A Collection Of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are always central to any Windows power user and it’s incredible how much more productive and efficient you can become once you’ve got a good handle on them. After using keyboard shortcuts for a while they become second nature to you and you’ll find yourself using them without realising it.

With Windows 8, I think that keyboard shortcuts have become more important than ever because of the new Metro UI. The Metro UI as most of you should know by now is based primarily around touch. And while Microsoft have worked hard to make it friendly for users without desktops, there’s still a bit of a learning curve with it. Microsoft have added plenty of new keyboard shortcuts to Windows 8 to try and make it easier to navigate around the Metro UI.

I’ve got a list of them together for you below:

New Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8
Key combination What It Does
Windows-Space      Switch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows-O      Lock device orientation.
Windows-,      Temporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows-V      Cycle through toasts.
Windows-Shift-V      Cycle through toasts in reverse order.
Windows-Enter      Launch Narrator.
Windows-PgUp      Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left.
Windows-PgDown      Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right.
Windows-Shift-.      Move the gutter to the left (snap an application).
Windows-.      Move the gutter to the right (snap an application).
Windows-C      Open the Charms bar.
Windows-I      Open the Settings charm.
Windows-K      Open the Connect charm.
Windows-H      Open the Share charm.
Windows-Q      Open the Search pane.
Windows-W      Open the Settings Search app.
Windows-F      Open the File Search app.
Windows-Tab      Cycle through apps.
Windows-Shift-Tab      Cycle through apps in reverse order.
Windows-Ctrl-Tab      Cycle through apps and snap them as they cycle.
Windows-Z      Open the App Bar.
Windows-/       Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion.
Windows-J      Swap foreground between the snapped and filled apps.


Now of course there’s a lot more keyboard shortcuts than that, the other ones are actually the same as Windows 7. You can have a look at our master list of Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts here

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