If you’re not familiar with keyboard shortcuts—or you’d like to see a list of shortcuts in one place—see the bigger list of keyboard shortcuts.
Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows.
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
Open the charms
Open the Search charm to search files
Open the Share charm
Open the Settings charm
Switch the main app and snapped app
Open the Devices charm
Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Open the Search charm to search apps
Open the Search charm to search settings
Show the commands available in the app
Switch input language and keyboard layout
Change to a previously selected input
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled
Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Snaps an app to the left
Snaps an app to the right
You can find out more about the Start charm, the Search charm, and app commands so you can move around Windows 8 and Windows RT quickly.
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