Windows 8: Most useful keyboard shortcuts.

In this post I have included 30 most useful Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts. Using this regularly can make our life easier while using Windows 8 for our day today activities. Hope this helps you too.

Windows 8 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts
Win + B Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and select the tray notification area
Win + C Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings
Win + D Brings up the old Windows desktop
Win + E Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed
Win + F Brings up the Metro File search screen
Win + H Opens the Metro Share panel
Win + I Opens the Settings panel,access all major settings
Win + J Switches focus between snapped Metro applications
Win + K Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
Win + L Lock PC and return to Lock screen
Win + M Minimize all Windows on the desktop
Win + O Locks device orientation
Win + P Choose between available displays
Win + Q Brings up the Metro App Search screen
Win + R Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box
Win + U Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center
Win + V Cycles through toasts
Win + W Brings up the Metro Settings search screen
Win + X Launch Start Menu
Win + Y Temporarily peek at the desktop
Win + Z Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application
Win + Page Up or Down Moves tiles to the left / right
Win + Tab Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications
Win + , (comma) Aero Peek at the desktop
Win + .(period) Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen (Right side)
Win + Shift + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen (Left side)
Win + Space Switch input language and keyboard layout
Win + Shift + V Cycles through toasts in reverse order
Win + Enter Launches Narrator
Win + Arrow key Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and enable Aero Snap


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