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Learning Windows 8 Key Shortcuts

Windows Key Learing Windows 8 Shortcut keys

With the new Windows 8 interface you might find it easier to use the “WIN” key for your daily task. Knowing a few of these keyboard shortcuts will make your Windows 8 experience more gratifying.

  • • “WIN” : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app
  • • “WIN” : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app
  • • “WIN” + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
  • • “WIN”+ D : launches the desktop
  • • “WIN” + E : launches Explorer
  • • “WIN” + F : opens the File Search pane
  • • “WIN”+ H : opens the Share pane
  • • “WIN” + I : opens Settings
  • • “WIN” + K : opens the Devices pane
  • • “WIN” + L : locks your PC
  • • “WIN” + M : minimises the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen IE, too)
  • • “WIN” + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • • “WIN” + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • • “WIN” + Q : open the App Search pane
  • • “WIN”+ R : opens the Run box
  • • “WIN” + U : open the Ease of Access Centre
  • • “WIN” + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • • “WIN” + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • • “WIN” + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • • “WIN” + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen app
  • • “WIN” + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • • “WIN” + - : zoom out
  • • “WIN” + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • • “WIN” + Enter : launch Narrator
  • • “WIN” + PgUp : move the current screen to the left-hand monitor
  • • “WIN” + PgDn : move the current screen to the right-hand monitor
  • • “WIN” + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • • “WIN” + Tab : switch between running apps

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