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