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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Important Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut



Microsoft’snew OS was designed with both tablet and PC users in mind. While touchscreen users can swipe and tap their way through the redesigned platform, those who prefer the the traditional PC might find the system a bit unwieldy, awkward, and a downright pain to navigate. Fortunately, Microsoft has upheld its commitment to integrated keyboard shortcuts to make our lives a bit easier, creating efficient shortcuts that are both quick and incredibly convenient.
If you are new to the shortcut game, keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that perform different tasks in lieu of a mouse. Here are some of the most useful Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts to date. 
New Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8 opened up a world of new keyboard shortcuts to better navigate and utilize the new operating system’s interface and features. Below is a set of some of the new keyboard functions available for Windows 8users. Be sure to hold down the Windows key ( ) to the left of the spacebar before punching the appropriate letter or key. Refer back to the chart as needed – memorization will come in time.

Keyboard shortcut
Function
 + 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
 + C
Open the charms menu
 + F
Open the Search charm to search files
 + H
Open the Share charm
 + I
Open the Settings charm
 + J
Switch the main app and snapped app
 + K
Open the Devices charm
 + O
Lock the screen orientation
 + Q
Open the Search charm to search apps
 + W
Open the Search charm to search settings
 + Z
Show the commands available in the app
 + spacebar
Switch input language and keyboard layout
 + Ctrl + spacebar
Change to previously selected input
 + Tab
Cycle through open apps
 + Ctrl + Tab
Cycle through open apps and snap them as they are cycled
 + Shift + Tab
Cycle through open apps in reverse order
 + Pg Up
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left
 + Pg Dn
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right
 + Shift + Period (“.”)
Snaps apps to the left
 + Period (“.”)
Snaps apps to the right
Esc
Stop or exit the current task

General Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts
There is also a host of returning keyboard shortcuts to go along with all the new Windows 8 shortcuts. The following are some of the most basic, general, and sought-after keyboard shortcuts for general day-to-day use for Windows users. Again, be sure to hold down the Windows key () to the left of the spacebar before punching the appropriate letter or key, and commit these shortcuts to memory.

Keyboard shortcut


Function

Display or Hide the Start screen
 + Esc
Exit Magnifier
 + B
Set focus in the notification area
 + D
Display and hide desktop
 + E
Open Computer
 + G
Cycle through Gadgets on the desktop
 + L
Lock your PC or switch users
 + M
Minimize all windows
 + Shift + M
Restore minimized windows on the desktop
 + P
Choose a presentation display mood
 + R
Open the Run dialogue box
 + T
Cycle through apps on the taskbar
 + V
Cycle through notifications
 + Shift + V
Cycle through notifications in reverse order
 + X
Open the Quick Link menu
 + F1
Open Windows Help and Support
 + Up arrow
Maximize the desktop window
 + Down arrow
Minimize the desktop window
 + plus (“+”) or minus (“-”)
Zoom in or out using Magnifier
Alt + F4
Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + Enter
Display properties for the selected item
Control + C
Copy the selected item
Control + X
Cut the selected item
Control + V
Paste the selected item
Control + Y
Redo an action
Control + Z
Undo an action
F1
Display Help
F2
Rename the selected item
F3
Search for a file or folder
F4
Display the address bar list in the File Explorer
F5
Refresh the active window
F10
Activate the menu bar in the active app

Do these shortcuts make Windows 8 a bit easier to get around? Which ones do you find particularly helpful? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to head over to the Window support site for the full rundown of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.

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