For those of you not using Windows 8 on a touch screen device, this info may help you work faster and smarter. There’s really no need to scroll around with a mouse to make key functions appear. Here’s our A to Z (nearly!) guide to keyboard shortcuts for any Windows 8 PC.
You always need to press the Windows key – then add the following:
C for Charms – displays Charms menu.
D for Desktop – activates desktop mode.
E for Explore – opens File Explorer to the “My Computer” view which shows all your drives.
F for Files – opens universal search menu and sets it to search files.
H for Here you go – lets you share information. For example, hitting the Windows Key + H in Bing Maps lets you email or share map information on social networks.
I for In-app settings – displays the Settings menu for the current app. For example, if you’re in Internet Explorer 10, this key shows Internet options. If you’re on the Start menu, it shows general OS settings.
M for Minimize – opens desktop mode and minimizes all windows.
Q for Query – brings up an app search menu that allows you to search your list of installed programs.
R for Run – opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their file names.
X for Xtras – brings up a menu of advanced system options, including Windows Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and File Explorer.
W for Where is it? – opens universal search menu and sets it to search settings.
Z for Zebra (because we couldn’t think of an appropriate Z word) – brings up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.
Other helpful shortcuts include the Windows key and:
Tab - brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps.
Any Number Key (1-9) - switch to desktop mode and make the Nth application on the task bar active where N is the number key you hit and 1 is the furthest taskbar icon to the left.
Full Stop Key – docks the current Windows 8-style application to the right or left, depending on how many times you hit it.