Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Surface Keyboard Shortcuts




As you know, I purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with the Touch Cover keyboard a few months ago. One of the first things that you notice is that the Touch Cover keyboards, as well as the Type Cover keyboards, don't have every single key you’ll find on other keyboards. If you love keyboard shortcuts like me, you may get a little lost when you first start using either of the Surface keyboards. Fear not, Microsoft has a variety of Surface-specific keyboard shortcut combinations that you can use to make things easier.

  • Start (Windows logo key) - Go to Start screen
  • Start + B - Go to Desktop
  • Start + C - Open charms
  • Start + D - Show Desktop
  • Start + E - Open Windows Explorer on Desktop
  • Start + F - Search files
  • Start + H - Open Sharing
  • Start + I - Open Settings
  • Start + J - Switch focus to/from snapped windows
  • Start + K - Open Devices
  • Start + L - Lock Screen/Switch Users
  • Start + M - Minimize everything on the Desktop
  • Start + O - Lock Screen Orientation
  • Start + P - Open Second Screen utility
  • Start + Q - Search Apps
  • Start + R - Open Run Menu on the Desktop
  • Start + T - Open Task Bar in Desktop
  • Start + U - Open Ease of Access Center on the Desktop
  • Start + V - Cycle Notifications
  • Start + Shift + V - Cycle Notifications (reverse)
  • Start + W - Search Settings
  • Start + X - Open System Utility menu
  • Start + Z - Open App bar
  • Start + , - Peek at Desktop
  • Start + . - Snap Metro App Windows Toggle
  • Start + Shift + . - Snap Metro App Windows Toggle (reverse)
  • Start + Enter -  Narrator Settings
  • Start + Tab -  Cycle Metro Apps
  • Alt + Tab - Application switcher, different look than task manager
  • Ctrl + Escape - Toggle between last open app and current app
  • Fn + Del - Increases screen brightness.
  • Fn + Backspace -  Decreases screen brightness
  • Fn + Left arrow -  Home
  • Fn + Right arrow - End
  • Fn + Up arrow -  Page Up
  • Fn + Down arrow -  Page Down
  • Fn + Spacebar - Print Screen
  • Fn + Alt + Spacebar - Print Screen for the current window only

One thing to note is that you can lock the Fn key by pressing  Fn + Caps so that the F1-F12 keys act as function keys. For example, if you wanted to increase the volume you would have to press Fn + F3. If you just press F3, it will open up a search box. After pressing Fn + Caps, the F1-F12 keys will function with a single key press so you could just press F3 to increase the volume. Press Fn + Caps again to unlock those keys.