Keyboard Shortcuts

Work faster with shortcuts on your computer keyboard

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Below are a list of some useful keyboad shortcuts on Windows10 to make you work faster.

Essential Shortcuts๐Ÿ”—

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

File Explorer Shortcuts๐Ÿ”—

+ 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 Shortcuts๐Ÿ”—

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 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 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 cursor one page down.
Ctrl + Home Scroll to top of the console.
Ctrl + End Scroll to the bottom of the console.

Desktop Shortcuts๐Ÿ”—

(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 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 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 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 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 selected item.
F10 Enable app menu bar.
Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items.
+ X Open Quick Link menu.
+ Number (0-9) Open app in number position from the taskbar.
+ T Cycle through apps in the taskbar.
+ Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position from the taskbar.
+ D Display and hide the desktop.
+ M Minimize all windows.
+ Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
+ Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window.
+ Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
+ Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active desktop windows vertically while maintaining width.
+ Shift + Left arrow key Move active window to monitor on the left.
+ Shift + Right arrow key Move active window to monitor on the right.
+ Left arrow key Snap app or window left.
+ Right arrow key Snap app or window right.
+ S ( or Q) Open Search.
+ Alt + D Open date and time in the taskbar.
+ Tab Open Task View.
+ Ctrl + D Create new virtual desktop.
+ Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop.
+ Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right.
+ Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left.
+ P Open Project settings.
+ A Open Action center.
+ I Open Settings app.
Backspace Return to Settings app home page.

WindowsKey Shortcuts๐Ÿ”—

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

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