Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Know

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.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

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.

[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + D[/dt_highlight] Switches to Desktop Mode minimizing everything
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + F[/dt_highlight] Windows 8 Files Search Menu
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + C[/dt_highlight] Opens Charms Menu which normally appears while put your mouse pointer at the right side top corner of the screen
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + I[/dt_highlight] Opens Settings Menu
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + X[/dt_highlight] Pop up of advanced settings Menu with all useful options
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Q[/dt_highlight] For searching installed apps or softwares
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Tab Key[/dt_highlight] Cycle through open applications
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + E[/dt_highlight] Opens up Windows Explorer
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + L[/dt_highlight] Locks PC & LockScreen appears
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Up Key[/dt_highlight] Maximizes current window
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Down Key[/dt_highlight] Minimizes current window
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Left Key[/dt_highlight] Current window to left side of the screen
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Down Key[/dt_highlight] Current window to right side of the screen
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Ctrl Key + Shift Key + Esc Key[/dt_highlight] Opens Task Manager
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + PrtSc Key[/dt_highlight] Instantly captures a screenshot and saves it to a Screenshots subfolder in your Pictures folder.
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + U[/dt_highlight] Open Ease of Access Center
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + V[/dt_highlight] Cycle through notifications
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + .[/dt_highlight] Snaps applications to the right of the Screen (Multitasking)
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + ,[/dt_highlight] Temporarily view desktop with holding the windows key
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + H[/dt_highlight] Opens up the Share panel
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + M[/dt_highlight] Minimizes all open windows
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + +[/dt_highlight] Zoom in using magnifier
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + –[/dt_highlight] Zoom out using magnifier
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Esc[/dt_highlight] To exit magnifier mode
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + Space Bar[/dt_highlight] Toggle between input languages
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Windows Key + T[/dt_highlight] Cycles through the taskbar
[dt_highlight color=”green”]Alt + Tab[/dt_highlight] 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.

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