Hotkeys in Windows 8 are shortcuts that allow you to perform several Operating System functions in a simple manner.

Addictivetips have come up with 30 shortcuts/hotkeys for Windows 8.

Here are the shortcuts/hotkeys for Windows 8.

  1. Win + Print Screen – Take Screenshot (Saves as PNG in Pictures Library)
  2. Win + C – Open Charms Bar
  3. Win + Tab – Open Switch List
  4. Win + Q – Open Global Search
  5. Win + W – Search Within System Settings (Allows you to search directly within System Settings)
  6. Win + F – Search Within Files (Allows you to search directly within Files)
  7. Win + Z – Access Options of Metro Apps (Can also be accessed by right-clicking on an empty space)
  8. Win + I – Open Settings Menu
  9. Win + P – Open Second Screen/ Projector Settings (For dual monitor setup)
  10. Win + H – Go to Share Settings Pane (Lists sharing options relative to currently running app)
  11. Win + K – Open Devices Settings Pane (Lists currently connected devices)
  12. Win + X – Open System Utility Settings Menu in bottom-left corner.
  13. Win + T – Preview Opened Windows in Taskbar (Brings up the window thumbnail from taskbar one by one)
  14. Win + U – Open Ease of Access Center
  15. Win + E – Open Windows Explorer
  16. Win + R – Open Run Dialogue Box
  17. Win + Pause – Open System Properties Window
  18. Win + Enter – Open Windows Narrator
  19. Win + Shift + . – Snap Application to Right Side (Toggles between Right side, Left side and Full Screen)
  20. Win + . – Snap Application to Left Side
  21. Win + , – Peek at Desktop (Aero Peek)
  22. Win + D – Go to Desktop
  23. Win + M – Minimize All Applications
  24. Win + B – Go Back to Desktop
  25. Win + J – Switches focus between snapped Metro applications
  26. Win + L – Lock Screen
  27. Win + Page Up/ Page Down – Switch Primary & Secondary Monitors (Dual Display)
  28. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll (In Start Screen) – Tile Zoom Toggle
  29. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll (In Desktop) – Change Desktop Icon Size
  30. Ctrl + Shift+ N – Create New Folder in Current Directory
About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • sarveshmotihari

    Win Key + :- Zooms in by opening magnifier
    Win Key – :- Zooms out