Useful Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8, 8.1 is the new version of Windows from Microsoft. Microsoft has built the Operating System in transformation for both tablet and PC users. The generation of tablets equipped with touchscreen to take advantage of Swipe, Charms menu and Metro UI with tiles navigation. Microsoft also did a great work for keyboard users to ensure that they are not left out.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft has extended their support for keyboard users, it integrated new keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the new reconstructed OS faster and easier. As touchscreen has much fun with swipes, when it come to the point productivity keyboard shortcuts can perform well than touchscreen.

Now read the keyboard shortcuts that you may probably find useful to use windows 8 efficiently than in swipe mode.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut and Description

Windows Key + D    Show Desktop

Windows Key + C    Open Charms Menu

Windows Key + F    Charms Menu – Search

Windows Key + H    Charms Menu – Share

Windows Key + K    Charms Menu – Devices

Windows Key + I    Charms Menu – Settings

Windows Key + Q    Search For Installed Apps

Windows Key + W    Search Settings

Windows Key + Tab    Cycle through open Modern UI Apps

Windows Key + Shift + Tab    Cycle through open Modern UI Apps in reverse order

Windows Key + .    Snaps app to the right (split screen multitasking)

Windows Key + Shift + .    Snaps app to the left (split screen multitasking)

Windows Key + ,    Temporarily view desktop

Alt + F4    Quit Modern UI Apps

Windows Key + E    Launch Windows Explorer Window

Windows Key + L    Lock PC and go to lock screen

Windows Key + T    Cycle through icons on taskbar (press Enter to launch app)

Windows Key + X    Show Advanced Windows Settings Menu

Windows Key + E    Launch Windows Explorer Window

Windows Key + Page Down    Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the right

Windows Key + M    Minimize all Windows

Windows Key + Shift + M    Restore all minimized Windows

Windows Key + R    Open Run dialog box

Windows Key + Up Arrow    Maximize current window

Windows Key + Down Arrow    Minimize current window

Windows Key + Left Arrow    Maximize current window to left side of the screen

Windows Key + Right Arrow    Maximize current window to right side of the screen

Ctrl + Shift + Escape    Open Task Manager

Windows Key + Print Screen    Takes a Print Screen and saves it to your Pictures folder

Windows Key + Page Up    Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the left

Windows Key + Pause Break    Display System Properties

Shift + Delete    Permanently delete files without sending it to Recycle Bin

Windows Key + F1    Open Windows Help and Support

Windows Key + V    Cycle through notifications

Windows Key + Shift + V    Cycle through notifications in reverse order

Windows Key + 0 to 9    Launch/show app pinned to taskbar at indicated number

Windows Key + Shift + 0 to 9    Launch new instance of app pinned to taskbar at indicated number

Alt + Enter    Display Properties of selected item in File Explorer

Alt + Up Arrow    View upper level folder of current folder in File Explorer

Alt + Right Arrow    View next folder in File Explorer

Alt + Left Arrow    View previous folder in File Explorer

Windows Key + P    Choose secondary display modes

Windows Key + U    Open Ease of Access Center

Alt + Print Screen    Print Screen focused Window only

Windows Key + Spacebar    Switch input language and keyboard layout

Windows Key + Shift + Spacebar    Switch to previous input language and keyboard layout

Windows Key + Enter    Open Narrator

Windows Key + +    Zoom in using Magnifier

Windows Key + –    Zoom out using Magnifier

Windows Key + Escape    Exit Magnifier

 

Enjoy!

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