How to Use Windows 8 Without Touchscreen | Keyboard Shortcuts

Turns out nobody wants to touch

The latest OS from Microsoft is Windows 8 that has come out with highly advanced features. However, Windows 8 is precisely meant for tablets and touchscreen monitors. Not everyone would be having a touchscreen monitor who would be still interested to use the latest OS, Windows 8. How to use windows 8 without touchscreen? For many, it would be still the easy way to use the computer with the evergreen mouse and keyboard which they have been using for decades. It is completely a different experience when it comes to tablets and mobiles. Touchscreen is the only best way for these gadgets.

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We have provided here the keyboard shortcuts to use Windows 8 comfortably! even if you don’t have a touchscreen monitor. (See here to Download Windows 8 Trial)

Use Windows 8 without touchscreen using the below Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts Functions
Windows Key Toggle between the start screen and the last-opened Windows store app or the desktop
Windows Key + B Switch to the Desktop and set the focus to the tray notification area.
Windows Key + C Display the CHARM and time/date/notification/battery overlay
Windows Key + D Show Desktop
Windows Key + E Switch to the Desktop and launch Windows Explorer
Windows Key + H Open the CHARM Share
Windows Key + I Open the CHARM Settings
Windows Key + J Swap the foreground between the snapped and filled apps
Windows Key + K Open the CHARM Devices
Windows Key + O Switch between landscape and portrait orientation on slate and tablet PCs
Windows Key + P Display the second screen pane to choose between available projection options
Windows Key + Q Search Apps
Windows Key + R Switch to the Desktop and display the Run dialog
Windows Key + U Switch to the Desktop and launch the Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + V Cycle through toast notifications
Windows Key + W Search Settings
Windows Key + X Open the advanced context menu in the lower-left corner of the screen
Windows Key + Z Open the App-specific bar of commands at the bottom of the screen
Windows Key + Shift + M Restore all minimised windows
Windows Key + Shift + V Cycle through toast notifications in reverse order
Windows Key + Enter Launch Narrator
Windows Key + Space Switch Input language and keyboard layout
Windows Key + Tab Display App thumbnails of open Windows Store apps and cycle through apps
Windows Key + Shift + Tab Display App thumbnails of open windows Store Apps and cycle through apps in reverse order
Windows Key + CTRL + Tab Cycle through apps, snapping them as you go
Windows Key + , Take a peek at the Desktop
Windows Key + . Snap application to the left
Windows Key + Shift + . Snap application to the right
Windows Key + PgUp Move the Start screen to the left monitor (If you have multiple monitors)
Windows Key + PgDn Move the Start screen to the right monitor (If you have multiple monitors)
Windows Key + + (Plus Key) Zoom in
Windows Key + – (Minus Key) Zoom out
Windows Key + Esc Close Magnifier
Windows Key + PrintScreen Takes a screenshot
Windows Key + Left Arrow Dock the active window to the left half of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow Dock the active window to the right half of the screen
Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximise the active window
Windows Key + Down Arrow Restore/minimise the active window
Windows Key + Shift + Up Arrow Maximise the active window vertically
Windows Key + Shift + Down Arrow Restore/minimise the active window vertically
Windows Key + Shift + Left Arrow Move the active window to the monitor on the left (If you have multiple monitors)
Windows Key + Shift + Right Arrow Move the active window to the monitor on the right (If you have multiple monitors)
Windows Key + Home Minimise all non-active windows. Repeat the command to restore the previous action
Windows Key + Break Display the System dialog box
Home Select the first tile in the Start screen
End Select the last tile in the Start screen
PgUp Move the tile selection up (next page)
PgDn Move the tile selection down (previous page)
Space Select the first tile in the Start screen and display options at the bottom of the screen

Windows Key on a Keyboard

Using the above keyword shortcuts will be little tricky and might find it uncomfortable. But this is the best available option to use Windows 8 without a touchscreen. After a few days of usage, the operation will be much easier to use it with keyboard shortcuts. On the right is the picture of “Windows Key” which you can find between the “Ctrl” and “Alt” keys on your keyboard.