We Heart Shortcuts!

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noun
a shorter or quicker way

In this case, a short-cut is a computer desktop icon that enables you to quickly select an instruction. Short-cuts can make editing a document or finding a folder a lot quicker and most computer users have regular ones they use over and over, for example CTRL+ALT+DEL is one a lot of us couldn't live without! But what short-cuts does the new Windows 8 offer?

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  • Windows key (The button bottom left of your keyboard with the Windows icon on): switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app
  • Win + C : displays the Charms:( the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options)
  • Win + D : launches the desktop
  • Win + E : launches Explorer
  • Win + F : opens the File Search pane
  • Win + H : opens the Share pane
  • Win + I : opens Settings
  • Win + K : opens the Devices pane
  • Win + L : locks your PC
  • Win + M : minimises the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen IE, too)
  • Win + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • Win + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • Win + Q : open the App Search pane
  • Win + R : opens the Run box
  • Win + U : open the Ease of Access Centre
  • Win + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • Win + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • Win + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • Win + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen app
  • Win + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • Win + - : zoom out
  • Win + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • Win + Enter : launch Narrator
  • Win + PgUp : move the current screen to the left-hand monitor
  • Win + PgDn : move the current screen to the right-hand monitor
  • Win + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • Win + Tab : switch between running apps

Now in case we've got you hooked on short-cuts, here are few general ones to use across all operating systems that you will find handy in day to day use...

  • CTRL+A : Select all items in a document or window
  • CTRL+C : Copy selected text
  • CTRL+V : Paste selected text
  • F5 : Refresh the screen
  • F3 : Search for a file or folder
  • Esc : Stop current task