Windows 10 Keyboard shortcut keys

Windows 10 is the most used operating system in the world, due to its user-friendly User Interface and User experience. Any new user is comfortable with the environment and learns the functionality quickly.

But there are few advanced users that love to use their systems without any mouse, they want all of their work should be done using the keyboard. Windows being more towards user-friendliness, this is quite limited, though you can make use of cmd commands that should help you out.

Apart from CMD commands, we are providing a list of keyboard shortcut keys that will help you out. In case cmd is not sufficient for you. These shortcuts can be used by any type of users easily.

List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Key Function
General  
Ctrl + X Cut selected items
Ctrl + C, Ctrl + Insert Copy selected items
Ctrl + V, Shift + Insert Paste selected items
Ctrl + Z Undo
Alt + Tab Switch between running apps
Alt + F4 Quit the active app
Windows Key + L Lock the PC
Windows Key + D Display and hide the desktop
F2 Rename an item
F3 Focus on the search box in File Explorer
F4 Focus on the address bar in File Explorer
F5, Ctrl + R Refresh the current window
F6 Cycle through screen items
F10 Focus on the Menu bar in the active app
Alt + F8 Reveal password on the sign-in screen
Alt + Esc Cycle through items in the order they were opened
Alt + Underlined Letter Access the command for that letter
Alt + Enter Access properties for the active item
Alt + Spacebar Access the shortcut menu for the current window
Alt + Left Arrow Go to the previous item
Alt + Right Arrow Go to the next item
Alt + Page Up Go up one screen
Alt + Page Down Go down one screen
Ctrl + F4 Close the active file in an app
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + D, Ctrl + Delete Delete the selected item
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + Right Arrow Go to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left Arrow Go to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down Arrow Go to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up Arrow Go to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Switch between running apps using arrow keys
Alt + Shift + Arrow Keys Move the selected group or tile in Start menu in the selected direction
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys Move the selected tile and create a new folder
Ctrl + Arrow Keys Change the Start menu size
Ctrl + Arrow Key + Spacebar Select multiple individual items
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Key Select a block of text
Ctrl + Esc Access the Start menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Access Task Manager
Ctrl + Shift Switch the keyboard layout
Ctrl + Spacebar Toggle the Chinese input method editor on/off
Shift + F10 View the shortcut menu for the selected item
Shift + Arrow Key Select multiple items
Shift + Delete Permanently delete the selected item
Right Arrow Access the next menu
Left Arrow Access the previous menu
Esc Stop or quit the current task
PrtScn Capture a screenshot and copy it to clipboard
Windows Key  
Windows Key Open or close the Start menu
Windows Key + A Access Action center
Windows Key + B Focus on the notification panel
Windows Key + C Launch Cortana in listening mode
Windows Key + Shift + C Access the charms menu
Windows Key + D Display and hide the desktop
Windows Key + Alt + D Hide/unhide the date and time on the desktop
Windows + E Launch File Explorer
Windows Key + F Launch Feedback Hub and capture a screenshot
Windows Key + G Launch Game bar when a game is running
Windows Key + H Begin dictation
Windows Key + I Launch Settings
Windows Key + J Focus on the Windows tip
Windows Key + K Access the Connect quick action
Windows Key + L Lock the PC or switch accounts
Windows Key + M Minimize all open windows
Windows Key + O Lock the device orientation
Windows Key + P Select a presentation display mode
Windows Key + Ctrl + Q Launch Quick Assist
Windows Key + R Launch the Run box
Windows Key + S Launch the search function
Windows + Shift + S Capture a screenshot of part of your screen
Windows Key + T Switch apps on the taskbar
Windows Key + U Launch Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + V Access the clipboard
Windows Key + Shift + V Cycle through notifications
Windows Key + X Access the Quick Link menu
Windows Key + Y Switch between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop
Windows Key + Z View the available commands in an app in full-screen mode
Windows Key + . (dot) Access the emoji panel
Windows Key + , (comma) Peek at the desktop
Windows Key + Pause View the System Properties box
Windows Key + Ctrl + F Search for PCs on a network
Windows Key + Shift + M Restore all minimized windows
Windows Key + Number Open the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Shift + Number Open a fresh instance of the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Ctrl + Number Access the last active window of the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Alt + Number Access the Jump List for the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Ctrl + Shift + Number Open a fresh instance of the specified number app on the taskbar as an admin
Windows Key + Tab Access the Task view
Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximize the current window
Windows Key + Down Arrow Remove current app from the screen
Windows Key + Left Arrow Maximize the app or desktop to the left of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow Maximize the app or desktop to the right of the screen
Windows Key + Home Minimize all windows except for the active desktop window
Windows Key + Shift + Up Arrow Stretch the desktop to the top and bottom
Windows Key + Shift + Down Arrow Restore/minimize windows vertically while keeping their width
Windows Key + Shift + Left Arrow or Right Arrow Move an app/window to another monitor
Windows Key + Spacebar Switch between input languages and keyboard layouts
Windows Key + Ctrl + Spacebar Switch to the previously selected input
Windows Key + Ctrl + Enter Enable Narrator
Windows Key + + Launch Magnifier
Windows Key + / Start IME reconversion
Windows Key + Ctrl + V Launch shoulder taps
Windows Key + Ctrl + Shift + B Wake Windows from blank or black screen
Command Prompt  
Ctrl + C, Ctrl + Insert Copy selected text
Ctrl + V, Shift + Insert Paste selected text
Ctrl + M Use Mark mode
Alt + Selection Key Start selection in block mode
Arrow Keys Move the cursor
Page Up Go one page up
Page Down Go one page down
Ctrl + Home Go to the beginning of the buffer
Ctrl + End Go to the end of the buffer
Ctrl + Up Arrow Go one line up in the output history
Ctrl + Down Arrow Go one line down in the output history
Ctrl + Home Go to the top of the buffer if the command line is blank; otherwise delete all characters to the left of the cursor
Ctrl + End Move the viewport to the command line if the command line is blank; otherwise delete all characters to the right of the cursor
Dialog Box  
F4 Display active list items
Ctrl + Tab Go forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Go backward through tabs
Ctrl + Number Move to the specified tab number
Tab Go forward through options
Shift + Tab Go backward through options
Alt + Underlined Letter Perform the underlined letter action
Spacebar Tick or untick the check box
Backspace Go one folder up in Save As or Open dialog box
Arrow Keys Select a button in a group of buttons
File Explorer  
Alt + D Access the address bar
Ctrl + E, Ctrl + F Access the search box
Ctrl + N Launch a new window
Ctrl + W Quit the current window
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel Change the folder/file icon size
Ctrl + Shift + E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + N Make a new folder
Num Lock + * Expand subfolders for the selected folder
Num Lock + + View the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + – Collapse the selected folder
Alt + P View the preview panel
Alt + Enter Open Properties for the selected item
Alt + Right Arrow Access the next folder
Alt + Up Arrow Access the parent folder
Alt + Left Arrow, Backspace Access the previous folder
Right Arrow View the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Left Arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
End Go to the bottom of the current window
Home Go to the top of the current window
F11 Toggle maximize/minimize current window
Virtual Desktop  
Windows Key + Tab Access Task view
Windows Key + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow Switch between virtual desktops on the right
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow Switch between virtual desktops on the left
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 Close the current virtual desktop
Taskbar  
Shift + Click a Taskbar Button Launch an app or launch another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift + Click a Taskbar Button Launch an app as an admin
Shift + Right Click a Taskbar Button View the window menu for the app
Shift + Right Click a Grouped Taskbar Button View the window menu for the group
Ctrl + Click a Grouped Taskbar Button Go through the windows of the group
Settings  
Windows Key + I Launch Settings
Backspace Access the Settings home page

 

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