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40 Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Microsoft has offered a new & innovative operating system named Windows 8 for this generation. This operating system is convenient for both tablet and PC users. While the touch screen user have a lot of advantages using navigational system such as the Charms Menu, Metro UI with tiles and swipes. Microsoft has also taken care of the users who prefer keyboards through integrated keyboard shortcuts, with these shortcuts the users can navigate the operating system much faster and easier. On the other hand, if you are used to using shortcuts, it will come naturally.

Here are 40 Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts that will guide you deep into Windows 8; most importantly it will be handy.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts
No Shortcut Key Action
1. Windows Key + D Show Desktop
2. Windows Key + C Open Charms Menu
3. Windows Key + F Charms Menu – Search
4. Windows Key + H Charms Menu – Share
5. Windows Key + K Charms Menu – Devices
6. Windows Key + I Charms Menu – Settings
7. Windows Key + Tab Cycle through open Modern UI Apps
8. Windows Key + Shift + Tab Cycle through open Modern UI Apps in reverse order
9. Windows Key + Q Search For Installed Apps
10. Windows Key + W Search Settings
11. Windows Key + Comma Temporarily view desktop
12. Alt + F4 Quit Modern UI Apps
13. Windows Key + . Snaps app to the right (split screen multitasking)
14. Windows Key + Shift + . Snaps app to the left (split screen multitasking)
15. Windows Key + E Launch Windows Explorer Window
16. Windows Key + L Lock PC and go to lock screen
17. Windows Key + T Cycle through icons on taskbar (press Enter to launch app)
18. Windows Key + X Show Advanced Windows Settings Menu
19. Windows Key + Page Down Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the right
20. Windows Key + M Minimize all Windows
21. Windows Key + Shift + M Restore all minimized Windows
22. Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximize current window
23. Windows Key + Down Arrow Minimize current window
24. Windows Key + Left Arrow Maximize current window to left side of the screen
25. Windows Key + Right Arrow Maximize current window to right side of the screen
26. Windows Key + R Open Run dialog box
27. Windows Key + Print Screen Takes a Print Screen and saves it to your Pictures folder
28. Windows Key + Page Up Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the left
29. Ctrl + Shift + Escape Open Task Manager
30. Windows Key + Pause Break Display System Properties
31. Shift + Delete Permanently delete files without sending it to Recycle Bin
32. Windows Key + F1 Open Windows Help and Support
33. Windows Key + V Cycle through notifications
34. Alt + Enter Display Properties of selected item in File Explorer
35. Alt + Up Arrow View upper level folder of current folder in File Explorer
36. Alt + Right Arrow View next folder in File Explorer
37. Alt + Left Arrow View previous folder in File Explorer
38. Windows Key + P Choose secondary display modes
39. Windows Key + U Open Ease of Access Center
40. Windows Key + Enter Open Narrator
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