Friday, February 20, 2015

Shortcuts for the Start Screen and the Desktop for windows 8.1

 shortcuts keys for start screen and the desktop

Windows Key = The action for this key depends on where you are when you press it. If you are on the Desktop when you press it, it takes you to the Start screen. If you press it again, it takes you back to the Desktop. But, if you press it while in a Windows 8.1 app, it takes you to the Start screen. Press it again and it takes you back to the app.

Ctrl + Tab = When using it on the Start screen, it switches between the Start screen and the Apps view. On the Desktop it does nothing. However, some web browsers will have the same shortcut for switching between tabs (e.g. Firefox) or for creating new tabs (e.g. Internet Explorer 11).

Windows Key + type an app name = When using it on the Desktop, it takes you to the Start screen and searches for installed apps using the name you typed in. When you are on the Start screen, pressing the Windows Key takes you to the Desktop. There you should only type the name of the app you want to use.

Escape - When using it on the Start screen, it closes the Start screen and switches to Desktop. This shortcut does nothing when you are on the Desktop.

Windows Key + E = Launches File Explorer both from the Desktop and the Start screen.

Windows Key + R = Launches the Run dialog that you can use to run programs or commands.

Windows Key + X = Launches a hidden menu with many useful shortcuts. This menu is also named the WinX menu or the power user's Start Menu.

Windows Key + L = Locks your Windows 8.1 PC or device and takes you to the Lock screen.

Windows Key + P = Opens the Project sidebar for extending your image to a second screen. If you have multiple screens or if you are using a video projector, this sidebar allows you to choose how the image should be displayed. You can keep the image on one screen, duplicate it, extend it to another screen or only display things on a secondary screen.

Windows Key + F1 = Launches the Windows Help and Support documentation provided by Microsoft.

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