facing project.

It seems that this old issue was not until now considered a topic to be addressed in a cumulative update so as a protection in the projects you develop is to not use this kind of features with known issues.


WordPress is one of the hottest topics in web development today, and web mobile stills on the topic of the agenda. Can this to hot technologies live and help each other?! This is one of the questions i ear more in my WordPress and Web Trends conversation.

And the answer is yes let’s take a look in a way to do this.

To use WordPress development as an enabler of Web Mobile you can consider 3 different approaches.

1. Use responsive design in your Theme development

Responsive Design is a method that is ideal when you wish to adapt the user experience of your desktop version but mantaining almost all the content you have in the desktop version.

What you need to do to transform your Theme in to a responsive theme? You need to study what’s the user expectation when interacting from mobile devices with you WebSite and understand what wouldn’t have sex appeal in diferent screen sizes. Focus on the user expectation. You need also to work on your images and fonts in a way they adapt to the diferent resolutions and needs. You will also use CSS Media Queries to easily enable or adapt your Theme.

2. Create a Mobile Theme

Many times the UX that the user expects in your case and the need off your business can force us to think that only one site will not answer our prays in that cases maybe you should consider diferente Layout and functional aproaches depending the devices in this case you would have a diferente theme for your mobile devices. To do this you will need to use a “mobile Switsh” this can be made by a redirection in your code or using some plugin’s that make that switch for you consider looking to WordPress Mobile Pack or to WPtap Mobile Detector.


3. Use the community work and work with plugins that help you to easly enable Mobile development using WordPress

This is what i consider the quicker road and i think that every WordPress nowadays that doesn’t have a specific Mobile Target should implemente, just in case. This aproach is the most appropriated in the cases that you have a WebSite that is more about content then the rest. In this case you should consider plugins.

The ones i normal use are

WordPress Mobile Pack can be used as a mobile switcher has a mobile interface for editing posts.

WPtouch, displays your content is a mobile friendly way when the mobile switch is done.

I hope this helps to understand how to position your wordpress in to the mobile world, soon i will post some exemples of the first and second aproach that i had explain in this post.

Hi there Folks,

Today i had looping around in my Windows 8 enterprise edition to find out how to change the serial key ( you will need this in case you had not activate your Windows 8 enterprise RTM when installing).


So let’s see how to do that.


First open the command prompt as Administrator

Second you will see a Windows asking you the seral key, put your serial key and choose activate

Easy right?! Now if you are in the begining the next question you would made would be “How i open CMD as administrator”, easy:


Go to the charms bar search for your app


Then Right click on the application to open the app bar

Select runing as administrator

And you are done.







windows 8 icons

Posted: August 23, 2012 in frontend, Windows 8

For the ones who are designed and developing in windows 8 Iconography is a serious theme nowadays. I had found today a Link with a lot of Icons that respect the guidelines of windows 8. You can share and use this icons and contribute with your own icons ( that’s how community and kb flows 😉 )

So here goes the link

Learning windows Azure online

Posted: August 22, 2012 in webcast, Windows Azure

Today I found about a Free online event that will happen shortly. In these event the main focus is learning windows Azure, for the ones who are starting with Azure or need to know more about this technology i recommend you to follow the link 


Windows 8 learning

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Windows 8, workshops

Windows 8 virtual labs interested? follow the link then


If you need any help from me feel free to ask.