Windows 8 Shortcut Keys Quick Guide

W8ShellMoving between Metro and Desktop

Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu.

<Windows> + <B>
Go to the Desktop from the Metro Start Screen

<Windows> + <D>
Brings you to Windows desktop from the Metro Screen


<Windows> + < . >
snap right

<Windows> + <Shift> + < . >
snap left

Switching between applications

<Windows> + <Tab>
Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.

<Windows> + <J>
Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.

<ALT> + <F4>
Close an application

<Windows> + <R>
To bring up the run window from the desktop, so you can type in an application name to run

Semantic Zoom

<CTRL> + <+>
Zoom in

<CTRL> + <->
Zoom out

hold down <CTRL> and use Mouse Wheel
zoom in and out

Displaying App & Charms Bar

<Windows> + <C>
Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.

<Windows> + <Z>
Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.

Search Shortcuts

<Windows> + F – Bring up the Metro File search screen.
<Windows> + Q – Bring up the Metro App Search screen.
<Windows> + S – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
<Windows> + W – Bring up the Metro Settings search screen.

Other Shortcuts

<Windows> + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.
<Windows> + H – Open the Metro Share panel.
<Windows> + I – Open the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
<Windows> + K – Open the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
<Windows> + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.
<Windows> + M – Minimize all Windows on the desktop
<Windows> + O – Lock device orientation.
<Windows> + P – Choose between available displays.
<Windows> + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.
<Windows> + T – Cycle through icons on Task bar.
<Windows> + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.
<Windows> + V – Cycle through toasts.
<Windows> + X – Launch Start Menu.
<Windows> + Y – Temporarily peek at the desktop.
<Windows> + Page Up / Down – Moves tiles to the left / right.
<Windows> + , (comma) – Aero Peek at the desktop.

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