Some useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8

Some useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8

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Many of us don’t have touchscreen devices (yet) so here’s a few good keyboard shortcuts.

Even though I do have a touchscreen laptop, I still use keyboard shortcuts. Just like CTRL+C and CTRL+V come to you without thinking, a few of these shortcuts are sure to make their way into your collection after you install Windows 8 and start coding apps. If you haven’t downloaded Windows 8 RTM yet. Check out our blog post with instructions on how students can download Windows 8 for free!

Moving between Metro and Desktop

<Windows> Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu.
<Windows> + <B> Go to the Desktop from the Metro Start Screen
<Windows> + <D> Brings you to Windows desktop from the Metro Screen


<Windows> + < . > snap right
<Windows> + <Shift> + < . > snap left

Switching between applications

<Windows> + <Tab> Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
<Windows> + <J> Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
<ALT> + <F4> Close an application
<Windows> + <R> To bring up the run window from the desktop, so you can type in an application name to run

Semantic Zoom

<CTRL> + <+> Zoom in
<CTRL> + <-> Zoom out

or hold down <CTRL> and use Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out

Displaying App & Charms Bar

<Windows> + <C> Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
<Windows> + <Z> Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.

All the other shortcuts I could find!

<Windows> + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

<Windows> + F – Brings up the Metro File search screen.

<Windows> + H – Opens the Metro Share panel.

<Windows> + I – Opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.

<Windows> + K – Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)

<Windows> + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

<Windows> + M – Minimize all Windows on the desktop

<Windows> + O – Locks device orientation.

<Windows> + P – Choose between available displays.

<Windows> + Q – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.

<Windows> + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.

<Windows> + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.

<Windows> + V – Cycles through toasts.

<Windows> + W – Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.

<Windows> + X – Launch Start Menu.

<Windows> + Y – Temporarily peek at the desktop.

<Windows> + Page Up / Down – Moves tiles to the left / right.

<Windows> + , (comma) – Aero Peek at the desktop.

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  • You have mentioned many awesome shortcuts and did a great job of collecting great almost all important shortcut keys for windows 8, but some are missing here like general shortcuts and shortcuts with function keys..

    just saying !!

  • Hi Krishan,

    You are right I focused in on the shortcut keys that are new to Windows 8, but you are right there are lots of awesome shortcuts outside of those as well! That could be a whole other blog post! Feel free to post any of your favorites as comments on this blog.

  • WOW ...

    Thank you very much .... useful shortcuts ....

    waiting for tips and tricks :)

  • Highly recommended for those looking for the proper list.

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