Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 8


Essential Member
Some of these are new, others are the same keyboard shortcuts we've known for years. Note that "charms" refer to an element of the Metro interface

Win + Spacebar : Switch the input language and keyboard layout
Win + C : Open the Charms
Win + D : Show the desktop
Win + E : open Windows Explorer
Win + F : Open the Search panel
Win + H : Open the Share charm
Win + I : Open the Settings charm
Win + K : Open the Connect charm
Win + L : Lock the computer
Win + O : Lock the screen rotation
Win + Q : Open the search pane
Win + R : Open run
Win + V : Cycle through toasts
Win + W : Opens the Settings search panel
Win + Y : Peek at the desktop
Win + Z : open the app bar
Win + Shift + V : Reverse cycle through toasts
Win + Enter : Launch the narrator
Win + PgUp : Move tiles to the left
Win + PgDn : Move tiles to the right
Win + Shift + . : Move the split to the left
Win + . : Move the split to the right

Anyone else found more? Post them here.


Noob Whisperer
Thanks Mitchell, especially for the "Charms" shortcut. It was a pain getting my mouse gesture to open that little bugger.


Extraordinary Member
Premium Supporter
Awesome list here of the shortcuts glad you posted it!!!

Trouble, this is a Windows 8 thing. It will get better....I hope....but it is Microsoft....yea you better remember those shortcuts LMAO

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