Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

I am sure that while working on your projects on Windows, you thought that there might be an easier way to do that certain task. In most of the cases, that is true. One of the features that Windows offers, is the keyboard shortcuts or key shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcuts Examples

For most people that use the Office 2016 suite, shortcuts aimed at text operations are very useful.

For example, you can copy and paste the text into a different location by using the mouse, by selecting the text, right-clicking it, selecting copy and then go the to new location, right click and then click paste. It might be an easy process, but it takes a bit more time than if you were to use keyboard shortcuts. Using the shortcuts, you can select the text, press CTRL + C, then go to the new location and press CTRL + V. It’s easier, right?

Another good example is the search functionality. This shortcut is very common and it is the same for most applications and software, not just for Windows. You can use it for browsers, PDF viewers, Office, Windows etc. If you were to search for something using the mouse, it would differ from one application to the other. For most applications, the search bar is displayed by pressing CTRL + F. If you want to launch the Windows 10 Search functionality, you can do that by pressing WINDOWS KEY + S. (The Windows key is the key on your keyboard that has the Windows logo on it).

These are just two common examples that can help you speed up your work and process. You can find most of the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts below. We have arranged them in a table, so it is easier for you to follow.


Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts – Full list

Keyboard shortcutAction
Windows keyOpen or close Start Menu.
Windows key + AOpen Action center.
Windows key + COpen Cortana in listening mode.
Windows key + DDisplay and hide the desktop.
Windows key + EOpen File Explorer.
Windows key + GOpen Game bar when a game is open.
Windows key + HOpen the Share charm.
Windows key + IOpen Settings.
Windows key + KOpen the Connect quick action.
Windows key + LLock your PC or switch accounts.
Windows key + MMinimize all windows.
Windows key + ROpen Run dialog box.
Windows key + SOpen Search.
Windows key + UOpen Ease of Access Center.
Windows key + XOpen Quick Link menu.
Windows key + NumberOpen the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Left arrow keySnap app windows left.
Windows key + Right arrow keySnap app windows right.
Windows key + Up arrow keyMaximize app windows.
Windows key + Down arrow keyMinimize app windows.
Windows key + CommaTemporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl +DAdd a virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close current virtual desktop.
Windows key + EnterOpen Narrator.
Windows key + HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).
Windows key + PrtScnCapture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrowStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + TabOpen Task view.
Windows key + “+” keyZoom in using the magnifier.
Windows key + “-” keyZoom out using the magnifier.
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager.
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps.
Alt + Left arrow keyGo back.
Alt + Right arrow keyGo foward.
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen.
Alt + Page downMove down one screen.
Ctrl + Alt +TabView open apps
Ctrl + CCopy selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + XCut selected items.
Ctrl + VPaste content from clipboard.
Ctrl + ASelect all content.
Ctrl + ZUndo an action.
Ctrl + YRedo an action.
Ctrl + DDelete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
Ctrl + EscOpen the Start Menu.
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout.
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager.
Ctrl + F4Close the active window.


In case we missed any Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts, please leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list. We tried to list the most common and useful ones for day to day or work use.

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