Ultimate List Of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Make your Windows 8 work better for you, using these keyboard shortcuts. We have seen some of the explorer shortcuts for Windows 8 explorer. Now here is a complete list of global keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Win+Y : Temporarily peek at the desktop

Win+X : Launch Start Menu

Win+J : Swap foreground or switch focus between the snapped and filled apps

Win+O : Locks device orientation

Win+M : Minimize all Windows on the desktop

Win+V : Cycles through toasts

Win+Shift+V : Cycles through toasts in reverse order

Win+Enter : Launches Narrator

Win+PgUp : Moves tiles to the left

Win+PgDn : Moves tiles to the right

Win+Shift+. : Moves the split to the left

Win+B : Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop

Win+P : Choose between available display

Win+D : Show Desktop

Win+U : Open Ease of Access Center

Win+. : Moves the split to the right

Win+, : Peek at the desktop

Win+/ : Initiate input method editor reconversion

Win+F : Opens Metro File Search

Win+C : Opens Charms Bar

Win+E : Opens Windows Explorer Computer folder

Win+R : Opens Run

Win+I : Opens Settings charm

Win+K : Opens Connect charm

Win+H : Opens Share charm

Win+Q : Opens Search pane

Win+W : Opens Settings Search app

Win+L : Lock computer

Win+Z : Opens App Bar

Win Key : Bring up Start Screen

Win+Enter : Launches Narrator

Win+Arrow Keys :– Enable Aero Sna

Win+spacebar : Switch input language and keyboard layout

Win+Tab : Cycle through apps

Win+Shift+Tab : Cycle through apps in reverse order

Win+Ctrl+Tab : Cycle through apps and snap them as they cycle

Ctrl+Tab : Launches All Apps list on Start Screen.

Complete list of Windows 8 shortcuts

You can check out the COMPLETE LIST of Windows 8 shortcuts here at Microsoft. The list includes Start Screen shortcuts, General keyboard shortcuts, Dialog box keyboard shortcuts, Windows logo keyboard shortcuts, Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts, Taskbar keyboard shortcuts, Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts, Magnifier keyboard shortcuts, Narrator keyboard shortcuts, Narrator touch keyboard shortcuts, Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts, Paint keyboard shortcuts, WordPad keyboard shortcuts, Calculator keyboard shortcuts, Windows Journal keyboard shortcuts and Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts.

Windows 8.1 users may want to see this post too: New keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1.

Ken Walters of Microsoft has also uploaded the complete list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts. You can download both the PDF and XPS formats here. If you are unable to download it from there, you may download the XPS file from our server.

Keyboard junkies may want to have a look at these posts too:

  1. New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10
  2. Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
  3. CTRL commands in Windows
  4. List of WinKey Shortcuts.

You might want to also check out these:

  1. Ultimate Guide to Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts and their Mouse & Touch equivalents
  2. Win+X Menu keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8, you may not have heard of
  3. Infographic – Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts
  4. Apps to help you learn Windows 8 & its Keyboard Shortcuts.
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  1. Roy Beard

    is there a quick and easy way to close Windows 8 – logging out and going to another screen seems to be a long way to close windows.

  2. Eve D

    I just want to know how to get backto the page that I was on before this one….there is NO arrow!!!!

  3. Kylie

    My 0 on my numerical keypad is set as insert how do I change it so it is a 0 so I can use it instead of having to use the numbers at the top of my keyboard its so annoying Thanks

  4. Kylie

    alt tab will take you back to the previous page

  5. Markus

    Simply press the Num-Key to activate Numlock. Greets

  6. Jorge

    All of a sudden, if I try to change language input method win+space it doesn´t change input method, but rolls down the page. Basically everything concerning keyboard shortcuts works different now. What to do? Have tried to restart several times. Is there a way to reset the keyboard shortcuts to “Factory default” ?

  7. adelpit

    Is there a way to temporarily suppress Win 8.1 shortcuts, so that conflicting shortcuts within applications will work?

  8. Candace

    Press the key on the top left of the numeric keypad keys. Your Num Lock LED should come on (which is located next to the All Caps LED, typically above the numeric keypad).

  9. Candace

    Pressing the Key will toggle the keypad function between A) numeric entry, or B) command keys for cursor navigation. The Num Lock LED turns ON when your keypad is in the number entry mode, and turns OFF when the keypad is in the command key mode. The Key is on top row of your numeric keypad. The Num Lock LED is located next to the All Caps LED, typically.

  10. Candace

    Pressing the Key toggles the keypad function between A) numeric entry, or B) command keys for cursor navigation. The Num Lock LED turns ON when your keypad is in the number entry mode, and OFF when in the command key mode. As you probably noticed the LED is next to the Caps Lock LED.

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