Friday, September 30, 2022

All Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts – A Complete Guide

Windows keyboard shortcuts makes it fun and easy to use the OS. With its incredibly wide range of shortcuts, almost all general PC needs can be done by pressing a bunch of keys in a fingers distance. Memorizing all the keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10 can be overwhelming. Each shortcut has its benefits, but most users only need some of the essential shortcuts.

In this article I have provided a complete guide on Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts by separating them in terms of their needs and usability. All the Windows 10 shortcuts keys are mentioned here.

All Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts you were looking for. I have placed them in different categories, depending on their usage.

Windows 10 Desktop Shortcuts

This is the list for all Windows 10 shortcuts for completing specific tasks quickly on the desktop. This includes Start menu, Settings, Taskbar and many more.

Shortcuts Action
Alt + Tab Easily switch between apps opened in the background by pressing Tab multiple times
Alt + Page Up One screen will move up
Alt + Page down One screen will move down
Alt + Left arrow key Open previous folder
Alt + Right arrow key Open next folder
Alt + Esc Cycle through items opened on the taskbar in the order they were opened
Alt + Underlined letter Performs the command for that letter
Alt + F8 This shows the hidden password on the sign-in screen
Alt + Spacebar The active window’s shortcut menu will appear
Alt + F4 Close any open item or app
Ctrl + Shift Keyboard layout will be switched
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Task Manager opens
Ctrl + Arrow keys Start Menu size will change
Ctrl + Alt + Tab All apps opened in the background will appear on screen
Ctrl + Arrow keys (to select) + Spacebar Easily select multiple icons on the desktop or in file explorer
Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R) Current Window gets refreshed
Ctrl + Left arrow key The cursor will move to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Up arrow key This will move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Right arrow key Have the cursor moved to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Down arrow key This will move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key Select text
Ctrl + Spacebar Chinese IME will enable or disable
Ctrl + Shift + Click on taskbar apps This opens the app as an administrator
Ctrl + Click on a grouped app on Taskbar The grouped app will cycle through the open windows in the group
Shift + Click on a Taskbar app Open an instance of the app
Shift + Right-click on a grouped app on Taskbar This will show the window menu for the grouped app
Shift + Right-click app button This will show the window menu for the app
Shift + F10 Have the shortcut menu for the selected item get displayed
Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items with each click
Windows key + X This opens the quick link menu
Windows key + M All the windows will get minimized
Windows key + T Cycle through the apps on the taskbar
Windows key + D Open desktop and hide everything on the display
Windows key + Home Minimize all windows except the active one. Restores all the minimized windows on using the second time.
Windows key + Right arrow key Snaps the window to the right
Windows key + Tab This will open Task View
Windows key + P Have Project settings opened
Windows key + A This will open Action center
Windows key + I Settings app will open
Windows key + Ctrl + D This will create a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Closes the active virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Jump to the right virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Jump to the left virtual desktop
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretches the desktop window at the top and bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key The active window will move to the left monitor screen
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key The active window will move to the right monitor screen
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Minimize the active window vertically or completely minimize it on the next attempt
Windows key + Left arrow key Active window will snap to the left
Windows key + S ( or Q) Open Windows Search Menu
Windows key + Alt + D Date and time opens on the taskbar
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open the app on the taskbar designated with the numbered position
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open the jump list of the app on the taskbar designated with the numbered position
Windows key (or Ctrl + Esc) Open Windows Search Menu
F10 This enables app menu bar
Backspace It will make you return to the Settings app home page

Important Or Commonly Required Shortcuts

These are the most used and commonly required shortcuts.

Shortcuts Action
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy to clipboard (file, text, image, shortcuts)
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste from clipboard (file, text, image, shortcuts)
Ctrl + A Select every app, text (for documents), files
Ctrl + X Cut to clipboard (file, text, image, shortcuts)
Ctrl + Z This will undo the last action, including deleted items (for limited time and only for files moved to recycle bin)
Ctrl + Shift + N A new folder will be created on the desktop or in the File Manager
Ctrl + Y This will redo the last action
Ctrl + D (Del) Deletes the selected item and moves them to the recycle bin
Windows key + L Locks your device
Windows key + A This will open Action center
Windows key + E Windows File Explorer will open
Windows key + D Open desktop and hide everything on the display
Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;) This opens the emoji panel
Windows key + Left arrow key Snaps the window to the right
Windows key + V Opens the clipboard bin for access
Windows key + PrtScn This will capture the full screen and save it on the Screenshots folder
Windows key + Right arrow key Snaps the window to the left
Windows key + Shift + S The Snip & Sketch will capture part of the screen
Windows key + I Open the Settings app
Alt + F4 Close any active item or app
Shift + Delete Permanently delete something (does not move to the recycle bin)
F2 The selected folder can be renamed
ESC Current task will be closed
Alt + Tab Easily switch between apps opened in the background by pressing Tab multiple times
PrtScn A screenshot will be taken and stored in the clipboard

Windows 10 Shortcuts For File Explorer

These are shortcuts for easily doing tasks on the File Explorer.

Shortcuts Action
F11 It switches the active window to full screen mode
F2 Rename the selected item
F5 The File Explorer’s current view will be refreshed
F4 The focus shifts to the address bar
F6 This cycles through the on-screen elements
Windows key + E Opens Windows File Explorer
Ctrl + E (or F) The search box of the File Explorer is selected
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Zooms in and out on File Explorer
Ctrl + F (or F3) This will start the search on File Explorer
Ctrl + N Opens a new window on File Explorer of the active window
Ctrl + W It will close the active window
Ctrl + L This changes the focus to the address bar
Ctrl + Shift + E This will expand all the folder from the tree in the navigation pane
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8) The folder view will be changed
Ctrl + Shift + N Creates new folder on desktop or on File Explorer
Alt + D This will select the Address bar
Alt + Enter The selected item’s properties will open
Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace) This will navigate to the previously opened folder
Alt + P Preview panel will get displayed
Alt + Up arrow This will move the folder path up by one level
Alt + Right arrow key The next folder will open
Home You will scroll to the top of the window instantaneously
End You will scroll to the bottom of the window instantaneously

Windows 10 Command Prompt Shortcuts

For mastering the Command Prompt, use the following shortcuts.

Shortcuts Action
Ctrl + F This opens the Command Prompt search
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) The selected item will get copied to the clipboard
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) The item in the clipboard will be pasted
Ctrl + A All the contents in the current line will be selected
Ctrl + Up arrow key It will move the screen up by one line
Ctrl + M The mark mode will start
Ctrl + Down arrow key It will move the screen down by one line
Ctrl + End Easily scroll to the console bottom
Ctrl + Home Easily scroll to the console top
Left or right arrow keys The cursor will move left and right on the current command line
Page up The cursor will move one page up
Up or down arrow keys This cycles the command history of the current session
Page down The cursor will move one page down

Windows Key Shortcuts For Windows 10

These are all the shortcuts with the Windows key.

Shortcuts Action
Windows key Windows Start Menu opens
Windows key + M This will minimize all open windows
Windows key + A Action center will open
Windows key + G Game bar app will launch
Windows key + L This will lock your computer
Windows key + S ( or Q) Windows Search will open
Windows key + O It locks the device orientation for windows devices windows devices with motion sensor
Windows key + T This cycles the apps in the taskbar
Windows key + D All the open windows will be hidden, and it will show the desktop
Windows key + J Sets focus on a tip when applicable on Windows 10
Windows key + B The notification area in the taskbar gets in focus
Windows key + C Cortana app launches
Windows key + E Windows File Explorer opens
Windows key + F This will launch the Feedback Hub app
Windows key + R Run utility will open on your screen
Windows key + H This opens the dictation feature
Windows key + Y The input between desktop and Mixed reality will change
Windows key + I It will open the Settings app
Windows key + K This opens the Connect settings
Windows key + P The Project settings will open
Windows key + Z The input between desktop and Mixed reality will switch
Windows key + W This will open the Windows Ink Workspace
Windows key + X The quick link menu will open
Windows key + U Ease of Access Settings window will appear on your screen
Windows key + V This opens the Clipboard bin
Windows key + Ctrl + Enter The Narrator will open
Windows key + Ctrl + F This will open search for device on domain network
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 The active virtual desktop will be closed
Windows key + PrtScn This will capture the entire screen and save it in the Screenshots folder
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow It will switch to the right virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Q This will open Quick assist settings
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow It will switch to the left virtual desktop
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap window to right
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + Number (0-9) The designated numbered app on the taskbar will open as administrator
Windows key + Down arrow key Minimizes screen downwards. On 2nd attempt it closes the entire screen
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key The desktop window will stretch to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key This will move the active window to the right monitor
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Minimizes screen downwards. On 2nd attempt it closes the entire screen
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key This will move the active window to the left monitor
Windows key + Left arrow key It will snap the window to left
Windows key + Plus (+) This will zoom-in with the magnifier
Windows key + Forward-slash (/) IME reconversion will start
Windows key + Minus (-) This will zoom-out with the magnifier
Windows key + Comma (,) You can peek at the desktop temporarily
Windows key + Esc This exits the magnifier
Windows key + Home All the open windows will minimize or maximize on the 2nd attempt, except the selected window
Windows key + Up arrow key The selected window maximizes
Windows key + Number (0-9) The designated numbered app on the taskbar will open
Windows key + Shift + Number (0-9) Another instance of the designated numbered app on the taskbar will open
Windows key + Ctrl + D This will create a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Number (0-9) The last designated numbered active window will be switched
Windows key + Ctrl + Spacebar This will change the previous selected input language
Windows key + Shift + S Take screen shot of part of the screen
Windows key + Spacebar This changes the keyboard layout and input language
Windows key + Alt + D The date and time window will open from the taskbar
Windows key + Shift + V This will cycle through notifications
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B The screen will wake up from black or blank screen.
Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;) This opens the emoji panel
Windows key + Pause The System properties dialog box will open
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) This opens the jump list of the designated number app on the taskbar
Windows key + Tab This will open Task View

Closing Up

So, there you have it. These are the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts you were looking for. If you have any issues regarding this topic, ask them in the comment section below.

Sanmay Chakrabarti
Sanmay Chakrabarti
Sanmay is a Windows Insider and editor at BottoBotto. He is a Tech enthusiast and has been writing tech blogs for over 2 years now. He loves reading books, traveling to new places and listening to music in his free time.

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