Windows 8/8.1 - Some useful keyboard shortcuts

August 2017

Windows 8/8.1 - Some useful keyboard shortcuts

.This tutorial is for terminals equipped a keyboard and mouse (Desktop or laptops):
  • Windows key: Displays the Home screen
  • Windows + D: Display the desktop.
  • Windows + C: Displays the Charms bars (sharing, search, and settings)
  • Windows + E: Open the file explorer.
  • Windows + F: Files (research).
  • Windows + H: Share from the desktop.
  • Windows + I: Display settings.
  • Windows + K: Devices.
  • Windows + L: Lock the Windows session.
  • Windows + M: Minimizes (in the taskbar) all windows on the desktop
  • Windows + P: displays the multi-screen option (extend, duplicate, use secondary screen only).
  • Windows + Q: displays the Search tab.
  • Windows + R: Display Run tab.
  • Windows + U: Ease of use options.
  • Windows + W: Opens the search settings option.
  • Windows + X: Displays the start menu options
  • Windows + Z: displays the App bar for your active apps.
  • Windows key + Space: toggles the language and keyboard layout between multiple languages ??(when configured).
  • Windows + Enter: Launches Narrator.
  • Windows + Tab: switch from one application to another.
  • CTRL + SHIFT + ESC: open the task manager.
  • Windows + Down arrow: Close a modern app.
  • Windows + start typing: Search your PC.
  • Windows + spacebar: Switch input language and keyboard layout.
  • Windows + X + down arrow: open mobility center.

Note that: Windows 8 is more intuitive:
When you use the Windows + PrtSc/SysRq key combination to make a screen capture, the image file is directly saved in the Pictures folder.
  • The file is automatically saved in PNG format and under the name: "Screen Capture".

You can also create custom keyboshortcutscuts to launch your favorite apps:
  • From home screen, search for the App of your choice
  • Right-click on the program's tile > Open file location.
  • Right-click on the program's icon (.exe) > Properties.
  • Select the "Shortcut tab".
  • Define your shortcut in the "Shortcut key field", by pressing the keys you want to use.
  • Click in Apply and then on OK.


Published by deri58. Latest update on October 19, 2016 at 04:04 PM by owilson.
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