Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

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Like earlier versions of Windows, Windows 10 also comes with loads of keyboard shortcuts for the users to use. Whether you’re in a File Explorer window, Command Prompt, or just on your desktop, there’s a keyboard shortcut for pretty much any function that you want to use.

Here we list some of the useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts that we think you should learn.

Shortcut KeyFunction
General
Ctrl + XCut selected items
Ctrl + C, Ctrl + InsertCopy selected items
Ctrl + V, Shift + InsertPaste selected items
Ctrl + ZUndo
Alt + TabSwitch between running apps
Alt + F4Quit the active app
Windows Key + LLock the PC
Windows Key + DDisplay and hide the desktop
F2Rename an item
F3Focus on the search box in File Explorer
F4Focus on the address bar in File Explorer
F5, Ctrl + RRefresh the current window
F6Cycle through screen items
F10Focus on the Menu bar in the active app
Alt + F8Reveal password on the sign-in screen
Alt + EscCycle through items in the order they were opened
Alt + Underlined LetterAccess the command for that letter
Alt + EnterAccess properties for the active item
Alt + SpacebarAccess the shortcut menu for the current window
Alt + Left ArrowGo to the previous item
Alt + Right ArrowGo to the next item
Alt + Page UpGo up one screen
Alt + Page DownGo down one screen
Ctrl + F4Close the active file in an app
Ctrl + ASelect all
Ctrl + D, Ctrl + DeleteDelete the selected item
Ctrl + YRedo
Ctrl + Right ArrowGo to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left ArrowGo to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down ArrowGo to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up ArrowGo to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Alt + TabSwitch between running apps using arrow keys
Alt + Shift + Arrow KeysMove the selected group or tile in Start menu in the selected direction
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow KeysMove the selected tile and create a new folder
Ctrl + Arrow KeysChange the Start menu size
Ctrl + Arrow Key + SpacebarSelect multiple individual items
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow KeySelect a block of text
Ctrl + EscAccess the Start menu
Ctrl + Shift + EscAccess Task Manager
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout
Ctrl + SpacebarToggle the Chinese input method editor on/off
Shift + F10View the shortcut menu for the selected item
Shift + Arrow KeySelect multiple items
Shift + DeletePermanently delete the selected item
Right ArrowAccess the next menu
Left ArrowAccess the previous menu
EscStop or quit the current task
PrtScnCapture a screenshot and copy it to clipboard
Windows Key
Windows KeyOpen or close the Start menu
Windows Key + AAccess Action center
Windows Key + BFocus on the notification panel
Windows Key + CLaunch Cortana in listening mode
Windows Key + Shift + CAccess the charms menu
Windows Key + DDisplay and hide the desktop
Windows Key + Alt + DHide/unhide the date and time on the desktop
Windows + ELaunch File Explorer
Windows Key + FLaunch Feedback Hub and capture a screenshot
Windows Key + GLaunch Game bar when a game is running
Windows Key + HBegin dictation
Windows Key + ILaunch Settings
Windows Key + JFocus on the Windows tip
Windows Key + KAccess the Connect quick action
Windows Key + LLock the PC or switch accounts
Windows Key + MMinimize all open windows
Windows Key + OLock the device orientation
Windows Key + PSelect a presentation display mode
Windows Key + Ctrl + QLaunch Quick Assist
Windows Key + RLaunch the Run box
Windows Key + SLaunch the search function
Windows + Shift + SCapture a screenshot of part of your screen
Windows Key + TSwitch apps on the taskbar
Windows Key + ULaunch Ease of Access Center
Windows Key + VAccess the clipboard
Windows Key + Shift + VCycle through notifications
Windows Key + XAccess the Quick Link menu
Windows Key + YSwitch between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop
Windows Key + ZView the available commands in an app in full-screen mode
Windows Key + . (dot)Access the emoji panel
Windows Key + , (comma)Peek at the desktop
Windows Key + PauseView the System Properties box
Windows Key + Ctrl + FSearch for PCs on a network
Windows Key + Shift + MRestore all minimized windows
Windows Key + NumberOpen the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Shift + NumberOpen a fresh instance of the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Ctrl + NumberAccess the last active window of the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Alt + NumberAccess the Jump List for the specified number app on the taskbar
Windows Key + Ctrl + Shift + NumberOpen a fresh instance of the specified number app on the taskbar as an admin
Windows Key + TabAccess the Task view
Windows Key + Up ArrowMaximize the current window
Windows Key + Down ArrowRemove current app from the screen
Windows Key + Left ArrowMaximize the app or desktop to the left of the screen
Windows Key + Right ArrowMaximize the app or desktop to the right of the screen
Windows Key + HomeMinimize all windows except for the active desktop window
Windows Key + Shift + Up ArrowStretch the desktop to the top and bottom
Windows Key + Shift + Down ArrowRestore/minimize windows vertically while keeping their width
Windows Key + Shift + Left Arrow or Right ArrowMove an app/window to another monitor
Windows Key + SpacebarSwitch between input languages and keyboard layouts
Windows Key + Ctrl + SpacebarSwitch to the previously selected input
Windows Key + Ctrl + EnterEnable Narrator
Windows Key + +Launch Magnifier
Windows Key + /Start IME reconversion
Windows Key + Ctrl + VLaunch shoulder taps
Windows Key + Ctrl + Shift + BWake Windows from blank or black screen
Command Prompt
Ctrl + C, Ctrl + InsertCopy selected text
Ctrl + V, Shift + InsertPaste selected text
Ctrl + MUse Mark mode
Alt + Selection KeyStart selection in block mode
Arrow KeysMove the cursor
Page UpGo one page up
Page DownGo one page down
Ctrl + HomeGo to the beginning of the buffer
Ctrl + EndGo to the end of the buffer
Ctrl + Up ArrowGo one line up in the output history
Ctrl + Down ArrowGo one line down in the output history
Ctrl + HomeGo to the top of the buffer if the command line is blank; otherwise delete all characters to the left of the cursor
Ctrl + EndMove the viewport to the command line if the command line is blank; otherwise delete all characters to the right of the cursor
Dialog Box
F4Display active list items
Ctrl + TabGo forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + TabGo backward through tabs
Ctrl + NumberMove to the specified tab number
TabGo forward through options
Shift + TabGo backward through options
Alt + Underlined LetterPerform the underlined letter action
SpacebarTick or untick the check box
BackspaceGo one folder up in Save As or Open dialog box
Arrow KeysSelect a button in a group of buttons
File Explorer
Alt + DAccess the address bar
Ctrl + E, Ctrl + FAccess the search box
Ctrl + NLaunch a new window
Ctrl + WQuit the current window
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll WheelChange the folder/file icon size
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + NMake a new folder
Num Lock + *Expand subfolders for the selected folder
Num Lock + +View the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + –Collapse the selected folder
Alt + PView the preview panel
Alt + EnterOpen Properties for the selected item
Alt + Right ArrowAccess the next folder
Alt + Up ArrowAccess the parent folder
Alt + Left Arrow, BackspaceAccess the previous folder
Right ArrowView the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Left ArrowCollapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
EndGo to the bottom of the current window
HomeGo to the top of the current window
F11Toggle maximize/minimize current window
Virtual Desktop
Windows Key + TabAccess Task view
Windows Key + Ctrl + DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + Right ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops on the right
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops on the left
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4Close the current virtual desktop
Taskbar
Shift + Click a Taskbar ButtonLaunch an app or launch another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift + Click a Taskbar ButtonLaunch an app as an admin
Shift + Right Click a Taskbar ButtonView the window menu for the app
Shift + Right Click a Grouped Taskbar ButtonView the window menu for the group
Ctrl + Click a Grouped Taskbar ButtonGo through the windows of the group
Settings
Windows Key + ILaunch Settings
BackspaceAccess the Settings home page

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