Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8

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With Windows 8 Metro interface featuring much less on-screen controls, there is an increased need, at least with non-touch screen devices, for keyboard shortcuts.

Below is a useful list of shortcut keys that may make using Windows 8 on a normal laptop much less painful, and in the end may even make your a lot more efficient.

Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout

Win + C : Open the Charms

Win + D : Show the desktop

Win + E : open Windows Explorer

Win + F : Open the Search panel

Win + H : Open the Share charm

Win + I : Open the Settings charm

Win + K : Open the Connect charm

Win + L : Lock the computer

Win + O : Lock the screen rotation

Win + Q : Open the search pane

Win + R : Open run

Win + V : Cycle through toasts

Win + W : Opens the Settings search panel

Win + Y : Peek at the desktop

Win + Z : open the app bar

Win + Shift + V : Reverse cycle through toasts

Win + Enter : Launch the narrator

Win + PgUp : Move tiles to the left

Win + PgDn : Move tiles to the right

Win + Shift + . : Move the split to the left

Win + . : Move the split to the right

Via Windows8news.com

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  • Devboy

    I do love me some good keyboard shortcuts. No mouse jockeyin’ for me!

  • http://overhackit.com/windows-8-simulator-gives-valuable-insight-into-windows-8-tablet/ ryan

    the new windows version relies more heavily on keyboard shortcuts, isn’t this backwards?

    • http://jerrynixon.com Jerry Nixon

      It doesn’t rely on them, it just has them.

  • http://twitter.com/paulbendall Paul Bendall

    My feeling is a lot of time has been spent getting the Metro UI to work with tablets and less so on a normal PC at this stage. However, I believe it will be very different by the time we get to a release candidate. Gesture based will be fairly easy to incorporate on laptops with trackpads, and I wonder if MS has indicated the future direction of mice with their newest Touch mouse?

  • http://profiles.google.com/rene.brandel Rene Brandel

    i don’t think there are any possible ways to zoom out of the start screen and rename a group of tiles with the mouse and keyboard right?

    • Xxx

      I think your right I was searching for this feature more than a week zooming out in windows 8 metro start screen using my mouse/keyboard but I couldn’t find, they should do a mouse wheel for zooming out or Ctrl+mouse wheel which is by logic everyone try first

    • http://jerrynixon.com Jerry Nixon

      Yes, of course – there’s always a corresponding keystroke.

      Try this: CTRL+(-)Minus. Then Space to select the group. Then Space to activate the Application Bar Command Button.

  • Anonymous

    also you can use ctrl + win + tab to switch snapped apps.

    win + F opens the FILES search panel. like W the settings one. Q is the rigt one for searching, but it displays all apps in start menu.

    ctrl + win + c, also displays the Tablet Charm on the right side.

    ctrl + shift + esc bring taskmanager

  • Anonymous

    also you can use ctrl + win + tab to switch snapped apps.

    win + F opens the FILES search panel. like W the settings one. Q is the rigt one for searching, but it displays all apps in start menu.

    ctrl + win + c, also displays the Tablet Charm on the right side.

    ctrl + shift + esc bring taskmanager

  • http://jerrynixon.com Jerry Nixon