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Computer support guide to Windows 10 Pro keys

Using keyboard shortcuts is a quick way to navigate and operate the Windows 10 features. A single press of one or multiple keys is required, which otherwise will take several clicks and more time to achieve using the mouse. Even though it can be overwhelming to learn by heart all the available keyboard shortcuts, most people do not need to learn every shortcut on Windows 10. Focus only on those you need to use more frequently. This can make things easier and help you to work more efficiently.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

  • Essential shortcuts
Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + A Select all content
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy selected items to clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut selected items to clipboard
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste content from clipboard
Ctrl + Z Undo an action, including undelete files (limited)
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder on desktop or File Explorer
Alt + F4 Close active window (if no active window present, then shutdown box appears)
Ctrl + D (Del) Delete selected item to the Recycle Bin
Shift + Delete Delete selected item permanently skipping Recycle Bin
F2 Rename selected item
ESC Close current task
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps
PrtSc Take screenshot and stores it in clipboard
Windows key + I Open Settings app
Windows key + E Open File Explorer
Windows key + A Open Action center
Windows key + D Display and hide the desktop
Windows key + L Lock device
Windows key + V Open Clipboard bin
Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;) Open emoji panel
Windows key + PrtSc Capture full screenshot in the “Screenshots” folder
Windows key + Shift + S Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch
Windows key + Left arrow key Snap app or window left
Windows key + Right arrow key Snap app or window right

 

  • Desktop shortcuts
Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key (or Ctrl + Esc) Open Start menu
Ctrl + Arrow keys Change Start menu size
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Ctrl + Shift Switch keyboard layout
Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R) Refresh current window
Ctrl + Alt + Tab View open apps
Ctrl + Arrow keys (to select) + Spacebar Select multiple items on desktop or File Explorer
Alt + Underlined letter Runs command for the underlined letter in apps
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps while pressing Tab multiple times
Alt + Left arrow key Go back
Alt + Right arrow key Go forward
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen
Alt + Page down Move down one screen
Alt + Esc Cycle through open windows
Alt + Spacebar Open context menu for the active window
Alt + F8 Reveals typed password in Sign-in screen
Shift + Click app button Open another instance of an app from the taskbar
Ctrl + Shift + Click app button Run app as administrator from the taskbar
Shift + Right-click app button Show window menu for the app from the taskbar
Ctrl + Click a grouped app button Cycle through windows in the group from the taskbar
Shift + Right-click grouped app button Show window menu for the group from the taskbar
Ctrl + Left arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Right arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key Select block of text
Shift + F10 Open context menu for selected item
F10 Enable app menu bar
Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items
Windows key + X Open Quick Link menu
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open app in number position from the taskbar
Windows key + T Cycle through apps in the taskbar
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position from the taskbar
Windows key + M Minimize all windows
Windows key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop
Windows key + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active desktop windows vertically while maintaining width
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key Move active window to monitor on the left
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key Move active window to monitor on the right
Windows key + S (or Q) Open Search
Windows key + Alt + D Open date and time in the taskbar
Windows key + Tab Open Task View
Windows key + Ctrl + D Create new virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left
Windows key + P Open Project settings
Backspace Return to Settings app home page

 

  • File explorer shortcuts
Keyboard shortcut Action
Alt + D Select address bar
Ctrl + E (or F) Select search box
Ctrl + N Open new window
Ctrl + W Close active window
Ctrl + F (or F3) Start search
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Change view file and folder
Ctrl + Shift + E Expands all folders from the tree in the navigation pane
Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder on desktop or File Explorer
Ctrl + L Focus on the address bar
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8) Changes folder view
Alt + P Display preview panel
Alt + Enter Open Properties settings for the selected item
Alt + Right arrow key View next folder
Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace) View previous folder
lt + Up arrow Move up a level in the folder path
F11 Switch active window full-screen mode
F5 Refresh the instance of File Explorer
F4 Switch focus to address bar
F5 Refresh File Explorer’s current view
F6 Cycle through elements on the screen
Home Scroll to top of the window
End Scroll to bottom of window

 

  • Command prompt shortcuts
Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + A Select all content of the current line
Ctrl + M Starts mark mode
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move screen up one line
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move screen down one line
Ctrl + F Open search for Command Prompt
Left or right arrow keys Move cursor left or right in the current line
Up or down arrow keys Cycle through command history of the current session
Page up Move cursor one page up
Page down Move cursor one page down
Ctrl + Home Scroll to top of the console
Ctrl + End Scroll to the bottom of the console

 

  • Windows key shortcuts
Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key Open Start menu
Windows key + S (or Q) Open Search
Windows key + M Minimize all windows
Windows key + B Set focus notification area in the taskbar
Windows key + C Launch Cortana app
Windows key + F Launch Feedback Hub app
Windows key + G Launch Game bar app
Windows key + Y Change input between desktop and Mixed Reality
Windows key + O Lock device orientation
Windows key + T Cycle through apps in the taskbar
Windows key + Z Switch input between the desktop experience and Windows Mixed Reality
Windows key + J Set focus on a tip for Windows 10 when applicable
Windows key + H Open dictation feature
Windows key + R Open Run command
Windows key + K Open Connect settings
Windows key + X Open Quick Link menu
Windows key + W Open the Windows Ink Workspace
Windows key + U Open Ease of Access settings
Windows key + P Open Project settings
Windows key + Ctrl + Enter< Open Narrator
Windows key + Plus (+) Zoom in using the magnifier
Windows key + Minus (-) Zoom out using the magnifier
Windows key + Esc Exit magnifier
Windows key + Comma (,) Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows key + Up arrow key Maximize app windows
Windows key + Down arrow key Minimize app windows
Windows key + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window
Windows key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key Maximize or minimize active windows vertically while maintaining width
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key Move active window to monitor on the left
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key Move active window to monitor on the right
Windows key + Number (0-9) Open app in number position in the taskbar
Windows key + Shift + Number (0-9) Open another instance of the app in number position in the taskbar
Windows key + Ctrl + Number (0-9) Switch to last active window of the app in number position in the taskbar
Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9) Open Jump List of the app in number position in the taskbar
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + Number (0-9) Open another instance as an administrator of the app in number position in the taskbar
Windows key + Ctrl + Spacebar Change previous selected input option
Windows key + Spacebar Change keyboard layout and input language
Windows key + Tab Open Task View
Windows key + Ctrl + D Create a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close active virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B Wake up the device when black or a blank screen
Windows key + Shift + V Cycle through notifications
Windows key + Ctrl + F Open search for device on domain network
Windows key + Ctrl + Q Open Quick Assist
Windows key + Alt + D Open date and time in the taskbar
Windows key + Pause Show System Properties dialog box

 

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