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  • Windows Key Shortcuts for Windows 8

    Any true Windows guru has a mastery of the keyboard shortcuts. In the Windows 8 environment with less visual clues for mouse clicks, learning to navigate this shortcuts will even be more essential. Let us explore what the Windows Key shortcuts in Windows 8 allow us to do.




    Without out the traditional Start menu, navigation through Windows 8 will be a bit of a different experience. Microsoft hopes that users will quickly adapt to the new visual style; however, many Windows 8 users are relying on traditional shortcuts instead.


    Also called the home key, the meta key, the start key, and the flag key–the Windows Key has multiple related new shortcuts in Windows 8 as well.


    All the shortcuts listed below are combinations using the Windows key windows_key.png on your keyboard.


    Keyboard
    Shortcut
    .....................................Details

    Windows Key + X This combination will show the textual menu which allows the user to navigate to the Task Manager, Windows Explorer, Control Panel, Run and other similar system utilities.
    Windows key + E This shortcut opens Windows Explorer on desktop. Most users will start here to browse through drives, folders, and files.
    Windows key + F If you wish to search only for files on your machine, this shortcut will filter your search only for files only.
    Windows key + Q Likewise, this shortcut is a search filter only for Applications.
    Windows key + W Search filtered for Only Settings.
    Windows key + < By holding this keys pair, the user can quickly peep at the desktop.
    Windows key + P This combination will be used if you need to connect to external devices like an external monitor or adjust projector settings.
    Windows key + C Considering Windows 8 is built around charm use, this will be one of the most popular shortcuts. It will show a notification for current date time, battery life and all of the Windows charms on right-side of the screen. These charms will differ depending on your current task.
    Windows key +
    Print Scrn
    This will capture a screenshot of your currently opened screen and it will place the image in your pictures folder. (No more mspaint!)
    Windows key + I This shortcut opens up the Settings Panel. From here users can navigate to areas including the Control Panel, Personalization, PC Info, Network Connectivity, and Power Options for Shutdown or Restart.

  • #2
    Very useful info here mate thanks.

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      Re: Windows Key Shortcuts for Windows 8

      Was searching around and happened across these bits of info for Win8

      • 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 Settings 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 Settings 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 + Shift + . : Move the screen split to the left
      • 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 selected 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 but 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 window
      • Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
      • Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
      • Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
      • Alt + Up Arrow: Move up 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: CD/DVD 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 window or dialog box
      • Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
      • Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
      • Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
      • Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a 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 selected 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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