The best Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

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.

Keyboard shortcut Function
⊞ 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
F1 Display help
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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