windows 8 keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet
Here’s the full list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts or accelerator hotkeys, as published by Microsoft.
Read on for keyboard shortcuts that you’d probably find yourself using on Windows 8, when out of swipe mode.
Windows Key – Start screen or jump to previous app from Start Screen, Show the Windows 8 Start Menu
Windows Key + Tab – Launch Task view
Windows Key + D Show Windows desktop
Windows Key + C Open Charms Menu
Windows Key + E – Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer)
Windows Key + F Charms Menu – Search
Windows Key + H Open the Share content, Charms Menu – Share
Windows Key + K Charms Menu – Devices
Windows Key + I Charms Menu – Settings
Windows Key + Tab Cycle through open Modern UI Apps
Windows Key + Shift + Tab Cycle through open Modern UI Apps in reverse order
Windows Key + Q Search For Installed Apps
Windows Key + W Search Settings
Windows Key + Comma Temporarily view desktop
Alt + F4 Quit Modern UI Apps
Windows Key + . Snaps app to the right (split screen multitasking)
Windows Key + Shift + . Snaps app to the left (split screen multitasking)
Windows Key + E Launch Windows Explorer Window
Windows Key + L Lock Windows 8 device, Lock PC and go to lock screen
Windows Key + T Cycle through apps on the task bar, Cycle through icons on taskbar (press Enter to launch app)
Windows Key + X Open Start button context menu
Windows Key + Page Down Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the right
Windows Key + M Minimize all Windows
Windows Key + Shift + M Restore all minimized Windows
Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximize current window
Windows Key + Down Arrow Minimize current window
Windows Key + Left Arrow Maximize current window to left side of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow Maximize current window to right side of the screen
Windows Key + R Open Run dialog box
Windows Key + Print Screen Takes a Print Screen and saves it to your Pictures folder
Windows Key + Page Up Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the left
Ctrl + Shift + Escape Open Task Manager
Windows + Space – Switch keyboard input language (if you have added at least a second one)
Windows + Shift + [Left][Right] – Move current Window from one monitor to another (when using a multiple monitor setup)
Alt + Tab – Switch to previous window
Alt + Space – Restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close current window
Alt + F4 – Close current window
Windows Key + Pause Break Display System Properties
Shift + Delete Permanently delete files without sending it to Recycle Bin
Windows Key + F1 Open Windows Help and Support
Windows Key + V Cycle through notifications
Alt + Enter Display Properties of selected item in File Explorer
Alt + Up Arrow View upper level folder of current folder in File Explorer
Alt + Right Arrow View next folder in File Explorer
Alt + Left Arrow View previous folder in File Explorer
Windows Key + P Project a screen
Windows Key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + Enter Open Narrator
Windows Key + Ctrl + D – Create new virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + Right arrow – Switch between virtual desktops created on the right
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left arrow – Switch between virtual desktops created on the left
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 – Close the virtual desktop
Windows Key + Tab – Launch Task view
Windows Key + Alt + G – Record the last 30 seconds
Windows Key + Alt + R – Start recording (press the shortcut again to stop recording)
Windows Key + Alt + Print Screen – Take a screenshot of your game
Windows Key + Alt + T – Show/hide recording timer
Windows Key + A – Open Windows 8 notification or Action center
Windows Key + V – Cycle through notifications
Windows Key + Shift + V – Cycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows Key + B – Set focus in the notification area
Windows Key + G – Open Game bar when a game is open
Windows Key? + Q – Launch search the web and Windows with Cortana (speech)
Windows Key? + S – Launch search the web and Windows with Cortana (keyboard input)
Windows Key? + C – Open Cortana in listening mode
• To Open the Start Screen: Place your cursor in the lower left corner of the screen and click the Start screen icon. Or, view the Charms bar and click Start.
• To View the Charms Bar: Place your cursor in the upper right or lower right corner of the window. Move the cursor towards the icons to make the buttons fully appear.
• To Zoom Out from the Start Screen: Click the Summary View button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
• To Resize App Tile on the Start Screen: Right-click a tile and click the Resize button that appears on the bottom bar. Select either Large, Medium, Wide, or Small.
• To Rearrange Tiles: Tiles are organized into columns of related apps. Drag a tile to a new location in a column, or drag it between columns to start a new column.
• To Remove a Tile from the Start Screen: Right-click the app and click the Unpin from Start button on the bottom bar.
• To Add a Tile to the Start Screen: Rightclick the app and click the Pin to Start button on the bottom bar.
• To Stop Updating an App’s Live Tile: Right-click an app’s tile and click the Turn live tile off button on the bottom bar.
• To Search for Files or Settings: Point to the top right corner of the screen, click the Search button on the Charms bar, and select either Files or Settings. Or, just start typing while on the Start screen.
• To Launch an App: Click the app’s tile on the Start screen or search for the app.
• To Search for an App: On the Start screen, start typing the app’s name. Or, point to the top right corner of the screen and click Search on the Charms bar.
• To View All Installed Apps: Click the View Apps button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
• To Close an App: Point to the top of the screen to make the hand icon appear. Click and drag the app off the bottom of the screen.
• To Jump to an Open App: Place your cursor in the upper left corner of the screen and click the thumbnail that appears. To view all open apps, move your cursor from the corner down the left edge.
• To View App Commands: Right-click while inside the app. A horizontal bar with options for the app appears at the bottom of the screen.
• To Install an App: Install apps from the Windows Store, from media such as DVDs, or download them from the internet.
• To Uninstall an App: Right-click the app and click Uninstall on the bottom bar.
• To View Multiple Apps at Once: Open all desired apps. From within one app, place, your cursor in the upper left corner of, the screen. Click the thumbnail of another app and drag it down onto the left or right edge of the screen. Note that only high resolution displays will show more than two apps at once.
The Desktop is familiar from previous versions of Windows. Desktop applications like Microsoft Office, File xplorer, and the Control Panel run here. Use the same keystroke shortcuts, corner hotspots, and Charms bar you use in the Start screen to navigate the desktop.
• To Use the Desktop: From the Start screen, click the Desktop tile.
• To Open a Program: Click the Start button, click the View Apps button, and select a program.
• To Create a Desktop Shortcut: Click the Start button, click the View Apps button, right-click the program, and select Open File Location from the bottom bar. Right-click the program icon, click Send to, and then select Desktop (create shortcut). Note that this can not be done for builtin apps such as Weather, Calendar, or Xbox Music.
• To Peek at Open Windows: Point to a program icon on the taskbar. Point at the resulting thumbnail preview to peek at the window.
• To Minimize All Other Windows: Click the title bar of the window that you would like to stay open and quickly drag it from side to side. All other open windows will minimize.
• To Compare Windows Side by Side: Click and drag a window’s title bar to the right side of the screen, and drag the other window to the left side of the screen.
• To Maximize an Open Window: Click and drag the window to the top of the screen. Or, click the Maximize/Restore button in the upper right corner of the title bar.
• To Switch Between Windows: Click the program icon on the task bar for the window that you would like to view
• To Access the Control Panel: Right click the Start button and select Control Panel.
• To Pin a Program to the Taskbar: Open the program you want to pin, right-click the program icon on the taskbar, and select Pin this program to task bar.
The Charms bar helps you quickly do the things you do most often. What you can do with buttons on the Charms bar changes, depending on if you’re on the Desktop, the Start screen, or are using an app.
• Search: Click to search for anything on your computer. Search for a specific type of file, or search the entire computer.
• Share: Click to share things with other people—such as photos, documents, or links—without leaving the app.
• Start: Click to jump to the Start screen. If the Start screen is already displayed, return to the last app you were using, or switch to the traditional Desktop view.
• Devices: Click to use any device that’s connected to your computer. For example, to print a file, to import images from a camera, or to manage a wireless device.
• Settings: Change settings, find help, and get info for your PC and apps here. Also find the most common PC settings: volume, brightness, notifications, power, network connection, and keyboard. Access additional settings such as personalization, users, notifications, ease of access, privacy, and much more by clicking Change PC Settings.
• To Search: Point to the upper or lower right corner of the screen and click the Search button on the Charms bar. Enter the search term and press Enter. Or, just start typing while on the Start screen.
• To Filter Results: Select Everywhere, Settings, Files, Web Images, or Web Videos from the drop down menu.
• To Get Help: Point to the upper or lower right corner of the screen and click the Search button on the Charms bar, then type Help, and click Help and Support.
• To Manage Open Apps: Point to the upper left corner until a thumnail appears, then move the mouse down. To close an app, right-click an app’s thumbnail and select Close.
• To Refresh your PC: Point to the upper or lower right corner of the screen and click the Settings button on the Charms bar. Click Change PC Settings, click the Update and Recovery category and then select Recovery. Click Get started under the “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” heading. This is only available to system administrators.
• To Shut Down your Computer: Windows 8 goes into sleep mode when a laptop is closed, or the power button is pressed on a tablet. To turn your PC completely off, point to the upper or lower right corner of the screen and click the Settings button on the Charms bar. Then click Power and select Shut down. Or, right-click the Start button and select Shut down or sign out.
• Windows Defender: This free anti-virus program protects the computer from downloading viruses and other malware.
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