Keyboard shortcuts are essential to any Windows power user. Keyboard shortcuts may seem very simple and quite often it can take longer to remember the keyboard shortcut than it would to just perform that action the normal way with the mouse. However, once you’ve practiced those shortcuts a few times it will eventually become second nature and you won’t even realize that you’re using them.
Windows 8 has plenty of new keyboard shortcuts as well as all the ones that are currently in Windows 7. This is good news for those of you who have learned off a whole range of Windows 7 shortcuts because they’ll still work in Windows 8. I’ve put together a list of all the shortcuts below, but I’ve separated the new Windows 8 ones from Windows 7 for your convenience.
New Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts
Key Combination Function Windows + X Bring the quick launch menu (Details here) Windows + J Swap foreground between the snapped and filled apps. Windows + / Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion. Windows + Z Open the App Bar. Windows + Ctrl + Tab Cycle through apps and snap them as they cycle. Windows + Shift + Tab Cycle through apps in reverse order. Windows + Tab Cycle through apps. Windows + F Open the File Search app. Windows + W Open the Settings Search app. Windows + Q Open the Search pane. Windows + H Open the Share charm. Windows + K Open the Connect charm (devices). Windows + I Open the Settings charm. Windows + C Open the Charms bar. Windows + . Move the gutter to the right (snap an application). Windows + Shift + . Move the gutter to the left (snap an application). Windows + PgDown Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right. Window + PgUp Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left. Windows + Enter Launch Narrator. Windows+ Shift + V Cycle through Notification toasts in reverse order. Windows + V Cycle through Notification toasts. Windows + , Temporarily peek at the desktop. Windows + Print Screen Screenshot of the current screen and saves in Pictures folder Windows + O Lock device orientation. Windows + Space Switch input language and keyboard layout. Windows Toggles Metro Start Screen
Existing Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
Key Combination Function Alt+F4 Close the current window Windows +Shift Right Move window to right monitor Windows +Shift Left Move window to left monitor Windows +Shift Down Restore vertical size Windows +Shift Up Maximize vertical size of window Windows +Right Snap window to the right side Windows +Down Minimize windows / Restore Windows +Left Snap window to the left side Windows +Up Maximize window Windows +D Toggle showing the desktop Windows +Shift+M Undo all window minimization Windows +M Minimize all open windows Windows +X Launch the Mobility Center Windows + - Zoom out Windows ++ Zoom in Windows +L Lock computer Windows += Start the Magnifier Windows +G Show/Hide desktop gadgets Windows + A number (1, 2, 3..) Open the corresponding taskbar pinned program Windows +P Show the different presentation mode options Ctrl + V Paste Ctrl + C Copy Windows +R Opens Run dialog box Windows + T Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its thumbnail) Shift+Click a pinned taskbar icon Runs a new instance of the program Ctrl+Click a pinned taskbar icon Allows you to cycle through the programs open windows
Windows 8 really has a plethora of keyboard shortcuts so please forgive me if I’ve missed out on any. You’ve also got to remember that different programs have different shortcuts, I’ve only covered the basic Windows operating system shortcuts, otherwise, this list would go on forever. Of course, since we’ve only got the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 to date, there’s still every chance that Microsoft will change some of these shortcuts. I’ll be sure to publish a final version when Windows 8 is brought to the market officially.