Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut


Finally, I have the time to install Windows 8 on my desktop. As a keyboard shortcut lover, the first thing I learned is how to use the key combinations in Windows 8.

Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+start typing : Search your PC
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C: Open the charms/ In an app, open the commands for the app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+F: Open the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+H: Open the Share charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+I:Open the Settings charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+J: Switch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+K: Open the Devices charm
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+O: Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Q: Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+W: Open the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Z: Show the commands available in the app
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+spacebar: Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+spacebar: Change to a previously selected input
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Tab: Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab: Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+Tab: Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgUp: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgDown: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+period (.): Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+period (.): Snaps an app to the right
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+P: Switch displays
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+D: Switch to Desktop
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Pause/Break: View machine and system info
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+X: Menu of advanced options for system management, command prompts, etc.
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+E: Open Explorer
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+R: Open Run command
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+L: Enable Lock screen
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Plus or Minus(+/-) Key: Enable magnifier to zoom in and zoom out
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Left/Right Arrow: Snap current window to the left/right
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Up Arrow: Maximize window
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Down: Minimize window
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Home: Minimize everything but the active window
Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-): Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+scroll wheel: Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Esc: Stop or exit the current task

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