Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs.

Most programs also provide accelerator keys that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Check the menus of programs for accelerator keys. If a letter is underlined in a menu, that usually means that pressing the Alt key in combination with the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item.

Pressing the Alt key in some programs, such as Paint and WordPad, shows commands that are labeled with additional keys that you can press to use them.

This guide lists shortcut keys that you can use from the desktop in Windows 10.

Shortcut

Description

Windows keyOpen and close the Start menu.
Windows Key+1, +2, etc.Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar. For example, +1 launches whichever application is first in the list, numbered from left to right.
Windows Key+AOpen the action center.
Windows Key+BHighlight the notification area.
Windows Key+CLaunch Cortana into listening mode.[1] Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately
Windows Key+DSwitch between Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows) and the previous state.
Windows Key+ESwitch to the desktop and launch File Explorer with the Quick Access tab displayed.
Windows Key+HOpen the Share  charm.
Windows Key+IOpen the Settings  app.
Windows Key+KOpen the Connect pane to connect to wireless displays and audio devices.
Windows Key+LLock the device and go to the Lock screen.
Windows Key+MSwitch to the desktop and minimize all open windows.
Windows Key+OLock device orientation.
Windows Key+POpen the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors.
Windows Key+RDisplay the Run dialog box.
Windows Key+SLaunch Cortana.[2] Users can begin to type a query immediately.
Windows Key+TCycle through the apps on the taskbar.
Windows Key+ULaunch the Ease of Access Center.
Windows Key+VCycle through notifications.
Windows Key+XOpen the advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen.
Windows Key+ZOpen the app-specific command bar.
Windows Key+ENTERLaunch Narrator.
Windows Key+SPACEBARSwitch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows Key+TABOpen Task view.
Windows Key+,Peek at the desktop.
Windows Key+Plus SignZoom in.
Windows Key+Minus SignZoom out.
Windows Key+ESCAPEClose Magnifier.
Windows Key+LEFT ARROWDock the active window to the left half of the monitor.
Windows Key+RIGHT ARROWDock the active window to the right half of the monitor.
Windows Key+UP ARROWMaximize the active window vertically and horizontally.
Windows Key+DOWN ARROWRestore or minimize the active window.
Windows Key+SHIFT+UP ARROWMaximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows Key+SHIFT+
DOWN ARROW
Restore or minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows Key+SHIFT+LEFT ARROWWith multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
Windows Key+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROWWith multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
Windows Key+HOMEMinimize all nonactive windows; restore on second keystroke.
Windows Key+PRNT SCRNTake a picture of the screen and place it in the Computer>Pictures>Screenshots folder.
Windows Key+CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT arrowSwitch to the next or previous virtual desktop.
Windows Key+CTRL+DCreate a new virtual desktop.
Windows Key+CTRL+F4Close the current virtual desktop.
Windows Key+?Launch the Windows Feedback App.

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[2] Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana is unavailable or disabled, this command opens Search.

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