Beyond the basics

Windows 8, Windows RT

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New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

With Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can use the keyboard shortcuts you're already using, and you'll find new ones too. For example, the easiest way to search on the Start screen is to simply start typing. Not on the Start screen? Press the Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key and you can quickly switch between Start and the app you're in.

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.

Press this To do this
Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+start typing
To do this

Search your PC

Press this

Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-)

To do this

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Press this

Ctrl+scroll wheel

To do this

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C
To do this

Open the charms

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+F
To do this

Open the Search charm to search files

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+H
To do this

Open the Share charm

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+I
To do this

Open the Settings charm

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+J
To do this

Switch the main app and snapped app

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+K
To do this

Open the Devices charm

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+O
To do this

Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Q
To do this

Open the Search charm to search apps

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+W
To do this

Open the Search charm to search settings

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Z
To do this

Show the commands available in the app

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+spacebar
To do this

Switch input language and keyboard layout

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+spacebar
To do this

Change to a previously selected input

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Tab
To do this

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Ctrl+Tab
To do this

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+Tab
To do this

Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgUp
To do this

Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+PgDown
To do this

Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+period (.)
To do this

Snaps an app to the left

Press this
Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+period (.)
To do this

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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Check the Performance & maintenance section of Support for solutions.

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