Though Microsoft has done away with the Start Menu in Windows 8, it didn’t eliminate your ability to create keyboard shortcuts that launch your favorite applications with custom key combos you set. To create a keyboard shortcut for any app:
1. Locate the application’s shortcut icon. If it isn’t already on your desktop / taskbar, use Explorer’s search feature to query for it.
2. Right click the shortcut and select properties.
3. Enter a key combo in the Shortcut key field. The combo must be CTRL + ALT + a third key such as a letter or number.
4. Click OK.
You can now launch your application by simply hitting the key combo you’ve set, no mouse movement required. Using the first letter of the application name as the third key (ex: CTRL + ALT + W for Microsoft Word) can be a good way to remember your shortcuts.