Jun 092014
 

Recently, I have upgraded my notebook from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, the latest version of Windows Operating System. But what makes me annoyed is that some keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 fail to suit Windows 8.1 anymore. I spend a lot of time to search the new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1. I’m sure that I am not the only one who has the confusion, so I’d like to share you new Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts here.

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Win + D: show and hide the desktop.

Win + E: launch File Explorer both from the Desktop and Start screen.

Win + L: lock Window 8.1 PC and takes you to the Lock screen.

Win + X: launch a hidden menu (also named WinX menu or the power user’s Start Menu)    with many useful shortcuts.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: open Task Manager.

Win + F1: launch the Windows Help and Support documentation provided by Microsoft.

Win + C: bring out the Charms bar, where you can navigate with the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Win + I: display the Settings charm, which you can use to access Control Panel, Personalization options, the System information section and the Windows Help and Support module etc.

Win + Tab: switch between apps and the desktop.

Alt + Tab: switch between all apps, including desktop apps.

Alt + F4: completely shut down a Windows Store app and bring you to the desktop. If you are on the Desktop, it will display the old Shutdown dialog box.

Windows key: if you are on the Desktop when pressing it, it will bring you to the Start screen; press again, go back to the Desktop. If you press it when you are in a Windows 8.1 app, it takes you to the Start screen and pressing again bring you back to the app.

Escape: when you are on the Start screen, you can go back to the Desktop by pressing Esc key. But if you are on the Desktop, this shortcut makes nonsense.

End: when on the Start Screen, pressing End key will take you to the last or left-most Tile or Icon of the bottom-most row.

Win + Spacebar: choose a keyboard language and pick a different keyboard layout.

Here I list 15 new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1 that you may use often. Knowing these shortcuts enables you increase productivity.

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