Some useful Windows 8 Short Cut keys

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Windows key: Switch between the Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application.
Windows key + C: To Access the charms bar.
Windows key + Tab: To Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar.
Windows key + I: To Access the Settings charm.
Windows key + H: To Access the Share charm.
Windows key + K: To Access the Devices charm.
Windows key + Q: To Access the Apps Search screen.
Windows key + F: To Access the Files Search screen.
Windows key + W: To Access the Settings Search screen.
Windows key + P: To Access the Second Screen bar.
Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when we have a Modern Desktop App running.
Windows key + X: To Access the Windows Tools Menu.
Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation.
Windows key +. : To Move the screen split to the right.
Windows key + Shift +. : To Move the screen split to the left.
Windows key + V: To View all active Toasts/Notifications.
Windows key + Shift + V: To View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order.
Windows key + PrtScn: To Take a screenshot of the screen and automatically save it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot.
Windows key + Enter: To Launch Narrator.
Windows key + E: To Open Computer.
Windows key + R: To Open Run dialog box.
Windows key + U: To Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows key + Ctrl + F: To Open Find Computers dialog box.
Windows key + Pause/Break: To Open the System page.
Windows key + 1 to 10: To Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Shift + 1 to 10: To Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Ctrl + 1 to 10: To Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Alt + 1 to 10: To Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + B: To Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item.
Windows key + Ctrl + B: To Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area.
Windows key + T: To Cycle through the items on the Taskbar.
Windows key + M: To Minimize all windows.
Windows key + Shift + M: To restore all minimized windows.
Windows key + D: To Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)
Windows key + L: To Lock computer.
Windows key + Up Arrow: To maximize current window.
Windows key + Down Arrow: To Minimize/restore current window
Windows key + Home: To Minimize all but the current window
Windows key + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
Windows key + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow: To Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: To Move the current window from one monitor to the next

Ctrl + Esc: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
Alt: To Display a hidden Menu Bar.
Alt + D: To Select the Address Bar.
Alt + P: To Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
Alt + Tab: To Cycle forward through open windows
Alt + Shift + Tab: To Cycle backward through open windows
Alt + F: Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window
Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
Alt + F4: Close Application
Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
Alt + Up Arrow: To Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
Alt + Left Arrow: To Display the previous folder
Alt + Right Arrow: To Display the next folder
Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program
Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item

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