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keyAny time you can hit a key combination instead of rolling your mouse pointer across the screen, you save a lot of time. Windows 10 has a long list of keyboard shortcuts that help you launch new features such as Cortana, navigate around the OS or organize your desktop layout with ease. While you might know some of the traditional Windows keyboard shortcuts, you will be surprised to find some new tricks below. 

MORE: How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

Cortana Shortcuts

Windows + Q: Opens Cortana's Home View, enables search by speech or keyboard input.

Windows + C: Opens Cortana's speech prompt

New in Windows 10

Windows Key + A: Opens Windows 10 notifications

Windows Key + I: Opens Windows 10 settings

Windows Key + Ctrl + D: Creates new virtual desktop

Windows Key + Ctrl + F4: Closes current virtual desktop

Windows Key + Ctrl + Left or Right: Switches between virtual desktops

Windows Key + F1: Opens Edge and Searches "How do I get help in Windows 10" with Bing (formerly opens Help)

Windows Key + Print Screen Key: Creates a screenshot of the whole screen in the Photos app. More screenshot key commands can be found here.

Windows Standards

Windows Key: Shows the Windows 10 Start Menu 

Windows Key + L: Locks your Windows 10 device

Windows Key + Tab: Launches Windows 10 Task View

Windows Key + Enter: Opens Narrator, a program that reads text for you and shows you tips.

Desktop Commands

Windows Key + X: Opens Start button context menu

Windows Key + Left, Right, Up or Down: Moves the active window around on your screen. Left and Right snap the window to either side so it takes up half of the screen, Up and Down shrink the window to a quarter-size and move it to that corner. Once you have used Windows Key + Up to place it in the top corner, pressing that command again makes the window take up your whole screen. If you have hit Windows Key + Down to place a window in the bottom corner, hitting that command again minimizes the window.

Windows Key + D: Show Windows desktop (also available with Windows Key + M)

Windows Key + ,: Temporarily show desktop

Connecting and Sharing

Windows Key + H: Share content (if supported by current app)

Windows Key + K: Connect to wireless displays and audio devices 

Windows Key + E: Open Windows Explorer

Traditional Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Key + Space: Switch keyboard input language (if you have added at least a second one)

Windows Key + Shift + Left or Right: Move current Window from one monitor to another (when using a multiple monitor setup)

Windows Key + 1, 2, 3 and so on: Open programs that are pinned to task bar

Windows Key + R: Run a command

Windows Key + P: Project a screen

Alt + Tab: Switch to previous window

Windows Key + T = Cycle through screenshots of open apps

Alt + F4: Close current window, but if you perform this combination when viewing the desktop, you open Power dialogue to shut down or restart Windows, put your device in sleep mode, sign out or switch the current user.


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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • mahesh Says:

    sir, i've set the screen as screen only(i think) in windows10 version 1803 without projector r something else. Then screen became black so that i cant able to see anything. please guide me to get back to default screen.

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  • RGOdenJr Says:

    Winkey + 1,2,3, etc... to select a program from the taskbar, But what if you have like 20 or 100 items on the taskbar?

  • Haseeb Sparrow Says:

    my keyboard is without multimedia key.
    how to create multimedia key shortcuts.

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  • Marlene Partridge Says:

    I would really like to have a list of all the short-cuts for Windows or Office 10. This dream chart or list would be divided into different aspects of the programs and would be in a chart form or a medium-font chart arranged logically or alphabetically. It would really solve a lot of problems instantaneously!

    Thank you!

  • Locke Says:

    Except the Fkey shortcuts actually cause me more problems than they fix. F1 brings up Bing, a search provider no one in their right mind would use. I just want a way to remove the so called help hotkey. It's utterly useless. If I want to look for help for Windows 10 I'll open my browser and search for it on my own. The problem is even when you're using editing software the F1 key still brings up Bing. I cannot tell you how many projects I've almost ruined because of this so called feature.

  • chanel Says:

    How to add wireless WiFi to your PC laptop

  • Mr. Alex Says:

    The popout tips list runs off the bottom of the screen. Am I missing stuff?
    Also, Norton is not allowing the 'Classic Shell' app -- says it's dangerous, and deletes it...

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