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.
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
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 () 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.
Open Cortana for voice input
Open Cortana for text input
Open Windows settings pane
Open Windows 10 Action Center
Open Quick Link menu
Snap active window to left
Snap active window to right
Snap active window to top of screen
Snap active window to bottom of screen
+ Ctrl + D
Create a new virtual desktop
+ Ctrl + Left
Cycle through desktops to the left
+ Ctrl + Right
Cycle through desktops to the right
+ Ctrl + F4
Close current desktop
Access all desktops and apps in Task View
Take a screenshot and save it to Screenshots folder
Open the Game DVR recorder
+ Alt + G
Start recording current activity on screen
+ Alt + R
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.
Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you're using, it's easier than you might think. Here's how to get it done.
There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
Looking for the dictation, speech-to-text, and voice control options in Windows 10? Here's how to set up Speech Recognition in Windows 10 and use it to go hands-free in a variety of different tasks and applications within Windows.
The standard mouse cursor is boring, so change it! With this guide on how to change your mouse cursor in Windows, you can choose to use one of Microsoft's pre-installed cursors or download something a bit more extravagant.
So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.
With a reported launch in 2019, AMD is focusing on the mid-range market with its next-generation Navi GPU. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.
Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants.
Microsoft is leaning on artificial intelligence as it resumes the automatic rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You should start seeing the update soon now that Microsoft has resolved problems with the initial software.
The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.
Mining Bitcoin today is harder than it used to be, but if you have enough time, money, and cheap electricity, you can still turn a profit. Here's how to get started mining Bitcoin at home and in the cloud.