Many of us don’t have touchscreen devices (yet) so here’s a few good keyboard shortcuts.
Even though I do have a touchscreen laptop, I still use keyboard shortcuts. Just like CTRL+C and CTRL+V come to you without thinking, a few of these shortcuts are sure to make their way into your collection after you install Windows 8 and start coding apps. If you haven’t downloaded Windows 8 RTM yet. Check out our blog post with instructions on how students can download Windows 8 for free!
Moving between Metro and Desktop
|<Windows>||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|
|<CTRL> + <+>||Zoom in|
|<CTRL> + <->||Zoom out|
or hold down <CTRL> and use Mouse Wheel to 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.|
All the other shortcuts I could find!
<Windows> + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.
<Windows> + F – Brings up the Metro File search screen.
<Windows> + H – Opens the Metro Share panel.
<Windows> + I – Opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
<Windows> + K – Opens 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 – Locks device orientation.
<Windows> + P – Choose between available displays.
<Windows> + Q – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
<Windows> + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.
<Windows> + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.
<Windows> + V – Cycles through toasts.
<Windows> + W – Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
<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.