Window 8 Keyboard short keys

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If you not habitual of keyboard shortcuts, you must use them in Windows 8. By making the interface more easy and friendly some features like the power button are now much harder to get to with the mouse.Microsoft has added some keyboard shortcuts that mostly saves time.

We listed some useful and common Shortcut keys of Window 8 Below:

  • Alt F4

 This is among best changes after Developer   Preview, Now we can close Metro apps using  AltF4.


  • Windows Key I

This pops up the new system tray, which slides in from the right. If you hit Space or Enter, the  Metro control panel opens. If you hit Up then Enter, you can shut down the computer. (This isthe fastest way to shut down or restart)

  • Windows Key

If you have a multi monitor setup, popping up the Start Screen with the Windows Key is actually  rather painless, and an excellent way to check on your mail, instant messages, and so on. Tapping Windows Key again hides the Start Screen and returns you to the previous app. If you start typing the name of an app from the Start Screen, Windows will automatically start looking for it (just like Windows 7)


  • Windows Key-F

 If specifically want to search through files, rather than apps, use Windows-Key-F. Windows  Key-W searches settings.

  • Windows Key-C 

One of the most annoying menus to get to in Windows 8, with a keyboard and mouse anyway, is the Charms menu. Fortunately, you can also use Windows Key-C, and then the arrow keys.


  • Alt-Tab

Alt-Tab, believe it or not, app switches through Desktop and Metro apps. This can take a bit of getting used to.

  • Windows-Tab

This cycles through your Metro apps. I know, you’re probably devastated: The 3D “Aero Flip” from Windows Vista and 7 is no more!

  • Windows Key-Z

 In a Metro app, this opens the App Bar (i.e. the app’s menu). Unfortunately there aren’t any keyboard shortcuts for selecting items from the App Bar, but hopefully they’ll be added before retail release.

  • Windows-Page Up 

This switches which screen the Metro interface (i.e. the Start Screen and any Metro apps) appears on. The switch is very rapid (it’s kind of fun to just hit Windows-Page Up over and over…) Obviously, this is only useful if you have a multi-monitor setup.