Windows 8 Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

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Mouse and keyboard: What’s new in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

[This information is preliminary and subject to change.]
Most of what you know about using a mouse and keyboard with Windows has stayed the same, especially in the desktop. Here are a few ways to use the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview  features with a mouse and with keyboard shortcuts—and how to find some familiar things in new places.

To do this With a mouse With a keyboard
Open the charms (Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings). Point to the upper-right or lower-right corner. (Try moving so far into the corner that it disappears.)  When the charms appear, click the one you want.

Illustration of opening the charms with a mouse
            All charms: Windows logo key Windows logo key+C
            Search charm: Windows logo key Windows logo key+Q
            Share charm: Windows logo key Windows logo key+H
            Start charm: Windows logo key Windows logo key
            Devices charm: Windows logo key Windows logo key+K
            Settings charm: Windows logo key Windows logo key+I
            Search your PC (apps, settings, and files), the web, or within an app. Open the charms, click Search, and then enter your search term. If you’re on Start, just start typing your search term.

            Search apps: Windows logo key Windows logo key+Q
            Search settings: Windows logo key Windows logo key+W
            Search files: Windows logo key Windows logo key+F
Go to Start. Open the charms, and then click Start.
Point to the lower-left corner. When the Start preview appears, click it.
            Press the Windows key Windows logo key on your keyboard or tablet.
            Get to commands, like Save, Edit, and more. When using an app, right-click in open space  (no text or images).
On Start, right-click a tile.

Illustration of viewing app commands
            Within  an app: Windows logo key Windows logo key+Z
            Switch between open apps. To switch to your most recently used app, point to the upper-left corner. (Try moving it so far into the corner that it disappears.) When the app preview appears, click it.
To switch to a different open app, point to the upper-left corner and then pull it down slightly. When the app previews appear, click the one you want.

Illustration of switching apps
Alt+Tab
Snap an app to use two apps side by side.
Notes

  • The Start screen can’t be snapped.
  • The desktop is treated as a single app.
  •                 Your screen resolution must be 1366 x 768 to snap apps. To check this setting:
    Tap or click to open Screen Resolution.
Point to the upper-left corner. When the app preview appears, drag it to snap the app to either side of the screen.
You can also right-click the preview and select the app you want to snap.

Illustration of context menu to snap an app
Windows logo key Windows logo key+Period
Open the desktop.             Go to Start, and then click the Desktop tile.
Windows logo key Windows logo key+D
Select a file, tile, or other item, or view options for an item. Right-click the item.             Use Tab or arrows keys to highlight things, and then press Enter.
Zoom in or out On Start, use the Summary view icon in the lower-right corner or Ctrl+Scrollwheel. Ctrl+Plus sign to zoom out
Ctrl+Minus sign to zoom in
Close an app Point to the upper-left corner. When the thumbnail appears, drag it to the bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key Windows logo key+F4
Shut down             Open the charms, and then click Settings. Click Power, and then select a shutdown option.
  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  2. Tab to the Power icon. A list of shutdown options appears.
  3. Use the arrow keys to get to the option you want.
  4.                 Press Enter.

To learn about how to do similar tasks using touch, see Touch: swipe, tap, and beyond. For more on getting around Windows 8 Consumer Preview, see Get to know Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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