Windows 8 Productivity – Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts Round-Up


One of the obvious changes in Windows 8 is that Microsoft finally killed the start menu, replaced it with the new metro start screen, mainly because MS Windows 8 is a tablet-oriented OS.

However desktop users may find it hard to get used to the shiny tablet-friendly start screen as many only have a regular monitor other than a touch screen to use with their PC’s.

It may have a learning curve as windows 8 makes your computer a quite different one. To transit to windows 8 UI faster, the following keyboard shortcuts will be helpful.

Windows 8 Productivity - Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts Round-Up


15 thoughts on “Windows 8 Productivity – Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts Round-Up

  1. Northface says:

    Hi! Do you know if they make any security software to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?

  2. Intotheabyss says:

    Great list, thanks for posting it here. I should really print it out for use at some point in the future as my wife is angling to upgrade our desk top to Windows 8. Personally I’d rather not bother, because as you said it’s designed for tablets.

  3. Brinton says:

    I love shortcuts, been using them for a long time so this is something I will enjoy. To the novice the list may look pretty daunting, but once you get used to them they’re so much easier and more convenient than using menus.

    • Jacks says:

      I agree. There is a learning curve but now I much prefer using shortcuts. I’m always surprised by how many people don’t use the full keyboard on their PC or laptop, or have a clue how to cut and paste without a menu!

  4. Jenwin says:

    I wonder of those who have Windows 8 on a tablet and also on their home computer get confused? I have an image of someone automatically touching their screen, jabbing away in frustration until they realise the mistake! Us old fashioned types will do just fine with this handy mouse/keyboard cheat sheet.

  5. betsyboop says:

    I won’t be buying a tablet anytime soon, so when I get Windows 8 it will be on my desktop computer and I’ll need all of these! I’m learning them off by heart now, in preparation. Thanks for such a helpful piece.

  6. Juniper says:

    My god, I’ve never seen such a long list of hotkeys! How can anyone remember all of these? I’ve no doubt that they’ll be needed but it will take an age to find the one you want!

  7. Swift says:

    I don’t always get how my existing keyboard works, so learning a whole load of new commands will be either a challenge or the end of me! Anyone else have blue icons on the top row of keys?

  8. Heartland says:

    Is it possible that one day in the future there will be a desktop or laptop available with a touch screen? That would make the transition between tablets and PCs much smoother.

  9. Juniper says:

    There are already touchscreen desktop computers available in the stores. I almost bought one a couple of months ago when I replaced my PC. They look pretty good, but you must have to keep cleaning the screen!

    • Jacks says:

      I have heard about touch screen laptops and desktops but thought they’d come and gone! Weren’t there concerns about related health issues that scared people off?

  10. Heartland says:

    I had no idea that my comment was not a prediction after all! I can totally understand the risk of having aching hands after using a PC with a touch screen. At least with a tablet you can alter the angle you hold it.

  11. Juniper says:

    After the comments, I double checked in my local computer store and there are at least three different makes of desktop computer that come with touchscreen including a Dell, so yes, they are still being sold!

    • Jacks says:

      The big question of course is ‘would you buy one?’ I have no idea who the target market would be, considering that there are health worries which would surely rule out the disabled.

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