The best Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will take your skills to a new level

Windows 10 was a welcome return to the keyboard and improved keyboard functionality–and that means shortcuts. There’s actually quite a lot of new functionality to learn in Windows 10. With all of these exclusive features, such as the Cortana smart assistant, there are a bunch of new corresponding Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts. That means even if you’re a Windows veterans, you might be in unfamiliar territory when you boot up Windows 10 for the first time.

(For those looking to learn the ropes in Windows 10 first, you’ll want to learn the basics such as how to type symbols and how to copy and paste.)

Get caught up to speed quickly with our handy guide to some of the more important keyboard shortcuts you need to know in Windows 10.

New Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

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Windows 10 opened up a world of new keyboard shortcuts to better navigate and utilize the operating system’s interface and features. Below is a set of some of the new keyboard functions available for Windows 10 users. Be sure to hold down the Windows key (aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91) to the left of the spacebar before punching the appropriate letter or key.

Don’t feel bad about referring back to the chart as needed — memorization will come in time.

aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Q Open Cortana for voice input
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + S Open Cortana for text input
 aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + I Open Windows settings pane
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + A Open Windows 10 Action Center
 aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + X Open Quick Link menu
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Left Snap active window to left
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Right Snap active window to right
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Up Snap active window to top of screen
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Down Snap active window to bottom of screen
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + D Create a new virtual desktop
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + Left Cycle through desktops to the left
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + Right Cycle through desktops to the right
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + F4 Close current desktop
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + TAB Access all desktops and apps in Task View
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + PrtSc Take a screenshot and save it to Screenshots folder
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + G Open the Game DVR recorder
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Alt + G Start recording current activity on screen
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Alt + R Stop recording

Command prompt shortcuts

The revised Windows 10 command prompt also has new shortcuts, making it easier to use.

Shift + Left Highlight text to the left of cursor
Shift + Right Highlight text to the right of cursor
Ctrl + C Copy selected text to clipboard
Ctrl + V Paste text from clipboard into command prompt
Ctrl + A Select all text after prompt

General Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

There are plenty of returning keyboard shortcuts to go along with all the new Windows 10 shortcuts. The following are some of the most basic, general, and sought-after keyboard shortcuts for general day-to-day use for Windows users.

Keyboard shortcut Function
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 Display or Hide the Start screen
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open the Task Manager
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + M Minimize all windows
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + R Open the Run dialogue box
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + F1 Open Windows Help and Support
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Up arrow Maximize the desktop window
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Down arrow Minimize the desktop window
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + plus (“+”) or minus (“-“) Zoom in or out using Magnifier
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + L Lock your PC or switch accounts.
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + Enter Display properties for the selected item
Alt + Spacebar Open shortcut menu for an active window
Control + X Cut the selected item
Control + V Paste the selected item
Control + Y Redo an action
Control + Z Undo an action
F1 Display Help
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the address bar list in the File Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active app
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + D Display and hide desktop

If all these keyboard shortcuts have you thinking that you could really use a new keyboard for your PC, we have a few ideas for you. Check out the best wireless keyboards to see what’s available. If you’re more wary of wrist issues, take a look at the top ergonomic keyboards, too! Finally, if you really aren’t finding the keyboard shortcuts that you wish were there, there are tools you can use to create your own shortcut keys on Windows, such as the Shortkey extension.

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