Windows 8 is becoming the most useful and popular operating system for both desktop and tablet. Though this version is mostly touch oriented and some gorgeous and powerful effects can only be observed in a touchscreen device, but those with keyboards can also take advantages of this awesome operating system. Sometimes you can do more with your keyboard than the touchscreen swipe process if you know the various shortcuts. Microsoft has integrated quite a lot of keyboard shortcuts to navigate in and around Windows more easily.
Some Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts you must know in order to take advantage while you are out of the Swipe Mode, i.e. Touchscreen Mode.
Windows Key + D Switches to Desktop Mode minimizing everything
Windows Key + F Windows 8 Files Search Menu
Windows Key + C Opens Charms Menu which normally appears while put your mouse pointer at the right side top corner of the screen
Windows Key + I Opens Settings Menu
Windows Key + X Pop up of advanced settings Menu with all useful options
Windows Key + Q For searching installed apps or softwares
Windows Key + Tab Key Cycle through open applications
Windows Key + E Opens up Windows Explorer
Windows Key + L Locks PC & LockScreen appears
Windows Key + Up Key Maximizes current window
Windows Key + Down Key Minimizes current window
Windows Key + Left Key Current window to left side of the screen
Windows Key + Down Key Current window to right side of the screen
Ctrl Key + Shift Key + Esc Key Opens Task Manager
Windows Key + PrtSc Key Instantly captures a screenshot and saves it to a Screenshots subfolder in your Pictures folder.
Windows Key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + V Cycle through notifications
Windows Key + . Snaps applications to the right of the Screen (Multitasking)
Windows Key + , Temporarily view desktop with holding the windows key
Windows Key + H Opens up the Share panel
Windows Key + M Minimizes all open windows
Windows Key + + Zoom in using magnifier
Windows Key + – Zoom out using magnifier
Windows Key + Esc To exit magnifier mode
Windows Key + Space Bar Toggle between input languages
Windows Key + T Cycles through the taskbar
Alt + Tab Traditional App Switcher
These shortcuts not only make the navigation process easier, but also save a lot of time too. If you know any other essential Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts let us know by leaving a comment.