Windows 8

List of Shortcuts for Windows 8


With a paradigm shift in how we are looking at a Start Screen, Windows 8 has added a lot of shortcuts for easier navigation. 

Windows 8, Shortcut

Check out a long list of shortcuts for Windows 8 to make your life simpler below :
  • 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 Setting 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 Setting 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 + V: View all active Toasts/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 folder 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...10: Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • Windows key + Shift + 1...10: Launch a New instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • Windows key + Ctrl + 1...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 select 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 + Up Arrow: Maximize current window
  • Windows key + Down Arrow: Minimize/Restore current window
  • Windows key + Home: Minimize all except the current window
  • Windows key + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
  • Windows key + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
  • Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
  • Windows key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: 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 Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
  • Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current windows
  • Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
  • Alt + F4: Close Application
  • Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
  • Alt + PrtScn: Take a screenshot of the active Windows and place it in the clipboard
  • Alt + Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
  • Alt + Down Arrow: Move down 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: Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
  • Shift + Delete: Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
  • Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a Windows or dialog box
  • Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
  • Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a Windows or dialog box
  • Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
  • Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of 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 Copy/Cut 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
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