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Windows 8 shortcuts

Applies to: Windows 8, Windows 8.1

In March, Kurt Walter did a great piece on Windows 8 and the new shortcut keys for the Windows Team Blog. Windows 8 is a great touch experience, but now that I have been using it on my desktop for a few months, I have come to see that it is also a fast and fluid keyboard and mouse experience once you know a few shortcuts. Most of the current Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts that you use every day still work. Windows logo key+L still locks, Windows logo key+E still brings up the Explorer, and Windows logo key+R still launches the run command.

That said, here are some additional Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts that make Windows 8 that much easier to use on your PC:

Key(s)Windows 8 Functionality
Windows logo key+spacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key+OLocks device orientation
Windows logo key+YTemporarily peeks at the desktop
Windows logo key+VCycles through toasts
Windows logo key+Shift+VCycles through toasts in reverse order
Windows logo key+EnterLaunches Narrator
Windows logo key+PgUpMoves Metro style apps to the monitor on the left
Windows logo key+PgDownMoves 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+IOpens Settings charm
Windows logo key+KOpens Connect charm
Windows logo key+HOpens Share charm
Windows logo key+QOpens Search pane
Windows logo key+WOpens Settings Search app
Windows logo key+FOpens File Search app
Windows logo key+TabCycles through Metro style apps
Windows logo key+Shift+TabCycles through Metro style apps in reverse order
Windows logo key+Ctrl+TabCycles through Metro style apps and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+Z Opens App Bar 

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Stephen Rose photoStephen Rose is the Worldwide IT Pro Community Manager for the Windows Commercial team at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years running his own IT consulting company. In his current role, he drives the overall strategy and content for Windows for IT Pros on TechNet, oversees the Windows 7 and 8 IT Pro forums, writes for the Windows Team Blog, and acts as moderator for Windows Virtual Roundtables. You can follow Windows for IT Pros via Twitter or follow Stephen directly @stephenlrose.