Windows8 keyboard shortcuts

A list of the essential keyboard short-cuts for Windows 8 useful for a non-touch screen computer.

 

Keys

Functionality

Windows logo key Windows logo key + Start typing Search your PC
Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-) Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl + Scroll wheel Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key Windows logo key + C Open the charms
Windows logo key Windows logo key + F Open the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key Windows logo key + H Open the Share charm
Windows logo key Windows logo key + I Open the Settings charm
Windows logo key Windows logo key + J Switch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key Windows logo key + K Open the Devices charm
Windows logo key Windows logo key +O Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Q Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key Windows logo key + W Open the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Z Show the commands available in the app
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Ctrl+spacebar Change to a previously selected input
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Tab Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Ctrl+Tab Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Shift+Tab Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key Windows logo key + PgUp Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key Windows logo key + PgDown Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key Windows logo key +Shift+Period(.) Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Period (.) Snaps an app to the right (toggle to snap left-right and full)
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