Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows

Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows

If you are a computer geek then let me tell you Keyboard shortcuts can boost your productivity. Fast and useful keystrokes can save countless hours of your day-to-day work by making things much more comfortable. Here we have decided to show you the most useful keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft’s system that you can try today.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected item

Ctrl + X Cut the selected item

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected item

Ctrl + Z To undo an action

Alt + F4 To close the active item, or exit the active app

Alt + Tab To switch between open apps

Windows logo key + D To display and hide the desktop

Windows logo key + L To lock your PC

F2 To rename the selected item

F3 To search for a file or folder in File Explorer

F4 To display the address bar list in File Explorer

F5 To refresh the active window

F6 To cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F10 To activate the Menu bar in the active app

Alt + F8 To show your password on the sign-in screen

Alt + Esc To cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

Alt + underlined letter Perform the command for that letter

Alt + Enter To display properties for the selected item

Alt + Spacebar To open the shortcut menu for the active window

Alt + Left arrow To go back

Alt + Right arrow To go forward

Alt + Page Up To move up one screen

Alt + Page Down To move down one screen

Ctrl + F4 To close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time)

Ctrl + A To select all items in a document or window

Ctrl + D (or Delete) To delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Ctrl + R (or F5) To refresh the active window

Ctrl + Y To redo an action

Ctrl + Right arrow To move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl + Left arrow To move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl + Down arrow To move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl + Up arrow To move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl + Alt + Tab To use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + arrow keys When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified

Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar To select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key to select a block of text

Ctrl + Esc To open Start

Ctrl + Shift + Esc To open Task Manager

Ctrl + Shift To switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available

Ctrl + Spacebar To turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off

Shift + F10 To display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Shift with any arrow key To select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document

Shift + Delete To delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

Right arrow To open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

Left arrow To open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

Esc To stop or leave the current task

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key To open or close Start

Windows logo key + A To open Action center

Windows logo key + B To set focus in the notification area

Windows logo key + C To open Cortana in listening mode

Notes

  • This shortcut is turned off by default. To turn it on, open Cortana from the search box on the taskbar, then select Settings . Turn on the toggle under Let Cortana listen for my commands when I press the Windows logo key + C.
  • Cortana is available only in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn’t available or is turned off, you can still use search.

Windows logo key + Shift + C To open the charms menu

Windows logo key + D To display and hide the desktop

Windows logo key + Alt + D To display and hide the date and time on the desktop

Windows logo key + E To open File Explorer

Windows logo key + F To open Feedback Hub

Windows logo key + G To open Game bar when a game is open

Windows logo key + I To open Settings

Windows logo key + J To set focus to a Windows tip when one is available.

When a Windows tip appears, bring focus to the Tip. Pressing the keyboard shortcuts again to bring focus to the element on the screen to which the Windows tip is anchored.

Windows logo key + K To open the Connect quick action

Windows logo key + L To lock your PC or switch accounts

Windows logo key + M To minimize all windows

Windows logo key + O To lock device orientation

Windows logo key + P To choose a presentation display mode

Windows logo key + R To open the Run dialog box

Windows logo key + S To open search

Windows logo key + T To cycle through apps on the taskbar

Windows logo key + U To open Ease of Access Center

Windows logo key + V To cycle through notifications

Windows logo key + Shift + V To cycle through notifications in reverse order

Windows logo key + X To open the Quick Link menu

Windows logo key + Z To show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode

Windows logo key + comma (,) To temporarily peek at the desktop

Windows logo key + Pause To display the System Properties dialog box

Windows logo key + Ctrl + F To search for PCs (if you’re on a network)

Windows logo key + Shift + M To restore minimized windows on the desktop

Windows logo key + number To open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.

Windows logo key + Shift + number To open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key + Ctrl + number To open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key + Alt + number To open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + number To open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator

Windows logo key + Tab To open Task view

Windows logo key + Up arrow To maximize the window

Windows logo key + Down arrow To remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window

Windows logo key + Left arrow To maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen

Windows logo key + Right arrow To maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen

Windows logo key + Home To minimize all except the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
Windows logo key + Shift + Up arrow To stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

Windows logo key + Shift + Down arrow To restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width

Windows logo key + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow To move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another

Windows logo key + Spacebar To switch input language and keyboard layout

Windows logo key + Ctrl + Spacebar To change to a previously selected input

Windows logo key + Ctrl + Enter To open Narrator

Windows logo key + forward slash (/) To begin IME reconversion

Windows logo key + plus (+) or minus (-) To zoom in or out using Magnifier

Windows logo key + Esc To exit Magnifier

 

File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Alt + D Select the address bar

Ctrl + E Select the search box

Ctrl + F Select the search box

Ctrl + N Open a new window

Ctrl + W Close the active window

Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Ctrl + Shift + E Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder

Num Lock + asterisk (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder

Num Lock + plus (+) Display the contents of the selected folder

Num Lock + minus (-) Collapse the selected folder

Alt + P Display the preview panel

Alt + Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

Alt + Right arrow View the next folder

Alt + Up arrow View the folder that the folder was in

Alt + Left arrow View the previous folder

Backspace View the previous folder

Right arrow Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Left arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in

End Display the bottom of the active window

Home Display the top of the active window

F11 Maximize or minimize the active window

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

F4 Display the items in the active list

Ctrl + Tab Move forward through tabs

Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move back through tabs

Ctrl + number (number 1–9) Move to nth tab

Tab Move forward through options

Shift + Tab Move back through options

Alt + underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter

Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

 

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts

Shift + click a taskbar button Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app

Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar button Open an app as an administrator

Shift + right-click a taskbar button Show the window menu for the app

Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group

Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group

Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected text

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected text

Ctrl + M Enter Mark mode

Alt + selection key Begin selection in block mode

Arrow keys Move the cursor in the direction specified

Page up Move the cursor by one page up

Page down Move the cursor by one page down

Ctrl + Home (Mark mode) Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer

Ctrl + End (Mark mode) Move the cursor to the end of the buffer

Ctrl + Up arrow Move up one line in the output history

Ctrl + Down arrow Move down one line in the output history

Ctrl + Home (History navigation) If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the top of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the left of the cursor in the command line.

Ctrl + End (History navigation) If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the command line. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the right of the cursor in the command line.

Virtual desktops keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key + Tab Open Task view

Windows logo key + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop

Windows logo key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right

Windows logo key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left

Windows logo key + Ctrl + F4 Close the virtual desktop you’re using

 

Settings keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key + I Open settings

Backspace Go back to the settings home page

Type on any page with search box Search settings

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