New Keyboard Shortcuts (Hot Keys) in Windows 8
Windows 8 is the latest client operating system from Microsoft. The user interface differs a lot from previous versions of Windows. Most of the design effort for Microsoft Windows 8 has been focused around creating a powerful touch screen interface and introducing a new type of software and application user interface; so called apps. Apps are small applications that are optimized for touch screen environments.
If you have a touch device (for example a tablet) you will find that Windows 8 is very easy to use and intuitive. But if you don't have a touch device Windows 8 can sometimes be rather non-intuitive and complicated to use, unless you are not familiar with some new keyboard shortcuts (hot keys) that have been added to Windows 8. Knowing these keyboard shortcuts will help you having a good experience with Windows 8 also without a touch device. This information will also be a productivity boost for you if you are used to keep your hands on the keyboard often.
In this article we will present some of the new keyboard shortcuts that has been addded to Windows 8. The Win abbreviation used in the tables below is the Windows key of your keyboard. You must press the Windows key and the letter or special character in the same time to invoke the command.
Windows 8 - New keyboard shortcuts
Charms / Charms bar
Charms (or the Charms bar) is a new feature in Windows 8. It is a kind of tool bar that can be accessed from anywhere in Windows, no matter which application you are working on. The charms bar will usually be shown to the right in the computer screen, and can be used for example for searching, sharing information and configuration of settings. The keyboard shortcuts below can be used to handle the charms bar:
The following keyboard shortcuts can be used for searching for apps, programs, settings and files:
The following keyboard shortcuts can be used to handle apps:
The following keyboard shortcuts can be used to handle the classic desktop in Windows 8:
The following keyboard shortcut (keyboard button) can be used to handle the Start screen of Windows 8:
Below are some other useful keyboard shortcuts (hot keys) described:
Keyboard shortcuts from previous Windows that are useful also in Windows 8
The Windows button has existed for a long time and below you will find a list with some commands / keyboard shortcuts that are very useful also in Windows 8:
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|Article written by: Mika Larramo|