How to use the mouse and keyboard shortcut keys in Windows 8

In this tutorial, we are showing you some important and helpful shortcut keys of windows 8. You can use all or most of them to optimize work and save time. These shortcuts can also speed up your tasks while using windows.
Follow this step by guide to learn How to use the mouse and keyboard shortcut keys in Windows 8.


Step # 1 – Opening the Charms Bar

In order to open up the “Charms bar”, move the cursor to the top or bottom right corner of the screen. You can do it from the key board by pressing the “Windows+C” keys.

Charms bar

Step # 2 – Opening the Search Bar

To open the “Search” option, move over to the “Charms bar” and click on the “Search” option. Alternatively you can do this by pressing the “Windows+Q” key on the keyboard.

Search bar

Step # 3 – Opening the Start Screen

Open up the “Charms bar” again and click on the “Start” option to load the “Start Screen”. You can also do this by pressing the “Windows” key on the keyboard.

Start Screen

Step # 4 – Opening the Options Bar

Now to open the additional options bar, right click on the “Start Screen” or you can also press the “Windows+Z” key on the keyboard.

Option bar

Step # 5 – Switching between Applications and Programs

To open recent apps, move the cursor to the top left corner of the screen and select the app or you can press the “Alt+Tab” key on the keyboard.

Switching applications

Step # 6 – Snapping Window to Left or Right

You can snap an app by right clicking on it and select either to snap it left or right or you can press the “Windows+.” key on the keyboard to do the same.

Snap app from left to right

Step # 7 – Opening the Desktop

To open up the desktop, go to the “Start Screen” and select the “Desktop” option or press the “Windows+D” key on the keyboard.

Go to the desktop

Step # 8 – Using the Zoom Option

In order zoom in or out, press the “Ctrl” key and use the mouse scroll or you can press the “Ctrl+ + or -” key on the keyboard respectively.

Zoom in or out

Step # 9 – Closing any App

To close an app, right click on it and select the “Close” option or press the “Alt+F4” key on the keyboard to close the current app.

Closing applications

Step # 10 – Shutting Down Windows

To shutdown the computer, bring up the “Charms Bar”, select “Settings”, click on the “Power” button and select the “Shutdown” option. Or you can simply press the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” key on the keyboard, click on the “Power” button and select the “Shutdown” option.

Close or shutdown windows