Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcuts

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key‌ +start typing

Search 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 wheel

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Windows logo key‌ +C

Open the charms

In an app, open the commands for the app

Windows logo key‌ +F

Open the Search charm to search files

Windows logo key‌ +H

Open the Share charm

Windows logo key‌ +I

Open the Settings charm

Windows logo key‌ +J

Switch the main app and snapped app

Windows logo key‌ +K

Open the Devices charm

Windows logo key‌ +O

Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

Windows logo key‌ +Q

Open the Search charm to search apps

Windows logo key‌ +W

Open the Search charm to search settings

Windows logo key‌ +Z

Show the commands available in the app

Windows logo key‌ +spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout

Windows logo key‌ +Ctrl+spacebar

Change to a previously selected input

Windows logo key‌ +Tab

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)

Windows logo key‌ +Ctrl+Tab

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled

Windows logo key‌ +Shift+Tab

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

Windows logo key‌ +PgUp

Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Windows logo key‌ +PgDown

Move 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

Esc

Stop or exit the current task

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

F2

Rename the selected item

F3

Search for a file or folder

F4

Display the address bar list in File Explorer

F5

Refresh the active window

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F10

Activate the menu bar in the active app

Alt+F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app

Alt+Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

Alt+underlined letter

Perform the command for that letter

Alt+Enter

Display properties for the selected item

Alt+Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Alt+Left arrow

Back

Alt+Right arrow

Forward

Alt+Page Up

Move up one screen

Alt+Page Down

Move down one screen

Alt+Tab

Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)

Ctrl+F4

Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Ctrl+A

Select 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+X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl+Y

Redo an action

Ctrl+Z

Undo 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 wheel

Change 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 arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl+Left arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl+Down arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Up arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps

Ctrl+arrow key (to move to an item)+Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text

Ctrl+Esc

Open the Start screen

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

Open Task Manager

Ctrl+Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available

Ctrl+Spacebar

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off

Shift+F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Shift+Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

Right arrow

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

Left arrow

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

Esc

Stop or leave the current task

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

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key  +F1

Open Windows Help and Support

Windows logo key 

Display or hide the Start screen

Windows logo key  +B

Set focus in the notification area

Windows logo key  +C

Open the Charms

Windows logo key  +D

Display and hide the desktop

Windows logo key  +E

Open Computer

Windows logo key  +F

Open the Search charm and search for files

Windows logo key  +G

Cycle through Gadgets on the desktop

Windows logo key  +H

Open the Share charm

Windows logo key  +I

Open the Settings charm

Windows logo key  +J

Switch the main app and snapped app

Windows logo key  +K

Open the Devices charm

Windows logo key  +L

Lock your PC or switch users

Windows logo key  +M

Minimize all windows

Windows logo key  +O

Lock device orientation

Windows logo key  +P

Choose a presentation display mode

Windows logo key  +Q

Open the Search charm and search for apps

Windows logo key  +R

Open the Run dialog box

Windows logo key  +T

Cycle through apps on the taskbar

Windows logo key  +U

Open Ease of Access Center

Windows logo key  +V

Cycle through notifications

Windows logo key  +Shift+V

Cycle through notifications in reverse order

Windows logo key  +W

Open the Search charm and search for settings

Windows logo key  +X

Open the Quick Link menu

Windows logo key  +Z

Show the commands available in the app

Windows logo key  +,

Temporarily peek at the desktop

Windows logo key  +Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box

Windows logo key  +Ctrl+F

Search for PCs (if you're on a network)

Windows logo key  +Shift+M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop

Windows logo key  +number

Start 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+number

Start a new instance of the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key  +Ctrl+number

Switch to the last active window of the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key  +Alt+number

Open the Jump List for the desktop app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key  +Ctrl+Shift+number

Open a new instance of the desktop app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator

Windows logo key  +Tab

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)

Windows logo key  +Ctrl+Tab

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled

Windows logo key  +Shift+Tab

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

Windows logo key  +Ctrl+B

Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area

Windows logo key  +Up arrow

Maximize the desktop window

Windows logo key  +Down arrow

Minimize the desktop window

Windows logo key  +Left arrow

Maximize the desktop window to the left side of the screen

Windows logo key  +Right arrow

Maximize the desktop window to the right side of the screen

Windows logo key  +Home

Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)

Windows logo key  +Shift+Up arrow

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

Windows logo key  +Shift+Down arrow

Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width

Windows logo key  +Shift+Left arrow or Right arrow

Move a window in the desktop from one monitor to another

Windows logo key  +Spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout

Windows logo key  +Ctrl+Spacebar

Change to a previously selected input

Windows logo key  +Enter

Open Narrator

Windows logo key  +Page Up

Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Windows logo key  +Page Down

Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Windows logo key  +Shift+period (.)

Snap an app to the left

Windows logo key  +period (.)

Snap an app to the right

Windows logo key  +/

Initiate IME reconversion

Windows logo key  +Alt+Enter

Open Windows Media Center

Windows logo key  +plus (+) or minus (-)

Zoom in or out using Magnifier

Windows logo key  +Esc

Exit Magnifier

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

F4

Display the items in the active list

Ctrl+Tab

Move forward through tabs

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Move back through tabs

Ctrl+number (number 1-9)

Move to nth tab

Tab

Move forward through options

Shift+Tab

Move back through options

Alt+underlined letter

Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

Spacebar

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Backspace

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in theSave As or Open dialog box

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

Press this key

To do this

Alt+D

Select the address bar

Ctrl+E

Select the search box

Ctrl+F

Select the search box

Ctrl+N

Open a new window

Ctrl+W

Close the current window

Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Ctrl+Shift+E

Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl+Shift+N

Create 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+P

Display the preview pane

Alt+Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

Alt+Right arrow

View the next folder

Alt+Up arrow

View the folder that the folder was in

Alt+Left arrow

View the previous folder

Backspace

View the previous folder

Right arrow

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Left arrow

Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in

End

Display the bottom of the active window

Home

Display the top of the active window

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

Press this key

To do this

Shift+click a taskbar button

Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app

Ctrl+Shift+click a taskbar button

Open an app as an administrator

Shift+right-click a taskbar button

Show the window menu for the app

Shift+right-click a grouped taskbar button

Show the window menu for the group

Ctrl+click a grouped taskbar button

Cycle through the windows of the group

Press this key

To do this

Right Shift for eight seconds

Turn Filter Keys on and off

Left Alt+left Shift+Print Screen

Turn High Contrast on or off

Left Alt+left Shift+Num Lock

Turn Mouse Keys on or off

Shift five times

Turn Sticky Keys on or off

Num Lock for five seconds

Turn Toggle Keys on or off

Windows logo key  +U

Open the Ease of Access Center

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key +plus (+) or minus (-)

Zoom in or out

Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar

Preview the desktop in full-screen mode

Ctrl+Alt+D

Switch to docked mode

Ctrl+Alt+F

Switch to full-screen mode

Ctrl+Alt+I

Invert colors

Ctrl+Alt+L

Switch to lens mode

Ctrl+Alt+R

Resize the lens

Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys

Pan in the direction of the arrow keys

Windows logo key +Esc

Exit Magnifier

Press this key

To do this

Spacebar or Enter

Activate current item

Tab and arrow keys

Move around on the screen

Ctrl

Stop reading

Caps Lock+D

Read item

Caps Lock+M

Start reading

Caps Lock+H

Read document

Caps Lock+V

Repeat phrase

Caps Lock+W

Read window

Caps Lock+Page Up or Page Down

Increase or decrease the volume of the voice

Caps Lock+plus (+) or minus (-)

Increase or decrease the speed of the voice

Caps Lock+Spacebar

Do default action

Caps Lock+Left or Right arrows

Move to previous/next item

Caps Lock+F2

Show commands for current item

Press Caps Lock twice in quick succession

Turn Caps Lock on or off

Caps+Esc

Exit Narrator

Press this key

To do this

Tap once with two fingers

Stop Narrator from reading

Tap three times with four fingers

Show all Narrator commands (including the ones not in this list)

Double-tap

Activate primary action

Triple-tap

Activate secondary action

Touch or drag a single finger

Read what’s under your fingers

Flick left/right with one finger

Move to next or previous item

Swipe left/right/up/down with two fingers

Scroll

Swipe down with three fingers

Start reading on explorable text

Press this key

To do this

Alt+Page Up

Move between apps from left to right

Alt+Page Down

Move between apps from right to left

Alt+Insert

Cycle through apps in the order that they were started

Alt+Home

Display the Start screen

Ctrl+Alt+Break

Switch between a window and full screen

Ctrl+Alt+End

Display the Windows Security dialog box

Ctrl+Alt+Home

In full-screen mode, activate the connection bar

Alt+Delete

Display the system menu

Ctrl+Alt+minus (-) on the numeric keypad

Place 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 keypad

Place 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.

Press this key

To do this

F3

Move the cursor to the search box

F10

Display the Options menu

Home

Move to the beginning of a topic

End

Move to the end of a topic

Alt+Left arrow

Move back to the previously viewed topic

Alt+Right arrow

Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic

Alt+Home

Display the Help and Support home page

Alt+A

Display the customer support page

Alt+C

Display the Table of Contents

Alt+N

Display the Connection Settings menu

Ctrl+F

Search the current topic

Ctrl+P

Print a topic

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