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100 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

Windows 8 Specific Keyboard Shortcuts Keystroke Function
Switch between Metro Start screen and the last accessed application +C + Tab +I +H +K +Q +F +W + P +Z + X +O +. + Shift + . +V + Shift + V + PrtScn + Enter PageUp PageDown Esc Ctrl + Esc Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Access the charms bar Access the Metro Taskbar Access the Settings charm Access the Share charm Access the Devices charm Access the Apps Search screen Access the Files Search screen Access the Settings Search screen Access the Second Screen bar Brings up the App Bar when you have a Metro App running Access the Windows Tools Menu Lock screen orientation Move the screen split to the right Move the screen split to the left View all active Toasts/Notifications View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot (#)—incrementing the # with each successive screenshot Launch Narrator Scroll forward on the Metro Start screen Scroll backward on the Metro Start screen Close a charm Switch between Metro Start screen and the last accessed application Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Metro screen

Compiled by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic. All shortcuts are based on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are subject to change with the retail release.

Standard Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Keystroke
+E +R + U + Ctrl + F + Pause/Break + 1..10 + Shift + 1..10 + Ctrl + 1..10 + Alt + 1..10 +B + Ctrl + B +T + M + Shift + M + D + L + Up Arrow + Down Arrow + Home + Left Arrow + Right Arrow + Shift + Up Arrow + Shift + Left/Right Arrow + F1 Alt Alt + D Alt + P Alt + Tab Alt + Shift + Tab Open Computer Open the Run dialog box Open Ease of Access Center Open Find Computers dialog box Open the System page Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number Or, access a running program on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area Cycle through the items on the Taskbar Minimize all windows Restore all minimized windows Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows) Lock computer Maximize current window Minimize/restore current window Minimize all but the current window Tile window on the left side of the screen Tile window on the right side of the screen Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen Move the current window from one monitor to the next Launch Windows Help and Support Display a hidden Menu Bar Select the Address Bar Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer Cycle forward through open windows Cycle backward through open windows

Function

Compiled by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic. All shortcuts are based on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are subject to change with the retail release.

Keystroke
Alt + F4 Alt + Spacebar Alt + Esc Alt + Enter Alt + PrtScn Alt + Up Arrow Alt + Left Arrow Alt + Right Arrow Shift + Insert CD/DVD Shift + Delete Shift + F6 Shift + F10 Shift + Tab Shift + Click Shift + Click on a Taskbar button Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button Ctrl + A Ctrl + C Ctrl + X Ctrl + V Ctrl + D Ctrl + Z Ctrl + Y Ctrl + N Ctrl + W Ctrl + E Ctrl + Shift + N Ctrl + Shift + Esc Ctrl + Alt + Tab Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Function
Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop Access the Shortcut menu for current window Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP) Display the previous folder Display the next folder Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin) Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box Access the context menu for the selected item Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box Select a consecutive group of items Launch a new instance of a program Access the context menu for the selected item Select all items Copy the selected item Cut the selected item Paste the selected item Delete selected item Undo an action Redo an action Open a new window in Windows Explorer Close current window in Windows Explorer Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window Create new folder Open the Windows Task Manager Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows Access the Windows Security screen

Compiled by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic. All shortcuts are based on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are subject to change with the retail release.

Keystroke
Ctrl + Click Ctrl + Click and drag an item Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item Ctrl + Tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F10 F11 Tab PrtScn (Application Key) Home End Delete Backspace Esc Num Lock Enabled + Plus (+) Num Lock Enabled + Minus (-) Num Lock Enabled + Asterisk (*) Press Shift 5 times Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds Select multiple individual items Copies that item in the same folder

Function

Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder Move forward through tabs Move backward through tabs Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator Cycle through the instances of a program in the group Display Help Rename a file Open Search Display the Address Bar list Refresh display Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box Display command history in a Command Prompt Display hidden Menu Bar Toggle full screen display Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box Take a screen shot of the entire screen and place it in the clipboard Access the context menu for the selected item Move to the top of the active window Move to the bottom of the active window Delete the selected item Display the previous folder in Windows Explorer Move up one folder level in Open or Save dialog box Close a dialog box Display the contents of the selected folder Collapse the selected folder Expand all subfolders under the selected folder Turn StickyKeys on or off Turn FilterKeys on or off Turn ToggleKeys on or off

Compiled by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic. All shortcuts are based on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are subject to change with the retail release.