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By default, the Windows key will go to the start screen on Windows 8. But I'm using this program called Pokki that adds a classic Windows-like (pre-Win 8) start menu to Windows 8. And I've enabled the option to invoke Pokki when the Windows key is pressed. The problem now is that I have no way to get to the Windows start screen using a keyboard shortcut. I know in another start menu replacement app (Classic Shell, I believe), there is the option to have Ctrl+Windows bring up the Windows 8 start screen.

My question is: Is there a way to assign Ctrl+Windows as the keystroke that will bring up the Windows 8 start screen? Thanks.

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Wouldn't it be easier to just change the Pokki settings? I think Autohotkey can change the Windows shortcuts, but I am not sure it will work with the winkey ones. – Kard Nails Mar 21 '14 at 18:48
Well the core issue is that I would like a keyboard shortcut for both Pokki and Windows 8 start screen. Currently, it doesn't look like Pokki provides any keyboard shortcuts for its menu other than replacing the Windows key. If you're aware of one, please let me know. – Anshul Mar 21 '14 at 18:53
Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.0? – Ramhound Mar 21 '14 at 19:56
Windows 8.1. Sorry I forgot to specify. – Anshul Mar 21 '14 at 19:59
Pokki is a start screen replacement so it actually replaces the start menu and start screen into a non-standard menu StartIsBack restore the start menu and has a Ctrl+winkey to display the start screen – Ramhound Mar 21 '14 at 20:23

Ctrl + Esc is what you are looking for. It's an alternative key to launch start menu.

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A possible workaround would be to create a desktop shortcut and assign a keyboard shortcut to it. Unfortunately, you can only use Crtl+Alt+ or F keys.

  • Download this zip and extract it anywhere.
  • Create a desktop shortcut of the exe.
  • Right click on the shortcut, select properties and change the shortcut in the Shortcut tab.

Source: Eightforums

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