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Hyder Abbass

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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 T Press any of these combination to show the Desktop
Win key + C Show the Charms Menu
Win key + E Open My Computer
Win key + F Access the Files Search Screen
Win key +H Access the Share Sharm
Win key +I Settings
Win key +K Devices
Win key +L Lock Screen
Win key +P Second Screen Settings
Win key +Q Show Apps
Win key +R Run Command dialog
Win key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Win key + W Search Settings
Win key +X Displays Power User menu in lowe-left corner
Win key +Z Show Toolbar on Metro UI
Win key +Enter Launch the Narrator
2.Traditional Windows Shorcuts
F1 Display help for the active application
Ctrl + Esc Toggle between Metro UI and the desktop
Alt + Tab Switch between open programs
Shift + Delete Delete item permanently using File Explorer
F10 Active menu bar options
Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc Open Windows Task Manager
3.Editing Shortcuts
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + B Bold
Ctrl + U Underline
Ctrl + I Italic
Ctrl + A Select all items in active Window
Ctrl + Z Undo the last Command
4. File Explorer Shortcuts
F2 Rename Selected object
F3 Find all files
F5 Refresh active Window
F6 or Tab Cycle through panes in File Explorer
Alt + Enter Open properties for selected file
Press and hold down Ctrl + Shift while dragging a file to the desktop or folder Create a file or folder shortcut
5. Accessibility Shortcuts
Press Shift five times Toggle Sticky Keys On and Off
Press mouse button and hold the right Shift key for 8 seconds Toggle Filterkeys On and Off
Press Num Lock for five seconds Toggle Togglekeys On an Off
Left Alf+Left Shift+Num Lock Toggle Mousekeys on and Off
Left Alt+ Left Shift + Print Screen Toggle high contrast On and Off
6. Desktop Shortcuts
Tab Move to the next control in the dialog box
Shift + Tab Move to the previous control in the dialog box
Spacebar If the current control is a:

  • Button, this clicks the button
  • Checkbox, this toggles the checkbox ( Check / Uncheck)
  • Radio button, this selects the current option.
Enter It will click the outlined button. ( Equivalent to clicking the button)
Esc It will press the Cancel button.
Alt + Underlined letter in dialog box item Move to the corresponding Item


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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I wonder if more keyboard shortcuts were introduced in Windows 8.1.
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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Sincere thanks for taking the trouble to make Windows 8 shortcuts so very clear - even to a Silver Surfer
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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Hi Hayder. Thanks for this Windows 8 keyboard shortcut cheatsheet. This is really handy!
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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Thank you :)
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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Awesome post dude :)
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

You're welcome :)
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Bro awesome articles.. Thanks