The 10 most useful Windows 7 and Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

There are 100+ keyboard shortcuts available for Windows, but there are several you'll want to remember because you'll use them often.

In April 2012, Greg Shultz created a free cheat sheet of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts. That download contained just about every keyboard shortcut you could imagine. Those shortcuts are still valid of course, but if you are like me you can only remember a few shortcuts at a time, so you want to remember the ones that will be most useful.

So, while I highly recommend that you take advantage of the free PDF download listing of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts, I also recommend that you commit the following 10 keyboard shortcuts to memory, because you are going to need to access these features often and, for efficiency's sake, it's best to have them at the ready.

10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8 you need to remember

I know - it's not Metro anymore. It's and older graphic.

The shortcuts for Windows 7

If you have not made the leap to Windows 8, this little cheat sheet will help you work more efficiently with Windows 7.


Note: This list is part of Greg Shultz's comprehensive collection of Windows keyboard shortcuts, available as a PDF download.

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.