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A few Windows developer preview keyboard shortcuts

A few Windows developer preview keyboard shortcuts

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I'm sure that a number of developers have been downloading the Windows developer preview.  With the preview comes new (unofficial) shortcuts.  The following list are the ones we're aware of:



Windows logo key+Y

Temporarily look at the desktop

Windows logo key+Enter

Launches Narrator

Windows logo key+F

File Search

Windows logo key+I


Windows logo key+K


Windows logo key+H


Windows logo key+Q


Windows logo key+W

Settings search

Windows logo key+Z

Flip open apps

 Windows logo key+C

Toggle control

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  • Thanks for these Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts, especially Narrator. I look forward to giving Windows 8, especially Narrator a spin.

  • Is there a keyboard shortcut for closing down apps after they are opened?

  • @Seth I just hit the Windows key on the keyboard to go back to the home screen. As far freeing up the memory, not sure appears to just background those apps. If you look in Task Manager you will see items that are listed as suspended.

  • Its all ok, but I have no idea how to close metro apps using keyboard or mouse.

    Problem for me... I can't find how to do this!

  • If you have questions about the Windows developer preview, check out the forum:

  • How can I put a Search bar in desktop?

  • How to close a program which is in use

  • Are there any methods to catch the status of the "Locks device orientation"

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