Although Windows 8 has a radical new interface for touch, it still supports the mouse and keyboard and in fact comes with a few new keyboard shortcuts that can make working on Windows 8 more productive and navigating easier.
How-To Geek has compiled some of the most important shortcut keys, including:
- Windows key — brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Win7 start menu.
- Win + D — brings up the old Windows desktop.
- Win + C — brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share and change settings.
- Win + I — opens the Settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
- Win + Z — opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
- Win + H — opens the Metro Share panel.
- Win + Q — brings up the Metro App Search screen.
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After you've learned those, for an even more comprehensive hotkeys list, check out PCWorld's compiled chart of shortcuts (excerpted image above). They include these shortcuts plus some others, like locking the device orientation with Win + O, as well as the shortcuts that are unchanged from Windows 7.