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  • Win+"Event Vi..." does not return the option to start Event Viewer (or Services, etc.)

    The same action in Windows 7 returned Event Viewer after two or three keys.

    How do you make this work in Windows 8?

    Friday, September 7, 2012 2:26 PM

Answers

  • Win+"Event Vi..." does not return the option to start Event Viewer (or Services, etc.)

    The same action in Windows 7 returned Event Viewer after two or three keys.

    How do you make this work in Windows 8?

    Hi

    Anything in Control Panel will be considered as a setting. Win8 search opens with the focus on apps.

    Use the following keyboard shortcuts for the different Search options.

    WinKey+Q = Display the Search bar with Apps selected

    WinKey+W = Search Bar with Settings selected

    WinKey+F = Display the Search Bar with Files selected

    Regards

    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Friday, September 14, 2012 2:00 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 9:08 PM
  • Try this.

    eventvwr.msc

    They hide the friendly name "Event Viewer" from working anymore, not sure why, so we need to search for it's real name.

    My workaround is to create a shortcut to the eventvwr.msc, name it 'Event Viewer' and pin to start.  


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    • Edited by Knuckle-Dragger Friday, September 7, 2012 2:39 PM
    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Friday, September 14, 2012 2:00 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 2:36 PM
  • I find that if I type in Win+ "event" it brings up "View Event Logs" under, of all places, Settings. It seems like everything is there you just have to be creative in what you ask for ;)
    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Friday, September 14, 2012 2:00 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:05 PM

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  • Try this.

    eventvwr.msc

    They hide the friendly name "Event Viewer" from working anymore, not sure why, so we need to search for it's real name.

    My workaround is to create a shortcut to the eventvwr.msc, name it 'Event Viewer' and pin to start.  


    Don't forget to mark your posts as answered so they drop off the unanswered post filter. If I've helped you and you want to show your gratitude, just click that green thingy.



    • Edited by Knuckle-Dragger Friday, September 7, 2012 2:39 PM
    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Friday, September 14, 2012 2:00 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 2:36 PM
  • Ok, that works, but (not directed at Knuckle-Dragger) seriously?  This is how XP behaved.

    I Pinned Administrative Tools to Start.  This 'works' because Explorer will jump across the shortcuts by pressing the first letter of their name.

    Friday, September 7, 2012 2:56 PM
  • I find that if I type in Win+ "event" it brings up "View Event Logs" under, of all places, Settings. It seems like everything is there you just have to be creative in what you ask for ;)
    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Friday, September 14, 2012 2:00 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:05 PM
  • It's actually a lot easier.

    Open start

    Charms

    Tiles

    Show administrative tools.

    Done.

    • Proposed as answer by phailyoor Friday, September 7, 2012 3:05 PM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:05 PM
  • Who knew Bill Gates really was the brains behind everything, only been gone a few years and look whats happening.  I guess we can always switch to linux.  I don't know if my stomach will be able to take it though.


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    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:09 PM
  • Ah, just noticed that.  But it's kind of like playing Let's Make a Deal...What's behind the door marked Settings?

    That works, but requires Down, Down, Enter.

    Even on the tablet, there's plenty of space to display all the results.

    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:31 PM
  • Hmm...interesting.  Thanks for the tip.  I'll try this for a bit.

    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:39 PM
  • Bill Gates and Jim Allchin were the brains behind everything. Now, there are just some Steve Jobs wannabes left. Their agenda is the push Windows Phone via Windows for PCs. Good for you if you have managed to find Linux a suitable replacement.
    • Edited by xpclient Sunday, September 9, 2012 8:32 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 3:53 PM
  • If you type "ev" in Search, you selelct Settings; if you are in Search>Apps, type eventwr.msc. This article this link may help: How to open Event Viewer in Windows 8 and 2012 - Step by step with screenshots 

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    Friday, September 7, 2012 4:22 PM
  • Win+"Event Vi..." does not return the option to start Event Viewer (or Services, etc.)

    The same action in Windows 7 returned Event Viewer after two or three keys.

    How do you make this work in Windows 8?

    Hi

    Anything in Control Panel will be considered as a setting. Win8 search opens with the focus on apps.

    Use the following keyboard shortcuts for the different Search options.

    WinKey+Q = Display the Search bar with Apps selected

    WinKey+W = Search Bar with Settings selected

    WinKey+F = Display the Search Bar with Files selected

    Regards

    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Friday, September 14, 2012 2:00 AM
    Friday, September 7, 2012 9:08 PM
  • Is there any way to combine the "Apps" and "Settings" search results?  I really don't see any reason why they are kept separate.   And I REALLY don't see why control panel applets come up under "Settings" rather than "Apps".
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:28 AM
  • WinKey+Q = Display the Search bar with Apps selected

    WinKey+W = Search Bar with Settings selected

    WinKey+F= Display the Search Bar with Files selected

    Wonderful, the 90th are back again!

    Don't be conservative and forget about visual navigation!

    Be "modern" and start memorizing keyboard shortcuts!


    vjj

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:07 PM
  • WinKey+Q = Display the Search bar with Apps selected

    WinKey+W = Search Bar with Settings selected

    WinKey+F= Display the Search Bar with Files selected

    Wonderful, the 90th are back again!

    Don't be conservative and forget about visual navigation!

    Be "modern" and start memorizing keyboard shortcuts!


    vjj

    Hi

    The visual options are there, but much slower in cases where a keyboard shortcut is available.

    Keyboard:

    1. Press WinKey+ F

    2. Your hands are already on the keyboard, so type your search keyword and see the results.

    Mouse:

    1. Move the cursor to the corner of the screen to display Charms.

    2. Move and click the Search icon.

    3. Move and click the Files icon.

    4. Move your hand from the mouse to the keyboard and type your search keyword.

    From a productivity standpoint, keyboard shortcuts are usually much faster.

    Regards

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 11:29 PM
  • Is there any way to combine the "Apps" and "Settings" search results?  I really don't see any reason why they are kept separate.   And I REALLY don't see why control panel applets come up under "Settings" rather than "Apps".

    Hi

    The definition of Control Panel is Settings.

    This is where all of the settings components are located.

    Regards

    Thursday, September 13, 2012 11:40 PM
  • Well, is there a way to change the definition of Conrol Panel then?

    Maybe better to ask if anyone knows where these definitions are stored.

    Regards,bs

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:59 PM
  • Try the Classic Shell Start Menu. It returns unified results for Control Panel items and programs and even searches EXE, MSC, CPL files in the system path. If it's in system32 or any folder in the system path, it will find it.
    Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:22 PM
  • There's no way I could switch to Linux (a week to get my WiFi card working? no thanks).  As much as it pains me, I'm considering Mac now that I've tried Windows 8.1 -- and I really, really dislike Apple.

    Microsoft has way to much design-by-committee when it comes to user experience.  This is ridiculous.

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014 5:12 AM
  • Mouse:

    1. Move the cursor to the corner of the screen to display Charms.

    2. Move and click the Search icon.

    3. Move and click the Files icon.

    4. Move your hand from the mouse to the keyboard and type your search keyword.

    From a productivity standpoint, keyboard shortcuts are usually much faster.

    And that's the reason why the Windows 8 are called counter-productive for the desktop environment. Please, give me no hidden corners and no charms

    vjj

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:21 PM