Windows 8: A complete list of keyboard shortcuts

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been out now for a few weeks and if you still need a bit of help getting around, Microsoft has posted up a list of all the keyboard shortcuts for you to master.

If you are a keyboard knight, the list will surely become your go-to document to help you jump around the new OS and gain back valuable seconds that mouse users daftly throw away each day.

The full list can be downloaded via the link below (via the Microsoft blog) that gives you more shortcuts than you can shake a stick at.

For those who do not use keyboard shortcuts, it is worth checking out as once you become proficient with these little gems, they allow you to navigate the OS faster and become a champion of the desktop. 

Grab the Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF) file.

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bloody hell there is some muppets in here, u dont have to know them they just posted them if u were wondering, they are basically the same as vista's/win7 keyboard shortcuts

this ppl dont understand. A tablet/phone OS is not the same for desktop/laptops/netbooks/etc computers.
Most of the ppl who was using windows since EVER wont accept this, by two principles, 1st the dont want a tablet and if they want they buy an ipad or ANY android tablet and 2nd if something works (aka, the old interface) why change?. There is no reason to change and if because one day you wake up and say "hey! there is a big market that we are losing, the tablet market, we should do something about it", you better think that again, because this would destroy your reputation.

actually it's not a full list of shortcuts. for example they forgot about new Win+PrtScr = instant screenshot

I still don't know why Microsoft expects people to learn all this stuff by heart. Especially if and when people are dealing with different operating systems and/or versions on a daily basis. I.e. Windows 8 at home, Windows 7 or OS X at work.

Edited by .Neo, Mar 20 2012, 10:29pm :

Big wooop! It does nothing to make Windows-8 oriented to those people who have intensive keyboard/mouse requirements--letters, memos, research papers, etc., etc.

im just shaking my head at people right now... really complaining about something that has been in windows forever, you do know you dont need to know these at all right?. they posted the same type of list for Windows 7 as well.
but hey i guess its the cool thing to complain about Windows 8

Keyboard shortcuts are great, But what I don't like is when the charms, open apps and start screen get in the way. Microsoft needs to allow us to turn that **** off.

Good for them. I haven't used keyboard short cuts since the 90's. I won't ever use them again because the mouse is, and has been for so many years, a reliable and effective input device that doesn't require me to know hundreds of combinations which bear no resemblance to their function.

I will only use them in the event a mouse isn't or can't work and that's it.

Also the average and basic user won't use these let alone remember them.

it is surprising how many people I work with that don't seem to know basic things like copy/paste or select all. I mean the average user really doesn't use these keyboard short cuts.

Midnight Mick said,
Keyoard shortcuts: Utterly useless to the "Average User".

Absolutely right but that doesn't mean the average user can't learn them. A lot of people just don't know the shortcuts. For me, since I've used them I've had a much better experience with the OS.

xXgreatestever said,

Absolutely right but that doesn't mean the average user can't learn them. A lot of people just don't know the shortcuts. .

Nobody should ever HAVE to learn a single shortcut. It's supposed to speed things up for advanced users.

Windows 8's GUI is a complete fail for 99% of computer users.

And yes, all of us here are the 1% of the PC knowledgeable. And even we're frustrated...

ShareShiz said,
All these shortcuts have been around for YEARS.. except maybe a handful of new ones.

So, not all then...

been using windows 8CP for several weeks and I just got a Microsoft touch mouse, although I already liked it, using it with the touch mouse really makes it more fun. they just need to integrate more gestures, or maybe I just need to learn more :-).

I never was a fan to operate with shortcuts. Some can be handle but most of I prefer to shove my mouse. Win 8 is a little to much shortcut oriented and the mouse gestures for the desktop to become the charmbar is awful.

Am i the only one to not like keyboard shortcuts when working with a mouse ?

Don't get me wrong i use keyboard shortcuts a lot when i'm coding and writing some text in word cause i primary use the keyboard for those tasks.

But if i'm using the mouse (when i'm surfing then Web or working on some web gfx using Paint.Net or Gimp) i really prefer to click using the mouse so i don't have to move my hand between the keyboard and the mouse. What's so bad about winkey + click ? i don't have to leave the mouse to do it and with a high dpi mouse it's as fast as moving my hand to the keyboard and use a shortcut.

Anyway probably just me.

Timan said,
Expecting normal folk to use keyboard shortcuts = fail ui.

normal folks dont' need to use keyboard shortcuts.... win7, vista, xp, etc. all had keyboard shortcuts too... not a big deal. I'm a poweruser and use keyboard shortcuts all the time.... and can do most things faster than an most people on other OS's with the shortcuts... so no complaints. It's meant for power users and users who are interested (which trust me there, there always are)

Timan said,
Expecting normal folk to use keyboard shortcuts = fail ui.

They aren't expecting normal people too... these aren't for most normal users - basically everything above can be accomplished with a mouse & keyboard.

Timan said,
Expecting normal folk to use keyboard shortcuts = fail ui.

You're only saying that because it isn't the norm. Keyboard shortcuts have always allowed anyone to perform certain tasks faster, increasing their productivity. If they were more common/prominent in previous versions of Windows, average users may well have been taught to use them over using the mouse for everything; if they had, I doubt you'd be saying that.

Tekkerson said,
If they can get used to the mouse, they can get used to the keyboard

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. The goal of any GUI redesign should be to take us back to the de facto methodologies from the 1970's...

The fact that this document is even needed to really make this OS work is an utter fail.

excalpius said,

The fact that this document is even needed to really make this OS work is an utter fail.

? EVERYTHING listed can be done with touch, or mouse & keyboard. This isn't needed if you want to use the OS.

Neobond said,
I'm still meh.

(using Windows 8 Consumer Preview full time from a Windows 7 upgrade).

I tried it for a while too on my Media Center PC. The OS is solid, but I don't think it's a true test until we have more apps (like thousands). Also, scrolling in all of the apps is weird. Some only response to the mouse wheel, others allow arrow keys or page up/down buttons. It just needs to be consistent.

dagamer34 said,

I tried it for a while too on my Media Center PC. The OS is solid, but I don't think it's a true test until we have more apps (like thousands). Also, scrolling in all of the apps is weird. Some only response to the mouse wheel, others allow arrow keys or page up/down buttons. It just needs to be consistent.

Agree with the consistency... many apps I've tried dont let you scroll left and right with the mouse wheel and force you to use the scrollbar.

I also wish they'd add a "grab and drag" thing with the mouse to emulate a finger. Would make scrolling through the sideways metro screens more intuitive I think.