Wednesday, May 31, 2017

62 New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

62 New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

Turning multiple mouse clicks into a simple press of a key or two may not seem like a lot, but if you are an avid user of keyboard shortcuts you've likely noticed just how helpful they can be. Although memorizing 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.

62 New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10
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 taskbar 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.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc    Open Task Manager.
Ctrl + F4    Close the active window.

A new focus on the desktop brings new keyboard shortcuts for desktop users, so rejoice! Here are all the new keyboard shortcuts you need to know in Windows 10.

From window management with Snap and Task View to virtual desktops and the Command Prompt, there are lots of new goodies for keyboard users in Windows 10.
Window Snapping

Windows 10 offers improved support for Snap — known as “Aero Snap” on Windows 7. You can now snap windows vertically — one on top of each other, instead of side-by-side — or snap windows to a 2×2 grid.

Windows Key + Left – Snap current window to the left side of the screen.
Windows Key + Right – Snap current window the the right side of the screen.
Windows Key + Up – Snap current window to the top of the screen.
Windows Key + Down – Snap current window to the bottom of the screen.
Combine these shortcuts to snap into a corner — for example, Windows Key + Left and then Windows Key + Up would snap a window into the top-left quadrant of the screen. The first two keyboard shortcuts aren’t new, but the way they work with the 2×2 snapping feature is.

(You can also use the mouse — drag and drop a window to the left or right edges of your screen, or drag and drop them into one of the four corners to snap into quadrants.)

Task View / Window Management
The Task View is a new interface that combined an Exposé-like window switching and virtual desktops — an awful lot like Mission Control on Mac OS X. In addition to clicking the “Task View” button on the taskbar to open it, you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

Windows Key + Tab – This opens the new Task View interface, and it stays open — you can release the keys. Only windows from your current virtual desktop will appear in the Task View list, and you can use the virtual desktop switcher at the bottom of the screen to switch between virtual desktops.

Alt + Tab – This isn’t a new keyboard shortcut, and it works just like you’d expect it to. Pressing
Alt+Tab lets you switch between your open Windows. Tap Tab again to flip between windows and release the keys to select a window.
Alt+Tab now uses the new Task View-style larger thumbnails.
Unlike Windows Key + Tab, Alt + Tab lets you switch between open windows on all virtual desktops.
Virtual Desktops
There are also some keyboard shortcuts for quickly managing virtual desktops.

Windows Key + Ctrl + D – Create a new virtual desktop and switch to it
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 – Close the current virtual desktop.
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left / Right – Switch to the virtual desktop on the left or right.
Sadly, there’s not yet a key combination that will move the current window between virtual desktops. How about Windows Key + Shift + Ctrl + Left / Right — please, Microsoft?

Command Prompt
The new Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts may not be enabled by default, so be sure to open the Command Prompt’s properties window and enable them first.

Copying and Pasting Text / Ctrl Key Shortcuts

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert – Pastes text at the cursor.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert – Copies the selected text to the clipboard.
Ctrl + A – Select all text in the current line if the line contains text. If it’s an empty line, select all text in the Command Prompt.

Selecting Text / Shift Key Shortcuts: Many of the standard Shift key shortcuts for text editing now finally work in the Command Prompt! These include:

Shift + Left / Right / Up / Down – Moves the cursor left a character, right a character, up a line, or down a line, selecting the text along the way. Continue pressing arrow keys to select more text.
Ctrl + Shift + Left / Right – Moves the cursor one word to the left or right, selecting that word along the way.
Shift + Home / End – Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line, selecting text along the way.
Shift + Page Up / Page Down – Moves the cursor up or down a screen, selecting text.
Ctrl + Shift + Home / End – Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the “screen buffer,” selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning or end of the Command Prompt’s output.
More Shortcuts

Ctrl + Up / Down – Moves one line up or down in the Command Prompt’s history — it’s like using the scroll bar.
Ctrl + Page Up / Page Down – Moves one page up or down in the Command Prompt’s history — it’s like scrolling even farther.
Ctrl + M – Enter “mark mode,” which helps for selecting text. Previously, the only way to do this was by right-clicking in the Command Prompt and selecting Mark. Thanks to the new Shift key shortcuts, this mode is no longer as important.
Ctrl + F – Opens a Find dialog for searching the Command Prompt’s output.
Alt + F4 – Closes the Command Prompt window.


Microsoft will hopefully add even more keyboard shortcuts as they continue developing Windows 10. For now, the new keyboard shortcuts are very useful — especially to Command Prompt users!

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