In its latest iteration Windows might have gained great touch screen support, but it doesn't mean that old keyboard of yours will suddenly become obsolete. Contrary, after you update your operating system to Windows 8.1 or buy a new device running the software out of the box, you will realize that it comes with an array of useful keyboard shortcuts that will speed up some operations, make you more productive and your work easier.
We've presenting you with a list of 15 genuinely useful keyboard shortcuts. There are probably more than that, so keep your eyes open and let us know in the comments if you stumble upon a key combination we did not mention.
- Hold the Windows key and press D to show and hide the desktop.
- Hold the Windows key and press X to pull up the Quick Link menu.
- Hold the Windows key and press E to open File Explorer.
- Press Control, Shift and Esc together to open Task Manager.
- Hold the Windows key and press X and down arrow to open the Mobility Center.
- Internet Explorer 11 or Chrome, hold Ctrl and Press T to open a new browser tab.
- In Internet Explorer 11 or Chrome, hold Ctrl and press Tab to switch between tabs.
- Hold Ctrl and scroll the mouse wheel up or down to zoom in or out.
- Press the Windows key and simply begin typing in order to search through your PC to for any files, folders, programs, settings or menus.
- Hold the Windows key and press down arrow in order to close a Modern UI app.
- Hold the Windows key and press Tab to open Task Switcher.
- Hold Alt and press Tab to switch between all open apps, including those in the Modern and desktop UIs.
- Press the Windows key, Shift and Tab together to scroll through open Modern UI apps backwards.
- Hold the Windows Key and press P to select a display presentation mode.
- Hold the Windows key and press Spacebar to choose a keyboard language and pick a different keyboard layout.