Learning the best keyboard shortcuts often means you can work faster and more efficiently.

Windows 10 opened up a huge host of new keyboard shortcuts to make better use of the operating systems features.


⊞ Win + C Open Cortana for voice input
⊞ Win + S Open Search
⊞ Win + I Open Settings
⊞ Win + A Open Action Center
⊞ Win + X Open Quick Link menu
⊞ Win + Left arrow Snap active window to the left
⊞ Win + Right arrow Snap active window to the right
⊞ Win + Up arrow Maximize the current window
⊞ Win + Down arrow Minimize or remove current window
⊞ Win + Ctrl + D Create a new virtual desktop
⊞ Win + Ctrl + Left arrow Cycle virtual desktops to the left
⊞ Win + Ctrl + Right arrow Cycle virtual desktops to the right
⊞ Win + Ctrl + F4 Close current desktop
⊞ Win + TAB Access all desktops and apps in Task View
⊞ Win + PrtSc Take a screenshot and save it to Screenshots folder
⊞ Win + G Open Game bar
⊞ Win + Alt + G Record the last 30 seconds
⊞ Win + Alt + R Manually start and stop recording
Shift + Left arrow Highlight text on the cursor’s left
Shift + Right arrow Highlight text to the cursor’s right
Ctrl + C Copy selected text to clipboard
Ctrl + V Paste text from clipboard
Ctrl + A Select all text
⊞ Win Display or hide Start
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open the Task Manager
⊞ Win + M Minimize all windows
⊞ Win + Shift + M Restore all minimized windows
⊞ Win + R Open the Run dialogue box
⊞ Win + F1 Open Windows Help and Support
⊞ Win + plus (“+”) Zoom in using Magnifier
⊞ Win + minus (“-“) Zoom out using Magnifier
⊞ Win + L Lock your PC or switch accounts.
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + Enter Display properties for the selected item
Alt + Spacebar Open shortcut menu for an active window
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + V Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
F1 Display help (app-specific)
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4 Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active app
⊞ Win+ D Display and hide desktop


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