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    Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    I haven't seen any posts related to this, and I figured somebody, somewhere, could find it useful...

    This is for Windows 8.1 Only.

    Windows Key + S = Open Search Charm to search Windows and Web

    Windows Key + Q = Search within the opened app

    Windows Key + F = Search files

    Windows Key + Z = Get Commands and Context Menus within an app

    Windows Key + . + Right Arrow = Snap app to the right

    Windows Key + . + Right Arrow = Snap app to the left

    CTRL and + = Zoom in on Start Screen

    CTRL and - = Zoom out on Start Screen

    Windows Key + Down Arrow = Close an app

    Windows Key (release) + Start Typing = Search your Computer

    Windows Key + O = Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

    Windows Key + Ctrl + Spacebar = Change to a previously selected input language

    Windows Key + P = Choose a presentation display mode

    Windows Key + X = Open Start Button options

    Windows Key + Home = Minimize all but the active desktop window
    Last edited by niemiro; 01-26-2014 at 12:11 PM. Reason: Clarification
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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    The one I keep seeing that always confuses me is: Windows Key + Start Typing to search your computer. I don't get it. As soon as you press the first letter of your search string, there's a good chance that first letter is already an assigned Windows short cut key.
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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
    The one I keep seeing that always confuses me is: Windows Key + Start Typing to search your computer. I don't get it. As soon as you press the first letter of your search string, there's a good chance that first letter is already an assigned Windows short cut key.
    That particular shortcut requires you to release the Windows Key first. Basically all it's saying is that if you go to the start screen, you can just start typing to search for programs and ting. I'm sure you already know about this, just not under that description :)

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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    That particular shortcut requires you to release the Windows Key first.
    Doh! Yeah, the description needs to be re-worded so folks like me can understand common sense!

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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
    That particular shortcut requires you to release the Windows Key first.
    Doh! Yeah, the description needs to be re-worded so folks like me can understand common sense!

    Thanks.
    When I first heard that you could just start typing at the new Windows 8 start screen, I didn't believe it. I mean, how could you type with no input box to type into? Of course it works, and I think it is a shortcut still not known to many folks.
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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    One of my favorites (and this applies to windows 7 to) is to hold down shift key and right click on a file and see the option "Copy as path". The copies the file path to the clipboard.



    Then paste this inside where ever you need it. The format will display like this:

    "C:\Users\Alex\Desktop\SysinternalsSuite\DiskView.exe"
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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by Go The Power View Post
    One of my favorites (and this applies to windows 7 to) is to hold down shift key and right click on a file and see the option "Copy as path". The copies the file path to the clipboard.

    Then paste this inside where ever you need it. The format will display like this:

    "C:\Users\Alex\Desktop\SysinternalsSuite\DiskView.exe"
    Incredibly useful, I use it all the time!

    If you do the same whilst right clicking in an empty space in the folder, you can open a command prompt in the directory by clicking Open Command Window Here. Although in Windows 8, you can do the same by clicking File -> Open Command Prompt


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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Windows Key + X = Open Start Button options
    I like this one because the buttons are so close together. (Note that in Win7 this key combo brings up the Windows Mobility Center)
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    Re: Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by James M. Fisher View Post
    Windows Key + X = Open Start Button options
    I like this one because the buttons are so close together. (Note that in Win7 this key combo brings up the Windows Mobility Center)
    My favorite & the one I use the most.

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