Your comprehensive guide to keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys, which on pressing allows us to do things, that usually requires such actions from pointing devices such as a mouse. Using these shortcut keys saves us a lot of time since we can do our intended task in a shorter period of time. Microsoft has included support for a lot of shortcut keys in Windows 8, more than pretty much any of its versions of Windows before. We can’t list them all, as it would make for a list so long most of you guys would stop reading halfway through, but we will be showing you most of the really useful shortcut key combinations for Windows 8. Also, a lot of these shortcut keys work in other versions of Windows as well.

 

New keyboard shortcuts

 

Win+start typing = Search your PC

Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-) = Zoom in or out of a large number of items

Ctrl+scroll wheel = Zoom in or out of a large number of items

Win+C = Open the charms, open the commands for an app

Win+F = Open the Search charm to search files

Win+H = Open the Share charm

Win+I = Open the Settings charm

Win+K = Open the Devices charm

Win+O = Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

Win+Q = Open the Search charm to search everywhere

Win+S = Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web

Win+W = Open the Search charm to search settings

Win+Z = Show the commands available in the app

Win+spacebar = Switch input language and keyboard layout

Win+Ctrl+spacebar = Change to a previously selected input

Win+Tab = Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

Win+Ctrl+Tab = Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

Win+Shift+Tab = Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

Win+Shift+period (.) = Snaps an app to the left

Win+period (.) = Cycle through open apps

Esc = Stop or exit the current task

 

General shortcuts

 

                                                                                                     

F1 = Display Help

F2 = Rename the selected item

F3 = Search for a file or folder

F4 = Display the address bar list in File Explorer

F5 = Refresh the active window

F6 = Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F10 = Activate the Menu bar in the active app

Alt+F4 = Close the active item, or exit the active app

Alt+Esc = Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

Alt+underlined letter = Perform the command for that letter

Alt+Enter = Display properties for the selected item

Alt+Spacebar = Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Alt+Left arrow = Back

Alt+Right arrow = Forward

Alt+Page Up = Move up one screen

Alt+Page Down = Move down one screen

Alt+Tab = Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)

Ctrl+F4 = Close the active document

Ctrl+A = Select all items in a document or window

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert) = Copy the selected item

Ctrl+D (or Delete) = Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Ctrl+R (or F5) = Refresh the active window

Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) = Paste the selected item

Ctrl+X = Cut the selected item

Ctrl+Y = Redo an action

Ctrl+Z = Undo an action

Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-) = Zoom in or out of a large number of items

Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel = Change the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out

Ctrl+Right arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl+Left arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl+Down arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Up arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl+Alt+Tab = Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps

Ctrl+arrow key (to move to an item)+Spacebar = Select multiple items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key = Select a block of text

Ctrl+Esc = Open the Start screen

Ctrl+Shift+Esc = Open Task Manager

Ctrl+Shift = Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available

Ctrl+Spacebar = Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off

Shift+F10 = Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Shift with any arrow key = Select more than one item, or select text within a document

Shift+Delete = Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first


Abdullah Akbar

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