While cut, copy, paste, and undo are essential tools to know, other Windows keyboard shortcuts are handy and helpful. Whether it’s navigating the built-in tools, opening the settings pane, recording with Game DVR, or launching and managing apps, there are tons of functions you can manage using a few simple keystrokes.
Memorizing a few shortcuts can make the overall experience seamless. Pack these Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts into your toolkit and you’ll become an even savvier Windows user in no time!
New Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts
Windows 10 opened up a world of new keyboard shortcuts to better navigate and utilize the operating system’s interface and features. Below, you’ll find nearly 20 keyboard functions added to Microsoft’s popular operating system since 2015.
Remember to hold down the Windows key (⊞) located on the spacebar’s left before punching the appropriate letter or key. Also, don’t feel bad about referring back to this chart as needed — memorization will come in time.
|⊞ Win + C||Open Cortana for voice input|
|⊞ Win + S||Open Search|
|⊞ Win + I||Open Windows settings pane|
|⊞ Win + A||Open Action Center|
|⊞ Win + X||Open Quick Link menu|
|⊞ Win + Left||Snap active window to the left|
|⊞ Win + Right||Snap active window to the right|
|⊞ Win + Up||Snap active window to the screen’s top|
|⊞ Win + Down||Snap active window to the screen’s bottom|
|⊞ Win + Ctrl + D||Create a new virtual desktop|
|⊞ Win + Ctrl + Left||Cycle virtual desktops to the left|
|⊞ Win + Ctrl + Right||Cycle virtual desktops to the right|
|⊞ Win + Ctrl + F4||Close current desktop|
|⊞ Win + TAB||Access all desktops and apps in Task View|
|⊞ Win + PrtSc||Take a screenshot and save it to Screenshots folder|
|⊞ Win + G||Open Game bar|
|⊞ Win + Alt + G||Record the last 30 seconds|
|⊞ Win + Alt + R||Manually start and stop recording|
Command prompt shortcuts
The revised Windows 10 command prompt also includes updated shortcuts for easier use.
|Shift + Left||Highlight text on the cursor’s left|
|Shift + Right||Highlight text to the cursor’s right|
|Ctrl + C||Copy selected text to clipboard|
|Ctrl + V||Paste text from clipboard|
|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 in Windows.
|⊞ Win||Display or hide Start|
|Ctrl + Shift + Esc||Open the Task Manager|
|⊞ Win + M||Minimize all windows|
|⊞ Win + Shift + M||Restore all minimized windows|
|⊞ Win + R||Open the Run dialogue box|
|⊞ Win + F1||Open Windows Help and Support|
|⊞ Win + Up arrow||Maximize the current window|
|⊞ Win + Down arrow||Minimize the current window|
|⊞ Win + plus (“+”)||Zoom in using Magnifier|
|⊞ Win + minus (“-“)||Zoom out using Magnifier|
|⊞ Win + 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|
|Ctrl + X||Cut the selected item|
|Ctrl + V||Paste the selected item|
|Ctrl + Y||Redo an action|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo an action|
|F2||Rename the selected item|
|F3||Search for a file or folder in File Explorer|
|F4||Display the address bar list in File Explorer|
|F5||Refresh the active window|
|F10||Activate the menu bar in the active app|
|⊞ Win+ D||Display and hide desktop|
If these shortcuts have you wanting a new keyboard, we have a few ideas. First, 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 aren’t finding the keyboard shortcuts you need, there are tools to create your own Windows shortcut keys, such as the Shortkeys extension.
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