Windows 8 New Shortcut Keys

Windows 8Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out and with it comes a host of new keyboard shortcuts to help navigate across the new Metro UI. Here’s a short list of the shortcut keys introduced with Windows 8.

Shortcut keys Description
Windows key Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Windows 7 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.
Win + W Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
Win + F Brings up the Metro File search screen.
Win + K Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
Win + , (comma) Aero Peek at the desktop.
Win + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen. (Right side)
Win + Shift + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen. (Left side)
Win + J Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
Win + Page Up (or) Down Moves the current app to the other monitor.
Win + Tab Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
Win + O Lock device orientation..

PC World has a complete list of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 8, along with the ones carried forward from Windows 7.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka Beta is out

Windows 8

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka the beta version of Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com. The ISO files can be downloaded directly from here.

The system requirements/recommendations for the Consumer Preview include:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
  • Metro style applications require a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature.

Full details can be found at Building Windows 8 Blog

Microsoft has also released a Product Guide for Windows 8 Consumer preview, which you can download from here [PDF].