Thursday, July 05, 2012

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

I’m a big believer in short-cut keys, moving your hand to your mouse, moving the mouse, and then back to the keyboard is inefficient.  If you can save a few seconds using keyboard shortcuts, and you do this constantly during the day, it’ll save you time. 

imageFurthermore, as we approach Windows 8, and you end up getting that fancy touch screen, it’s going to be even more important to use keyboard short cuts.  In fact, you can navigate Windows 8 much better with the keyboard than the mouse if you don’t have a touch screen.

So, let’s take a refresher on our keyboard shortcuts:

Shortcut

Action

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

Starts Task Manager.

Windows (tap)

Toggles between the Start screen and the foremost running app (Metro-style) or the Windows Desktop.

Windows+,

Peeks at the Windows desktop.

Windows+.

Snaps application to the left.

Windows+/

Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion.

Windows+1, Windows+2, etc.

Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the nth shortcut in the Windows taskbar. So WINKEY + 1 would launch whichever application is first in the list, from left to right.

Windows+Arrow Keys

Aero Snap.

Windows+B

Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and select the tray notification area.

Windows+C

Display Charms and time/date/notification overlay.

Windows+Ctrl+Tab

Cycle through apps, snapping them as you go.

Windows+D

Toggle Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows).

Windows+E

Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

Windows+Enter

Launch Narrator.

Windows+F

Search Files using the new Windows Search pane.

Windows+H

Open the Share charm.

Windows+I

Display Settings charm.

Windows+J

Swap foreground between the snapped and filled apps.

Windows+K

Display Connect charm.

Windows+L

Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

Windows+M

Minimize the selected Explorer window.

Windows+O

Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs.

Windows+P

Display the new Project (for "projection") pane for choosing between available displays.

Windows+PgDown

Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right.

Windows+PgUp

Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left.

Windows+Q

Open the Search pane.

Windows+R

Display Run box.

Windows+Shift-.

Move the gutter to the left (snap an application).

Windows+Shift+.

Snaps application to the right.

Windows+Shift+Tab

Cycle through apps in reverse order.

Windows+Shift+V

Cycles through Notification toasts in reverse order.

Windows+Spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout.

Windows+Tab

Cycle through apps.

Windows+U

Launch Ease of Access Center.

Windows+V

Cycles through Notification toasts.

Windows+W

Display Settings Search pane

Windows+X

Access the advanced context menu on the Start preview tip.

Windows+Z

Open the App Bar.

Happy Keyboarding!

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