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Windows 8 – 30 Shortcut Keys

March 27, 2012 | Leave a comment(0) Go to comments

If you are using Windows then definitely you will be interested in Windows 8 the next operating system from Microsoft, which is expected to be released in October 2012. Recently Microsoft has provided list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts which can be very useful instead of using your mouse every time, if you are following the latest Windows 8 Consumer Preview you can check below shortcuts to make navigation and interaction easy with new Windows OS.

Below is the list of 30 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8:

  • Windows key – Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu.
  • Windows key + B – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and select the tray notification area.
  • Windows key + C – Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
  • Windows key + D – Brings up the old Windows desktop.
  • Windows key + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.
  • Windows key + F – Brings up the Metro File search screen.
  • Windows key + H – Opens the Metro Share panel.
  • Windows key + I – Opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
  • Windows key + J – Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
  • Windows key + K – Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to aprojector or some other device)
  • Windows key + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.
  • Windows key + M – Minimize all Windows on the desktop
  • Windows key + O – Locks device orientation.
  • Windows key + P – Choose between available displays.
  • Windows key + Q – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
  • Windows key + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.
  • Windows key + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.
  • Windows key + V – Cycles through toasts.
  • Windows key + W – Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
  • Windows key + X – Launch Start Menu.
  • Windows key + Y – Temporarily peek at the desktop.
  • Windows key + Z – Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
  • Windows key + Page Up / Down – Moves tiles to the left / right.
  • Windows key + Tab – Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
  • Windows key + , (comma) – Aero Peek at the desktop.
  • Windows key + . (period) – Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen. (Right side)
  • Windows key + Shift + . (period) – Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen. (Left side)
  • Windows key + Space – Switch input language and keyboard layout.
  • Windows key + Shift + V – Cycles through toasts in reverse order.
  • Windows key + Enter – Launches Narrator
  • Windows key + Arrow Keys – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and enable Aero Snap

If you want to save these shortcuts for future you can download Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8 in PDF or XPS file format.



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