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How to use keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8


Many users while working with a computer are limited to using a computer mouse. In fact, this method only seems convenient, but the keyboard shortcuts are much easier to use. In addition, some of them allow you to go to the desired window in a split second, while you will have to spend several clicks on the same operation with the mouse.

Windows keyboard shortcuts became especially useful after the release of the new Windows8.

Introduction to Windows8

The main reason for the development of version 8 is the emergence of a large number of touchscreen gadgets on the technology market, competitiveness against the background of IOS and Android. Even though Windows 8 is already very easy to use on touch devices – with the tap of a finger on the screen everything is done very quickly – Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts help to achieve an even faster effect.

It is important for each user of this operating system to know the following standard keyboard shortcuts:

  • Win – switching between the initial screen of the "Eight" and the standard desktop;
  • Win + C – open "Start" Windows8;
  • Win + I – quick access to settings;
  • Win + H – open the Share panel (especially for users who create accounts on Microsoft);
  • Win + K – accelerated access to device management;
  • Win + F – quick access to the document finder;
  • Win + W – accelerated access to the settings finder.

These features and transitions are unique and not used in other Windows operating systems due to their availability only in the eighth version.

How to use keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8

Basic Combinations

Some keyboard shortcuts are inherited from the G8 from earlier versions of Windows due to their practicality and versatility:

Win + 1 … 10 – open the program located in the corresponding place in the Taskbar

Win + Prtscrn – Automatically take a screenshot and put the photo in the Pictures folder

  • Win + T – switch between taskbar icons;
  • Win + M – minimize all open tabs;
  • Win + L – automatic device lock;
  • Win + Home – minimize all unnecessary windows except the current one;
  • Win + F1 – call Windows help.

These are standard sets of tasks that are also performed in those versions of Windows that are not designed for the touch screen. They are used by most computer owners from around the world.

Working with files

While processing or moving files and documents, some types of Windows keyboard shortcuts will be very useful to speed up the work process:

  • Ctrl + A – select all elements or files;
  • Ctrl + C – duplicate selected files;
  • Ctrl + X – cut these files;
  • Ctrl + V – paste these files;
  • Ctrl + D – delete these files;
  • Ctrl + Z – cancel the action;
  • Ctrl + Y – repeat the action;
  • Ctrl + Shift + N – create a new folder for files.

Some of these hotkeys will be useful both when working with folders and file archives, and when working with Word and Excel programs of the Office family.

How to use keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8

Top keys

The F keys of the group perform separate independent tasks. Each of them corresponds to a specific function:

  • F1 – open help;
  • F2 – rename file;
  • F3 – access to the search;
  • F4 – opens the entire list in the address bar of the Explorer browser;
  • F5 – the screen is updated;
  • F6 – move between different elements of a window or dialog;
  • F7 – show a list of commands requested earlier;
  • F10 – open hidden menu bar;
  • F11 – open full screen mode.

To see how convenient the keyboard shortcuts are, you can check their functions immediately while reading this article. It is quite possible that you did not even suspect about some combinations and will be happy to use them in your future computer life.

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