Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts, Do You Think You know All of Them?

There are two types of Windows users, one who use their pointing device aka mouse to perform all the task even simple as the opening Windows start menu and there are these power Windows users, who believe in saving their precious time by utilizing keyboard shortcuts.

Windows 10 On Screen Virtual Keyboard

The only difference between two is knowledge of keyboard shortcuts. Even the one who calls themselves as a power user often doesn’t know all the keyboard shortcuts offered by Microsoft Windows and its default applications and that’s what happened with us when we came across this thread on Reddit.

The Reddit user with handler jeffek82 had posted a list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts and also highlighted some of the less known once and to our surprise, those were indeed we never knew existed. That’s what motivated us to cover a dedicated post on Windows 10 Keyboard shortcuts. Below is the list of shortcuts organized under different sections according to its purpose.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts


Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

WIN + #Open Application on Taskbar (Numbered from left to right)
WIN + AOpen Action Center
WIN + EOpen File Explorer
WIN + HStart Dictation
WIN + IOpen Settings Window
WIN + LLock Your PC or Switch User Account
WIN + PChose A Presentation Display Mode
WIN + XOpen Quick Launch Menu
WIN + Period(.) or semicolon ;Oen Emoji Panel
WIN + PauseDisplay System Properties Dialog Box
WIN + Shift + SScreenshot a portion of the screen
WIN + VClipboard History (Windows 10 Version 1809)
WIN + RRun Command (Bonus: Type MIP for Match Inpute Panel)
WIN + WOpen Windows INK workspace
WIN + Ctrl + Shift + BReset Display Driver
WIN + GNew Game Bar
Alt + EscClose current Program or Application
WIN + SOpen Windows Search
WIN + ALT + DOpen Time/Calendar Panel
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Copy, Paste and Other General Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + XCut the Selected item
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + InsertCopy the Selected item
Ctrl + V or Shift + InsertPaste the Selected item
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + FFind (most applications)
Ctrl + HFind & Replace
Alt + F4Close the active item or exist the active application or window
F2Rename the selected item
F5Refresh the active window (reload webpage on browsers)
Alt + F8Show your password on the sign-in screen
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Alt + Prt ScrScreenshot active Window
Ctrl + LGo to the Address bar (Browser, Explorer)
Ctrl + WClose Browser Tab or Document

Windows Management Keyboard Shortcuts

WIN + OLock Device Orientation
WIN + DSwitch between Desktop and Running Application Window
WIN + Up Arrow KeyMaximize the Window
WIN + Down Arrow KeyMinimize the Desktop Window or remove current app from the screen
WIN + Left/Right Arrow KeyMaximize the appor dekstop window to left/right side of the screen (use up or down to move to quadrant)
WIN + Shift + Left/Right Arrow KeyMove the app or desktop window to the left/right display
Alt + TabSwitch between running applications

Word Processing Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + Right Arrow KeyMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left Arrow KeyMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down Arrow KeyMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Shift with an Arrow KeySelect a Block of text
Double Click Format PainterApply formatting at multiple locations
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File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + Mouse Scroll WheelChange the size File and Folder icons
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel
BackspaceView the previous panel
Alt + Right Arrow KeyView the next folder
Alt + Left Arrow KeyView the previous folder
Alt + Up arrowView parent folder of the current folder
Ctrl + NOpen new explorer window at the current file location
Alt + EnterOpen File Properties

Virtual Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

WIN + TabOpen Task View
WIN + Ctrl + DAdd Virtual Desktop
WIN + Ctrl + Right Arrow KeySwitch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
WIN + Ctrl + Left Arrow KeySwitch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
WIN + Ctrl + F4Close the virtual desktop you’re using

Download Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts List [PDF].

Do let us know in comments if you know of any Windows 10 keyboard shortcut that’s missing and we will add it to the list.



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1 thought on “Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts, Do You Think You know All of Them?”

  1. Hello:

    There is s shortcut key to enable/disable Windows Themes that I found once but can not locate it again. MIght you know what that is?



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