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Tip: Windows 8, Quick Search

Microsoft's burgeoning operating system offers a completely new user interface (UI), forsaking the Start menu. The new UI is called "Metro". Getting around Metro is tedious, even for power users. One trick I discovered by accident is search-related. 

From the Metro home screen (the one with all of the tiles), start typing the name of the object you are looking to find. 

There is no dialog box in which to enter text, just type. 

As an example, I entered "c-o-n" and Windows Search brough up a list, on top of which was the Control Panel.