Essential Windows 8.1 Shortcuts for everyone

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Shortcuts that makes you pro.

I am sitting in front of my computer many hours a day both at home and on work, and shortcuts makes somethings much easier for me, and it will for you to, force your self to use these shortcuts, and at some point you will be doing it automatically.

In the start it may not seem to make a difference, but keep using them and it will eventually make your life easier and more enjoyable to use your computer, this is not only applied to Windows 8 Most software developers makes shortcuts for different functions in a program, and they are there to make it easier.

Some of the most useful shortcuts:

Windows Key: Switch between Modern desktop and the last accessed application.

Windows Key + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)

Windows Key + Tab: Tab through open applications.

Windows Key + X: Power user Menu and Administrative tools.

Windows Key + I: Fast way to get into the Windows 8 & 8.1 PC settings which is well hidden in the new Modern UI start menu.

Windows Key + E: Opens “This PC” Window

Windows Key + R: Opens the Windows Run windows

Windows Key + L: Locks PC or change user

Alt Key + Tab: Switch between desktop applications.

Alt Key + F4: Closes active application or window

Ctrl Key + C: Copy selected text or File.

Ctrl Key + V:  Insert Copied/Cut text or file.

Ctrl Key + X: Cut selected text or file if you want to move instead of Copy

Ctrl Key + Z: Undo the latest action

Ctrl Key + A: Select all items in a document or window

Shift + Delete: deletes the file permanently instead of moving to recycle bin

Windows key: Press the Windows key and then type for the application or setting, and windows will show you the results, it a fast way to find something.

F2 Key: Rename selected element

This is some of the shortcuts that i use most, there are lots more, and you are welcome to post comments with proposals or what you use, so we can add them to the list.

If you want to see the complete list of Shortcuts in Windows 8 and 8.1 take a look at this site: Windows 8 Complete list of shortcuts

Thank you for reading.

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