Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts That You Could Use!

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts That You Could Use!

Do you have loads of work to finish and looking for a helping hand while working on Windows 10? Worry not here we bring for you a list of built-in keyboard shortcuts to make your work easy.

Keyboard shortcuts help to boost your productivity as our daily job depends on working with Windows. After using them, you not only get to do the work quickly, but it also enhances the efficiency.

You should give them a try to experience the difference they can make. It will take some time to get used to them; but once you know them you will find yourself getting addicted.

Windows 10 was basically designed with touchscreens in mind, but it did not forget its traditional PC users. To use the Windows 10 the old way with shortcuts, turn off the touchscreen and use the built-in keyboard shortcuts to work quickly.

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Here’s a handy list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for navigating Windows 10:

The basics

  • Ctrl + A: Select all items in a window
  • Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy selected or highlighted item (eg text, images and so on)
  • Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste selected or highlighted item
  • Ctrl + X: Cut selected or highlighted item
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo previous action
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo action
  • Ctrl + N: When File Explorer is your current window, opens a new File Explorer window with the same folder path as the current window
  • Windows key + F1: Opens “how to get help in Windows 10” Bing search in default browser
  • Alt + F4: Close the current app or window
  • Alt + Tab: Switch between opened apps or windows
  • Shift + Delete: Delete selected item permanently (skip the Recycle Bin)

Start menu and taskbar

You can use these keyboard shortcuts to open, close and control the Start menu and the taskbar.

  • Windows key or Ctrl + Esc: Opens Start menu
  • Windows key + X: Opens the secret Start menu
  • Windows key + T: Cycle through the apps (including pinned apps) on the taskbar
  • Windows key + [Number]: Opens the pinned app as they are positioned For example, if you want to open an app pinned in the first position on the taskbar and you click Windows key + 1, the app will open If the app is already opened, a new instance or window will open
  • Windows key + Alt + [Number]: Opens the right-click menu of the app pinned in the [number] position on the taskbar
  • Windows key + D: Show or hide desktop
  • Windows key + , will display the desktop briefly

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The desktop: Windows, Snap Assist and virtual desktops

These shortcuts controls individual windows on your desktop, including virtual desktops.

  • Windows key + M: Minimizes all running windows
  • Windows key + Shift + M: Restore minimized windows
  • Windows key + Home: Minimizes all windows except the selected or currently active window
  • Windows key + Up arrow: Maximize selected window
  • Windows key + Shift + Up arrow: Maximizes the active window vertically while maintaining its width
  • Windows key + Down arrow: Minimizes selected window
  • Windows key + Left arrow or Right arrow: Quickly select window to the left or right half of the screen
  • Windows key + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow: Move selected window to the left or right monitor
  • Windows key + Tab: Opens Task view of virtual desktops
  • Windows key + Ctrl + D: Add new virtual desktop
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow: Move to the next virtual desktop (to the right)
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow: Move to the previous virtual desktop (to the left)
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4: Close current virtual desktop

The Windows key

These keyboard shortcuts will help you launching both Windows and third-party apps.

  • Windows key + A: Opens the Action Center
  • Windows key + S: Opens Cortana in text mode, so you can type in the search bar (Windows key + Q does the same thing)
  • Windows key + C: Opens Cortana in listening mode
  • Windows key + E: Opens File Explorer
  • Windows key + F: Opens the Windows 10 Feedback Hub
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F: Search for PCs on a network
  • Windows key + G: Opens the Game bar
  • Windows key + H: Opens the Share sidebar
  • Windows key + I: Opens the Settings menu
  • Windows key + K: Opens the Connect sidebar (for connecting to new Bluetooth devices)
  • Windows key + L: Locks your computer
  • Windows key + O: Locks screen orientation
  • Windows key + P: Opens presentation or projection sidebar
  • Windows key + R: Opens the Run window
  • Windows key + U: Opens Ease of Access center
  • Windows key + W: Opens the Windows Ink Workspace
  • Windows key + Print Screen: Take a screenshot of the entire desktop and save it to the Screenshots folder in the Pictures folder
  • Windows key + (+) or (-): Zoom in and out with magnifier
  • Windows key + Esc: Exit magnifier

Command Prompt

You can use these keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 Command Prompt.

  • Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy selected text to the clipboard
  • Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste copied text inside the Command Prompt
  • Ctrl + A: Select all text on current line (If current line has no text, all text inside the Command Prompt will be selected)
  • Ctrl + Up or Down: Move screen one line up or down
  • Ctrl + F: Search Command Prompt via Find window
  • Ctrl + M: Enter Mark mode (allows you to select text with mouse) Once Mark mode is enabled, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor around
  • Shift + Up or Down: Move cursor up or down one line and select text
  • Shift + Left or Right: Move cursor left or right one character and select text
  • Ctrl + Shift + Left or Right: Move cursor left or right one word and select text
  • Shift + Page Up or Page Down: Move cursor up or down one screen and select text
  • Shift + Home or End: Move cursor to beginning or end of current line and select text
  • Ctrl + Shift + Home/End: Move cursor to beginning or end of screen buffer and select text at the beginning or end of Command Prompt

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With these keyboard shortcuts in a handy list, you’re going to be more efficient than ever before! Pretty soon you will be hooked to them and will use them to work quickly. It will do wonders for and will save you precious time.

Preeti Seth

Preeti is a technical writer with Systweak. She covers new technology and troubleshooting. She loves gadgets and is an avid reader. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places solo.

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