Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

24 Feb

With Windows 8, you can use the keyboard to get places fast and get the most out your computer using keyboard shortcuts.

Many of these shortcuts simply require pressing the Windows Key together with one or more other keys. The Windows Key is located between the Function and Alt keys as shown below.

Windows Keyboard

With that in mind, here are ten cool keyboard shortcuts to know about in Windows 8:

1. Windows Key: Displays or hides the Start screen.

2. Windows Key + C: Displays Charms menu.

3. Windows Key + Q: Displays the global search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs, settings and/or files.

4. Windows Key + Tab: Cycles through open apps (except desktop apps).

5. Windows Key + “,” : Allows you to temporarily “peek” at the desktop.

6. Windows Key + <Number>: Starts the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, it switches to that app.

7. Windows Key + I: Opens the Settings charm which gives you quick access to the settings for the current app as well as volume, power and other functions.

8. Windows Key + “.” : Snaps the currently open app (except desktop apps) to the right or left, alternating as you hit it.

9. Windows Key + “+” and “-“ : Zooms in or out, respectively using Magnifier. (Windows Key + Esc  to exit Magnifier)

10. Windows Key + X: Displays a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer.

For more desktop shortcuts, check out Microsoft’s list at:

And to learn more about Windows 8, be sure to visit the Digital Workshop Powered by Windows on your next Holland America Line cruise.

John Roberts – ms Rotterdam


One Response to “Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts”

  1. Jack Cummings February 25, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Good Morning John,

    We will be joining your in Singapore on the 1st of March. Looking forward to sea days and your classes, especially those on win 8

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