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.




Windows key Open 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+A Open the action center.
Windows Key+B Highlight the notification area.
Windows Key+C Launch Cortana into listening mode.[1] Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately
Windows Key+D Switch between Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows) and the previous state.
Windows Key+E Switch to the desktop and launch File Explorer with the Quick Access tab displayed.
Windows Key+H Open the Share  charm.
Windows Key+I Open the Settings  app.
Windows Key+K Open the Connect pane to connect to wireless displays and audio devices.
Windows Key+L Lock the device and go to the Lock screen.
Windows Key+M Switch to the desktop and minimize all open windows.
Windows Key+O Lock device orientation.
Windows Key+P Open the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors.
Windows Key+R Display the Run dialog box.
Windows Key+S Launch Cortana.[2] Users can begin to type a query immediately.
Windows Key+T Cycle through the apps on the taskbar.
Windows Key+U Launch the Ease of Access Center.
Windows Key+V Cycle through notifications.
Windows Key+X Open the advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen.
Windows Key+Z Open the app-specific command bar.
Windows Key+ENTER Launch Narrator.
Windows Key+SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows Key+TAB Open Task view.
Windows Key+, Peek at the desktop.
Windows Key+Plus Sign Zoom in.
Windows Key+Minus Sign Zoom out.
Windows Key+ESCAPE Close Magnifier.
Windows Key+LEFT ARROW Dock the active window to the left half of the monitor.
Windows Key+RIGHT ARROW Dock the active window to the right half of the monitor.
Windows Key+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically and horizontally.
Windows Key+DOWN ARROW Restore or minimize the active window.
Windows Key+SHIFT+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows Key+SHIFT+
Restore or minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows Key+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
Windows Key+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
Windows Key+HOME Minimize all nonactive windows; restore on second keystroke.
Windows Key+PRNT SCRN Take a picture of the screen and place it in the Computer>Pictures>Screenshots folder.
Windows Key+CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT arrow Switch to the next or previous virtual desktop.
Windows Key+CTRL+D Create a new virtual desktop.
Windows Key+CTRL+F4 Close 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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