Windows 8: keyboard shortcuts you need to know
Here is a list of some keyboard shortcuts you really need to know if you want to perform common tasks in Windows 8 easily.
Win+X and Win+C are the first shortcuts you must remember.
The first one opens a menu at the left bottom corner of the Screen, with links to Control Panel, Computer Management, Windows Explorer (use Win+E to open Windows Explorer directly), Search (Win+F for direct access), Run (Win+R for direct access), Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc for direct access), Programs and Features (add remove), Power Options, Event Viewer, System, Device Manager, Disk Management, Command Prompt, Minimize everything to show the Desktop. All of this is available with Win+X.
Use Win+C to open the so called Charms bar, the new ‘Metro’ bar at the right side that lets you find the same tasks, plus (in the Settings menu), the options to shutdown, put to sleep or restart your PC.
You can log off or on (Sign in / out) at the Start screen (your user photo and name), and you can use the Windows Rule freeware for easy shutdown and restart.
Beyond these shortcuts, you may also want to know Win+Q, to open and search in your applications, Win+W to search in the Settings, Win+I to open the Settings bar, Win+G to give focus to your Desktop gadgets, Win+K to open the Devices bar.