Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10

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ALTHOUGH memorising  which shortcuts do which functions can be a little daunting at first, it’s important to remember not everyone needs to know every shortcut.

Learning and using the ones that are most important to you is a great way to enhance your Windows 10 experience.

Keyboard shortcut /  Action

Windows key: Open or close Start Menu.

Windows key + A: Open Action center.

Windows key + C: Open Cortana in listening mode.

Windows key + D: Display and hide the desktop.

Windows key + E: Open File Explorer.

Windows key + G: Open Game bar when a game is open.

Windows key + H: Open the Share charm.

Windows key + I: Open Settings.

Windows key + K: Open the Connect quick action.

Windows key + L: Lock your PC or switch accounts.

Windows key + M: Minimize all windows.

Windows key + R: Open Run dialog box.

Windows key + S: Open Search.

Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows key + X: Open Quick Link menu.

Windows key + Number: Open the app pinned to the task bar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows key + Left arrow key: Snap app windows left.

Windows key + Right arrow key: Snap app windows right.

Windows key + Up arrow key: Maximize app windows.

Windows key + Down arrow key: Minimize app windows.

Windows key + Comma: Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows key + Ctrl +D: Add a virtual desktop.

Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrow: Switch between virtual desktops.

Windows key + Ctrl + F4: Close current virtual desktop.

Windows key + Enter: Open Narrator.

Windows key + Home: Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).

Windows key + PrtScn: Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.

Windows key + Shift + Up arrow: Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows key + Tab: Open Task view.

Windows key + “+” key: Zoom in using the magnifier.

Windows key + “-” key: Zoom out using the magnifier.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager.

Alt + Tab: Switch between open apps.

Alt + Left arrow key: Go back.

Alt + Right arrow key: Go foward.

Alt + Page Up: Move up one screen.

Alt + Page down: Move down one screen.

Ctrl + Alt +Tab: View open apps

Ctrl + C: Copy selected items to clipboard.

Ctrl + X: Cut selected items.

Ctrl + V: Paste content from clipboard.

Ctrl + A: Select all content.

Ctrl + Z: Undo an action.

Ctrl + Y: Redo an action.

Ctrl + D: Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.

Ctrl + Esc: Open the Start Menu.

Ctrl + Shift: Switch the keyboard layout.

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