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.
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.