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    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Exhaustive List – Windows 8 Accelarator Keys


    Windows 8 was recently released. Let me tell you that this is quite a different interface (Windows 8 has a tiled interface) to its predecessor Microsoft OS and getting used with it will going to take time. This is where below Exhaustive List of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts or Accelarator keys will come to your rescue…

    Click here for List of Windows 7 Shortcut Keys

    Microsoft has come with a long list of Keyboard Shorcuts for Windows 8 so that users can get used to it and start using the interface in a better way.

    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Exhaustive List - Windows 8 Accelarator Keys

    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Exhaustive List – Windows 8 Accelarator Keys

    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts Extensive List or Windows 8 Accelarator Keys

    Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
    Windows key + C: Access the charms bar
    Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar
    Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm
    Windows key + H: Access the Share charm
    Windows key + K: Access the Devices charm
    Windows key + Q: Access the Apps Search screen
    Windows key + F: Access the Files Search screen
    Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen
    Windows key + P: Access the Second Screen bar
    Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running
    Windows key + X: Access the Windows Tools Menu
    Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation
    Windows key + . : Move the screen split to the right
    Windows key + Shift + . : Move the screen split to the left
    Windows key + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications
    Windows key + Shift + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
    Windows key + PrtScn: Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot
    Windows key + Enter: Launch Narrator
    Windows key + E: Open Computer
    Windows key + R: Open the Run dialog box
    Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access Center
    Windows key + Ctrl + F: Open Find Computers dialog box
    Windows key + Pause/Break: Open the System page
    Windows key + 1..10: Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + Shift + 1..10: Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + Ctrl + 1..10: Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + Alt + 1..10: Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + B: 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
    Windows key + Ctrl + B: Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
    Windows key + T: Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
    Windows key + M: Minimize all windows
    Windows key + Shift + M: Restore all minimized windows
    Windows key + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)
    Windows key + L: Lock computer
    Windows key + Up Arrow: Maximize current window
    Windows key + Down Arrow: Minimize/restore current window
    Windows key + Home: Minimize all but the current window
    Windows key + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
    Windows key + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
    Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
    Windows key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: Move the current window from one monitor to the next
    Windows key + F1: Launch Windows Help and Support

    PageUp: Scroll forward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
    PageDown: Scroll backward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
    Esc: Close a charm
    Ctrl + Esc: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
    Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel: Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Modern Desktop screen

    Alt: Display a hidden Menu Bar
    Alt + D: Select the Address Bar
    Alt + P: Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
    Alt + Tab: Cycle forward through open windows
    Alt + Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through open windows
    Alt + F: Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
    Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window
    Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
    Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
    Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
    Alt + Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
    Alt + Left Arrow: Display the previous folder
    Alt + Right Arrow: Display the next folder
    Shift + Insert: CD/DVD Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
    Shift + Delete: Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
    Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
    Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
    Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
    Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
    Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program
    Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item
    Ctrl + A: Select all items
    Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item
    Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item
    Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item
    Ctrl + D: Delete selected item
    Ctrl + Z: Undo an action
    Ctrl + Y: Redo an action
    Ctrl + N: Open a new window in Windows Explorer
    Ctrl + W: Close current window in Windows Explorer
    Ctrl + E: Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
    Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new folder
    Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open the Windows Task Manager
    Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows
    Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Access the Windows Security screen
    Ctrl + Click: Select multiple individual items
    Ctrl + Click and drag an item: Copies that item in the same folder
    Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item: Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
    Ctrl + Tab: Move forward through tabs
    Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move backward through tabs
    Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator
    Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button: Cycle through the instances of a program in the group
    F1: Display Help
    F2: Rename a file
    F3: Open Search
    F4: Display the Address Bar list
    F5: Refresh display
    F6: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
    F7: Display command history in a Command Prompt
    F10: Display hidden Menu Bar
    F11: Toggle full screen display
    Tab: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
    PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the entire screen and place it in the clipboard
    Home: Move to the top of the active window
    End: Move to the bottom of the active window
    Delete: Delete the selected item
    Backspace: Display the previous folder in Windows Explorer Move up one folder level in Open or Save dialog box
    Esc: Close a dialog box
    Num Lock Enabled + Plus (+): Display the contents of the selected folder
    Num Lock Enabled + Minus (-): Collapse the selected folder
    Num Lock Enabled + Asterisk (*): Expand all subfolders under the selected folder

    Press Shift 5 times Turn StickyKeys on or off
    Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds Turn FilterKeys on or off
    Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds Turn ToggleKeys on or off

    Hope the above list of Windows 8 Shortcuts will help you to operate smoothly and efficiently. I have to admit its a huge list. You can memorize few of your best ones and start using them.

    If you know more Windows 8 Shortcuts keys which are missing above, Please share by leaving a comment.

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    2 Comments

    1. Great list! thanks for all keyboard shortcuts. I am unaware with much of them……..

    2. Abhishek says:

      Nice List Man,

      Thank God I’m Stickd to Windows 7 !!

      This is gonna take long time to memorize these new shortcuts.

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