With the GA of Windows 8 just happened a few days ago, I started to put together an article of tips and tricks. Putting up the shortcut keys is definitely on my list.

So here we go --

Moving between Metro and Desktop

  • <Windows>      
    Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu.
  • <Windows> + <B>      
    Go to the Desktop from the Metro Start Screen
  • <Windows> + <D>      
    Brings you to Windows desktop from the Metro Screen

Snapping

  • <Windows> + < . >      
    snap right
  • <Windows> + <Shift> + < . >      
    snap left

Switching between applications

  • <Windows> + <Tab>      
    Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
  • <Windows> + <J>      
    Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
  • <ALT> + <F4>      
    Close an application
  • <Windows> + <R>      
    To bring up the run window from the desktop, so you can type in an application name to run

Semantic Zoom

  • <CTRL> + <+>      
    Zoom in
  • <CTRL> + <->      
    Zoom out
  • or hold down <CTRL> and use Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out

Displaying App & Charms Bar

  • <Windows> + <C>      
    Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
  • <Windows> + <Z>      
    Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.

All the other shortcuts I could find!

  • <Windows> + E – Launch Windows Explorer with Computer view displayed.
  • <Windows> + F – Brings up the Metro File search screen.
  • <Windows> + H – Opens the Metro Share panel.
  • <Windows> + I – Opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
  • <Windows> + K – Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
  • <Windows> + L – Lock PC and return to Lock screen.
  • <Windows> + M – Minimize all Windows on the desktop
  • <Windows> + O – Locks device orientation.
  • <Windows> + P – Choose between available displays.
  • <Windows> + Q – Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
  • <Windows> + R – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and display the Run box.
  • <Windows> + U – Switch to the (classic) Windows desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center.
  • <Windows> + V – Cycles through toasts.
  • <Windows> + W – Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
  • <Windows> + X – Launch Start Menu.
  • <Windows> + Y – Temporarily peek at the desktop.
  • <Windows> + Page Up / Down – Moves tiles to the left / right.
  • <Windows> + , (comma) – Aero Peek at the desktop.

Let me know what are your favorites :)