Windows 8 – Keyboard Shortcuts

It’d be nice to have a slate or a tablet to be able to use the Metro interface that is part of Windows 8 but at the moment, I don’t have one so I am reduced to using a mouse and keyboard.

Whilst a mouse is good, I have always been a fan of keyboard shortcuts and rely heavily on them whenever I interact with a Windows operating system. Windows 8 is no different although there are now some shiny new keyboard short cuts to play with.

So here is my list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts, split between the Metro and Classic interfaces:

Key combination Metro behaviour Classic behaviour
Win Switch to classic desktop Open the Metro start page
Win + 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0 Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Switch to or open the application in the task bar in the position corresponding with the number (starting from 1 and counting left to right)
Win + b Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Focus on the tray notifications
Win + c Display the charms and date/time Display the charms and date/time
Win + d Switch to classic desktop Display the desktop
Win + e Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Open Windows Explorer
Win + f Open Search panel with Files selected Switch to Metro then Metro behaviour
Win + h Open Share panel Open Share panel
Win + i Open Settings panel Open Settings panel
Win + k Open the Devices panel Open the Devices panel
Win + l Lock the machine Lock the machine
Win + m Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Minimise all open applications
Win + n (with OneNote) Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Open a new OneNote page
Win + p Open the Second Screen panel Open the Second Screen panel
Win + q Open Search panel with Apps selected Switch to Metro then Metro behaviour
Win + r Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Open the Run dialogue
Win + s (with OneNote) Activate the OneNote screen clipping tool Activate the OneNote screen clipping tool
Win + t Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Tab through the task bar (Hit space to select)
Win + u Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Open the Ease of Access Centre
Win + w Open Search Panel with Settings selected Switch to Metro then Metro behaviour
Win + x Launch the Start menu Launch the Start menu
Win + z Open the App bar  
Win + tab Open the Metro app switcher  
Win + , Switch to the classic desktop then classic behaviour Aero view of open applications
Win + . Snap the current app to the left, right, full Snap the desktop to left, right, full
Win + Enter Start the Narrator Start the Narrator

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