Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Knowing all the keyboard shortcuts for windows 10 will allow you to navigate and operate the OS smoothly and seamlessly. It will also save you loads of time since you are avoiding several seconds of clicking the mouse. Though it might take some time to remember all the keys by heart and use them, it will get easier once you get the hang of it. Read on to get the complete guide on Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

Types of Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Different types of keyboard shortcuts can be used based on the need. Listed below are all the types of windows 10 keyboard shortcuts,

  • Essential shortcuts

  • Desktop shortcuts

  • File Explorer shortcuts

  • Command Prompt shortcuts

  • Windows Key shortcuts

Read on to get the complete list of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts.

Essential Shortcuts

These are essential shortcuts that every Windows 10 user must know. It covers all the basic things that are accessed every time.

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Ctrl + A Select all content.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + X Cut selected items to the clipboard.
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste content from clipboard.
Ctrl + Z Undo an action, including undelete files (limited).
Ctrl + Y Redo an action.
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder on desktop or File Explorer.
Alt + F4 Close active window. (If no active window present, then the shutdown box appears.)
Ctrl + D (Del) Delete selected item to the Recycle Bin.
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item permanently skipping Recycle Bin.
F2 Rename the selected item.
ESC Close current task.
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps.
PrtScn Take a screenshot and stores it in the clipboard.
Windows key + I Open Settings app.
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Windows key + A Open Action centre.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + L Lock device.
Windows key + V Open Clipboard bin.
Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;) Open emoji panel.
Windows key + PrtScn Capture a full screenshot in the “Screenshots” folder.
Windows key + Shift + S Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch.
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right.

 

Desktop Shortcuts

These shortcuts ease the way you use your desktop. It makes closing, opening and navigating through programmes easier and faster.

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Windows key (or Ctrl + Esc) Open Start menu.
Ctrl + Arrow keys Change Start menu size.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager.
Ctrl + Shift Switch keyboard layout.
Alt + F4 Close active window. (If no active window present, then the shutdown box appears.)
Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R) Refresh current window.
Ctrl + Alt + Tab View open apps.
Ctrl + Arrow keys (to select) + Spacebar Select multiple items on desktop or File Explorer.
Alt + Underlined letter Runs command for the underlined letter in apps.
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps while pressing Tab multiple times.
Alt + Left arrow key Go back.
Alt + Right arrow key Go forward.
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen.
Alt + Page down Move down one screen.
Alt + Esc Cycle through open windows.
Alt + Spacebar Open the context menu for the active window.
Alt + F8 Reveals typed password in Sign-in screen.
Shift + Click app button Open another instance of an app from the taskbar.
Ctrl + Shift + Click app button Run app as administrator from the taskbar.
Shift + Right-click app button Show the window menu for the app from the taskbar.
Ctrl + Click a grouped app button Cycle through windows in the group from the taskbar.
Shift + Right-click grouped app button Show the window menu for the group from the taskbar.
Ctrl + Left arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
Ctrl + Right arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word.
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key Select block of text.
Ctrl + Spacebar Enable or disable Chinese IME.
Shift + F10 Open context menu for the selected item.
F10 Enable app menu bar.
Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items.
Windows key + X Open Quick Link menu.
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open the app in number position from the taskbar.
Windows key + T Cycle through apps in the taskbar.
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position from the taskbar.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + M Minimize all windows.
Windows key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
Windows key + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active desktop windows vertically while maintaining width.
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key Move the active window to monitor on the left.
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key Move the active window to monitor on the right.
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right.
Windows key + S ( or Q) Open Search.
Windows key + Alt + D Open date and time in the taskbar.
Windows key + Tab Open Task View.
Windows key + Ctrl + D Create a new virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left.
Windows key + P Open Project settings.
Windows key + A Open Action centre.
Windows key + I Open Settings app.
Backspace Return to Settings app home page.

File Explorer Shortcuts

The File Explorer shortcuts can help you navigate find programs through windows explorer easily.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Alt + D Select address bar.
Ctrl + E (or F) Select search box.
Ctrl + N Open new window.
Ctrl + W Close active window.
Ctrl + F (or F3) Start search.
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Change view file and folder.
Ctrl + Shift + E Expands all folders from the tree in the navigation pane.
Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder on desktop or File Explorer.
Ctrl + L Focus on the address bar.
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8) Changes folder view.
Alt + P Display preview panel.
Alt + Enter Open Properties settings for the selected item.
Alt + Right arrow key View next folder.
Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace) View previous folder.
Alt + Up arrow Move up a level in the folder path.
F11 Switch active window full-screen mode.
F5 Refresh the instance of File Explorer.
F2 Rename selected item.
F4 Switch focus to address bar.
F5 Refresh File Explorer’s current view.
F6 Cycle through elements on the screen.
Home Scroll to top of the window.
End Scroll to bottom of window.

Command Prompt Shortcuts

The command Prompt shortcuts can be useful for issuing commands faster and enable you to work more efficiently.

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Ctrl + A Select all content of the current line.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste content from clipboard.
Ctrl + M Starts mark mode.
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move the screen up one line.
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move screen down one line.
Ctrl + F Open search for Command Prompt.
Left or right arrow keys Move the cursor left or right in the current line.
Up or down arrow keys Cycle through command history of the current session.
Page up Move cursor one page up.
Page down Move the cursor one page down.
Ctrl + Home Scroll to the top of the console.
Ctrl + End Scroll to the bottom of the console.

Windows Key Shortcuts

The Windows Key shortcuts can be used to easily perform many fundamental tasks like launching Settings, File Explorer, Run command, etc. It can also be used to open tools like Narrator or Magnifier.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key Open Start menu.
Windows key + A Open Action centre.
Windows key + S ( or Q) Open Search.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + L Locks computer.
Windows key + M Minimize all windows.
Windows key + B Set focus notification area in the taskbar.
Windows key + C Launch Cortana app.
Windows key + F Launch Feedback Hub app.
Windows key + G Launch Game bar app.
Windows key + Y Change input between desktop and Mixed Reality.
Windows key + O Lock device orientation.
Windows key + T Cycle through apps in the taskbar.
Windows key + Z Switch input between the desktop experience and Windows Mixed Reality.
Windows key + J Set focus on a tip for Windows 10 when applicable.k
Windows key + H Open dictation feature.
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Windows key + I Open Settings.
Windows key + R Open Run command.
Windows key + K Open Connect settings.
Windows key + X Open Quick Link menu.
Windows key + V Open Clipboard bin.
Windows key + W Open the Windows Ink Workspace.
Windows key + U Open Ease of Access settings.
Windows key + P Open Project settings.
Windows key + Ctrl + Enter Open Narrator.
Windows key + Plus (+) Zoom in using the magnifier.
Windows key + Minus (-) Zoom out using the magnifier.
Windows key + Esc Exit magnifier.
Windows key + Forward-slash (/) Start IME reconversion.
Windows key + Comma (,) Temporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows key + Up arrow key Maximize app windows.
Windows key + Down arrow key Minimize app windows.
Windows key + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window.
Windows key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active windows vertically while maintaining width.
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key Move the active window to monitor on the left.
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key Move the active window to monitor on the right.
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right.
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open the app in the number position in the taskbar.
Windows key + Shift + Number (0-9) Open another instance of the app in the number position in the taskbar.
Windows key + Ctrl + Number (0-9) Switch to the last active window of the app in the number position in the taskbar.
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position in the taskbar.
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + Number (0-9) Open another instance as an administrator of the app in the number position in the taskbar.
Windows key + Ctrl + Spacebar Change previously selected input option.
Windows key + Spacebar Change keyboard layout and input language.
Windows key + Tab Open Task View.
Windows key + Ctrl + D Create a virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left.
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B Wake up the device when black or a blank screen.
Windows key + PrtScn Capture a full screenshot in the “Screenshots” folder.
Windows key + Shift + S Create part of the screen screenshot.
Windows key + Shift + V Cycle through notifications.
Windows key + Ctrl + F Open search for the device on a domain network.
Windows key + Ctrl + Q Open Quick Assist.
Windows key + Alt + D Open date and time in the taskbar.
Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;) Open emoji panel.
Windows key + Pause Show System Properties dialogue box.

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