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    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut Keys List

    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut Keys List
    List of Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Windows 8 and 8.1
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    15 Sep 2011
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    List of Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Windows 8 and 8.1


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    This tutorial will show you a list of all keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    See also: Keyboard shortcuts - Microsoft Windows Help




    Shortcut Description
    Windows Key Toggle between the Start screen and the last-opened Windows Store app or the desktop.
    + 1, + 2, etc.... Switch to the desktop and launch the “nth”application in the taskbar. For example, +1 launches whichever application is first in the list, from left to right.
    + SHIFT + 1
    + SHIFT + 2
    etc.
    Launch a new instance of the application located at the “nth” position on the taskbar.
    + B Switch to the desktop and set the focus to the tray notification area.
    + C Display the charms and time/date/notification/battery overlay.
    + D Switch to the desktop and toggle Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows).
    + E Switch to the desktop and launch File Explorer with the Computer tab displayed.
    + F Search using the Files search scope.
    + H Open the Share Name:  Share_Charm.jpg
Views: 59227
Size:  848 Bytes charm.
    + I Open the Settings Name:  Settings_Charm.jpg
Views: 59159
Size:  858 Bytes charm.
    + J Swap the foreground between the snapped and filled apps. Snapped and filled views are only available on displays with a horizontal resolution of 1366 touch-independent pixels or more.
    + K Open the Devices Name:  Devices_Charm.jpg
Views: 59379
Size:  839 Bytes charm.
    + L Lock the PC and go to the Lock screen.
    + M Switch to the desktop and minimize all open windows.
    + SHIFT + M Switch to the desktop and restore all minimized windows.
    + O Switch between landscape and portrait orientation on slate and tablet PCs.
    + P Display the Second screen pane to choose between available projection options.
    + Q (Windows 8) = Search using the Apps search scope.
    (Windows 8.1) = Search using "Everything" search scope.
    + R Switch to the desktop and display the Run dialog box.
    + T Set the focus to the taskbar and cycle through programs.
    + U Switch to the desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.
    + V Cycle through toast notifications (transient messages).
    + W Search using the Settings search scope.
    + SHIFT + V Cycle through toast notifications in reverse order.
    + X Open the advanced context menu (power user task menu) in the lower-left corner of the screen.
    + Z Open the app-specific bar of commands at the bottom of the screen.
    + F1 Opens Windows Help and Support
    + ENTER Launch Narrator.
    + SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout.
    + TAB Display app thumbnails of open Windows Store apps and cycle through apps.
    + SHIFT + TAB Display app thumbnails of open Windows Store apps and cycle through apps in reverse order.
    + CTRL + TAB Cycle through apps, snapping them as you go. Snapped and filled views are only available on displays with a horizontal resolution of 1366 touch-independent pixels or more.
    + CTRL + F Opens Find Computers dialog.
    + , Peek at the desktop.
    + .
    (Windows 8)
    Snap application to the left. Snapped and filled views are only available on displays with a horizontal resolution of 1366 touch-independent pixels or more.
    + . + Left Arrow
    (Windows 8.1)
    Snap application to the left. Snapped and filled views are only available on displays with a horizontal resolution of 1366 touch-independent pixels or more.
    + SHIFT + .
    (Windows 8)
    Snap application to the right. Snapped and filled views are only available on displays with a horizontal resolution of 1366 touch-independent pixels or more.
    + . + Right Arrow
    (Windows 8.1)
    Snap application to the right. Snapped and filled views are only available on displays with a horizontal resolution of 1366 touch-independent pixels or more.
    + PGUP If you have multiple monitors, move the Start screen to the left monitor.
    + PGDN If you have multiple monitors, move the Start screen to the right monitor.
    + Plus Sign Zoom in.
    + Minus Sign Zoom out.
    + ESCAPE Close the Magnifier.
    + LEFT ARROW Snaps the active window or modern app to the left half of the screen.

    + RIGHT ARROW Snaps the active window or modern app to the right half of the screen.

    + UP ARROW Maximize the active window or modern app.

    + DOWN ARROW
    • On desktop = Restore/minimize the active window.
    • In modern app = closes
    + SHIFT + UP ARROW
    • On desktop = Maximize the active window vertically,maintaining the width.
    + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW
    • On desktop = Restore/minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the width.
    + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW
    • On desktop = For multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
    + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW
    • On desktop = For multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
    + HOME
    • On desktop = Minimize all non-active windows; restore on second keystroke.
    + BREAK Display the System dialog box.
    + PRNT SCRN Takes a picture of the screen and places it in the Pictures folder.
    Alt + Tab
    (release Tab, repeat)
    Opens Flip 2D to rotate through opened Apps. Desktop apps each have one place in rotation.
    Ctrl + Alt + Tab Keeps open Flip 2D to rotate through opened Apps. Desktop apps each have one place in rotation.
    Ctrl + -
    • On Start and Apps screens = Semantic Zoom out
    Ctrl + =
    • On Start and Apps screens = Semantic Zoom back In
    Ctrl + Alt + Del Access to Lock, Switch User, Sign out, Change a password, Task Manager, Ease of Access, and Power down choices.
    Arrows, Space, Tab Move active tile, Select, move Focus
    HOME
    • On Start screen = Selects the first tile in the Start screen.
    END
    • On Start screen = Selects the last tile in the Start screen.
    PAGE UP
    • On Start screen = Moves the tile selection up by a page in the view.
    PAGE DOWN
    • On Start screen = Moves the tile selection down by a page in the view.
    SPACEBAR
    • On Start screen = Selects the first tile in the Start screen and displays options at the bottom of the screen.
    Type on Start screen Search Apps.








    Windows Explorer Hotkeys (Press ALT Key + the below combination)


    A – to open the “special features”

    C F – copy the folder (use the drop-down list)

    C O – to copy the selected items.

    C P – copy the path to the file / folder.

    D – delete the selected.

    E – edit the selected files.

    H – to show the history of file versions.

    M – move the files (using the drop-down list).

    N – Create a new folder.

    P E – Open With …, select the application again using a drop-down list.

    P S – insert label

    P R – open properties.

    R – rename a selected file (s).

    S A – select all.

    S I – invert the selection.

    S N – deselect.

    T – cut

    V – to paste.

    W – to create a new document, choose the template – using the drop-down list.





    A Guy

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    WIN + T Taskbar
    WIN + F1 Help & support---just a stub right now.

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    Thanks for the list
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Nice list, thanks.
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    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Posts : 4,115
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04


    Thanks, Bill.
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    C:\Users\
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Developer Preview x64


    Great guide! Although some of them appear to do nothing. It may just be my computer.
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    Posts : 520
    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Nah, you just don't have a tablet. It's all there. Give it time.

    Remember, this is a pre-beta (Win8 8102) and all of the keyboeard shortcuts aren't going to work out of the gate except for the intended target platform which, as of right now, is a tablet.
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    I was expecting only around 10 shortcuts..I'll need to read these later..but thanks they are going to be useful
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    New Delhi
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8 Pro Retail x64


    thanx for the list A Guy.
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    Bay Area
    Posts : 21,383
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Welcome to Eight Forums neerajjalutharia. A Guy
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