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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8 Operating System

windows8-shortcutsWindows 8 is the latest operating system by Microsoft which is designed for both tablet and PC users. Touchscreen users can swipe and tap through the redesigned platform using Charms Menu, Metro UI with tiles, etc. Users who prefer traditional PC might find it a bit awkward and a downright pain to navigate. But Microsoft has also done their part to ensure that users who prefer getting around with the keyboard would not be left out.

Microsoft has integrated new keyboard shortcuts to let navigate through the reconstructed OS faster and easier. If you don’t know, keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that perform different tasks in lieu of a mouse. You may like and prefer to use touchscreen with swipe and tap features, but sometimes you can do more with keyboard shortcuts than you can do with swipes. We have listed down some of the most useful Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts in this post below.

Windows 8 Specific Keyboard Shortcuts:

Windows 8 came up with a set of new keyboard shortcuts to better navigate and utilize the new operating system’s interface and features. Below is a set of some of the new keyboard functions available for Windows 8 users.

Keyboard Shortcut Function
Windows Key windows key Switch between Metro Start screen and the last accessed application
Windows Key + C Access the charms bar
Windows Key + F Open the Search charm to search files
Windows Key + H Access the Share charm
Windows Key + I Access the Settings charm
Windows Key + J Switch the main app and snapped app
Windows Key + K Access the Devices charm
Windows Key + O Lock the screen orientation
Windows Key + P Access the Second Screen bar
Windows Key + Q Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows Key + W Open the Search charm to search settings
Windows Key + X Access the Windows Tools Menu
Windows Key + Z Brings up the App Bar when you have a Metro App running
Windows Key + V View all active Toasts/Notifications
Windows Key + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows Key + Page Up Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left
Windows Key + Page Down Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right
Windows Key + Period (.) Move the screen split to the right
Windows Key + Tab Access the Metro Taskbar
Windows Key + Ctrl + Tab Cycle through open apps and snap them as they are cycled
Windows Key + Shift + Tab Cycle through open apps in reverse order
Windows Key + Ctrl + Spacebar Change to previously selected input
Windows Key + Shift + V View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
Windows Key + Shift + Period (.) Move the screen split to the left
Windows Key + PrtScn Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder asScreenshot (#) – incrementing the # with each successive screenshot
Windows Key + Enter Launch Narrator
Windows Key + Start Typing Search your PC
PageUp Scroll forward on the Metro Start screen
PageDown Scroll backward on the Metro Start screen
Esc Close a charm
Ctrl + Esc Switch between Metro Start screen and the last accessed application
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Metro screen
Ctrl Plus (“+”) or Ctrl Minus (“-”) Zoom in or out of a large number of items
Ctrl + Scroll Wheel Zoom in or out of a large number of items

Standard Windows Keyboard Shortcuts:

There are a lot of standard Windows keyboard shortcuts which were present in previous version of Windows as well as also supported by new Windows 8. The following are some standard Windows keyboard shortcuts which are also supported by Windows 8:

Keyboard Shortcut Function
Windows Key + B

Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item

Windows Key + E Open Computer
Windows Key + R Open the Run dialog box
Windows Key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + D Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)
Windows Key + T Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
Windows Key + M Minimize all windows
Windows Key + L Lock computer
Windows Key + Home Minimize all but the current window
Windows Key + Pause/Break Open the System page
Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximize current window
Windows Key + Down Arrow Minimize/restore current window
Windows Key + Left Arrow Tile window on the left side of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow Tile window on the right side of the screen
Windows Key + F1 Launch Windows Help and Support
Windows Key + 1…10 Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows Key + Shift + 1..10

Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows Key + Ctrl + 1..10

Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows Key + Alt + 1..10 Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows Key + Ctrl + B Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
Windows Key + Ctrl + F Open Find Computers dialog box
Windows Key + Shift + M Restore all minimized windows
Windows Key + Shift + Up Arrow Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
Windows Key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow Move the current window from one monitor to the next
Alt Display a hidden Menu Bar
Alt + D Select the Address Bar
Alt + P Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
Alt + Tab Cycle forward through open windows
Alt + Shift + Tab Cycle backward through open windows
Alt + F4

Close the current window. Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop.

Alt + Spacebar Access the Shortcut menu for current window
Alt + Esc Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
Alt + Enter Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
Alt + PrtScn Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
Alt + Up Arrow Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
Alt + Left Arrow Display the previous folder
Alt + Right Arrow Display the next folder
Shift + Insert CD/DVD Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
Shift+ Delete Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
Shift+ F6 Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
Shift+ F10 Access the context menu for the selected item
Shift+ Tab Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
Shift+ Click Select a consecutive group of items
Shift + Click on a Taskbar button Launch a new instance of a program
Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button Access the context menu for the selected item
Ctrl + A Select all items
Ctrl + C Copy the selected item
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + V Paste the selected item
Ctrl + D Delete selected item
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + N Open a new window in Windows Explorer
Ctrl + W Close current window in Windows Explorer
Ctrl + E Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open the Windows Task Manager
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Access the Windows Security screen
Ctrl + Click Select multiple individual items
Ctrl + Click and drag an item Copies that item in the same folder
Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
Ctrl + Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move backward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator
Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button Cycle through the instances of a program in the group
F1 Display Help
F2 Rename a file
F3 Open Search
F4 Display the Address Bar list
F5 Refresh display
F6 Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
F7 Display command history in a Command Prompt
F10 Display hidden Menu Bar
F11 Toggle full screen display
Tab Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
PrtScn Take a screen shot of the entire screen and place it in the clipboard
Home Move to the top of the active window
End Move to the bottom of the active window
Delete Delete the selected item
Backspace

Display the previous folder in Windows Explorer. Move up one folder level in Open or Save dialog box

Esc Close a dialog box
Press Shift 5 times Turn StickyKeys on or off
Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds Turn FilterKeys on or off
Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds Turn ToggleKeys on or off
Num Lock Enabled + Plus (+) Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock Enabled + Minus (-) Collapse the selected folder
Num Lock Enabled + Asterisk (*) Expand all subfolders under the selected folder

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