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Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

Written By Easy Life on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 2/05/2013 01:32:00 PM

Start Screen
Win
Toggle the new start menu on or off
Win+D
Switch to classic Windows desktop
Win+,
Peek at desktop
Select the tile to the left
Select the tile to the right
Win+PgUp
Move tiles to the left
Win+PgDn
Move tiles to the right
Win+B
Switch to classic Windows desktop and select notification tray
Starting Programs
Win+1
Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+2
Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+n
Open the nth program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+Q
Open Application Search panel
Win+F
Open File Search panel
Win+E
Open Explorer
Win+R
Open the Run window 
Ctrl+Shift+Esc
Open Windows Task Manager
Charms, Share, Search, Settings, and other Panels
Win+C
Open Charms panel to search, share, and change settings
Win+H
Open Share panel
Win+I
Open Settings panel to change settings for the current application, volume, wireless networks, shut down
Win+P
Open Projection panel (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
Win+K
Open Devices panel for connecting to a projector or other device
Win+Z
Open the current application's application bar
Win+Q
Open Application Search panel
Win+W
Open Settings Search panel
Win+F
Open File Search panel
Managing Windows
Win+Tab
Switch between Metro applications
Win+.
Snap current Metro application to the right
Win+Shift.
Snap current Metro application to the left
Win+J
Cycle through snapped Metro applications
Alt+F4
Close the active window
Alt+Tab
Switch to previous active window
Alt+Esc
Cycle through all open windows
Win+T
Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
Win+M
Minimize all open windows
Win+D
Toggle showing the desktop
Win+
Maximize the current window
Win+
If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it
Win+
Dock the current window to the left half of the screen
*If it is already docked left, it is moved to the right half of the screen
*If it is already docked right, it is restored to its original size
Win+
Dock the current window to the right half of the screen
*If it is already docked right, it is moved to the left half of the screen
*If it is already docked left, it is restored to its original size
Win+Shift+
Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+
Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Home
Minimize all but the current window (press again to undo)
Win+Y
Peek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign]
Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign]
Zoom out
Win+V
Cycle through toasts
Win+ShiftV
Cycle in reverse through toasts
Taskbar Modifiers
Shift+Click
Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Click
Cycle between windows in a group
Middle Click
Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Shift+Click
Open a new instance of the program as Administrator
Shift+Right-Click
Show window menu
Viewing Folders With Explorer
Alt+P
Show/hide the preview pane
Alt+
Go back
Alt+
Go forward
Alt+
Go up a directory
Alt+D
Move focus to address bar
Alt+D, Tab
Move focus to search bar
Alt+Enter
Open the Properties window of the current selection
Ctrl+Mousewheel
Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)
Alt+P
Show/hide the preview pane
Other
Win+L
Lock computer
Win+B
Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)
Win+O
Lock device orientation (landscape/portrait); for devices with a gyroscope
Win+Space
Switch input language and keyboard layout
Win+Enter
Open Narrator
Win+Pause
Open the System Properties portion from the Control Panel

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