Windows 8 shortcuts: a new city

I bet you know a lot of shortcuts when it comes to driving around town.  It helps you to get to your destination a lot  quicker and avoid those traffic jams.  One of the things that makes driving in an unfamiliar city a challenge is not knowing those shortcuts.Windows 8 shortcuts

Well, Windows 8/8.1 is a "new city" for many of us.  And if you use Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse, getting to know these shortcuts can save a lot of time and frustration.  While most of all your old favorite Windows shortcuts still work, there are a lot of new one Windows 8 shortcuts to help you navigate.

While touchscreen users can take advantage of the many navigational changes , e.g. the Charms Menu, Metro UI with tiles, and swipes, Microsoft has done their part to ensure that users who prefer getting around with the keyboard would not feel left out.

To cater to this group,   Microsoft has integrated new keyboard shortcuts to let them navigate through the reconstructed OS faster and easier. And as much fun as touchscreens can be, sometimes you can do more with keyboard shortcuts than you can with swipes. Besides, if you are part of the keyboard generation, shortcuts just come more naturally anyways.

Here is a small list of common shortcuts.  You can also download a useful PDF file with a list of shortcuts including some Windows 8 Shortcuts

  • Top keyboard shortcuts

Press this Key                                                                                    To Do this


Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)                                                                       Copy the selected item


Ctrl+X                                                                                               Cut the selected item


Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)                                                                      Paste the selected item


Ctrl+Z                                                                                                Undo an action


Alt+Tab                                                                                             Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)


Alt+F4                                                                                                Close the active item, or exit the active app

  • General keyboard shortcuts

F1                                                                                                        Display Help


 

F2                                                                                                        Rename the selected item


F3                                                                                                       Search for a file or folder


F4                                                                                                        Display the address bar list in File Explorer


F5                                                                                                        Refresh the active window


F6                                                                                                        Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

Windows 8 shortcuts are great as you'll become faster and work more efficiently by using them on a daily basis