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.