Surface Shortcuts

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  1. archapacman

    archapacman New Member

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    We should pin this somewhere. I would like to know all the newly discovered shortcuts. Very useful.

    Some that I have found ultra useful:

    Screenshot:
    Tablet's windows button + lower volume button

    Open OneNote select screenshot from anywhere:
    Windows Key + S

    Go back to desktop:
    Windows key + D
    Windows key + M

    Snap right/left:
    Windows + .
    Windows + Shift + .
    (can also keep shifting)

    Switch apps:
    Windows + tab

    Switch apps and desktop applications:
    Alt + tab



    However, most of these are desktop features of the surface. I would like to know some tablet features
     
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  2. dvdcatalyst

    dvdcatalyst Guest

    Thanks for the screenshot one, that comes in handy.

    Here are a few more:

    Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
    Windows Logo+R: Run dialog
    Windows Logo+L: Log off Windows
    Windows Logo+P: Second Screen stuff
    Windows Logo+C: Opens settings panel (right side) (same as corner swipe)
    Windows Logo+K: Opens send to devices
    Windows Logo+I: Opens settings menu on the right side (change pc settings at bottom right)
     
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    Thanks for this nice thread - sticked :)
     
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    J515OP Super Moderator

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    That's why I moved it here, didn't think it needed to be stickied yet since there are only 4 threads though ;) Let's hope this section gets many new threads.
     
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    Mr.NK Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Although gestures are the first way, i think shortcuts are essential. With all the new threads, sticky seems to be right :D
     
  6. dvdcatalyst

    dvdcatalyst Guest

    I think a Sticky is good for this as well.

    Especially with the Surface, but also during computer stuff, I rely on a few shortcuts(mainly the first 2 I mentioned, the run dialog and windows explorer) and I was VERY pleased to find out that those 2 worked like I am used to.
     
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    Great, my first sticky note. Definitely would edit the first note to compile it ALL muhaha
     
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    Here is a really extensive list. Some are Windows 8 only but most work on RT

    Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
    Windows key + C: Access the charms bar
    Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar
    Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm
    Windows key + H: Access the Share charm
    Windows key + K: Access the Devices charm
    Windows key + Q: Access the Apps Search screen
    Windows key + F: Access the Files Search screen
    Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen
    Windows key + P: Access the Second Screen bar
    Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running
    Windows key + X: Access the Windows Tools Menu
    Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation
    Windows key + . : Move the screen split to the right
    Windows key + Shift + . : Move the screen split to the left
    Windows key + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications
    Windows key + Shift + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
    Windows key + PrtScn: Takes a screenshot of the screen and automatically saves it in the Pictures folder as Screenshot
    Windows key + Enter: Launch Narrator
    Windows key + E: Open Computer
    Windows key + R: Open the Run dialog box
    Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access Center
    Windows key + Ctrl + F: Open Find Computers dialog box
    Windows key + Pause/Break: Open the System page
    Windows key + 1..10: Launch a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + Shift + 1..10: Launch a new instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + Ctrl + 1..10: Access the last active instance of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + Alt + 1..10: Access the Jump List of a program pinned on the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Windows key + B: Select the first item in the Notification Area and then use the arrow keys to cycle through the items Press Enter to open the selected item
    Windows key + Ctrl + B: Access the program that is displaying a message in the Notification Area
    Windows key + T: Cycle through the items on the Taskbar
    Windows key + M: Minimize all windows
    Windows key + Shift + M: Restore all minimized windows
    Windows key + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows)
    Windows key + L: Lock computer
    Windows key + Up Arrow: Maximize current window
    Windows key + Down Arrow: Minimize/restore current window
    Windows key + Home: Minimize all but the current window
    Windows key + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
    Windows key + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
    Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
    Windows key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: Move the current window from one monitor to the next
    Windows key + F1: Launch Windows Help and Support

    PageUp: Scroll forward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
    PageDown: Scroll backward on the Modern Desktop Start screen
    Esc: Close a charm
    Ctrl + Esc: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
    Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel: Activate the Semantic Zoom on the Modern Desktop screen

    Alt: Display a hidden Menu Bar
    Alt + D: Select the Address Bar
    Alt + P: Display the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
    Alt + Tab: Cycle forward through open windows
    Alt + Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through open windows
    Alt + F: Close the current window Open the Shut Down Windows dialog box from the Desktop
    Alt + Spacebar: Access the Shortcut menu for current window
    Alt + Esc: Cycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
    Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box of the selected item
    Alt + PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the active Window and place it in the clipboard
    Alt + Up Arrow: Move up one folder level in Windows Explorer (Like the Up Arrow in XP)
    Alt + Left Arrow: Display the previous folder
    Alt + Right Arrow: Display the next folder
    Shift + Insert: CD/DVD Load CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
    Shift + Delete: Permanently delete the item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
    Shift + F6: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
    Shift + F10: Access the context menu for the selected item
    Shift + Tab: Cycle backward through elements in a window or dialog box
    Shift + Click: Select a consecutive group of items
    Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program
    Shift + Right-click on a Taskbar button: Access the context menu for the selected item
    Ctrl + A: Select all items
    Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item
    Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item
    Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item
    Ctrl + D: Delete selected item
    Ctrl + Z: Undo an action
    Ctrl + Y: Redo an action
    Ctrl + N: Open a new window in Windows Explorer
    Ctrl + W: Close current window in Windows Explorer
    Ctrl + E: Select the Search box in the upper right corner of a window
    Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new folder
    Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open the Windows Task Manager
    Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Use arrow keys to cycle through open windows
    Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Access the Windows Security screen
    Ctrl + Click: Select multiple individual items
    Ctrl + Click and drag an item: Copies that item in the same folder
    Ctrl + Shift + Click and drag an item: Creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder
    Ctrl + Tab: Move forward through tabs
    Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move backward through tabs
    Ctrl + Shift + Click on a Taskbar button: Launch a new instance of a program as an Administrator
    Ctrl + Click on a grouped Taskbar button: Cycle through the instances of a program in the group
    F1: Display Help
    F2: Rename a file
    F3: Open Search
    F4: Display the Address Bar list
    F5: Refresh display
    F6: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
    F7: Display command history in a Command Prompt
    F10: Display hidden Menu Bar
    F11: Toggle full screen display
    Tab: Cycle forward through elements in a window or dialog box
    PrtScn: Take a screen shot of the entire screen and place it in the clipboard
    Home: Move to the top of the active window
    End: Move to the bottom of the active window
    Delete: Delete the selected item
    Backspace: Display the previous folder in Windows Explorer Move up one folder level in Open or Save dialog box
    Esc: Close a dialog box
    Num Lock Enabled + Plus (+): Display the contents of the selected folder
    Num Lock Enabled + Minus (-): Collapse the selected folder
    Num Lock Enabled + Asterisk (*): Expand all subfolders under the selected folder

    Press Shift 5 times Turn StickyKeys on or off
    Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds Turn FilterKeys on or off
    Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds Turn ToggleKeys on or off

    Mainly Surface Pro tips
    1. Buy the biggest SDXC card you can right away
    2. Many programs will not install to a removable drive (sdxc card) so create a directory junction on drive c: to drive d:
    2.a window key+x, command prompt (admin), cd\, mklink /j drived d:\, exit
    2.b now you can refer to drive d: as c:\drived and your programs will install and work on your sdxc card
    3. Window key + x is your friend
    4. Window bezel button + Vol up = narrator on/off
    5. Window bezel button + Vol down = screen shot to clipboard
    6. Window bezel button + power button = ctrl+alt+delete
    7. From powered off, power on button + Vol up = bios settings
    8. From powered off, power on button + Vol down = advanced boot options
    9. Turn off hibernate feature and save about 3GB of space
    9.a window key + x, command prompt (admin), powercfg /h off
    10. Get rid of recover partition, put it on a cheap usb 3 memory drive and save 7.8GB of space
    10.a insert usb 3 memory drive in usb port
    10.b window key + x, run, recoverydrive, choose copy and follow prompts, choose to delete recovery partition
     
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  9. J515OP

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    Here are shortcuts specific to Win 8 and RT New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT - Microsoft Windows

    Key 1/ Key 2/ Key 3/ Action

    Windows logo key* start typing Search your PC

    Ctrl plus (+) or minus (-) Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

    Ctrl scroll wheel Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

    Windows logo key* C Open the charms

    Windows logo key* F Open the Search charm to search files

    Windows logo key* H Open the Share charm

    Windows logo key* I Open the Settings charm

    Windows logo key* J Switch the main app and snapped app

    Windows logo key* K Open the Devices charm

    Windows logo key* O Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

    Windows logo key* Q Open the Search charm to search apps

    Windows logo key* W Open the Search charm to search settings

    Windows logo key* Z Show the commands available in the app

    Windows logo key* spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout

    Windows logo key* Ctrl spacebar Change to a previously selected input

    Windows logo key* Tab Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)

    Windows logo key* Ctrl Tab Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled

    Windows logo key* Shift Tab Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

    Windows logo key* PgUp Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

    Windows logo key* PgDown Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

    Windows logo key* Shift period (.) Snaps an app to the left

    Windows logo key* period (.) Snaps an app to the right
     
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    Someone will need to come up with a pocket version, probably of the 8 they actually use. ;);)
     
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    This list is on the Microsoft website. Cut and paste it into your OneNote and you're good.
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    I thought we started with the pocket versions and got back to it by only using half of the ones from the list you gave ;) I think the key (ha no pun intended) is the Windows key is the one that is used primarily with Win8/RT. The rest (Alt, Shift, Ctrl) are general Windows shortcuts that work with most versions of Windows including 8/RT.

    It can't hurt to have it listed all sorts of ways. You never know which one will be the one that jumps out to a particular persons needs :D
     

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