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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts – Here is the entire list of the shortcuts categorized for easy access

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts – Here is the entire list of the shortcuts categorized for easy access

by AshwinAugust 1, 2015

Microsoft has struck gold with Windows 10, with millions of users upgrading to the new operating system within just 4 days.


If you are new to Windows 10, it may be a little difficult for you to navigate through the various areas of the operating system.

I came across a list of Keyboard Shortcuts posted at the Microsoft Technet website. And I thought, while it was an excellent list, it could use some categorizing and also a bit more information about what each shortcut does, which is why I have done exactly that.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts:

The following commands are all of the official key combinations supported natively in Windows 10. For easy reading, the list refers to the Windows Key on your PC’s keyboard simply as “Windows”.

Press and hold the Windows key + the key in the combo to execute the corresponding option.

Start Menu shortcuts:

Windows – Brings up the Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows + X – Open Start button context menu. Same as right clicking the Start Button, which provides quick access to various system areas like Task Manager, Device Manager, System, Control Panel, File Explorer,etc

Multitasking shortcuts:

Windows + D – Shows the Windows desktop instantly. Works from any program which is running, except full screen games, and is similar to left clicking on the right edge of the system tray.

Windows + [1][2][3][…] – Quickly opens the programs which you have pinned to your task bar. The number refers to the app’s position on the taskbar, and begins from the first one to the right of the Task View Button.

E.g:  I have Microsoft Edge pinned as the 1st app, to the next of which sits the File Explorer. So I need to use the combo, Windows +1 to open Edge, while Windows + 2 opens Explorer, and so on.

Windows + Tab – Launches the Windows 10 Task View, which allows you to switch to another open app, using the mouse.

Windows + Ctrl + D – Creates a new virtual desktop, simulating a multi-monitor setup on a single monitor.

Windows + Ctrl + F4 – Closes the current virtual desktop.

Windows + Ctrl + [Left][Right] – Switch between virtual desktops

Windows + [Left][Right][Up][Down] – Position the windows on your screen using Snap Assist.

For e.g: If you wish to snap a window to the left side of the screen, press Windows + Left arrow key. You can also corner snap a window by following up the aforementioned combo with Windows + Up or Windows + Down.

Once you let go of the Windows key, Snap Assist pops up to let you choose a second app to be snapped.

Alt + Tab – Switch to previous window. Surely you know this already.

Alt + Space – Opens the option which lets you restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close the current window, and also works in Windows Store apps.

Alt + F4 – Close the current window or open the power options pop-up. Another obvious one.

Windows + A – Opens the Windows 10 notifications, aka the Action Center.

Search shortcuts:

Windows + Q – Search the web and Windows  with Cortana (speech)

Windows + S – Search the web and Windows with Cortana (keyboard input).

System shortcuts:

Windows + I – Open the Windows 10 Settings app which is kind of like a more powerful Control Panel.

Windows + L – Lock your Windows 10 device

Windows + E – Open Windows Explorer

Windows + Space – Switch keyboard input language, and this only works if you have enabled a second language in Windows.

Windows + R – Run a command. (e.g: cmd, gpedit.msc, msconfig, etc)

Device Shortcuts:

Windows + K – Connect to a wireless display or an audio devices.

Windows + P – Project a screen

Media Shortcuts:

Windows + H – Share the content of the app, if it is supported by the app. For e.g: Send screenshots using Windows 10 Mail or OneNote apps.

Windows + G –  This opens Windows 10’s secret screen recording feature called the Game Bar. You can use it to take screenshots of games, and also record video footage of games, which you can upload to YouTube and the like.

Well, that’s all folks. Hope you find the list and the descriptions useful.