Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

06 September 2017 > General, How to's,

If you are a frequent user of keyboard shortcuts you know just how handy they can be.  Although memorising a bunch of shortcuts and what they do can be daunting, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to know every single shortcut; just the ones that will be useful to you. Learning to use shortcuts is a great way to enhance your Windows 10 experience.

Here are a few of the most useful shortcuts: 


Keyboard shortcut


Windows key

Open or close Start Menu.

Windows key + A

Open Action centre.

Windows key + D

Display and hide the desktop.

Windows key + E

Open File Explorer.

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

Minimise all windows.

Windows key + R

Open Run dialog box.

Windows key + S

Open Search.

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

Maximise app windows.

Windows key + Down arrow key

Minimise app windows.

Windows key + Comma

Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows key + Home

Minimise all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second push of button).

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.

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps.

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 + Shift

Switch the keyboard layout.

Ctrl + F4 Close the active window.


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