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Free cheat sheet of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Get your very own Microsoft Windows 8 free downloadable cheat sheet of 100 keyboard shortcuts.

Although nothing is written in gold quite yet, the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview feels about as complete, at least from a feature standpoint, as a beta operating system can get. There is little doubt that the retail version of the company's flagship operating system is coming very soon.

The TechRepublic membership, which is made up of inquisitive information technology professionals, will undoubtedly spend some time researching Windows 8 during this beta period and also after its retail release. To help with these endeavors, Greg Shultz has compiled a set of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts that will help you more quickly and efficiently navigate Windows 8 and its new Metro User Interface.

Some of the keyboard shortcuts found in the free to download PDF are familiar to users of Windows 7, but there are also many shortcuts that are particular to Windows 8, which makes the cheat sheet a handy tool to have around when Windows 8 is powering your test computer or virtual machine installation.

The 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts download is in PDF format and is free to download. Print it out and keep it handy when it comes time for you to find out what Windows 8 is all about.

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The 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts were compiled by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic. All shortcuts are based on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are subject to change with the retail release.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

15 comments
KCGarrett
KCGarrett

It would be good for the writers to try the link before publishing a new article that includes a reference.  Could we bring back this link?

ghughes
ghughes

I really wish Tech Republic would get their links fixed.
Getting tired of looking at the "Nothing to see here folks. Oops! Looks like this page has been removed or no longer exists... *scratches head*" page every time I click on a link in an older article. 

kayceemy
kayceemy

My company just purchased a new computer for our secretary and it came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I can see how it's made to be more user friendly IF you have a touch screen, but overall it's just a headache. Not to mention, now I have to train all the staff within our company that gets a new computer and doesn't know how to use the system which is everyone, so luckily we're small. The reason I have to train them because unlike previous versions of Windows, now you have to use the keyboard in order to navigate to different places. Some things are cool, but I much prefer 7 to 8. The whole thing with dragging and "snapping" screens is just confusing to most people in my opinion as well, and makes it more difficult for people to learn how to use the system. It takes some getting used to, but I would prefer Linux or anything else over this. Come on Microsoft, at least bring back the Start button which was much easier to navigate.

amj2010
amj2010

I think that there should be on the Block Screen aWINKEY app that gives you those 100 shortkeys instantly, it is nuts that you don't even see a HELP app on that screen, uncomprehensable Microsoft patch that up........

gmjohnson
gmjohnson

This says it all! Just what i want to do - install Windows 8 so I can learn 100 keyboard shortcuts "that will help you more quickly and efficiently navigate Windows 8 and its new Metro User Interface." Microsoft hits another pinnacle in "user friendly" interface development. ROTFLOL.

mmdlove
mmdlove

I recently had to restore my computer to factory settings using discs supplied by HP. I need to know whether Internet Explorer installs a week after its been running and why i got a message saying it needs to be further installed, I am not sure of the wording since Its been a few days and I have been busy and didn't get back to it until today...Thanks

apeder
apeder

Great list, thanks. Took the liberty to take your document and [b]translate it into spanish[/b], even though there's no official translation yet, changing those shortcuts that are usually different in spanish (e.g [b]CTRL+A[/b] is [b]CTRL+E[/b] in spanish versions) and freely translating those new elements we still don't know how MS will translate (e.g [b]Charms Bar[/b]) Full credits to you, of course. Maybe you'd like to check it out: [b][u]http://www.unbyte.com.ar/2012/04/100-atajos-de-teclado-para-windows-8/[/u][/b]

Realvdude
Realvdude

Especially for putting the more crucial commands at the top of the list. While I don't generally use shortcut keys beyond the usual cut and paste, and windows navigation; lately I have come to appreciate numerous others.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Wouldn't need a cheat sheet [or rarely] if Microsoft returned the Start menu. I think it is even a hot potatoe at Microsoft. I left a commernt in a blog at Microsoft's blog site. They didn't even allow it to be posted.

gunars.lodzins
gunars.lodzins

Yeah, right! Let's throw out mouse and use keyboard only! Are we moving back to terminals and mouse is unusable tool? With metro interface it seems just so...

masood_
masood_

Where is link to download document?

lehnerus2000
lehnerus2000

Thanks Mark. :) Since W8 was designed by "marketing drones", [b]this pdf will be invaluable[/b].

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you use keyboard shortcuts more than the mouse or vice versa?

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys

go back to the top of the page and click on "Free cheat sheet of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts"; it'll take you to the original story with all the relevant links.