Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

I’ve always said that Microsoft Windows has at least 3 ways of doing any action.¬† And that its up to the user to determine which is is the best method for their needs.

One of these methods is by using the Keyboard.

The following are a list of some of the many Keyboard shortcuts available.

Keyboard shortcut
Action
Windows key
Open or close Start Menu.
Windows key + A
Open Action center.
Windows key + C
Open Cortana in listening mode.
Windows key + D
Display and hide the desktop.
Windows key + E
Open File Explorer.
Windows key + G
Open Game bar when a game is open.
Windows key + H
Open the Share charm.
Windows key + I
Open Settings.
Windows key + K
Open the Connect quick action.
Windows key + L
Lock your PC or switch accounts.
Windows key + M
Minimize all windows.
Windows key + R
Open Run dialog box.
Windows key + S
Open Search.
Windows key + U
Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows key + X
Open Quick Link menu.
Windows key + Number
Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Left arrow key
Snap app windows left.
Windows key + Right arrow key
Snap app windows right.
Windows key + Up arrow key
Maximize app windows.
Windows key + Down arrow key
Minimize app windows.
Windows key + Comma
Temporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl +D
Add a virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrow
Switch between virtual desktops.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4
Close current virtual desktop.
Windows key + Enter
Open Narrator.
Windows key + Home
Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).
Windows key + PrtScn
Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow
Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + Tab
Open Task view.
Windows key + “+” key
Zoom in using the magnifier.
Windows key + “-” key
Zoom out using the magnifier.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Open Task Manager.
Alt + Tab
Switch between open apps.
Alt + Left arrow key
Go back.
Alt + Right arrow key
Go foward.
Alt + Page Up
Move up one screen.
Alt + Page down
Move down one screen.
Ctrl + Alt +Tab
View open apps
Ctrl + C
Copy selected items to clipboard.
Ctrl + X
Cut selected items.
Ctrl + V
Paste content from clipboard.
Ctrl + A
Select all content.
Ctrl + Z
Undo an action.
Ctrl + Y
Redo an action.
Ctrl + D
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
Ctrl + Esc
Open the Start Menu.
Ctrl + Shift
Switch the keyboard layout.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Open Task Manager.
Ctrl + F4
Close the active window.