Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out and with it comes a host of new keyboard shortcuts to help navigate across the new Metro UI. Here’s a short list of the shortcut keys introduced with Windows 8.
||Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Windows 7 start menu.
|Win + D
||Brings up the old Windows desktop.
|Win + C
||Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
|Win + I
||Opens the settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
|Win + Z
||Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
|Win + H
||Opens the Metro Share panel.
|Win + Q
||Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
|Win + W
||Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
|Win + F
||Brings up the Metro File search screen.
|Win + K
||Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
|Win + , (comma)
||Aero Peek at the desktop.
|Win + . (period)
||Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen. (Right side)
|Win + Shift + . (period)
||Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen. (Left side)
|Win + J
||Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
|Win + Page Up (or) Down
||Moves the current app to the other monitor.
|Win + Tab
||Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
|Win + O
||Lock device orientation..
PC World has a complete list of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 8, along with the ones carried forward from Windows 7.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka the beta version of Windows 8.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com. The ISO files can be downloaded directly from here.
The system requirements/recommendations for the Consumer Preview include:
- 1 GHz or faster processor.
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
- Metro style applications require a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature.
Full details can be found at Building Windows 8 Blog
Microsoft has also released a Product Guide for Windows 8 Consumer preview, which you can download from here [PDF].