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Windows 8 Keyboard shortcuts

I am excited about Windows 8 and the opportunities for building compelling applications using the Modern UI style but one thing that I really want is a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts to help make me more efficient while keeping my hands on the keyboard since I spend my days programming.  The following is a list of keyboard shortcuts that work against the RTM version of Windows 8:

  • Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Metro app
  • Win + C : displays the “Charms”: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
  • Win + D : launches the desktop
  • Win + E : launches Explorer
  • Win + F : opens the File Search pane
  • Win + H : opens the Share pane
  • Win + I : opens Settings
  • Win + K : opens the Devices pane
  • Win + L : locks your PC
  • Win + M : minimizes the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen Metro IE, too)
  • Win + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • Win + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • Win + Q : open the App Search pane
  • Win + R : opens the Run box
  • Win + U : open the Ease of Access Center
  • Win + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • Win + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • Win + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • Win + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen Metro app
  • Win + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • Win + – : zoom out
  • Win + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • Win + Enter : launch Narrator
  • Win + PgUp : Move the current Metro screen to the left-hand monitor
  • Win + PgDn : Move the current Metro screen to the right-hand monitor
  • Win + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • Win + Tab : switch between running Metro apps
  • Alt + F4: Closes the currently running app

Another nice feature is that while you are on the Metro screen and you start typing, it will automatically bring up the Apps Search screen with whatever content you have typed.

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