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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut Keys List

  1. #70

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    Good add Tony . Thanks Shawn

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  2. #71

    Thanks, Bill.

    I don't remember where I ran into + Ctrl + F from. Somewhere on the Net.

    The credit for the Restart + Spacebar for advanced boot options goes to a member named dencal while helping someone out.
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  3. #72

    Knowing that you are a busy man Mr. Brink, I apologize for laying this on you, but as fate would have it obviously you are not busy enough.

    If you would like, I will be more than happy to take over responsibility of this thread.

    Windows 8 was fairly short lived for me and I feel I didn’t get the full jest of key combos while using it. I was going through most of the list here using in Windows 8.1. Most, but not all the key combos are the same in both OSs as I have posted some as of recent.

    It might be wise if someone with a touch screen, either tower PC, laptop, Surface Pro, or any tablet please go through these to verify my findings. I do not have multiple monitors either. I feel most are accurate, though.

    Do key combos work on an onscreen keyboard? Just curious. Never had the opportunity to experiment.

    I tried to explain these the best I could. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or make corrections.

    Some of this is tidbits I thought I'd pass along. e.g. “Closed” takes on a whole new meaning in 8.1. I would guess in 8 also. I added the word “Killed” which may not be proper terminology.

    It's very important to remember that the Desktop is now treated as an app. However, it never really closes or gets "killed" off. It can be hidden out of sight, though.

    Escape key is not mentioned to rid menus, menu bars, or charms bars. Should it be?
    /Z opens the app-specific bar of commands at the bottom of the screen as described, but escape key does not rid the bar in the Mail app for some reason. Redoing that key combo does rid it. Escape key seems to work in all other apps.
    /. (period) and /Shift/+ combos do not Snap applications in 8.1. I believe they do in 8, but not 8.1. /Arrow keys do. (See below)

    So far as I can tell /Shift/+ combo does nothing.

    This next one is important for me because I disliked grabbing for the mouse to drag down the desktop to close/hide it.

    What /. does do > Renders Store apps and Desktop app (including any open Win32 programs on it) window zoomed back slightly, then releasing the period key and holding renders the app for readiness of arrow keys commands > Left arrow it goes left > Hit left arrow again it goes center (full) > Hit right arrow it goes right > Right arrow again it goes center. Releasing all the keys places the window where last moved to.

    In fact, holding down and repeating Left and Right Arrow keys cycles the app left, right, and full.

    /. then Arrow down closes the app's window, but does not stop the app from running as viewed in Task Manager. After a time they become dormant using far less RAM. They remain running indefinitely in a dormant state until they are "killed" via Task Manager or upon reboot.
    In the dormant/hidden state the Desktop app plus any open Win32 programs open on it return with /D or are viewable in Alt/Tab Flip 2D, Ctrl/Alt/Tab stationary 2D, but not the /Tab for Switcher Bar or mouse pointer sliding open the Switcher Bar. The Desktop app will only appear again in the Switcher Bar when returned from dormancy/hidden.
    This is probably the most important.

    /Arrow left and right keys is what snaps both Store apps and Win32 desktop apps left and right in 8.1.

    /Up Arrow snaps an app full window.

    /Arrow down closes any app’s window and runs at full resources for a period of time then goes to lower dormant state as viewed in Task Manager. Again, they remain running indefinitely in a dormant state until they are "killed" via Task Manager or upon reboot.

    Note: These key combos do not work with the Desktop app, just Store and Win32 apps.
    Alt/F4 closes a Store app window immediately, but it remains running for about 5 to 10 seconds as viewed in Task Manager, then gets killed off. Win32 desktop apps are killed immediately as they always have in the past.
    When it comes to the Spacebar I think it should read:

    On Start screen = First tile is always selected upon boot and when returning to Start Screen. By navigating to a tile for focus, tapping the Spacebar will select it for an operant and also intially displays options bar at the bottom of the screen. One can repeat this process by navigating to and selecting other tiles by tapping the Spacebar. Unselect them by tapping the Spacebar again when tile is once again navigated to for focus. Escape key will kill the whole process and return the screen to the normal state.
    This section is actually an addition. Not sure if you want to add them.

    /Shift/1, 2, 3, etc. works as described in 8.1 with the upper row of character number keys work anywhere even if one is viewing an open Store app > It will take one to the desktop opening a desired app if one uses the proper combo.

    However, with the numeric keys at the right I found perform something quite different.

    On a blank desktop they do nothing.

    If one or multiple windows are open, /Shift/2 (while continuing holding /Shift) re-sizes the window smaller, then pressing 2 again minimizes it to the Taskbar. Repeating the operation repeats the process with any other open window if at full window. If there is a window already re-sized smaller, then it minimizes it to the Taskbar. Kind of like performing it in stages.

    /3 is page up.

    /4 & 6 snaps left, right, and re-sizes a window smaller.

    /5 does nothing that I can see.

    /7 gives a “light show”! Far out!

    /8 nothing.

    /9 page down.
    Last, but not least > The Tab key is important for navigating in 8/8.1. I find it useful for focusing on items on Start Screen, in Store apps, Win32 desktop apps, Charms bars, menu bars, etc.
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 08 Mar 2014 at 23:25.
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  4. #73

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    Windows8 Shortcut Keys

    1. Getting around Windows 8 Start Screen and Desktop

    Win: Toggle between Desktop and Start Screen (or open Apps)
    Ctrl+Tab On Start Screen: Switch Between Start Window and All Apps Window
    Win, then Ctrl+Tab Open All Apps Window
    Win, then start typing App Name Search and execute Apps
    Escape Close Start Screen and go to Desktop
    Win+E Run Explorer on Desktop
    Win+R Execute Run on Desktop
    Win+X Open Power User Commands on Desktop
    Alt+F4 Shutdown Windows
    Win+L Lock Computer
    Win+F1 Open Windows Help


    2. Windows 8 Charme Shortcuts

    Tip: Pressing Escape typically closes most Charme menus.

    Win+C Open Windows Charme. Use arrow keys and enter to select item. Press
    Win+Q Search Charme / last search option
    Win+F Search Files
    Win+W Search Windows Settings
    Win+I Open Settings including Desktop, Control Panel, Personalization, PC Info, Help
    Win+H Share Charme
    Win+K Device Charme
    Win+S Search Settings
    Win+F Search Files
    Win+Z Show Options / App Bar in current Metro Apps if available.


    3. Switch between Apps and Windows

    Alt+Tab and Alt+Shift+Tab Cycle between all Windows and Apps. Press and hold Alt key before pressing Tab. Release Tab on Window/App you want to open. While tabbing, add Shift to key combination to go backwards.

    Ctrl+Alt+Tab then Arrow Keys Cycle between open Apps without having to keep Alt pressed. Press keys once, then use Arrow keys and Enter to select Window/App.
    Win+Tab and Win+Shift+Tab Same as Alt+Tab, but only includes Apps only, not Windows on Desktop
    Ctrl+Win+Tab, then Arrow keys Same as Ctrl+Alt+Tab, but only includes Apps, not Desktop Windows


    4. Power User Commands Shortcuts

    These are also listed in the Power User Command Window. Sorted by their (subjective) importance.

    Win+X, P Control Panel
    Win+X, T Task Manager
    Win+X, E File Explorer (alternative: Win+e)
    Win+X, R Run (alternative: Win+r)
    Win+X, D Desktop (alternative: Win+d)
    Win+X, F Programs and Features
    Win+X, C Command Prompt
    Win+X, A Elevated Command Prompt (Admin)
    Win+X, Y System Information
    Win+X, M Device Manager
    Win+X, G Computer Management
    Win+X, B Mobility Center
    Win+X, O Power Options
    Win+X, V Event Viewer
    Win+X, K Disk Management
    Win+X, S Search


    5. Managing Windows 8 Desktop Windows

    Win Go to desktop / switch between Desktop and Start Screen or Apps
    Win+Arrow Up Maximize Window across screen
    Win+Arrow Down Minimize Window (if Restored) or set Window to Restored (if Maximized)
    Win+Shift+Arrow Up Maximixe Window vertically
    Win+Arrow Right/Arrow Left Move Window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitors
    Win+Shift+Arrow Right/ Arrow Left" Move window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitors
    Alt+Space Opens the title bar menu
    F11 Turn full page view on or off
    Alt+Q Close Window


    6. Windows 8 Taskbar

    Win+T Go to first item in Taskbar, continue with arrow keys
    Win+B Go to first item in System Tray
    Shift+click on a taskbar item Start new instance of Taskbar item
    Ctrl+Shift+click on a taskbar item Start new instance of Taskbar item as administrator
    Shift+right-click on a taskbar item Show the window menu for the program
    Win+1...9 Switch to application in position N on Taskbar (or launch pinned application)
    Shift+Win+1...9 Start new instance of taskbar item in position N on Taskbar

    Note: Unfortunately, Microsoft removed the possibility to select multiple taskbar items in Windows 7 (and did still not re-introduce in Windows 8.


    7. Navigating Desktop

    Arrow Keys Navigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)
    Home/End Select first / select last object on desktop
    Enter Launch active object
    Shift+F10 Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to select item
    Tab, Shift+Tab "on empty desktop" Navigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then use arrow keys and enter or space to activate specific icons
    A, B, C, ... Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter


    8. Windows Explorer


    Win+E Start Windows Explorer
    Alt+Arrow Up Go up one folder
    Alt+Arrow Left/ Alt+Arrow Right Go to previous folder / go to next folder
    Tab/Shift+Tab Switch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List)
    Alt+D or F4 Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desired
    Ctrl+E or Ctrl+F Jump to Search Box in Explorer
    Ctrl+N Open new instance of Windows Explorer
    F11 Toggle full-screen mode

    Navigate File List and Navigation Pane

    Arrow Keys Navigate between files and folders
    Enter Open folder or start application
    Home/End Jump to first / jump to last item
    F2 Change the file name of active item
    F2, then Arrow Left/ Arrow Right Move one character to the left / to the right in item name
    F2, then Ctrl+ Arrow Left/Arrow Right Jump one word to the left / to the right of item name
    F2, then Home /End Jump to beginning / jump to end of item name
    F2, then Ctrl+A Select all/ complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix)
    Arrow Left/Arrow Right Expand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only)

    File List Views

    Alt+P Display or hide Preview Pane
    Alt+V then D View details. Check View menu for more options
    Alt+V then X View extra-large icons. Check View menu for more options
    Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel Change size of icons

    Select Items in File List and Navigation Pane

    Shift+Arrow Up/ Arrow Down Select multiple adjacent items (directly above or below)
    Ctrl with Arrow keys and Space Select multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keys to move to next item, and press space to add/remove from selection
    Ctrl+A Select all
    A ...Z and 1..9 Press the initial letter any item to jump to it. Continue typing the full name if multiple items start with the same letter

    Manage Items in Explorer

    Ctrl+C, ctrl+X, ctrl+V Copy, Cut, Paste
    Ctrl+Z Undo an action
    Ctrl+Y Redo an action
    Delete Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin
    Shift+Delete Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin
    Shift+F10 Activate context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selection
    Ctrl+Shift+N Create new folder
    Alt+Enter Open Properties dialog box

    9. The Rest

    Win+U Open Ease of Access Center
    Win+P Projector or second screen settings.
    Alt+Shift Change keyboard language layout if multiple language layouts are active

    I found these on another forum thanks to Original poster
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  5. #74

    Coventry, UK
    Posts : 2
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 6.3.9600

    Awesome list. Thank you A Guy.
    Is all of this valid for a QWERTZ keyboard? (if I omit use of Ü Ö Ä keys)
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