Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Keyboard ShortcutsWindows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the most useful shortcut keys for Windows 8.

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Windows 8 Start Screen ShortcutsWindows 8 Winkey Shortcuts

For those times when you need a keyboard shortcut combination then begin with the Windows key itself.  Although I have written the second key in capitals, there is no need to press the shift key to get the desired action with the second complimentary key, for example WinKey +C is all that is needed.

WinKey Windows 8 Winkey ShortcutsToggles between the Start screen and the Windows Desktop, or the foremost running Metro-style app.  If you cannot find a WinKey, then Ctrl +Esc is a good substitute.

WinKey +1, WinKey +2, etc.  These quick keys switches to the classic Windows desktop and launches the corresponding shortcut in the Windows taskbar.

WinKey +A  Problem, In the consumer version it no longer calls for the Windows 8 Search, with Apps in focus.  However, just start typing and ‘Apps’ appears.

WinKey +B  Switches to the Windows desktop and selects the tray notification area.Windows 8 Winkey Shortcuts

WinKey +C  One of my most used keyboard combinations, displays the Charms with the Search, Share, Start Devices and Settings icons.

WinKey +D  Switches to the Windows desktop and hides/shows any other applications.

WinKey +E  Launches Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

WinKey +F  Brings up Search Files using the new Windows Search pane.

WinKey +H  Opens the Share Charm.

WinKey +I  Display Settings pane for the Start screen (also provides access to Networks, Volume, Screen Brightness, Notifications, Power shutdown, and Language).

WinKey +J  Swap foreground between the snapped and filled apps.

WinKey +K  Opens the Devices Charm

WinKey +L  Locks the PC and return to logon screen.

WinKey +M  Minimizes the selected Explorer window.

WinKey +O  Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs. Lock device orientation

WinKey +P  Display the new Project (for "projection") pane for choosing between available displays.

WinKey +Q  Search (within) Apps using the new Windows Search pane.

WinKey +R  Switch to the classic Windows desktop, and then display the Run box.

WinKey +W  Brings up the Modern UI Settings search screen.

WinKey +X  Opens the Advanced user menu.

Bold = New in Windows 8.

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WinKey +S  No longer works in the Consumer Preview version (Search Apps dialog box)

WinKey +T  Toggles a hidden Taskbar (Also tabs to icons in the taskbar).

WinKey +W  Opens the Settings search panel.

WinKey +U  Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.

WinKey +V Cycles through Notifications.  (Did not work for me)

WinKey +X  Switch to the classic Windows desktop and display the Windows Mobility Center application.

WinKey +Z  Display the App Bar in a Metro-style app.

WinKey +ARROW KEYS  Aero Snap.

Backspace  (Plain backspace returns to the previous screen if Esc or WinKey don’t work)

Extra, New Hotkeys Introduced in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

WinKey +Spacebar  Switch input language and keyboard layout.

WinKey +,  Temporarily peek at the desktop.

WinKey +V  Cycle through toasts. (Shift +V Cycles through toasts in reverse order.)

WinKey +W  Opens the Settings Charm.

WinKey +Z  Open the App Bar.

WinKey + 1-9  Go to the app on the takbar.  (1 is the first app on the left of the takbar).

WinKey +  Enter Launch Narrator.

WinKey +  PgUp Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left.
WinKey +  PgDown Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right.

WinKey +.  Move the gutter to the right (snap an application).

WinKey +Shift +.  Move the gutter to the left (snap an application).

WinKey +Tab  Cycles through apps.
           (Shift as usual reverses the order.

WinKey +/  Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion.

Note 1: Typing any letter without the Windows key will trigger a search of the Apps and programs.

Note 2: The Function keys in Windows 8 don’t have any new features; the only function key I use is F1 for help.  Alt +F4 no longer closes all Apps.

Note 3: There is a Windows 8 Shortcuts app which you can download and install from the Store.

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Windows 8 Thumbs Keyboard

Tablet computers also have the new ‘Thumbs’ keyboard in addition to the traditional layout.

Windows 8 New Keyboard Thumbs

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Windows 8 Shell: Commands

Here are the new shell commands, just type them in Windows Explorer:Windows 8 New Shell: Commands

  • Shell:Gadgets
  • Shell:UserTiles
  • Shell:Roaming Tiles
  • Shell:PublicUserTiles
  • Shell:AppsFolder
  • Shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder
  • Shell:Immersive Application Shortcuts

Shell: Commands from Windows 7

Shell:AddNewProgramsFolder
Shell:Administrative Tools
Shell:AppData
Shell:AppUpdatesFolder
Shell:Cache
Shell:CD Burning
Shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder
Shell:Common Administrative Tools
Shell:Common AppData
Shell:Common Desktop
Shell:Common Documents
Shell:Common Programs
Shell:Common Start Menu
Shell:Common Startup
Shell:Common Templates
Shell:CommonDownloads
Shell:CommonMusic
Shell:CommonPictures
Shell:CommonRingtones
Shell:CommonVideo
Shell:ConflictFolder
Shell:ConnectionsFolder
Shell:Contacts
Shell:ControlPanelFolder
Shell:Cookies
Shell:CredentialManager

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Shell:CryptoKeys
Shell:CSCFolder
Shell:Default Gadgets
Shell:Desktop
Shell:Device Metadata Store
Shell:DocumentsLibrary
Shell:Downloads
Shell:DpapiKeys
Shell:Favorites
Shell:Fonts
Shell:Gadgets
Shell:Games
Shell:GameTasks
Shell:History
Shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts
Shell:InternetFolder
Shell:Libraries
Shell:Links
Shell:Local AppData
Shell:LocalAppDataLow
Shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
Shell:MAPIFolder
Shell:MusicLibrary
Shell:My Music
Shell:My Pictures
Shell:My Video
Shell:MyComputerFolder
Shell:NetHood
Shell:NetworkPlacesFolder
Shell:OEM Links
Shell:Original Images
Shell:OtherUsersFolder
Shell:Personal
Shell:PhotoAlbums
Shell:PicturesLibrary
Shell:Playlists
Shell:PrintersFolder
Shell:PrintHood
Shell:Profile
Shell:ProgramFiles
Shell:ProgramFilesCommon
Shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86
Shell:ProgramFilesX86
Shell:Programs
Shell:Public
Shell:PublicGameTasks
Shell:PublicSuggestedLocations
Shell:Quick Launch
Shell:Recent
Shell:RecycleBinFolder
Shell:ResourceDir
Shell:Ringtones
Shell:SampleMusic
Shell:SamplePictures
Shell:SamplePlaylists
Shell:SampleVideos
Shell:SavedGames
Shell:Searches
Shell:SearchHomeFolder
Shell:SendTo
Shell:Start Menu
Shell:Startup
Shell:SyncCenterFolder
Shell:SyncResultsFolder
Shell:SyncSetupFolder
Shell:System
Shell:SystemCertificates
Shell:SystemX86
Shell:Templates
Shell:TreePropertiesFolder
Shell:User Pinned
Shell:UserProfiles
Shell:UsersFilesFolder
Shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
Shell:VideosLibrary
Shell:Windows

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More Tips for the Metro User InterfaceWindows 8 Metro UI Tip

If you want to find one of the Apps.  Assuming that you are at the Metro UI, just press a letter on your keyboard!   Here is a screenshot of what happened when I tried ‘i’.  (No need to launch Explorer or bring up the Charms and Search).  See more on Windows 8 Search.

Tip to Shutdown

Bring up the 5 ‘Charms’, then select ‘Settings’.  Seek out the Power button, from there you can Shut down or restart the operating system.

Windows 8 Shutdown

Index and Search

To narrow down your search in Windows 8 use AND, for example Guns and Rifles.  The benefit it reduces the results to items containing both words.  No I am not shouting!  A N D needs to be in capitals.  Windows 8 search treats Guns and Rifles differently from Guns and Rifles.

Check the Index settings in the Control Panel.  I tend to keep adding more and more locations, however, my friend Mick is constantly whittling down the areas on his Windows 8 machines that are indexed, that’s because he’s a gamer and wants his machine to run as fast as possible.  Me, I am more interested in being able to find files quickly.

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Summary of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

In Windows 8 the WinKey provides a springboard to handy shortcuts, not only at the classic desktop, but also to the Charms and similar settings.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Features

New features for Windows 8   • Features for Windows 8.1 'Blue'  • Windows 8 Features Removed

Windows 8 Overview  • Windows 8 Media Center  • Windows App Store  • Windows 8 PDF Reader

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