Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts and hot corners you should know.
Working faster usually involves some kind of shortcut. Windows 8 provides a bunch of shortcuts using the Windows key (which means you need a physical keyboard to enter them), as well as hot corners you can click with a mouse that make other features available.
Here are the essential shortcuts:
- Windows: Pressing just this key toggles among the Metro Start screen, the last-run Metro app, and the Windows 7 Desktop.
- Windows-C: Displays the charms bar.
- Windows-D: Launches the Windows 7 Desktop.
- Windows-E: Launches the Windows 7 Explorer.
- Windows-F: Opens the File Search pane.
- Windows-H: Opens the Share pane.
- Windows-I: Opens the Settings pane.
- Windows-K: Opens the Devices pane.
- Windows-L: Locks the PC.
- Windows-Q: Opens the global search utility.
- Windows-1, Windows-2, and Windows-3: Open the first, second, and third open apps on the Windows taskbar, respectively.