Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

Haven’t seen this posted anywhere just yet so I thought I’d park it here. 


Windows logo key+spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key+O Locks device orientation
Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peeks at the desktop
Windows logo key+V Cycles through toasts
Windows logo key+Shift+V Cycles through toasts in reverse order
Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator
Windows logo key+PgUp Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on the left
Windows logo key+PgDown Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on the right
Windows logo key+Shift+. Moves the gutter to the left (snaps an application)
Windows logo key+. Moves the gutter to the right (snaps an application)
Windows logo key+C Opens Charms bar
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+F Opens File Search app
Windows logo key+Tab Cycles through Metro style apps
Windows logo key+Shift+Tab Cycles through Metro style apps in reverse order
Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab Cycles through Metro style apps and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+Z Opens App Bar

Comments (12)

  1. praveen says:

    Is there any way to create our own shortcut keys ?

    Is there any shortcut for "cascading windows, etc" ?

  2. praveen says:

    win + m  minimize all windows.

    shortcut key for maximize the all minimized windows ?


                  Thenk You

  3. Yakim says:

    WinKey + X for administrative Tools. Pretty handy.

  4. THANKS! …and I agree with the comments below.

  5. Saravanan says:

    I Want many more short cut key

    Thank you

  6. Synodyno says:

    To maximize all the minimized windows, Win + Shift + M

  7. Anonymous says:

    ALT + F4 closes a program

    Way better than dragging and closing.

    Very handy 🙂

  8. Thanks John but it looks like there are other keyboard shortcut missing from this list. I think this cheatsheet is more complete:

  9. John_Evdemon says:

    Thanks King!  This looks more useful.  Didn't realize how popular this topic was…

  10. freddy says:

    intelligence is measured at the speed we think ……. similarly the speed of operating has been improved and made easy by using these brilliant combination…..  

  11. RAcha says:

    how to switch from one tab to another tab in chrome ?

  12. jaydeep says:

    thank you for this and everyone must use it