BITS & BYTES: Popular shortcuts with Windows Key

2013-11-06T16:07:00Z 2013-11-06T17:47:25Z BITS & BYTES: Popular shortcuts with Windows KeyApril Miller Cripliver Times Business Columnist nwitimes.com
November 06, 2013 4:07 pm  • 

Q: I’ve just switched to Windows 8, which uses the Windows Key more than Windows 7. Can you give me a list of popular keyboard shortcuts?

A: Many of the keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 involve the use of the Windows Key (WK), usually located to the left of the space bar. Hold down the WK, then touch the second key lightly to achieve the following functions:

  • WK only = Switch between Metro Start screen and the last accessed application
  • WK-c = Access the charms bar
  • WK-Tab = Access the Metro Taskbar
  • WK-I = Access the Settings charm
  • WK-k = Access the Devices charm
  • WK-q = Access the Apps Search screen
  • WK-f = Access the Files Search screen
  • WK-w = Access the Settings Search screen
  • WK-x = Access the Windows Tools Menu
  • WK-e = Open Computer

Even Windows 7 has some nifty Windows Key shortcuts:

  • WK-Home = Minimizes all but the current windows
  • WK-Spacebar = Preview Desktop (makes all open windows transparent)
  • WK-up or down arrow = Maximizes the current window or minimizes/restores the current window
  • WK-left or right arrow = Tiles the window on the left or right side of the screen
  • WK-p = Chooses a network projector presentation display mode
  • WK-ALT-1...0 = Accesses the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number you use
  • WK-t = Cycles through the items on the Taskbar
  • WK-1…0 = Launches a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number you use
  • WK-SHIFT-1…0 = Launches a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number you use
  • WK-CTRL-1…0 = Accesses the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number you use

Opinions are solely the writer's. April Miller Cripliver of Chesterton holds a doctorate in management information systems and is a computer hardware and software consultant. Email your computer questions to nwitimes@cripliver.com, and specify your operating system and other pertinent PC information.

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