Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Today, I am going to cover the complete new list of keyboard shortcuts that specially work in the latest Windows 8 version. As we know, the Windows 8 comes with numerous new features. The main new feature is the new Metro-UI which is designed for touch. This new interface leaves keyboard and mouse users hanging as Windows 8 is an operating system that is also built to run on ordinary computers as well and not just touch sensitive tablets. Microsoft has therefore included several shortcuts to enable easy reach of needed Metro-UI based utilities that you are not allowed to opt out of.

Please note that this list assumes knowledge of other basic windows keyboard shortcuts and it will not include them.

Windows 8 comes with a new Charms Bar which appears only when you move the mouse pointer to the right side of Windows. You can open this Charms Bar using a keyboard shortcut Windows key+C.

The search keyboard shortcut in Windows 8 is Windows key+F. This will open a Metro-UI search bar and the search results will also load in the Metro-UI.

To change settings in Windows 8, you can use the Windows key+I shortcut to open the Settings panel where you can change all the settings related to apps, volume, wireless networks, shut down and so on.

If you are on Windows 8 Metro-UI, you can go back to the Desktop UI instantly using the Windows key+D shortcut.

Find below a longer list of shortcuts!

  • Windows key – Brings up the Metro-UI start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu. (also known as the ‘Back’ feature of Windows 8)
  • Windows key + B – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and select the tray notification area.
  • Windows key + C – Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
  • Windows key + D – Brings up the old Windows desktop.
  • Windows key + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.
  • Windows key + F – Brings up the Metro File search screen.
  • Windows key + H – Opens the Metro Share panel.
  • Windows key + I – Opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
  • Windows key + J – Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
  • Windows key + K – Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
  • Windows key + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.
  • Windows key + M – Minimize all Windows on the desktop
  • Windows key + O – Locks device orientation.
  • Windows key + P – Choose between available displays.
  • Windows key + Q – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
  • Windows key + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.
  • Windows key + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.
  • Windows key + V – Cycles through toasts.
  • Windows key + W – Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
  • Windows key + X – Launch Power Menu.
  • Windows key + Z – Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
  • Windows key + Page Up / Down – Moves tiles to the left / right.
  • Windows key + Tab – Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications (both Metro and Desktop Applications)
  • Windows key + , (comma) – Aero Peek at the desktop.
  • Windows key + . (period) – Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen. (Right side)
  • Windows key + Shift + . (period) – Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen. (Left side)
  • Windows key + Enter – Launches Narrator
  • Windows key + Arrow Keys – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and enable Aero Snap
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