Windows 8 shortcut keys

Windows 8

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Open the Charms WINKEY KEY+C
Upvote4 0 Open the Share charm WINKEY KEY+H
Upvote4 0 Open the Devices charm WINKEY KEY+K
Upvote4 0 Open the Settings charm WINKEY KEY+I
Upvote4 0 Open the Search charm to search files WINKEY KEY+F
Upvote4 0 Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen CTRL+PLUS OR CTRL+MINUS OR CTRL+SCROLL WHEEL
Upvote4 0 Open the commands for the app WINKEY KEY+C
Upvote4 0 Switch the main app and snapped app WINKEY KEY+J
Upvote4 0 Lock the device orientation WINKEY KEY+O
Upvote4 0 Open the Search charm to search apps WINKEY KEY+Q
Upvote4 0 Loop through notifications WINKEY KEY+V
Upvote4 0 Loop through notifications in reverse order WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+V
Upvote4 0 Open the Search charm to search settings WINKEY KEY+W
Upvote4 0 Temporarily peek at the desktop WINKEY KEY+,
Upvote4 0 Show the commands available in the app WINKEY KEY+Z
Upvote4 0 Switch input language and keyboard layout WINKEY KEY+SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Change to a previously selected input WINKEY KEY+CTRL+SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Loop through open apps (except desktop apps) WINKEY KEY+TAB
Upvote4 0 Loop through open apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled WINKEY KEY+CTRL+TAB
Upvote4 0 Loop through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+TAB
Upvote4 0 Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors) WINKEY KEY+PGUP
Upvote4 0 Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors) WINKEY KEY+PGDOWN
Upvote4 0 Snaps an app to the left WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+PERIOD (.)
Upvote4 0 Snaps an app to the right
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Upvote4 0 refresh F5
Upvote4 0 close app ALT+W
Upvote4 0 grapics view WINKEY+TAB
Upvote4 0 shut down ALT+F4
Upvote4 0 volume ALT+F12
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Basic

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Display Help F1
Upvote4 0 Rename F2
Upvote4 0 Search F3
Upvote4 0 Show address bar in Explorer F4
Upvote4 0 Refresh F5
Upvote4 0 Loop through screen elements in a window or on the desktop F6
Upvote4 0 Activate the menu bar in the active app F10
Upvote4 0 Close the active item, or exit the active app ALT+F4
Upvote4 0 Loop through items in the order in which they were opened ALT+ESC
Upvote4 0 Perform the command for that letter ALT+UNDERLINED LETTER
Upvote4 0 Display properties for the selected item ALT+ENTER
Upvote4 0 Open the shortcut menu for the active window ALT+SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Back ALT+LEFT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Forward ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Move up one screen ALT+PAGE UP
Upvote4 0 Move down one screen ALT+PAGE DOWN
Upvote4 0 Switch between open apps (except desktop apps) ALT+TAB
Upvote4 0 Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously) CTRL+F4
Upvote4 0 Select all items in a document or window CTRL+A
Upvote4 0 Copy the selected item CTRL+C (OR CTRL+INSERT)
Upvote4 0 Refresh the active window CTRL+R (OR F5)
Upvote4 0 Paste the selected item CTRL+V (OR SHIFT+INSERT)
Upvote4 0 Cut the selected item CTRL+X
Upvote4 0 Undo an action CTRL+Z
Upvote4 0 Redo an action CTRL+Y
Upvote4 0 Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen CTRL+PLUS (+) OR CTRL+MINUS (-)
Upvote4 0 Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen CTRL+SCROLL WHEEL
Upvote4 0 Change the size of desktop icons CTRL+ MOUSE SCROLL WHEEL
Upvote4 0 Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Upvote4 0 Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph CTRL+UP ARROW
Upvote4 0 Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps CTRL+ALT+TAB
Upvote4 0 Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop CTRL WITH AN ARROW KEY+SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Select a block of text CTRL+SHIFT WITH AN ARROW KEY
Upvote4 0 Open the Start screen CTRL+ESC
Upvote4 0 Open Task Manager CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
Upvote4 0 Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled CTRL+SHIFT
Upvote4 0 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item SHIFT+F10
Upvote4 0 Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document SHIFT WITH ANY ARROW KEY
Upvote4 0 Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first SHIFT+DELETE
Upvote4 0 Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu LEFT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Cancel the current task ESC
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+start typing SEARCH YOUR PC
Upvote4 0 Ctrl+plus or Ctrl+minus ZOOM IN OR OUT OF A LARGE NUMBER OF ITEMS, LIKE APPS PINNED TO T
Upvote4 0 Ctrl+scroll wheel ZOOM IN OR OUT OF A LARGE NUMBER OF ITEMS, LIKE APPS PINNED TO T
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+C OPEN THE CHARMS
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+F OPEN THE SEARCH CHARM TO SEARCH FILES
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+H OPEN THE SHARE CHARM
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+I OPEN THE SETTINGS CHARM
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+J SWITCH THE MAIN APP AND SNAPPED APP
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+K OPEN THE DEVICES CHARM
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+O LOCK THE SCREEN ORIENTATION (PORTRAIT OR LANDSCAPE)
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Q OPEN THE SEARCH CHARM TO SEARCH APPS
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+W OPEN THE SEARCH CHARM TO SEARCH SETTINGS
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Z SHOW THE COMMANDS AVAILABLE IN THE APP
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Spacebar SWITCH INPUT LANGUAGE AND KEYBOARD LAYOUT
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Ctrl+spacebar CHANGE TO A PREVIOUSLY SELECTED INPUT
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Tab CYCLE THROUGH OPEN APPS (EXCEPT DESKTOP APPS)
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Ctrl+Tab CYCLE THROUGH OPEN APPS (EXCEPT DESKTOP APPS) AND SNAP THEM AS T
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Shift+Tab CYCLE THROUGH OPEN APPS (EXCEPT DESKTOP APPS) IN REVERSE ORDER
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+PgUp MOVE THE START SCREEN AND APPS TO THE MONITOR ON THE LEFT (APPS
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+PgDown MOVE THE START SCREEN AND APPS TO THE MONITOR ON THE RIGHT (APPS
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+Shift+period SNAPS AN APP TO THE LEFT
Upvote4 0 Windows Key+period SNAPS AN APP TO THE RIGHT
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Dialogs

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Display Help F1
Upvote4 0 Display the items in the active list F4
Upvote4 0 Move forward through tabs CTRL+TAB
Upvote4 0 Move back through tabs CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Upvote4 0 Move to Nth tab CTRL+N (NUMBER 1-9)
Upvote4 0 Move forward through options TAB
Upvote4 0 Move back through options SHIFT+TAB
Upvote4 0 Perform the command or select the option for that letter ALT+UNDERLINED LETTER
Upvote4 0 Replace clicking the mouse for many selected commands ENTER
Upvote4 0 Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box BACKSPACE
Upvote4 0 Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons ARROW KEYS
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Windows logo

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Windows key keyboard shortcuts
Upvote4 0 Open Windows Help and Support WINKEY KEY+F1
Upvote4 0 Display or hide the Start menu WINKEY KEY
Upvote4 0 Set focus in the notification area WINKEY KEY+B
Upvote4 0 Open the Charms WINKEY KEY+C
Upvote4 0 Open the commands for the app WINKEY KEY+C
Upvote4 0 Display and hides the desktop WINKEY KEY+D
Upvote4 0 Open Computer WINKEY KEY+E
Upvote4 0 Open the Search charm and search file WINKEY KEY+F
Upvote4 0 Cycle through gadgets on the desktop WINKEY KEY+G
Upvote4 0 Open the Share charm WINKEY KEY+H
Upvote4 0 Open the Settings charm WINKEY KEY+I
Upvote4 0 Switch the main app and snapped app WINKEY KEY+J
Upvote4 0 Open the Devices charm WINKEY KEY+K
Upvote4 0 Lock your PC or switch users WINKEY KEY+L
Upvote4 0 Minimize all windows WINKEY KEY+M
Upvote4 0 Lock device orientation WINKEY KEY+O
Upvote4 0 Choose a presentation display mode WINKEY KEY+P
Upvote4 0 Open the Search charm and search apps WINKEY KEY+Q
Upvote4 0 Open the Run dialog box WINKEY KEY+R
Upvote4 0 Cycle through apps on the taskbar WINKEY KEY+T
Upvote4 0 Open Ease of Access Center WINKEY KEY+U
Upvote4 0 Cycle through notifications WINKEY KEY+V
Upvote4 0 Cycle through notifications in reverse order WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+V
Upvote4 0 Open the Search charm and search settings WINKEY KEY+W
Upvote4 0 Opens the Quick Link menu WINKEY KEY+X
Upvote4 0 Temporarily peek at the desktop WINKEY KEY+,
Upvote4 0 Show the commands available in the app WINKEY KEY+Z
Upvote4 0 Display the System Properties dialog box WINKEY KEY+PAUSE
Upvote4 0 Search for PCs (if you're on a network) WINKEY KEY+CTRL+F
Upvote4 0 Restore minimized windows on the desktop WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+M
Upvote4 0 Start the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app. WINKEY KEY+NUMBER
Upvote4 0 Start a new instance of the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+NUMBER
Upvote4 0 Switch to the last active window of the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number WINKEY KEY+CTRL+NUMBER
Upvote4 0 Open the Jump List for the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number WINKEY KEY+ALT+NUMBER
Upvote4 0 Open a new instance of the desktop app located at the given position on the taskbar as admin WINKEY KEY+CTRL+SHIFT+NUMBER
Upvote4 0 Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) WINKEY KEY+TAB
Upvote4 0 Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled WINKEY KEY+CTRL+TAB
Upvote4 0 Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area WINKEY KEY+CTRL+B
Upvote4 0 Maximize the desktop window WINKEY KEY+UP ARROW
Upvote4 0 Minimize the desktop window
Upvote4 0 Maximize the desktop window to the left side of the screen WINKEY KEY+LEFT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Maximize the desktop window to the right side of the screen WINKEY KEY+RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke) WINKEY KEY+HOME
Upvote4 0 Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+UP ARROW
Upvote4 0 Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Upvote4 0 Move a window in the desktop from one monitor to another WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW OR RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Switch input language and keyboard layout WINKEY KEY+SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Change to a previously selected input WINKEY KEY+CTRL+SPACEBAR
Upvote4 0 Open Narrator WINKEY KEY+ENTER
Upvote4 0 Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors) WINKEY KEY+PGUP
Upvote4 0 Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors) WINKEY KEY+PGDOWN
Upvote4 0 Snaps an app to the left WINKEY KEY+SHIFT+PERIOD (.)
Upvote4 0 Snaps an app to the right WINKEY KEY+PERIOD (.)
Upvote4 0 Cycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) WINKEY KEY+TAB
Upvote4 0 Cycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Upvote4 0 Cycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled WINKEY KEY+CTRL+TAB
Upvote4 0 Initiate IME reconversion WINKEY KEY+/
Upvote4 0 Opens Windows Media Center WINKEY KEY+ALT+ENTER
Upvote4 0 Zoom in or out (in Magnifier) WINKEY KEY+PLUS (+) OR MINUS (-)
Upvote4 0 Exit Magnifier WINKEY KEY+ESC
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Explorer

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Select the address bar ALT+D
Upvote4 0 Select the search box CTRL+E
Upvote4 0 Select the search box CTRL+F
Upvote4 0 Open a new window CTRL+N
Upvote4 0 Close the current window CTRL+W
Upvote4 0 Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons CTRL+MOUSE SCROLL WHEEL
Upvote4 0 Display all folders above the selected folder CTRL+SHIFT+E
Upvote4 0 Create a new folder CTRL+SHIFT+N
Upvote4 0 Display all subfolders under the selected folder NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*)
Upvote4 0 Display the contents of the selected folder NUM LOCK+PLUS (+)
Upvote4 0 Collapse the selected folder NUM LOCK+MINUS (-)
Upvote4 0 Display the preview pane ALT+P
Upvote4 0 Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item ALT+ENTER
Upvote4 0 View the next folder ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 View the parent folder ALT+UP ARROW
Upvote4 0 View the previous folder ALT+LEFT ARROW
Upvote4 0 View the previous folder BACKSPACE
Upvote4 0 Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder LEFT ARROW
Upvote4 0 Display the bottom of the active window END
Upvote4 0 Display the top of the active window HOME
Upvote4 0 Maximize or minimize the active window F11
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Taskbar

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Open a app or quickly open another instance of a app SHIFT+CLICK ON A TASKBAR BUTTON
Upvote4 0 Open a app as an administrator CTRL+SHIFT+CLICK ON A TASKBAR BUTTON
Upvote4 0 Show the window menu for the app SHIFT+RIGHT-CLICK ON A TASKBAR BUTTON
Upvote4 0 Show the window menu for the group SHIFT+RIGHT-CLICK ON A GROUPED TASKBAR BUTTON
Upvote4 0 Cycle through the windows of the group CTRL+CLICK ON A GROUPED TASKBAR BUTTON
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Ease of Access

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Turn Filter Keys on and off RIGHT SHIFT FOR EIGHT SECONDS
Upvote4 0 Turn High Contrast on or off LEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+PRTSCN
Upvote4 0 Turn Mouse Keys on or off LEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+NUM LOCK
Upvote4 0 Turn Sticky Keys on or off SHIFT FIVE TIMES
Upvote4 0 Turn Toggle Keys on or off NUM LOCK FOR FIVE SECONDS
Upvote4 0 Open the Ease of Access Center WINKEY KEY+U
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Magnifier

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Zoom in or out WINKEY KEY+PLUS (+) OR MINUS (-)
Upvote4 0 Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Upvote4 0 Switch to docked mode CTRL+ALT+D
Upvote4 0 Switch to full-screen mode CTRL+ALT+F
Upvote4 0 Invert colors CTRL+ALT+I
Upvote4 0 Switch to lens mode CTRL+ALT+L
Upvote4 0 Resize the lens CTRL+ALT+R
Upvote4 0 Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Upvote4 0 Exit Magnifier WINKEY KEY+ESC
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Remote Desktop

Useful Description Keys
Upvote4 0 Move between apps from left to right ALT+PAGE UP
Upvote4 0 Move between apps from right to left ALT+PAGE DOWN
Upvote4 0 Cycle through apps in the order that they were started in ALT+INSERT
Upvote4 0 Display the Start menu ALT+HOME
Upvote4 0 Switch between a window and full screen CTRL+ALT+BREAK
Upvote4 0 Display the Windows Security dialog box CTRL+ALT+END
Upvote4 0 Display the system menu ALT+DELETE
Upvote4 0 Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local PC). CTRL+ALT+MINUS (-) ON THE NUMERIC KEYPAD
Upvote4 0 Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local PC). CTRL+ALT+PLUS (+) ON THE NUMERIC KEYPAD
Upvote4 0 “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app. CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Upvote4 0 “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app. CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW
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