Windows 8 Shortcuts

Below is a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for use in Windows 8.

 

Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application.
Windows key + C: Access the charms bar.
Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar.
Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm.
Windows key + H: Access the Share charm.
Windows key + K: Access the Devices charm.
Windows key + Q: Access the Apps Search screen.
Windows key + F: Access the Files Search screen.
Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen.
Windows key + P: Access the Second Screen bar.
Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running.
Windows key + X: Access the Windows Tools Menu.
Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation.
Windows key + . : Move the screen split to the right.
Windows key + Shift + . : Move the screen split to the left.
Windows key + V: View all active T oasis/Notifications.
Windows key + Shift + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order.
Windows key + PrtScn: Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures older as Screenshot.
Windows key + Enter: Launch Narrator.
Windows key + E: Open Computer.
Windows key + R: Open the Run dialog box.
Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows key + Ctrl + F: Open Find Computers dialog box.
Windows key + Pause/Break: Open the System page.
Windows key + 1 through 10: Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Shift + 1 through 10: Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Ctrl + 1 through 10: Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Alt + 1 .. 10: Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + B: Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item.
Windows key + Ctrl + B: Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area.
Windows key + T: Cycle through the items on the Taskbar.
Windows key + M: Minimize all windows.
Windows key + Shift + M: Restore all minimized windows.
Windows key + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows).
Windows key + L: Lock computer
Windows key + ↑:Maximize current window.
Windows key + ↓:Minimize/restore current window.
Windows key + Home: Minimize all but the current window.
Windows key + ←:Tile window on the left side of the screen
Windows key + →:Tile window on the right side of the screen.
Windows key + Shift +↑: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen.
Windows key + Shift + ← or →: Move the current window from one monitor to the next.
Windows key + F1: Launch Windows Help and Support.

PageUp: Scroll forward on the Modern Desktop Start screen.
PageDown: Scroll backward on the Modern Desktop Start screen.
Esc: Close a charm.
Ctrl + Esc: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application.
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel: Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Modern Desktop screen.
Alt: Display a hidden Menu Bar.
Alt + D: Select the Address Bar.
Alt + P: Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
Alt + Tab: Cycle forward through open windows
Alt + Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through open windows.
Alt + F: Close the current window Open the Shutdown Windows dialog box from the Desktop.
Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window.
Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened.
Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item.
Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard.
Alt + Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP).
Alt + left Arrow: Display the previous folder.
Alt + Right Arrow: Display the next folder.
Shift + Insert: CD/DVD load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun.
Shift + Delete: Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Sin).
Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box.
Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item.
Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box.
Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items.
Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: launch a new instance of a program.
Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item.
Ctrl + A: Select all items.
Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item.
Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item.
Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item.
Ctrl + D: Delete selected item.
Ctrl + Z: Undo an action.
Ctrl + Y: Redo an action.
Ctrl + N: Open a new window in Windows Explorer.
Ctrl + W: Close current window in Windows Explorer.
Ctrl + E: Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window.
Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new folder.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open the Windows Task Manager.
Ctrl + Alt + Tab: use arrow keys to cycle through open windows.
Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Access the Windows Security screen.
Ctrl + Click: Select multiple individual items.
Ctrl + Click and drag an item: Copies that item in the same folder.
Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item: Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder.
Ctrl + Tab: Move forward through tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move backward through tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator.
Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button: Cycle through the instances of a program in the group.

F1: Display Help.
F2: Rename a file.
F3: Open Search.
F4: Display the Address Bar list.
F5: Refresh display.
F6: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box.
F7: Display command history in a Command Prompt.
F10: Display hidden Menu Bar.
F11: Toggle full screen display.
Tab: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box.
PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the entire screen and place it in the clipboard.
Home: Move to the top of the active window.
End: Move to the bottom of the active window.
Delete: Delete the selected item.
Backspace: Display the previous folder in Windows Explorer Move up one folder level in Open or Save dialog box.
Esc: Close a dialog box.
Num lock Enabled + Plus (+): Display the contents of the selected folder.
Num lock Enabled + Minus (-): Collapse the selected folder.
Num lock Enabled + Asterisk (*):Expand all subfolders under the selected folder.

 

Press Shift 5 times: Turn StickyKeys on or off.
Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds: Turn FilterKeys on or off.
Hold down Num lock for 5 seconds: Turn ToggleKeys on or off.