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30 New Hotkeys For Windows 8

Hotkeys allow you to save time by quickly accessing menus and performing different tasks, which may take more time when done with mouse. Windows 8 Consumer Preview was launched some days ago, and along with the new user interface, also came new hotkeys to access the new menus included in Windows 8. We thought it would be nice to compile a list of shortcuts that you will find very useful while using Windows 8. Some of the shortcuts are same as Windows 7, but a lot have changed, too. Keep reading to find out some easy access hotkeys for Windows 8.

  • Win + Print Screen – Take Screenshot (Saves as PNG in Pictures Library)


Charms Bar

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  • Win + Q – Open Global Search

Search Apps

  • Win + W – Search Within System Settings (Allows you to search directly within System Settings)
  • Win + F – Search Within Files (Allows you to search directly within Files)


  • Win + Z – Access Options of Metro Apps (Can also be accessed by right-clicking on an empty space)

Metro Apps Options

  • Win + I – Open Settings Menu

Settings Menu

  • Win + P – Open Second Screen/ Projector Settings (For dual monitor setup)

Projector Settings

  • Win + H – Go to Share Settings Pane (Lists sharing options relative to currently running app)
  • Win + K – Open Devices Settings Pane (Lists currently connected devices)
  • Win + X – Open System Utility Settings Menu in bottom-left corner.

System Utility Settings

  • Win + T – Preview Opened Windows in Taskbar (Brings up the window thumbnail from taskbar one by one)
  • Win + U – Open Ease of Access Center

Ease of Access Center

  • Win + E – Open Windows Explorer
  • Win + R – Open Run Dialogue Box
  • Win + Pause – Open System Properties Window
  • Win + Enter – Open Windows Narrator


  • Win + Shift + . – Snap Application to Right Side (Toggles between Right side, Left side and Full Screen)

Snap App to Right

  • Win + . – Snap Application to Left Side


  • Win + , – Peek at Desktop (Aero Peek)

Aero Peek

  • Win + D – Go to Desktop
  • Win + M – Minimize All Applications
  • Win + B – Go Back to Desktop
  • Win + J – Switches focus between snapped Metro applications
  • Win + L – Lock Screen


  • Win + Page Up/ Page Down – Switch Primary & Secondary Monitors (Dual Display)

Screen Resolution


  • Ctrl + Mouse Scroll (In Start Screen) – Tile Zoom Toggle
  • Ctrl + Mouse Scroll (In Desktop) – Change Desktop Icon Size
  • Ctrl + Shift+ N – Create New Folder in Current Directory

If you have found any shortcut for Windows 8 that we have missed in our list, let us know about it in the comments below!

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