Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts


New Windows 8 shortcuts

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 wheel Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key+C Open the Charms
Windows logo key+C 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 device orientation
Windows logo key+Q Open the Search charm to search apps
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 to search settings
Windows logo key+, Temporarily peek at the desktop
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

 

General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.

 

Use this keyboard shortcut 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 Windows 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+R (or F5) Refresh the active window
Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
Ctrl+Z Undo an action
Ctrl+Y Redo an action
Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-) Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+scroll wheel Zoom in or out of apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl+ mouse scroll wheel Change the size of desktop icons
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 with an arrow key+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 enabled
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 Cancel the current task

 

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

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

 

Use this keyboard shortcut 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+N (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 for that letter
Enter Replace clicking the mouse for many selected commands
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 the Save As or Open dialog box
Arrow keys Select 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 shortcut To do this
Windows logo key+F1 Open Windows Help and Support
Windows logo key Display or hide the Start menu
Windows logo key+B Set focus in the notification area
Windows logo key+C Open the Charms
Windows logo key+C Open the commands for the app
Windows logo key+D Display and hides the desktop
Windows logo key+E Open Computer
Windows logo key+F Open the Search charm and search file
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 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 settings
Windows logo key+X Opens the Quick Link menu
Windows logo key+, Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows logo key+Z Show the commands available in the app
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 admin
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+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+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
Windows logo key+Tab Cycle through opens apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key+Shift+Tab Cycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab Cycle through opens apps (except desktop apps) and snaps them as they are cycled
Windows logo key+/ Initiate IME reconversion
Windows logo key+Alt+Enter Opens Windows Media Center
Windows logo key+plus (+) or minus (-) Zoom in or out (in Magnifier)
Windows logo key+Esc Exit Magnifier

 

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

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

 

Use this keyboard shortcut 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 parent folder
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 parent folder
End Display the bottom of the active window
Home Display the top of the active window
F11 Maximize 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 shortcut To do this
Shift+click on a taskbar button Open a app or quickly open another instance of a app
Ctrl+Shift+click on a taskbar button Open a app as an administrator
Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button Show the window menu for the app
Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group
Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button Cycle 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 shortcut To do this
Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScn 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

 

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Magnifier.

 

Use this keyboard shortcut 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

 

Narrator keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Narrator.

 

Use this keyboard shortcut To do this
Space 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/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 Lock + Esc Exit 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 shortcut 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 finger
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

 

Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts

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

 

Use this keyboard shortcut 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 in
Alt+Home Display the Start menu
Ctrl+Alt+Break Switch between a window and full screen
Ctrl+Alt+End Display the Windows Security dialog box
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+PrtScn 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 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 shortcut To do this
F1 Open Paint Help
F11 View a picture in full-screen mode
F12 Save the picture as a new file
Ctrl+A Select the entire picture
Ctrl+B Bold selected text
Ctrl+C Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+E Open the Properties dialog box
Ctrl+G Show or hide gridlines
Ctrl+I Italicize selected text
Ctrl+N Create a new picture
Ctrl+O Open an existing picture
Ctrl+P Print a picture
Ctrl+R Show or hide the ruler
Ctrl+S Save changes to a picture
Ctrl+U Underline selected text
Ctrl+V Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl+W Open the Resize and Skew dialog box
Ctrl+X Cut a selection
Ctrl+Y Redo a change
Ctrl+Z Undo 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 Up Zoom in
Ctrl+Page Down Zoom out
Alt+F4 Close a picture and its Paint window
Right arrow Move the selection or active shape right by one pixel
Left arrow Move the selection or active shape left by one pixel
Down arrow Move the selection or active shape down by one pixel
Up arrow Move the selection or active shape up by one pixel
F10 or Alt Display keytips
Shift+F10 Show the current shortcut menu

 

WordPad keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with WordPad.

 

Use this keyboard shortcut To do this
F1 Open WordPad Help
F3 Find the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box
F10 Display keytips
F12 Save the document as a new file
Ctrl+1 Set single line spacing
Ctrl+2 Set double line spacing
Ctrl+5 Set line spacing to 1.5
Ctrl+A Select the entire document
Ctrl+B Make selected text bold
Ctrl+C Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+D Insert a Paint drawing
Ctrl+E Align text center
Ctrl+F Find text in a document
Ctrl+H Replace text in a document
Ctrl+I Italicize selected text
Ctrl+J Justify text
Ctrl+L Align text left
Ctrl+N Create a new document
Ctrl+O Open an existing document
Ctrl+P Print a document
Ctrl+R Align text right
Ctrl+S Save changes to a document
Ctrl+U Underline selected text
Ctrl+V Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl+X Cut a selection
Ctrl+Y Redo a change
Ctrl+Z Undo 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+A Change characters to all capitals
Ctrl+Shift+L Change the bullet style
Ctrl+left arrow Move the cursor one word to the left
Ctrl+right arrow Move the cursor one word to the right
Ctrl+up arrow Move the cursor to the line above
Ctrl+down arrow Move the cursor to the line below
Ctrl+Home Move to the beginning of the document
Ctrl+End Move to the end of the document
Ctrl+Page Up Move up one page
Ctrl+Page Down Move down one page
Ctrl+Delete Delete the next word
Alt+F4 Close WordPad
Shift+F10 Show the current shortcut menu

 

Calculator keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Calculator.

 

Use this keyboard shortcut To do this
F1 Open Calculator Help
F2 Edit the calculation history
Alt+1 Switch to Standard mode
Alt+2 Switch to Scientific mode
Alt+3 Switch to Programmer mode
Alt+4 Switch to Statistics mode
Alt+C Calculate or solve date calculations and worksheets
Ctrl+E Open date calculations
Ctrl+H Turn calculation history on or off
Ctrl+L Press the MC button
Ctrl+M Press the MS button
Ctrl+P Press the M+ button
Ctrl+Q Press the M- button
Ctrl+R Press the MR button
Ctrl+U Open unit conversion
Ctrl+Shift+D Clear the calculation history
F9 Press the +/– button
R Press the 1/× button
@ Press the square root button
Del Press the CE button
Up arrow Navigate up in the calculation history
Down arrow Navigate down in the calculation history
Esc Cancel editing the calculation history
Enter Recalculate the calculation history after editing
F3 Select Degrees in Scientific mode
F4 Select Radians in Scientific mode
F5 Select Grads in Scientific mode
Ctrl+B Press the 3√x button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+G Press the 10x button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+O Press the cosh button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+S Press the sinh button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+T Press the tanh button in Scientific mode
Ctrl+Y Press the y√x button in Scientific mode
D Press the Mod button in Scientific mode
I Press the Inv button in Scientific mode
L Press the log button in Scientific mode
M Press the dms button in Scientific mode
N Press the ln button in Scientific mode
O Press the cos button in Scientific mode
P Press the pi button in Scientific mode
Q Press the x^2 button in Scientific mode
S Press the sin button in Scientific mode
T Press the tan button in Scientific mode
V Press the F-E button in Scientific mode
X Press the Exp button in Scientific mode
Y Press 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
F2 Select Dword in Programmer mode
F3 Select Word in Programmer mode
F4 Select Byte in Programmer mode
F5 Select Hex in Programmer mode
F6 Select Dec in Programmer mode
F7 Select Oct in Programmer mode
F8 Select Bin in Programmer mode
F12 Select Qword in Programmer mode
A-F Press the A-F buttons in Programmer mode
J Press the RoL button in Programmer mode
K Press 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
Spacebar Toggles the bit value in Programmer mode
A Press the Average button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+A Press the Average Sq button in Statistics mode
S Press the Sum button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+S Press the Sum Sq button in Statistics mode
T Press the S.D. button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+T Press the Inv S.D. button in Statistics mode
D Press the CAD button in Statistics mode

 

Windows Journal keyboard shortcuts

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

 

Use this keyboard shortcut To do this
F1 Open Journal Help
F5 Refresh the note list
F6 Toggle between a note list and a note
F11 View a note in full-screen mode
Ctrl+A Select all items on a page
Ctrl+C Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl+F Start a basic find
Ctrl+G Go to a page
Ctrl+N Start a new note
Ctrl+O Open a recently used note
Ctrl+P Print a note
Ctrl+S Save changes to a note
Ctrl+V Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl+X Cut a selection
Ctrl+Y Redo a change
Ctrl+Z Undo a change
Alt+F4 Close a note and its Journal window
Ctrl+Shift+C Display a shortcut menu for column headings in a note list
Ctrl+Shift+V Move 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 shortcut 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+A Display the customer support page
Alt+Home Display the Help and Support home page
Alt+C Display the Table of Contents
Ctrl+F Search the current topic
Alt+N Display the Connection Settings menu
Ctrl+P Print a topic

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