Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

Been using Windows 8 for the last couple of hours. I’m very impressed with the OS thus far. My only hiccups have been (1) unable to install development tools [having a C++ runtime error] and (2) NVidia doesn’t seem to have advanced drivers for the OS … at least not for my older video card. None the less the experience is awesome.

One thing I’ve noticed that most Windows users don’t make use of is the short cut keys. I’ve found that on Windows 7 this make me hugely more productive not having to take my hand off the keyboard or God forbid, have to drag my hands over and over again across the god awful track pad (love the latitude’s track stick). This is even more important when using Windows 8 on the desktop.

So for all you power users out there here are a list of windows shortcut keys.

Windows Start Screen (New Windows Shell)

 

WINKEY – Toggles between the Start screen and the foremost running app (Metro-style) or the Windows Desktop.

WINKEY + 1, WINKEY + 2, etc. – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the nth shortcut in the Windows taskbar. So WINKEY + 1 would launch whichever application is first in the list, from left to right.

WINKEY + B – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and select the tray notification area.

WINKEY + C – Display Charms and time/date/notification overlay. (Note that this shortcut displays the charms in the lower left of the screen and not on the right as would be the case using touch.)

WINKEY + D – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and toggle Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows).

WINKEY + E. Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

 

Windows Desktop (Classic Windows Desktop)

 

WINKEY – Toggles between the Windows desktop environment and the new Start screen.

WINKEY + 1, WINKEY + 2, etc. – Launch the nth shortcut in the Windows taskbar. So WINKEY + 1 would launch whichever application is first in the list, from left to right.

WINKEY + B – Select the tray notification area.

WINKEY + C – Display Charms and time/date/notification overlay.

WINKEY + D – Toggle Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows).

WINKEY + E. Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.

WINKEY + F – Search Files using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + I – Display Settings pane for Windows Desktop (also provides access to Networks, Volume, Screen Brightness, Notifications, Power, and Language).

WINKEY + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.

WINKEY + M – Minimize the selected Explorer window.

WINKEY + O – Toggle orientation switching on slate and tablet PCs.

WINKEY + P – Display the new Project (for “projection”) pane for choosing between available displays.

WINKEY + Q – Search (within) Apps using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + R – Display Run box.

WINKEY + U – Launch Ease of Access Center.

WINKEY + W – Search Settings using the new Windows Search pane.

WINKEY + X – Display Windows Mobility Center application.

WINKEY + ARROW KEYS – Aero Snap

 

Have fun working in Windows 8!

 

— Cheers

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