ALL THE WINDOWS 10 KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

WINDOWS 10 KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

Want to be more quick and productive while using your Windows 10? Then check out these Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts are the quickest and easiest way to launch any command by pressing two or more keys on your keyboard simultaneously. These can be used for small commands as copying a text to a clipboard to shutting down your PC. you may be aware of basic keyboard shortcuts but we bet you do not know all of them. Here we have compiled all of the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts available for users to use and make their work easy.

Basic Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Ctrl + A Select all.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)   Copy items to the clipboard.
Ctrl + X Cut 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.
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.
Alt + F4 Close active window or  shutdown
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 clipboard.

Desktop shortcuts

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.
Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R) Refresh the 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 the block of text.
Ctrl + Spacebar Enable or disable Chinese IME.
Shift + F10 Open the context menu for the selected item.
F10 Enable app menu bar.
Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items.
Backspace Return to Settings app home page.

File Explorer shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Alt + D Select the address bar.
Ctrl + E (or F) Select the search box.
Ctrl + N Open a new window.
Ctrl + W Close active window.
Ctrl + F (or F3) Start search.
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel   Change the view file and folder.
Ctrl + Shift + E Expands all folders from the tree in the navigation pane.
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a 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 the 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 the 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 the top of the window.
End Scroll to the bottom of the window.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Windows key Open Start menu.
Windows key + A Open Action Center.
Windows key + S ( or Q) Open Search.
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + L Locks the computer.
Windows key + M Minimize all windows.
Windows key + B Set focus notification area in the taskbar.
Windows key + C Launch the 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.
Zak Warren

Zak Warren

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top