Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts summary

Few days ago i was reading a nice post from Scott Hanselman’s blog about Windows 8 enhanced keyboard shortcuts

Here is a summary of the keys:

  • Win+E – Explorer
  • Win+R – Run
  • Win+Break – System Info
  • Win+D – Desktop (I use this constantly if I get trapped outside the Desktop world)
  • Win+Plus or Win+Minus (no shift) – Magnifier/Zoom In and Out
  • Alt-Tab – Switch between Apps
  • Win-Tab – Switch between Full Screen Apps
  • Win+W – Search Control Panel and Settings stuff
  • Win+F – Search Files
  • Esc – Yes, escape. No joke. If you hit the Windows Key, you can hit Escape to go back.
  • Win+C – Charms (right side menu) then arrows to move and enter to launch.
  • Win+K – Devices
  • Win+I – Settings in any app plus brightness, network and other useful system features
  • Win+Arrows – Snap desktop apps to the sides
  • Win+(period) – Alternate sides to “snap” Metro Apps. Add shift to reverse it.
  • Win-X – Admin Stuff. It’s REALLY useful.
  • Win+PageUp or Win+PageDn – Move full screen apps to other monitors. Super useful for News apps and Readers. The Start Screen can be moved as well.

Author: Marco Mansi

Focus and dedication to everything that has to do with technology and, most of all, software development and architecture is what describes Marco. Marco is curious and interested in everything that is new and seeks to understand the more quickly the potential and the ability to implement these technologies in the real world. Marco loves open source and thinks that sharing knowledge is the key to make better things.

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