Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

We’ve been playing a lot with our Microsoft Surface over the last week.  We’re loving the interface now that we’ve gotten used to it.

One of the things that’ll help you ADAPT is knowing all the shortcut keys for Windows 8.  Here’s a list that will help you keep your fingers on your precious keyboard while you manipulate the Graphical Interface.

Windows logo key+spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key+O Locks device orientation
Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peeks at the desktop
Windows logo key+V Cycles through toasts
Windows logo key+Shift+V Cycles through toasts in reverse order
Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator
Windows logo key+PgUp Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on the left
Windows logo key+PgDown Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on the right
Windows logo key+Shift+. Moves the gutter to the left (snaps an application)
Windows logo key+. Moves the gutter to the right (snaps an application)
Windows logo key+C Opens Charms bar
Windows logo key+I Opens Settings charm
Windows logo key+K Opens Connect charm
Windows logo key+H Opens Share charm
Windows logo key+Q Opens Search pane
Windows logo key+W Opens Settings Search app
Windows logo key+F Opens File Search app
Windows logo key+Tab Cycles through Metro style apps
Windows logo key+Shift+Tab Cycles through Metro style apps in reverse order
Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab Cycles through Metro style apps and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+Z Opens App Bar
Windows logo key+M Minimizes all windows