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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 has a new user experience that is primarily touch-based. But it still has many Keyboard Shortcuts to make our lives easier. These Keyboard Shortcuts are very similar to those of Windows 7.

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Start Screen

WinToggle the new start menu on or off
Win+DSwitch to classic Windows desktop
Win+,Peek at desktop
Select the tile to the left
Select the tile to the right
Win+PgUpMove tiles to the left
Win+PgDnMove tiles to the right
Win+BSwitch to classic Windows desktop and select notification tray

Starting Programs

Win+1Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+2Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+nOpen the nth program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+QOpen Application Search panel
Win+FOpen File Search panel
Win+EOpen Explorer
Win+ROpen the Run window [more info]
Ctrl+Shift+EscOpen Windows Task Manager

Logging In And Out

While the below shortcuts seem unwieldy because of their length, they're quite easy to remember once you try them out a few times.

Win+X,U,UShutdown
Win+X,U,RRestart
Win+X,U,SSleep
Win+X,U,ISign out
Win+LLocks computer

Charms, Share, Search, Settings, and other Panels

Win+COpen Charms panel to search, share, and change settings
Win+HOpen Share panel
Win+IOpen Settings panel to change settings for the current application, volume, wireless networks, shut down
Win+POpen Projection panel (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
Win+KOpen Devices panel for connecting to a projector or other device
Win+ZOpen the current application's application bar
Win+QOpen Application Search panel
Win+WOpen Settings Search panel
Win+FOpen File Search panel

Managing Windows

Win+TabSwitch between Metro applications
Win+.Snap current Metro application to the right
Win+Shift.Snap current Metro application to the left
Win+JCycle through snapped Metro applications
Alt+F4Close the active window
Alt+TabSwitch to previous active window
Alt+EscCycle through all open windows
Win+TCycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
Win+MMinimize all open windows
Win+DToggle showing the desktop
Win+Maximize the current window
Win+If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it
Win+Dock the current window to the left half of the screen
*If it is already docked left, it is moved to the right half of the screen
*If it is already docked right, it is restored to its original size
Win+Dock the current window to the right half of the screen
*If it is already docked right, it is moved to the left half of the screen
*If it is already docked left, it is restored to its original size
Win+Shift+Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+HomeMinimize all but the current window (press again to undo)
Win+YPeek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign]Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign]Zoom out
Win+VCycle through toasts
Win+ShiftVCycle in reverse through toasts

Taskbar Modifiers

Shift+ClickOpen a new instance of the program
Ctrl+ClickCycle between windows in a group
Middle ClickOpen a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Shift+ClickOpen a new instance of the program as Administrator
Shift+Right-ClickShow window menu

Viewing Folders With Explorer

Alt+PShow/hide the preview pane
Alt+Go back
Alt+Go forward
Alt+Go up a directory
Alt+DMove focus to address bar
Alt+D, TabMove focus to search bar
Alt+EnterOpen the Properties window of the current selection
Ctrl+MousewheelChange the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)
Alt+PShow/hide the preview pane

Other

Win+LLock computer
Win+BMove focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)
Win+OLock device orientation (landscape/portrait); for devices with a gyroscope
Win+SpaceSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Win+EnterOpen Narrator
Win+PauseOpen the System Properties portion from the Control Panel

-Ben

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