How to use Search with keyboard shortcuts

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    lucasbytegenius

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    As you know, searching in the Windows 8 start screen has three categories: Apps, Settings, and Files. Problem is, it doesn't list them all together, you have to select the category you want to see results from.
    Coming from Windows 7, on which the Start menu search would list all categories together, this can be annoying.

    Here's some keyboard shortcuts to quickly search in specific categories:

    Windows key + Q: Searches in the Apps category. Default behavior of typing on the start screen.
    Windows key + W: Searches in the Settings category.
    Windows key + F: Searches in the Files category.

    Learning these keyboard shortcuts should improve your searches in Windows 8 :)
     
    lucasbytegenius, Nov 21, 2012
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    As I get older, I find it more difficult to remember new tricks. Since the mouse was invented, I have never been an enthusiastic keyboard shortcut user. I find , for me anyway, it more expedients to move around with the mouse. Some stick, of course, such as Alt F4 or ctrl- C /V. But, for the enthusiast, the list is enormous. There are many listed under help, in the menu, but, maybe with the touchpad in mind, MS neglected many others. If anyone is interested, this is the list I have collected together:

    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
     
    davehc, Nov 21, 2012
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    lucasbytegenius

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    I'm never going to remember them all or use them all, but thanks for listing those additional shortcuts :)
     
    lucasbytegenius, Nov 21, 2012
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