Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts [Cheatsheet]

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As long as there have been Windows operating systems, there have been keyboard shortcuts. If you have upgraded to Windows 8 recently, things can be quite daunting at first especially with the missing Start Menu.

I have compiled a list of keyboard shortcuts so that you can find your way easily. Some are unique to Windows 8, such as Windows key + C to show the Charm bar. Some are traditional, such as Ctrl + C to copy text, Ctrl + Z to undo what you have done previously and so on, and have been around for decades.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut

Table of Contents: Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. User interface
  2. Traditional Windows Shortcuts
  3. Editing Shortcuts
  4. File Explorer Shortcuts
  5. Accessibility Shortcuts
  6. Desktop Shortcuts
1.User interface Shortcuts
Win key + B or D or M or TPress any of these combination to show the Desktop
Win key + CShow the Charms Menu
Win key + EOpen My Computer
Win key + FAccess the Files Search Screen
Win key +HAccess the Share Sharm
Win key +ISettings
Win key +KDevices
Win key +LLock Screen
Win key +PSecond Screen Settings
Win key +QShow Apps
Win key +RRun Command dialog
Win key + UOpen Ease of Access Center
Win key + WSearch Settings
Win key +XDisplays Power User menu in lowe-left corner
Win key +ZShow Toolbar on Metro UI
Win key +EnterLaunch the Narrator
2.Traditional Windows Shorcuts
F1Display help for the active application
Ctrl + EscToggle between Metro UI and the desktop
Alt + TabSwitch between open programs
Shift + DeleteDelete item permanently using File Explorer
F10Active menu bar options
Ctrl+ Shift+ EscOpen Windows Task Manager
3.Editing Shortcuts
Ctrl + CCopy
Ctrl + XCut
Ctrl + VPaste
Ctrl + BBold
Ctrl + UUnderline
Ctrl + IItalic
Ctrl + ASelect all items in active Window
Ctrl + ZUndo the last Command
4. File Explorer Shortcuts
F2Rename Selected object
F3Find all files
F5Refresh active Window
F6 or TabCycle through panes in File Explorer
Alt + EnterOpen properties for selected file
Press and hold down Ctrl + Shift while dragging a file to the desktop or folderCreate a file or folder shortcut
5. Accessibility Shortcuts
Press Shift five timesToggle Sticky Keys On and Off
Press mouse button and hold the right Shift key for 8 secondsToggle Filterkeys On and Off
Press Num Lock for five secondsToggle Togglekeys On an Off
Left Alf+Left Shift+Num LockToggle Mousekeys on and Off
Left Alt+ Left Shift + Print ScreenToggle high contrast On and Off
6. Desktop Shortcuts
TabMove to the next control in the dialog box
Shift + TabMove to the previous control in the dialog box
SpacebarIf the current control is a:
  • Button, this clicks the button
  • Checkbox, this toggles the checkbox ( Check / Uncheck)
  • Radio button, this selects the current option.
EnterIt will click the outlined button. ( Equivalent to clicking the button)
EscIt will press the Cancel button.
Alt + Underlined letter in dialog box itemMove to the corresponding Item
  • http://www.technofers.com/ Deepak

    Bro awesome articles.. Thanks

    • Hayder

      You’re welcome :)

  • https://plus.google.com/b/105232829308018151230/105232829308018151230/ TechCLOUD

    Awesome post dude :)

    • Hayder

      Thank you :)

  • Mantrajee

    Hi Hayder. Thanks for this Windows 8 keyboard shortcut cheatsheet. This is really handy!

  • Wendy

    Sincere thanks for taking the trouble to make Windows 8 shortcuts so very clear – even to a Silver Surfer

  • faisalnazir

    I wonder if more keyboard shortcuts were introduced in Windows 8.1.

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