☁ Heike Ritter ☁

Microsoft Technical Evangelist ☁ Public Cloud

Ultimate Shortcuts Guide for Touch, Mouse and Keyboard - Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Ultimate Shortcuts Guide for Touch, Mouse and Keyboard - Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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Some days ago I found this really useful list of all kind of shortcuts in my inbox. I thought I really have to publish this awesome collection and share it with you.

  Here we go... happy navigating :-)

 

Metro App and Start Page Shortcuts
Result Keyboard Mouse Touch
Open Start Page or Last App (alternating) Win Hover bottom left corner -> click corner (repeat) Swipe from right edge in -> Start
Open next App (rotate through Metro Apps, Desktop is one App) Win + Tab (release Tab, repeat) Hover top left corner -> click corner (repeat) Swipe from left edge in then out -> App. Or swipe from left edge in
Close a background App Win + Tab (release Tab, repeat), Delete Hover top left corner then down -> right click App -> Close Swipe from left edge in then out -> drag App all the way to bottom of screen
Close active App Alt + F4 Hover top middle -> click and drag app all the way to the bottom Swipe from top edge all the way to the bottom
Open the App commands bar Win + Z In App, right-click open space. On Start, right-click a Tile Swipe from bottom edge or top edge
Snap App right. Move the split to the right (Desktop is a single App) Win + . (requires 1366x768 resolution) Hover top edge, click and drag app to right or select split line, drag right Swipe from top edge, drag app to right or select split line, drag right
Snap App left. Move the split to the left (Desktop is a single App) Win + Shift + . Hover top edge, click and drag app to left or select split line, drag left Swipe from top edge, drag app to right or select Split line, drag left
On ¬Start Page, Zoom Out Ctrl + - Hover bottom right corner -> click corner (Summary View icon.) Or Ctrl + Scroll wheel down Pinch in
On ¬Start Page, Zoom back In Ctrl + = Click open area. Or Ctrl + Scroll wheel down Pinch out
Access to Lock, Switch User, Sign out, Change a password, Task Manager, Ease of Access, and Power down choices Ctrl + Alt + Del Alternatives: Start Page -> [User] -> Lock, Sign Out, or Switch Account. Hover bottom left corner -> right click -> Task Manager. Hover top right corner then down -> Settings -> Power Hold Win button and press Power button
Move Start page tiles to the left PgDn Scroll wheel down Slide left
Move Start page tiles to the right PgUp Scroll wheel up Slide right
Move active tile, Select, move Focus Arrows, Space, Tab Move mouse, right-click Tile(s), click command Swipe tile(s), tap command

 

Metro Charm Shortcuts
Result Keyboard Mouse Touch
Open Charms (also shows Date / Time / Power / Net) Win + C Hover top right corner then move down Swipe from right edge
Open Search Charm on Files Win + F Hover top right corner -> Search -> Files Swipe from right edge -> Search -> Files
Open Search Charm on Settings Win + W Hover top right corner -> Search -> Settings Swipe from right edge -> Search -> Files
Open Search Charm on Active App (on right side only if supported by App) Win + Q Hover top right corner -> Search Swipe from right edge -> Search
Search Apps Typing on Start Page Hover top right corner -> Search Swipe from right edge -> Search
Open Share Charm Win + H Hover top right corner -> Share Swipe from right edge -> Share
Open Settings Charm (plus Start Settings and Metro Help) Win + I Hover top right corner -> Settings Swipe from right edge -> Settings
Open Devices Charm Win + K Hover top right corner -> Devices Swipe from right edge -> Devices

 

Desktop Shortcuts
Result Keyboard Mouse Touch
Show Desktop Win + D Click Desktop tile Start page -> Desktop tile
Open Windows Explorer Win + E Click Explorer tile Start page -> Explorer tile
Open Settings Charm (plus Control Panel, Personalization, PC Info, and Desktop Help Win + I Hover top right corner -> Settings Swipe from right edge -> Settings
Open Desktop quick menu (it’s like a mini Start Menu!) Win + X Hover bottom left corner -> right click  
Open Run Dialog Win + R Hover bottom left corner -> right click -> Run  
Cycle through Desktop apps on the Taskbar Win + T Hover bottom left corner -> right click -> click -> Hover across Taskbar -> click Start page -> Desktop tile -> Taskbar app
Open next App (rotates through Apps, Desktop apps each have one place in rotation) Alt + Tab (release Tab, repeat) Hover bottom left corner -> right click -> click -> Hover across Taskbar -> click Start page -> Desktop tile -> Taskbar app
Open the pinned Taskbar application Alt + 1 to 9 Hover bottom left corner -> right click -> click -> Hover across Taskbar -> click Start page -> Desktop tile -> Taskbar app

 

Other Shortcuts
Result Keyboard Mouse Touch
Lock Computer Win + L Start Page -> [User] -> Lock Start Page -> [User] -> Lock
Second screen options Win + P Hover top right corner then move down -> Devices -> Second screen Swipe from right edge -> Devices -> Second screen
Desktop peek (to see notifications I believe) Win + ,    
Lock screen rotation (if PC detects this) Win + O    
Cycle through toasts Win + V    
Cycle through toasts in reverse Win + Shift + V    
Ease of Access Center Win + U Hover bottom left corner -> right click -> Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center  
Launch Narrator Win + Enter    
Magnifier, Zoom In Win + =    
When Magnified, Zoom Out Win + -    

 

Internet Explorer Shortcuts
Result Keyboard Mouse Touch
Cycle through open Tabs Ctrl + Tab Right-click an empty area -> Tab Swipe from top edge -> Tab
Open an InPrivate Tab Ctrl + Shift + P Right-click an empty area -> (+) Swipe from top edge -> (+)
Open a new Tab Ctrl + T Right-click an empty area -> 3 dots -> InPrivate Swipe from top edge -> 3 dots -> InPrivate
Close the active Tab Ctrl + F4 Right-click an empty area -> Tab (x) Swipe from top edge -> Tab (x)
Move forward through items on a Web page Tab Click the item you want Tap the item you want
Move backwards Shift + Tab Click the item you want Tap the item you want
Activate the selected item Enter Click the item you want Tap the item you want
Print page Ctrl + P    
View page on Desktop IE (good for opening pages with Adobe Flash)   Right-click an empty area -> Page tools -> View on the Desktop  
Open Address bar (includes frequent and pinned pages) Ctrl + LAlt + D    
Go back to previous Web page Backspace Move mouse to mid-left edge -> Click back Slide right
Go forward to previous Web page Shift + Backspace

Move mouse to mid-right edge -> Click forward

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Hope you like it!

Cheers

Heike ☁

Comments
  • Thanks a lot ;D

  • If they had not removed the old Start Menu, most of these keyboard shortcuts wouldn't of been necessary to list. I've heard from fellow IT people - those who support and administer Windows networks [as well as at home] that they are not pleased with the fact that there is no option to bring back the Start Menu. I agree.

    We also can't see consumers using the Metro interface either. Have your grandma or grandpa try it. :-)

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