Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

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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