300+ Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts: The definitive list of shortcuts…

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Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse. they are always useful to us for increasing productivity as well as making our day-to-day work faster. That’s why in this post I’m listing all the (About 300+) keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.1 & Windows 8.1 RT :

You find your satisfied shortcut by pressing Ctrl + F

Read also: Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts | Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

 

Top keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains common keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected item
Ctrl + XCut the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected item
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active app
Windows logo key  + LLock your PC or switch accounts
Windows logo key  + DDisplay and hide the desktop

 

New keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains new keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Windows.

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key  + start typingSearch your PC
Ctrl + plus (+) or Ctrl + minus (-)Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl + scroll wheelZoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key‌  + COpen the charms

In an app, open the commands for the app

Windows logo key  + FOpen the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key  + HOpen the Share charm
Windows logo key + IOpen the Settings charm
Windows logo key  + KOpen the Devices charm
Windows logo key‌  + OLock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows logo key‌  + QOpen the Search charm to search everywhere or within an open app (if the app supports app search)
Windows logo key + SOpen the Search charm to search Windows and the web
Windows logo key‌  + WOpen the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key‌  + ZShow the commands available in the app

Note:You can also see some settings and options by going to the Settings charm when the app is open.
Windows logo key‌  + spacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key‌  + Ctrl + spacebarChange to a previously selected input
Windows logo key‌  + TabCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key‌  + Ctrl + TabCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key‌  + Shift + TabCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key‌  + Shift + period (.)Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key‌  + period (.)Cycle through open apps
EscStop or exit the current task

 

General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts in Windows.

Press this keyTo do this
F1Display Help
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder
F4Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5Refresh the active window
F6Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10Activate the Menu bar in the active app
Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + EscCycle through items in the order in which they were opened
Alt + underlined letterPerform the command for that letter
Alt + EnterDisplay properties for the selected item
Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Left arrowBack
Alt + Right arrowForward
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
Alt + Page DownMove down one screen
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps (except desktop apps)
Ctrl + F4Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Ctrl + ASelect all items in a document or window
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected item
Ctrl + D (or Delete)Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + R (or F5)Refresh the active window
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected item
Ctrl + XCut the selected item
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + plus (+) or Ctrl + minus (-)Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelChange the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl + Right arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Alt + TabUse the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + SpacebarSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow keySelect a block of text
Ctrl + EscOpen Start
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
Ctrl + SpacebarTurn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
Shift + F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Shift with any arrow keySelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Shift + DeleteDelete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
Right arrowOpen the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left arrowOpen the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
EscStop or leave the current task

 

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key .

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key + F1Open Windows Help and Support
Windows logo keyDisplay or hide the Start screen
Windows logo key  + BSet focus in the notification area
Windows logo key‌  + COpen the Charms
Windows logo key  + DDisplay and hide the desktop
Windows logo key  + EOpen File Explorer
Windows logo key  + FOpen the Search charm and search for files
Windows logo key  + HOpen the Share charm
Windows logo key  + IOpen the Settings charm
Windows logo key + KOpen the Devices charm
Windows logo key  + LLock your PC or switch people
Windows logo key  + MMinimize all windows
Windows logo key  + OLock device orientation
Windows logo key  + PChoose a presentation display mode
Windows logo key  + QOpen the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)
Windows logo key  + ROpen the Run dialog box
Windows logo key  + SOpen the Search charm to search Windows and the web
Windows logo key  + TCycle through apps on the taskbar
Windows logo key  + UOpen Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key  + VCycle through notifications
Windows logo key  + Shift + VCycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows logo key  + XOpen the Quick Link menu
Windows logo key  + ZShow the commands available in an app

Note

You can also see some settings and options by going to the Settings charm when the app is open.

Windows logo key  + ,Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows logo key  + PauseDisplay the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + FSearch for PCs (if you’re on a network)
Windows logo key  + Shift + MRestore minimized windows on the desktop
Windows logo key  + numberOpen the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.
Windows logo key  + Shift + numberOpen the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + numberOpen the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key  + Alt + numberOpen the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Shift + numberOpen the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
Windows logo key  + TabCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + TabCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key  + Shift + TabCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + BSwitch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
Windows logo key  + Up arrowMaximize the window
Windows logo key  + Down arrowRemove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
Windows logo key  + Left arrowMaximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen
Windows logo key  + Right arrowMaximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen
Windows logo key  + HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
Windows logo key  + Shift + Up arrowStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows logo key  + Shift + Down arrowRestore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
Windows logo key  + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrowMove an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
Windows logo key  + SpacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + SpacebarChange to a previously selected input
Windows logo key  + EnterOpen Narrator
Windows logo key  + Shift + period (.)Cycle through open apps
Windows logo key  + period (.)Cycle through open apps
Windows logo key  + /Initiate IME reconversion
Windows logo key   + Alt + EnterOpen WindowsMedia Center
Windows logo key   + plus (+) or minus (-)Zoom in or out using Magnifier
 Windows logo key  + EscExit Magnifier

 

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that you can use in dialog boxes.

Press this keyTo do this
F1Display Help
F4Display the items in the active list
Ctrl + TabMove forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove back through tabs
Ctrl + number (number 1–9)Move to nth tab
TabMove forward through options
Shift + TabMove back through options
Alt + underlined letterPerform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
SpacebarSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
BackspaceOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Arrow keysSelect a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

 

File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Press this keyTo do this
 Alt + DSelect the address bar
Ctrl + ESelect the search box
Ctrl + FSelect the search box
Ctrl + NOpen a new window
Ctrl + WClose the current window
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Num Lock + asterisk (*)Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock + plus (+)Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + minus (-)Collapse the selected folder
Alt + PDisplay the preview pane
Alt + EnterOpen the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt + Right arrowView the next folder
Alt + Up arrowView the folder that the folder was in
Alt + Left arrowView the previous folder
BackspaceView the previous folder
Right arrowDisplay the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Left arrowCollapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in
EndDisplay the bottom of the active window
HomeDisplay the top of the active window
F11Maximize or minimize the active window

 

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with items on the desktop taskbar.

Press this keyTo do this
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Shift + right-click a taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the app
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the group
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar buttonCycle through the windows of the group

 

Remote Desktop Connection on the desktop keyboard shortcuts

Press this keyTo do this
Alt + Page UpMove between apps from left to right
Alt + Page DownMove between apps from right to left
Alt + InsertCycle through apps in the order that they were started
Alt + HomeDisplay the Start screen
Ctrl + Alt + BreakSwitch between a window and full screen
Ctrl + Alt + EndDisplay the Windows Security dialog box
Ctrl + Alt + HomeIn full-screen mode, activate the connection bar
Alt + DeleteDisplay the system menu
Ctrl + Alt + minus (-) on the numeric keypadPlace a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+Print Screen on a local PC)
Ctrl + Alt + plus (+) on the numeric keypadPlace a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Print Screen on a local PC)
Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.
Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.

 

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.

Press this keyTo do this
F3Move the cursor to the search box
F10Display the Options menu
HomeMove to the beginning of a topic
EndMove to the end of a topic
Alt + Left arrowMove back to the previously viewed topic
Alt + Right arrowMove forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
Alt + HomeDisplay the Help and Support home page
Alt + ADisplay the customer support page
Alt + CDisplay the Table of Contents
Alt + NDisplay the Connection Settings menu
Ctrl + FSearch the current topic
Ctrl + PPrint a topic

 

App rearranging shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for rearranging modern apps.

Note :

Keep the Windows logo key pressed down continuously while you’re rearranging apps, from the moment you enter rearrange mode and through all the various rearrange commands. When you’re done rearranging, release your finger from the Windows logo key to select the current arrangement.

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key  + . (period)Enter rearrange mode and select apps or dividers across monitors
Windows logo key  + left arrowMove app divider left
Windows logo key  + right arrowMove app divider right
Windows logo key  + up arrowMaximize app
Windows logo key  + down arrowClose app
Windows logo key + EscExit rearrange mode

Additional keyboard shortcuts

  • Keyboard shortcuts in apps
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts for accessibility
  • Microsoft Surface Hub keyboard shortcuts
  • Keyboard shortcuts in Continuum for phones

Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/windows-keyboard-shortcuts

 

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