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Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 users

Written by Sandeep Likhar

People who are friendly with Windows 7 and XP says that Windows 8 is hard to operate, convoluted because of introduction of charms, edge swiping, new layout views user tangles to think how to go where? But at the same time if user learns how to go here & there with the use of keyboard shortcuts he will start loving Windows 8 too. With a paradigm shift in how we look at a Start screen, Windows 8 has added a lot of shortcuts for easier navigation as it is very hard to keep our mouse sway here and there for getting the things done & therefore it is good to learn keyboard shortcuts & Here you can check out a huge list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 to make life of Windows 8 users simpler.

First set contains 10 keyboard shortcuts for navigating between Windows 8 Start Screen and Desktop:

Win: Shuffle between desktop and start screen

Ctrl+Tab: Switch between start window and all apps window when we are on window

Win then Ctrl + Tab: Open All Apps Window

Win, and then start typing App Name: Search and execute Apps

Win+E: Run Explorer on Desktop

Win+F1: Open Windows Help

Alt+F4: Shutdown Windows

Win+L: Lock Computer

Win +Escape: Close Start Screen and go to Desktop

Win+R: Execute Run on Desktop

Second set contains Charm Shortcuts:

Win+C: Open Charm. Use arrow keys and enter to select item

Win+F: Search Files

Win+W: Search Windows Settings

Win+I: Open Settings including Desktop, Control Panel, Personalization, PC Info, & Help

Win+H: Share Charm

Win+Q: Search Charm / last search option.

Win+K: Device Charm

Win+S: Search Settings

Win+F: Search Files.

Win+Z: Show Options / App Bar in current Metro Apps if available

Third set contains 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

Fourth set contains Power User Commands Shortcuts:

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: Fifth set contains 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

Fifth set contains Keys for 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: Maximize 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

Sixth set contains Windows 8 Task bar:

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 task bar 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

Seventh set contains Keys associated with 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, 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 and enter or space to activate specific icons A, B, 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

Eighth set contains Keys for Windows Explorer

Win+E: Start Windows Explorer

Alt+Arrow Up: Go up one folder

Alt+Arrow Left/ Alt+Arrow Right: Navigate to previous folder / 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

Ninth set contains Keys for 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)

Tenth set contains Shortcuts for 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

Eleventh set contains Keys for managing 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

Twelfth set contains Miscellaneous:

Win+U: Open Ease of Access Center

Win+P: Projector or second screen settings

Win+Enter: Turn on narrator

Alt+Shift: Change keyboard language layout if multiple language layouts are active

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