Awesome Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

More Keyboard shortcuts than you can shake a stick at.

Turning multiple mouse clicks into a simple press of a key or two may not seem like a lot, but if you are an avid user of keyboard shortcuts you've likely noticed just how helpful they can be. Although memorizing which shortcuts do which functions can be a little daunting at first, it's important to remember not everyone needs to know every shortcut. Learning and using the ones that are most important to you is a great way to enhance your Windows 10 experience.

Keyboard shortcut


Windows key

Open or close Start Menu.

Windows key + A

Open Action center.

Windows key + C

Open Cortana in listening mode.

Windows key + D

Display and hide the desktop.

Windows key + E

Open File Explorer.

Windows key + G

Open Game bar when a game is open.

Windows key + H

Open the Share charm.

Windows key + I

Open Settings.

Windows key + K

Open the Connect quick action.

Windows key + L

Lock your PC or switch accounts.

Windows key + M

Minimize all windows.

Windows key + R

Open Run dialog box.

Windows key + S

Open Search.

Windows key + U

Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows key + X

Open Quick Link menu.

Windows key + Number

Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows key + Left arrow key

Snap app windows left.

Windows key + Right arrow key

Snap app windows right.

Windows key + Up arrow key

Maximize app windows.

Windows key + Down arrow key

Minimize app windows.

Windows key + Comma

Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows key + Ctrl +D

Add a virtual desktop.

Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrow

Switch between virtual desktops.

Windows key + Ctrl + F4

Close current virtual desktop.

Windows key + Enter

Open Narrator.

Windows key + Home

Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).

Windows key + PrtScn

Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.

Windows key + Shift + Up arrow

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows key + Tab

Open Task view.

Windows key + "+" key

Zoom in using the magnifier.

Windows key + "-" key

Zoom out using the magnifier.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager.

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps.

Alt + Left arrow key

Go back.

Alt + Right arrow key

Go foward.

Alt + Page Up

Move up one screen.

Alt + Page down

Move down one screen.

Ctrl + Alt +Tab

View open apps

Ctrl + C

Copy selected items to clipboard.

Ctrl + X

Cut selected items.

Ctrl + V

Paste content from clipboard.

Ctrl + A

Select all content.

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action.

Ctrl + Y

Redo an action.

Ctrl + D

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.

Ctrl + Esc

Open the Start Menu.

Ctrl + Shift

Switch the keyboard layout.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + F4

Close the active window.



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