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 + A Open Action Center
WIN + E Open File Explorer
WIN + H Start Dictation
WIN + I Open Settings Window
WIN + L Lock Your PC or Switch User Account
WIN + P Chose A Presentation Display Mode
WIN + X Open Quick Launch Menu
WIN + Period(.) or semicolon ; Oen Emoji Panel
WIN + Pause Display System Properties Dialog Box
WIN + Shift + S Screenshot a portion of the screen
WIN + V Clipboard History (Windows 10 Version 1809)
WIN + R Run Command (Bonus: Type MIP for Match Inpute Panel)
WIN + W Open Windows INK workspace
WIN + Ctrl + Shift + B Reset Display Driver
WIN + G New Game Bar
Alt + Esc Close current Program or Application
WIN + S Open Windows Search
WIN + ALT + D Open Time/Calendar Panel
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Copy, Paste and Other General Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + X Cut the Selected item
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert Copy the Selected item
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Paste the Selected item
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + F Find (most applications)
Ctrl + H Find & Replace
Alt + F4 Close the active item or exist the active application or window
F2 Rename the selected item
F5 Refresh the active window (reload webpage on browsers)
Alt + F8 Show your password on the sign-in screen
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Alt + Prt Scr Screenshot active Window
Ctrl + L Go to the Address bar (Browser, Explorer)
Ctrl + W Close Browser Tab or Document

Windows Management Keyboard Shortcuts

WIN + O Lock Device Orientation
WIN + D Switch between Desktop and Running Application Window
WIN + Up Arrow Key Maximize the Window
WIN + Down Arrow Key Minimize the Desktop Window or remove current app from the screen
WIN + Left/Right Arrow Key Maximize the appor dekstop window to left/right side of the screen (use up or down to move to quadrant)
WIN + Shift + Left/Right Arrow Key Move the app or desktop window to the left/right display
Alt + Tab Switch between running applications

Word Processing Keyboard Shortcuts

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

Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel Change the size File and Folder icons
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
Alt + P Display the preview panel
Backspace View the previous panel
Alt + Right Arrow Key View the next folder
Alt + Left Arrow Key View the previous folder
Alt + Up arrow View parent folder of the current folder
Ctrl + N Open new explorer window at the current file location
Alt + Enter Open File Properties

Virtual Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

WIN + Tab Open Task View
WIN + Ctrl + D Add Virtual Desktop
WIN + Ctrl + Right Arrow Key Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
WIN + Ctrl + Left Arrow Key Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
WIN + Ctrl + F4 Close 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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2 thoughts 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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