I was going to go find these when another Forum Member beat me to it, LOL. Thanks for that!! Anyway, being the big, handy
help that they are, I feel they should be a Sticky, though, not just sure in what section of our W8 Forum. Nor can I find or
recall where his entry was or in what thread. So anyway, here they are & I humbly take no credit although I added some:
Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8:
[WIN KEY] Open Metro Start Screen
Arrow (Direction) Keys will scroll through Start tiles
[WN KEY] >Desktop, (Can need tapping depending on location)
[Esc Key] (Once or twice) > Desktop
[WIN KEY] + C Open Charms bar
[WIN KEY] + I Desktop settings, quick access to power/shutdown/restart
[WIN KEY] + Snaps
grab an open window or an app, @ the top, take it left or right to Snap (split the screen).
[WIN KEY] + Up Arrow gives Full screen
[WN KEY] + Down Arrow back to original window state
[WIN KEY] + W Search Settings
[WIN KEY] + F Search Files
[WIN KEY] + D Go to Desktop anytime, from anywhere
[WIN KEY] + . Snap current app to right side
[WIN KEY] + Shift + . Snap current app to left side
[WIN KEY] + , Peek at the Windows desktop
[WIN KEY] + Q Search Apps (from Desktop)
[WIN KEY] + Z (from Start) Display app bar & ALL APPS icon > All Apps display
Rt Clk, when on Start, also, gives app bar w/ All Apps icon
[WIN KEY] + Enter Narrator
[WIN KEY] + K Devices
[WIN KEY] + L Lock Screen
[WIN KEY] + H Share options
[WIN KEY] + P Projector/Display options
[WIN KEY] + R Run a command
[WIN KEY] + U Ease of Access Center
[WIN KEY] + X Quick access to a variety of system functions
[WIN KEY] + PageUp/PageDown multiple monitors, swap which 1 the Start screen is on
[WIN KEY] + PrtScreen Save .png screenshot of desktop in Pictures library
[WIN KEY] + = Magnifier Larger
[WIN KEY] + - Magnifier Smaller
[WIN KEY] + Tab Gives LF Side Panel scroll through open windows (nicer than Alt + Tab)
Alt + Tab Scrolls through open windows
You can just hit Ctrl at the lock screen instead of dragging with the mouse.
Ctrl-Alt-Del Access to lock, switch user, sign out, Task Manager, power, accessibility
Mouse Tips for
Move mouse to upper or lower right-hand of screen will open the Charms bar, slide mouse up or down to access.
In Desktop app, click far right of taskbar to show desktop(minimize all apps), just like Windows 7
Move mouse to upper-left, then slide cursor down to reveal running app thumbnails
Move mouse to lower-left, then slide cursor up to reveal running app thumbnails
Move mouse to upper-left and click mouse repeatedly to cycle through apps
When in the "app thumbnail bar" (upper-left) right-click thumbnails for options to snap left/right or close app.
* Pull an open App to the bottom of the screen & it will close.
Move mouse to lower-left and click for Metro Start menu (you can right-click it for a handy menu)
Move mouse to top edge of screen in a Metro app and the cursor will change to a hand, drag
down to the bottom of the screen to close the app.
In Metro Start screen click button in lower-right to activate semantic zoom. You can right-click a group of tiles to
name them. Click anywhere to exit semantic zoom. Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel zooms the Start Menu in and out too.
Drag tiles anywhere to arrange them. Drag between two groups of tiles and a vertical thick white bar will appear,
dropping a tile on that bar will create a new group.
The menu one gets by Rt Clk @ the bottom-left... not only can
you get that when @ Desktop but, also, when @ Start or any other screen, even an App screen.
Whilst @ Desktop,
Start is @ bottom-left & Apps @ top-left
But, @ Start, Desktop is @ bottom-left, Apps @ top-left
And when @ an App, Desktop is @ top-left & Start is @ bottom-left
You can, also, Search by beginning to type
anywhere on the Start screen
Start can be moved laterally by the mouse & w/out using the scroll bar.
This can only be done from open Desktop space but, that takes nothing away from its
NB: Credit to Dave for this. Thank you.