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Guess!! Everyone already knew that windows 8 will be releasing on october 26 and some of you have already had it now on your laptop. Some of you still may get confusiong in search shutdown button as well as menus. So Today, I’ve got a menu key that will help you to take one step forward.

Shorcut keys for windows 8

It doesn’t matter that we’re infront of the Modern UI style or windows desktop of windows 8, we can use this key for switching faster with the menus.

Press Windows logo + X on your Keyboard and you’ll see the prompt of the menu below on the left bottom of your screen.

– Program and Feature
– Power options
– Event Viewer
– System
– Device manager
– Disk managment
– Computer management
– Command Prompt
– Task Manager
– Control Panel
– File Exploer
– Search
– Run
– Desktop

Modern-UI-Windows8-Menu

so this is the menu that i often use it and it’s easy for switching.

Similarly, Here are the more shortcut keys, check it out.

The following table contains new shortcuts for Windows 8. Some are used on the Start screen and with apps you open from the Start screen. Others are used in the desktop.

Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-)Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+scroll wheelZoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key+COpen the Charms
Windows logo key+COpen 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+JSwitch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key+KOpen the Devices charm
Windows logo key+OLock the device orientation
Windows logo key+QOpen the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key+VCycle through notifications
Windows logo key+Shift+VCycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows logo key+WOpen the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key+,Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows logo key+ZShow the commands available in the app
Windows logo key+spacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key+Ctrl+spacebarChange to a previously selected input
Windows logo key+TabCycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key+Ctrl+TabCycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+Shift+TabCycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key+PgUpMove the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key+PgDownMove the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key+Shift+period (.)Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key+period (.)Snaps an app to the right

 

General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
F1Display Help
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder
F4Display the address bar list in Windows 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 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+R (or F5)Refresh the active window
Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)Paste the selected item
Ctrl+XCut the selected item
Ctrl+ZUndo an action
Ctrl+YRedo an action
Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-)Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+scroll wheelZoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+ mouse scroll wheelChange the size of desktop icons
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 with an arrow key+spacebarSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl+Shift with an arrow keySelect a block of text
Ctrl+EscOpen the Start screen
Ctrl+Shift+EscOpen Task Manager
Ctrl+ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
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
EscCancel the current task

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
F1Display Help
F4Display the items in the active list
Ctrl+TabMove forward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+TabMove back through tabs
Ctrl+N (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 for that letter
EnterReplace clicking the mouse for many selected commands
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

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

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

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
Windows logo key+F1Open Windows Help and Support
Windows logo keyDisplay or hide the Start menu
Windows logo key+BSet focus in the notification area
Windows logo key+COpen the Charms
Windows logo key+COpen the commands for the app
Windows logo key+DDisplay and hides the desktop
Windows logo key+EOpen Computer
Windows logo key+FOpen the Search charm and search file
Windows logo key+GCycle through gadgets on the desktop
Windows logo key+HOpen the Share charm
Windows logo key+IOpen the Settings charm
Windows logo key+JSwitch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key+KOpen the Devices charm
Windows logo key+LLock your PC or switch users
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 and search apps
Windows logo key+ROpen the Run dialog box
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+WOpen the Search charm and search settings
Windows logo key+XOpens the Quick Link menu
Windows logo key+,Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows logo key+ZShow the commands available in the app
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+numberStart the desktop 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+numberStart a new instance of the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key+Ctrl+numberSwitch to the last active window of the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key+Alt+numberOpen the Jump List for the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key+Ctrl+Shift+numberOpen a new instance of the desktop app located at the given position on the taskbar as admin
Windows logo key+TabCycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key+Ctrl+TabCycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+Ctrl+BSwitch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
Windows logo key+up arrowMaximize the desktop window
Windows logo key+down arrowMinimize the desktop window
Windows logo key+left arrowMaximize the desktop window to the left side of the screen
Windows logo key+right arrowMaximize the 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 a 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+PgUpMove the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key+PgDownMove the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key+Shift+period (.)Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key+period (.)Snaps an app to the right
Windows logo key+TabCycle through opens apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key+Shift+TabCycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key+Ctrl+TabCycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+/Initiate IME reconversion
Windows logo key+Alt+EnterOpens Windows Media Center
Windows logo key+plus (+) or minus (-)Zoom in or out (in Magnifier)
Windows logo key+EscExit Magnifier

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Use this keyboard shortcutTo 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 parent folder
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 parent folder
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.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
Shift+click on a taskbar buttonOpen a app or quickly open another instance of a app
Ctrl+Shift+click on a taskbar buttonOpen a app as an administrator
Shift+Right-click on a taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the app
Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the group
Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar buttonCycle through the windows of the group

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your PC easier to use.

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
Right Shift for eight secondsTurn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScnTurn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt+Left Shift+Num LockTurn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five timesTurn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five secondsTurn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key+UOpen the Ease of Access Center

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Magnifier.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
Windows logo key+plus (+) or minus (-)Zoom in or out
Ctrl+Alt+spacebarPreview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl+Alt+DSwitch to docked mode
Ctrl+Alt+FSwitch to full-screen mode
Ctrl+Alt+IInvert colors
Ctrl+Alt+LSwitch to lens mode
Ctrl+Alt+RResize the lens
Ctrl+Alt+arrow keysPan in the direction of the arrow keys
Windows logo key+EscExit Magnifier

Narrator keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Narrator.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
Space or EnterActivate current item
Tab and arrow keysMove around on the screen
CtrlStop reading
Caps Lock+DRead item
Caps Lock+MStart reading
Caps Lock+HRead document
Caps Lock+VRepeat phrase
Caps Lock+WRead window
Caps Lock+Page Up/DownIncrease or decrease the volume of the voice
Caps Lock+plus (+) or minus (-)Increase or decrease the speed of the voice
Caps Lock+spacebarDo default action
Caps Lock+left or right arrowsMove to previous/next item
Caps Lock+F2Show commands for current item
Press Caps Lock twice in quick successionTurn Caps Lock on or off
Caps Lock + EscExit Narrator

 

Narrator touch keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Narrator on a four-point touch-enabled PC.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
Tap once with two fingersStop Narrator from reading
Tap three times with four fingersShow all Narrator commands (including the ones not in this list)
Double-tapActivate primary action
Triple-tapActivate secondary action
Touch or drag a single fingerRead what’s under your finger
Flick left/right with one fingerMove to next or previous item
Swipe left/right/up/down with two fingersScroll
Swipe down with three fingersStart reading on explorable text

 

Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Remote Desktop Connection.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo 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 in
Alt+HomeDisplay the Start menu
Ctrl+Alt+BreakSwitch between a window and full screen
Ctrl+Alt+EndDisplay the Windows Security dialog box
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+PrtScn 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 PrtScn 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.

 

Note: Ctrl+Alt+Break and Ctrl+Alt+End are available in all Remote Desktop sessions, even when you’ve set up the remote PC to recognize Windows keyboard shortcuts.

 

Paint keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Paint.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
F1Open Paint Help
F11View a picture in full-screen mode
F12Save the picture as a new file
Ctrl+ASelect the entire picture
Ctrl+BBold selected text
Ctrl+CCopy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+EOpen the Properties dialog box
Ctrl+GShow or hide gridlines
Ctrl+IItalicize selected text
Ctrl+NCreate a new picture
Ctrl+OOpen an existing picture
Ctrl+PPrint a picture
Ctrl+RShow or hide the ruler
Ctrl+SSave changes to a picture
Ctrl+UUnderline selected text
Ctrl+VPaste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl+WOpen the Resize and Skew dialog box
Ctrl+XCut a selection
Ctrl+YRedo a change
Ctrl+ZUndo a change
Ctrl+plus (+)Increase the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl+minus (-)Decrease the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl+Page UpZoom in
Ctrl+Page DownZoom out
Alt+F4Close a picture and its Paint window
Right arrowMove the selection or active shape right by one pixel
Left arrowMove the selection or active shape left by one pixel
Down arrowMove the selection or active shape down by one pixel
Up arrowMove the selection or active shape up by one pixel
F10 or AltDisplay keytips
Shift+F10Show the current shortcut menu

 

WordPad keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with WordPad.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
F1Open WordPad Help
F3Find the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box
F10Display keytips
F12Save the document as a new file
Ctrl+1Set single line spacing
Ctrl+2Set double line spacing
Ctrl+5Set line spacing to 1.5
Ctrl+ASelect the entire document
Ctrl+BMake selected text bold
Ctrl+CCopy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+DInsert a Paint drawing
Ctrl+EAlign text center
Ctrl+FFind text in a document
Ctrl+HReplace text in a document
Ctrl+IItalicize selected text
Ctrl+JJustify text
Ctrl+LAlign text left
Ctrl+NCreate a new document
Ctrl+OOpen an existing document
Ctrl+PPrint a document
Ctrl+RAlign text right
Ctrl+SSave changes to a document
Ctrl+UUnderline selected text
Ctrl+VPaste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl+XCut a selection
Ctrl+YRedo a change
Ctrl+ZUndo a change
Ctrl+=Make selected text subscript
Ctrl+Shift+=Make selected text superscript
Ctrl+Shift+>Increase the font size
Ctrl+Shift+<Decrease the font size
Ctrl+Shift+AChange characters to all capitals
Ctrl+Shift+LChange the bullet style
Ctrl+left arrowMove the cursor one word to the left
Ctrl+right arrowMove the cursor one word to the right
Ctrl+up arrowMove the cursor to the line above
Ctrl+down arrowMove the cursor to the line below
Ctrl+HomeMove to the beginning of the document
Ctrl+EndMove to the end of the document
Ctrl+Page UpMove up one page
Ctrl+Page DownMove down one page
Ctrl+DeleteDelete the next word
Alt+F4Close WordPad
Shift+F10Show the current shortcut menu

 

Calculator keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Calculator.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
F1Open Calculator Help
F2Edit the calculation history
Alt+1Switch to Standard mode
Alt+2Switch to Scientific mode
Alt+3Switch to Programmer mode
Alt+4Switch to Statistics mode
Alt+CCalculate or solve date calculations and worksheets
Ctrl+EOpen date calculations
Ctrl+HTurn calculation history on or off
Ctrl+LPress the MC button
Ctrl+MPress the MS button
Ctrl+PPress the M+ button
Ctrl+QPress the M- button
Ctrl+RPress the MR button
Ctrl+UOpen unit conversion
Ctrl+Shift+DClear the calculation history
F9Press the +/– button
RPress the 1/× button
@Press the square root button
DelPress the CE button
Up arrowNavigate up in the calculation history
Down arrowNavigate down in the calculation history
EscCancel editing the calculation history
EnterRecalculate the calculation history after editing
F3Select Degrees in Scientific mode
F4Select Radians in Scientific mode
F5Select Grads in Scientific mode
Ctrl+BPress the 3√x button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+GPress the 10x button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+OPress the cosh button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+SPress the sinh button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+TPress the tanh button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+YPress the y√x button in Scientific mode
DPress the Mod button in Scientific mode
IPress the Inv button in Scientific mode
LPress the log button in Scientific mode
MPress the dms button in Scientific mode
NPress the ln button in Scientific mode
OPress the cos button in Scientific mode
PPress the pi button in Scientific mode
QPress the x^2 button in Scientific mode
SPress the sin button in Scientific mode
TPress the tan button in Scientific mode
VPress the F-E button in Scientific mode
XPress the Exp button in Scientific mode
YPress the x^y button in Scientific mode
#Press the x^3 button in Scientific mode
;Press the Int button in Scientific mode
!Press the n! button in Scientific mode
(Press the ( button in Scientific mode
)Press the ) button in Scientific mode
F2Select Dword in Programmer mode
F3Select Word in Programmer mode
F4Select Byte in Programmer mode
F5Select Hex in Programmer mode
F6Select Dec in Programmer mode
F7Select Oct in Programmer mode
F8Select Bin in Programmer mode
F12Select Qword in Programmer mode
A-FPress the A-F buttons in Programmer mode
JPress the RoL button in Programmer mode
KPress the RoR button in Programmer mode
<Press the Lsh button in Programmer mode
>Press the Rsh button in Programmer mode
%Press the Mod button in Programmer mode
(Press the ( button in Programmer mode
)Press the ) button in Programmer mode
|Press the Or button in Programmer mode
^Press the Xor button in Programmer mode
~Press the Not button in Programmer mode
&Press the And button in Programmer mode
SpacebarToggles the bit value in Programmer mode
APress the Average button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+APress the Average Sq button in Statistics mode
SPress the Sum button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+SPress the Sum Sq button in Statistics mode
TPress the S.D. button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+TPress the Inv S.D. button in Statistics mode
DPress the CAD button in Statistics mode

 

Windows Journal keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Journal.

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo do this
F1Open Journal Help
F5Refresh the note list
F6Toggle between a note list and a note
F11View a note in full-screen mode
Ctrl+ASelect all items on a page
Ctrl+CCopy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+FStart a basic find
Ctrl+GGo to a page
Ctrl+NStart a new note
Ctrl+OOpen a recently used note
Ctrl+PPrint a note
Ctrl+SSave changes to a note
Ctrl+VPaste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl+XCut a selection
Ctrl+YRedo a change
Ctrl+ZUndo a change
Alt+F4Close a note and its Journal window
Ctrl+Shift+CDisplay a shortcut menu for column headings in a note list
Ctrl+Shift+VMove a note to a specific folder

 

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

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

 

Use this keyboard shortcutTo 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+ADisplay the customer support page
Alt+HomeDisplay the Help and Support home page
Alt+CDisplay the Table of Contents
Ctrl+FSearch the current topic
Alt+NDisplay the Connection Settings menu
Ctrl+PPrint a topic

 

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