Most Useful Windows 8 shortcuts

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Most useful New Windows 8 shortcuts

  • Windows: Switch between the start screen and desktop.
  • Windows key + C: Access the charms bar, works both on the start screen and desktop.
  • Windows key + X: Allows access the Windows Tools Menu
  • Windows+Q: Opens the Apps search menu on the start screen
  • Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm
  • Windows key + F: Opens Files Search screen
  • Windows key + K: Access the Devices charm menu.
  • Windows key + Z: Display the App Bar when you have a application running
  • Windows key + . : Move the screen split to the right where it takes up 1/3 of the screen.
  • Windows+Shift+.: Moves the active application to the left where it takes up 1/3 of the screen.
  • Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation
  • Window key+L : Locks the screen
  • Windows key + V: View all active Notifications
  • Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar
  • Windows key + H: Access the Share charm
  • Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen
  • Windows key + P: Access the Second Screen bar
  • Windows key + Shift + V: View all active Notifications in reverse order
  • Windows key + D: Show or Hide Desktop
Other useful  Windows 8 shortcuts
  • Windows key + Ctrl + B: Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
  • Windows key + Enter: Launch Narrator
  • Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access Center
  • Windows key + E: Open Computer
  • Windows key + R: Open the Run dialog box
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F: Open find Computers dialog box
  • Windows key + Pause/Break: Open the System page
  • Windows key + T: Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
  • Windows key + M: Minimize all windows
  • Windows key + Shift + M: Restore all minimized windows
  • Windows key + PrtScn: Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder.
  • Windows key + B: Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item
  • Windows key + Up Arrow: Maximize current window
  • Windows key + Down Arrow: Minimize/restore current window
  • Windows key + Home: Minimize all but the current window
  • Windows key + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
  • Windows key + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
  • Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
  • Windows key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: Move the current window from one monitor to the next
  • Windows key + F1: Launch Windows Help and Support
  • Esc: Close  a charm
Windows 8 shortcuts using Ctrl key
  • Ctrl + A: Select all items
  • Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item
  • Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item
  • Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item
  • Ctrl + D: Delete selected item
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo an action
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo an action
  • Ctrl + N: Open a new window in Windows Explorer
  • Ctrl + W: Close current window in Windows Explorer
  • Ctrl + E: Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new folder
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open the Windows Task Manager
  • Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Access the Windows Security screen
  • Ctrl + Click: Select multiple individual items
  • Ctrl + Click and drag an item: Copies that item in the same folder
  • Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item: Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
  • Ctrl + Tab:  Move forward through tabs
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move backward through tabs
  • Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator
  • Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button: Cycle through the instances of a program in the group
Windows 8 shortcuts Using Shift Key
  • Shift + Insert: CD/DVD Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
  • Shift + Delete: Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
  • Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
  • Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
  • Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
  • Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
  • Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program
  • Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item
Windows 8 shortcuts Using Alt key
  • Alt: Display a hidden Menu Bar
  • Alt + D: Select the Address Bar
  • Alt + P: Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
  • Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window
  • Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
  • Alt + F: Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
  • Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
  • Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
  • Alt + Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
  • Alt + Left Arrow: Display the previous folder
  • Alt + Right Arrow: Display the next folder
  • Alt + Tab: Cycle forward through open windows
  • Alt + Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through open windows

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