Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

Posted on December 4th, 2013



If you are using Windows 8 on a laptop or desktop, then you already know that navigating throughout the new interface can be difficult compared to using a touchscreen. Luckily, there are many keyboard shortcuts that make using Windows 8 easier then ever. Checkout the list below for shortcuts to make your Windows 8 experience even easier.


  1. Windows+C brings up the charms menu instantly.
  2. Windows+X brings up various Windows tools, such as Control Panel, Device Manager, Command Prompt, File Explorer, Task Manager and more.
  3. Windows+D switches to desktop mode.
  4. Windows+I shows the Settings for the currently open app.
  5. Windows+PrtSc takes a screenshot and saves it to the Screenshots subfolder in the Pictures folder.
  6. Windows+F opens the search menu to search files.
  7. Windows+E opens the File Explorer to show the classic "My Computer".
  8. Windows+. snaps the current application to either the right or the left of the screen.
  9. Windows+Q brings up the apps search menu where you are able to search for programs you have installed.
  10. Windows+Z brings up the menu for the current app.
  11. Windows+H will bring up the Share menu for the current app (you cannot share within every app).
  12. Windows+Tab cycles through your active apps.


If you are interested in upgrading, you can purchase an upgrade here: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade


More shortcuts that you find particularly useful? Let everyone know in the comments below!


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Andrew Backes

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