30 Useful Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 has been available for consumers for almost a couple months now.  If you use computers a lot, you may prefer to use keyboard shortcuts for various functions rather than depending heavily on the mouse.  Below is a list of some of the most useful Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts.

Ctrl and + = Zoom in

Ctrl and - = Zoom out

 

Windows Logo Key = Pulls up the start menu to search your PC

Windows Logo Key and Tab = Task Switcher to toggle between apps

Windows Logo Key and Ctrl and Tab = Lets you cycle through open apps and snap them

Windows Logo Key and Shift and Tab = Lets you cycle through open apps in reverse order

Windows Logo Key and PrtSc = Captures a screenshot and saves it to Pictures folder

 

Windows Logo Key and PgUp = Moves the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left

Windows Logo Key and PgDown = Moves the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right

 

Windows Logo Key and . = Snaps an app to the right

Windows and Shift and . = Snap an app to the left

Windows Logo Key and Spacebar = Switches the input language and keyboard layout

Windows Logo Key and Ctrl and Spacebar = Changes to the previously selected input

Windows Logo Key and 1 = Display the Settings for the app that you have pulled up — For example, if you are using Internet Explorer, it will show Internet options.

Windows Logo Key and C = Display the Charm menu for searching, sharing, and settings

Windows Logo Key and D = Views in desktop mode

Windows Logo Key and E = Opens up Windows Explorer

Windows Logo Key and F = Open Search charm to find files

Windows Logo Key and H = Open the Share charm — For example, when using this keyboard shortcut on Bing Maps, it will let you e-mail or share map information on social networks.

Windows Logo Key and I = Open the Settings charm

Windows Logo Key and J = Switches the main app and the snapped app

Windows Logo Key and K = Opens the Devices charm

Windows Logo Key and M = Opens up desktop mode and minimizes all the windows.

Windows Logo Key and O = Locks the screen orientation to either portrait or landscape

Windows Logo Key and P = Connecting to a second screen — For example, pulling up a PowerPoint presentation on a projector

Windows Logo Key and Q = Opens the Search charm to search apps

Windows Logo Key and R = Opens the Run menu to launch programs by typing in executable file names like “explorer” and “winword.”

Windows Logo Key and W = Opens the Search charm to search settings

Windows Logo Key and X = Advanced system options like task manager, file explorer, control panel, etc.

Windows Logo Key and Z = Shows the commands that are available in the app

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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