Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

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Microsoft Windows 8 are fully optimized to work with touch screens, but the system is commonly installed on classic desktop and laptop computers, where keyboard shortcuts can simplify control of the operating system.

Table of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Here is the List of 49 keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating system. Some of these also work in older Windows 7, Vista, XP etc.

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
Windows Key + P Choose secondary display modes
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 + Page Down Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the right
Windows Key + Page Up Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the left
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
Windows Key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + Print Screen Takes a Print Screen and saves it to your Pictures folder
Windows Key + Pause Break  Display System Properties
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 or 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
Windows Key + Spacebar Switch 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
Win Key+Shift+Space Switch to previous input language and keyboard layout
Ctrl + Shift + Escape Open Task Manager
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
Alt + F4 Quit Modern UI Apps
Shift + Delete Permanently delete files without sending it to Recycle Bin
Alt + Print Screen Print Screen focused Window only

 

Related software and links:

Microsoft Windows 8 icon

Microsoft Windows 8    Microsoft Windows platform
First operating system from Windows family designed with touchscreens in mind

 

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