Repeatedly taking your hands off the keyboard to select commands with the mouse can get tedious. Use these Windows 8 keystroke shortcuts to handle common activities, such as cutting and pasting text, quickly and easily.

Key or Keystroke Combination Effect
Ctrl+X Cuts the selected text or object
Ctrl+C Copies the selected text or object
Ctrl+V Pastes copied or cut text or object
F1 Displays help
F2 Allows you to rename a selected item (folder or file)
Ctrl+Z Undoes the previous action
Alt+Tab Displays a list of currently open applications
Prt Scr or Print Screen Saves a copy of current screen to the Windows Clipboard
Windows Key Displays the Start Key menu
F3 Displays a search window
Win+C Displays the Charms bar and information panel
Win+I Displays the Settings charm panel
Win+L Displays Windows 8 lockscreen
Win Toggles between Start screen and Desktop