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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

We have compiled a list of the most useful Windows 10 shortcuts that will make your job at work and play much easier. This list includes shortcuts for opening Cortana, locking the orientation, working with virtual desktops and much more. Additionally, you can also read our article on the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts in Command Prompt  and make things hassle-free. So, here is an interesting list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts:

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

You can also refer to the official Microsoft Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts cheat sheet to know more keyboard shortcuts.


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