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Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time by Lance Whitney

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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 offers a variety of keyboard shortcuts to help PC users navigate the new interface and launch different features and commands. Though you can certainly get around using just a mouse, you will probably find it helpful to learn and rely on certain keyboard shortcuts. This section lists the new keyboard shortcuts introduced in Windows 8 along with some of the familiar shortcuts that have long been part of Windows.

Windows 8 UI Shortcuts

Table A.1 details keyboard shortcuts for the Windows 8 UI.

Table A.1 Windows 8 UI Shortcuts

Shortcut

Description

Windows

Go to Start screen, or toggle between Start screen and last app

Right arrow

Move right one tile on Start screen

Left arrow

Move left one tile on Start screen

Down arrow

Move down one tile on Start screen

Up arrow

Move up one tile on Start screen

Home

Move to first tile on Start screen

End

Move to last tile on Start screen

Tab

Switch between Start screen tile and profile name and picture in upper-right corner

Ctrl+-

Zoom out

Ctrl++

Zoom in

Windows+=

Turn on Magnifier

Windows++

Zoom in with Magnifier

Windows+-

Zoom out with Magnifier

Windows+Z

Display app bar in current Windows 8 app

Windows+Tab

Cycle through all open apps on Switch List bar

Alt+Tab

Cycle forward through all open apps in center window

Alt+Shift+Tab

Cycle backward through all open apps in center window

Windows+Q

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