Everybody knows that the Windows logo key on the keyboard brings up the Start menu, or the Start screen in Windows 8. There are many more shortcuts that use this key.
Here is a table showing Windows logo key shortcut functions in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
This table is not complete, and there will, no doubt, be changes before Windows 8 is released in final form. I do hope that I got most of them right.
The table lists the key to be pressed together with the logo key. The center column shows what happens when the action is done with the Start screen displayed (or, sometimes, a Metro app). The right column shows the results when on Desktop view.
|Logo key with||from Start screen||from Desktop|
|by itself||back to prior screen||Start screen|
|B||To notification area on desktop||To notification area|
|C||Open Charms||Open Charms|
|D||Show Desktop||Minimize all windows – repeat to restore|
|E||Go to Desktop and open Windows Explorer||Open Windows Explorer|
|F||Go to Files in Search charm||Go to Files in Search charm|
|G||To desktop gadget (cycle through)||To desktop gadget (cycle through)|
|H||Go to Share charm||Go to Share charm (“nothing can be shared…”)|
|I||Go to Settings charm||Go to Settings charm|
|K||Go to Devices charm||Go to Devices charm|
|L||Go to Lock screen||Go to Lock screen|
|M||To Desktop and minimize all windows||Minimize all windows|
|P||Second screen option, projector||Second screen option, projector|
|Q||Go to All apps screen and search||Go to All apps screen and search|
|R||Go to Desktop and Run dialog||Open Run dialog|
|T||Go to Desktop taskbar||go to taskbar|
|U||Go to desktop and run Ease of Access||Run Ease of Access center|
|W||Go to Search Settings||Go to Search Settings|
|X||Power user command menu||Power user command menu|
|Z||Open App bar|
|(number) 1 – 9||Go to Desktop open app at position in taskbar||open app at position in taskbar|
|+ (plus)||Open magnifier – repeat to increase magnification||Open magnifier – repeat to increase magnification|
|– (minus)||Reduce magnifier view||Reduce magnifier view|
|, (comma)||Peek at Desktop (open windows are outlined)||Peek desktop (open windows are outlined)|
|. (period)||Snap app to right (with shift or repeat to left, repeat to return)||Snap desktop to right (with shift or repeat to left, repeat to return)|
|Enter||Launch Narrator (on Desktop)||Launch Narrator|
|Home||Minimize non-active windows (repeat to restore)|
|Pause/Break||Desktop and system properties||System properties|
|Left arrow||Open window to half-screen left, repeat for right, repeat to restore|
|Right arrow||Open window to half-screen right, repeat to left, repeat to restore|
|Up arrow||Full screen|
|Down arrow||Minimize window, if full screen – restore.|
There are also some multiple key combinations. I have not included those in the table with a couple of exceptions. This is enough of a memorization task for one day.
© 2011 Ludwig Keck