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All About Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
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All About Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

While computing, to save time keyboard shortcuts are very helpful. It is a combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard to invoke commands and actions in the software. Most keyboard shortcuts are combinations of Alt / Ctrl / Shift and Windows keys with other alphabets or numbers to trigger a command. Using a single key or a sequence of keystrokes one after other makes keyboard shortcuts and increase your productivity. Few computer shortcuts require pressing and holding combination of several keys simultaneously to initiate a command. Keyboard shortcuts may vary depend on the Operating System, Product, Software or the keyboard layout.

Here, we have bucketized all possible shortcuts into different categories. Please follow these links to browse through all shortcut keys with functions.

Windows 10 keyboard Shortcut keys :

Function Keys

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

Productivity Hacks

Function Keys

List of actions when you are on your Desktop screen or on Windows Explorer.

F1Display Help / Open Help Center
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for A File or Folder in Explorer
F4Display the Address Bar List in File Explorer
F5Refresh the Active Window
F6Cycle Through Screen Elements in A Window or on The Desktop
F10Activate the Menu Bar in The Active App
F11Activate Full Screen Mode

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General Keyboard Shortcuts

General Keyboard shortcuts are most common and frequently used keyboard shortcuts for a regular user. These can be used with applications or with Windows explorer.

ALT + F4Close an active item, or exit an active app
ALT + ESCCycle through items in the order in which they were opened
ALT + Underlined LetterPerform the command for that letter in Menu or in menu dialog box
ALT + ENTERDisplay properties for the selected item
ALT + SPACEBAROpen the shortcut menu for the active window
ALT + LEFTBack
ALT + RIGHTForward
ALT + PAGE UPMove up one screen
ALT + PAGE DOWNMove down one screen
ALT + TABSwitch between open apps (except desktop apps)
CTRL + F4Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
CTRL + ASelect all items in a document or window
CTRL + C / CTRL + INSERTCopy the selected item
CTRL + D / DELETEDELETE the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
CTRL + R / F5Refresh the active window
CTRL + V / SHIFT + INSERTPaste the selected item
CTRL + XCut the selected item
CTRL + YRedo an action
CTRL + ZUndo an action
CTRL + + / –Zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
CTRL + MOUSE SCROLL WHEELChange the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
CTRL + RIGHT ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
CTRL + LEFT ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL + DOWN ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL + UP ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
CTRL + ALT + TABUse the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
CTRL + ARROW + SPACEBARSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
CTRL + SHIFT ARROWSelect a block of text
CTRL + ESCOpen the Start screen
CTRL + SHIFT + ESCOpen Task Manager
CTRL + SHIFTSwitch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
CTRL + SPACEBARTurn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
SHIFT + F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
SHIFT + ARROWSelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
SHIFT + DELETEDelete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
RIGHT ARROWOpen the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
LEFT ARROWOpen the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
ESCStop or leave the current task

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Windows Keyboard ShortCuts

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows keyboard shortcuts are basically Operating System shortcuts to perform different tasks smartly. These shortcuts also include Windows (Flag) key to give a command. Most of them were introduced with Windows 8 Metro user interface and can be used with Windows 8 and above versions.

Win + F1Open Windows Help and support
WinDisplay or hide the Start Menu
Win + BSets focus in the notification area
Win + COpen Charms
Win + DDisplay and hide the desktop
Win + EOpen File Explorer
Win + FOpen the Search charm and search for files
Win + HOpen the Share charm
Win + IOpen the Settings charm
Win + KOpen the Devices charm
Win + LLock your PC or switch people
Win + MMinimize all Windows
Win + OLock device orientation
Win + PChoose a presentation display mode
Win + QOpen the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)
Win + ROpen the Run dialog box
Win + SOpen the Search charm to search Windows and the web
Win + TCycle through apps on the taskbar
Win + UOpen Ease of Access Center
Win + VCycle through notifications
Win + SHIFT + VCycle through notifications in reverse order
Win + WOpen the Search charm and search for settings
Win + XOpen the Quick Link menu
Win + ZShow the commands available in the app
Win + ,Temporarily peek at the desktop
Win + PAUSEDisplay the System Properties dialog box
Win + CTRL + FSearch for PCs (if you’re on a network)
Win + SHIFT + MRestore minimized Windows on the desktop
Win + (NUMBER 1-9)Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, it switches to that app.
Win + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9)Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Win + CTRL + (NUMBER 1-9)Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Win + ALT + (NUMBER 1-9)Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Win + CTRL + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9)Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
Win + TABCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Win + CTRL + TABCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Win + SHIFT + TABCycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Win + CTRL + BSwitch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
Win + UP ARROWMaximize the window
Win + DOWN ARROWRemove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
Win + LEFT ARROWMaximize the app or desktop window to the LEFT side of the screen
Win + RIGHT ARROWMaximize the app or desktop window to the RIGHT side of the screen
Win + HOMEMinimize all but the active desktop window (restores all Windows on second stroke)
Win + SHIFT + UP ARROWStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Win + SHIFT + DOWN ARROWRestore/minimize active desktop Windows vertically, maintaining width
Win + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW / RIGHT ARROWMove an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
Win + SPACEBARSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Win + CTRL + SPACEBARChange to a previously selected input
Win + ENTEROpen Narrator
Win + SHIFT + .Cycle through open apps
Win + .Cycle through open apps
Win + /Initiate IME reconversion
Win + ALT + ENTEROpen Windows Media Center
Win + +/-Zoom in or out using Magnifier
Win + ESCExit Magnifier

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Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

Browser Keyboard ShortCuts

Here is a list of browser keyboard shortcuts compiled for various web browsers like Chrome, Edge and Firefox, using Windows operating system.

CTRL + TOpen a new tab
CTRL + WClose current tab
CTRL + SHIFT + TOpen previously closed tab
CTRL + TABSwitch between open tabs
CTRL + 1 to 8Switch to the tab of the corresponding number from left to right.
CTRL + 1Switch to the first tab
CTRL + 9Switch to the last tab
CTRL + NOpen a new browser window
ALT + F4Close the current browser window. This keyboard shortcut works across all Apps in Windows.
F11Go Fullscreen
ALT + HomeOpen the home page
Backspace or ALT + Left ArrowGo back
ALT + Right ArrowGo forward
F5 or CTRL + RReload the current page
EscStop the loading of the web page
CTRL + PPrint the web page
CTRL + SSave the web page to your computer.
CTRL + OOpen a file stored on your computer. Modern browsers support opening PDF files on web browser.
CTRL + HOpen browser history
CTRL + JOpen downloads history
CTRL + DAdd the current web page to the bookmarks
CTRL + EnterAdds www and .com to the name of the website typed in the address bar.
CTRL +Zoom-in
CTRL –Zoom-out
CTRL + 0Reset zoom
HomeGo to the top of the web page
EndGo to the bottom of the web page
CTRL + FSearch the web page
CTRL + L or F6 or ALT + DJump to the address bar. You can also use ALT + Enter to open the web address typed in the address bar in a new tab
CTRL + SHIFT + DeleteOpen the Clear Browsing Data option

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Conclusion

We have covered most frequently used Windows keyboard shortcuts, General keyboard shortcuts and browser shortcuts which are essential to smoothen Windows 10 operations. You can save the list of required shortcuts or bookmark this page for future reference. You may also take a printout of these shortcut keys and stick onto your wall. We are sure these useful hacks will surely improve your productivity and just in few days, you would be friendly with these shortcuts. You may follow us to learn more on MS Office keyboard shortcuts.

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