Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts list Win+spacebar : Switch input language and keyboard layout Win+X : Access Power User Tasks Menu Win+, (comma) : Temporarily peek at the desktop Win+M: Opens Desktop Win+O : Locks device orientation Win+V : Cycles through toasts Win+Shift+V : Cycles through toasts in reverse order Win+Enter : Launches Narrator Win+PgUp : Moves tiles to the left Win+PgDn : Moves tiles to the right Win+Shift+. : Moves the split to the left Win+PrtScr : Copies the current screen and saves it as a PNG file in the default Pictures folder Win+D : Show Desktop Win+. : Moves the split to the right Win+F : Opens File Search App Win+C : Opens Charms Bar Win+E : Opens Windows Explorer Win+R : Opens Run Win+I : Opens Settings charm Win+K : Opens Connect charm Win+H : Opens Share charm Win+Q :Opens Search pane Win+W : Opens Settings Search app Win+L : Lock computer Win+Z : Opens App Bar. CTL+ESC : Toggles between Desktop and Metro Start Ctrl-Alt-Delete : Opns a screen with options to shut down, switch users, log off or quickly open the Task Manager Left-click on the Start screen brings up options to unpin, resize and uninstall apps Alt-Tab cycles through apps in sequence Just start typing with a keyboard in the Start screen to quickly search and launch applications. Find additional applications (e.g. accessories generally found in the Start menu) can be found in the application list by clicking on the “Search” charm. New shell keyboard shortcuts: -WIN+Q for application search -WIN+W for settings search -WIN+F for files search -WIN+I for “settings” charm -WIN+O for rotation lock -WIN+C to bring up simple “Start menu” and time/date Most old shell keyboard shortcuts also work: e.g. WIN+D activates desktop, WIN+R opens “Run”, WIN+L locks user. WIN+E opens Explorer. In mouse mode, activate the options/charms by moving the mouse to the bottom left edge (where the Windows button used to be). In mouse mode, right clicking activates in-app options. With a keyboard, you can use the arrow keys and page up/down to select tiles. Enter launches them. The “menu” button (the key with a drop down) selects them. Make sure to check the “settings” charm in applications to reveal app-specific settings. Enable the “high contrast” mode in Control Panel > Ease of Access to see a dark themed Start screen (above) Key Function Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peek at the desktop Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator Windows logo key+F Opens File Search App Windows logo key+I Opens Settings charm Windows logo key+K Opens Connect charm Windows logo key+H Opens Share charm Windows logo key+Q Opens Search pane Windows logo key+W Opens Settings Search app Windows logo key+Z Toggle App Bar Windows logo key+C Toggle Control menu Global Shortcuts: WIN + Q – look for the application. WIN + W – search on the parameters of the system. WIN + I – open set WIN + O – disable screen rotation (turn off the gyro reaction to the tablets) WIN + C – open a simplified “Start” menu and set the date and time. Windows Explorer Hotkeys; (Press ALT Key + the below combination) A – to open the “special features” C O – to copy the selected items. C P – copy the path to the file / folder. C F – copy the folder (use the drop-down list) D – delete the selected. E – edit the selected files. H – to show the history of file versions. M – move the files (using the drop-down list). N – Create a new folder. P S – insert label P R – open properties. P E – Open With …, select the application again using a drop-down list. S A – select all. S N – deselect. S I – invert the selection. R – rename a selected file (s). T – cut V – to paste. W – to create a new document, choose the template – using the drop-down list.