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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted: Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Ted

Windows 8 was released last week Friday and it’s a big change, interaction-wise, from its predecessor Windows 7. Many of the most obvious changes are in the Start Menu and the fact that the Start button, which has been there since Windows 95, is gone.

Keyboard shortcuts are an important and time-saving feature of all versions of Windows, but never more important than in Windows 8. With that in mind, here’s a list of new keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft’s most recent Operating System:

 

Press this To do this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+start typing
Search your PC
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
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C
Open the charms
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 snap 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

 

If you’d like to see a complete list of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows, feel free to visit this link for the breakdown.


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