Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts – Keeping IT Simple

It does not take more than a keyboard, mouse or a touchpad to navigate through any computer operating system. However, doing it efficiently by saving mouse clicks is another story. Knowing some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts can improve your productivity at work each day.  Today, we're talking about Microsoft’s newest operating system – Windows 10 - and keyboard shortcuts.

Windows 10 does not only allow you to use the basic shortcuts that many of us have come to love but it has others to offer that will help us take advantage of Windows 10’s latest functionalities in a fast and simple way.

There are certain shortcuts that we will use more than others but it's a good idea to know them all for emergencies and equipment failures such as your mouse batteries dying or USB cable failing.

For your convenience, here is a great list of the best keyboard shortcuts available for Windows 10 arranged by categories. You can also download a PDF copy for reference.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts For Managing Active Windows

Managing your active windows
Windows Key + Left Arrow KeyActive window to the left of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow KeyActive window to the right of the screen
Windows Key + Up Arrow KeyMaximize active window
Windows Key + Down Arrow KeyMinimize active window
Windows Key + CommaTemporary peek at the desktop
Windows Key + DMinimize all active windows
Windows Key + HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window
Windows Key + EOpen File Explorer
Windows Key + TNavigate through active windows on taskbar (Press Enter to open selected one)
Alt + TabAlternate between active windows
Alt + F4Close active window
Windows Key + Shift + (Right or Left Arrow)Move active window to its respective monitor to either side of the main one (only if another monitor is connected)
Windows Key + LLock the PC or allows to switch accounts


Cortana Keyboard Shortcuts

Cortana and Windows 10 Settings
Windows Key + COpen Cortana in listening mode
Windows Key + SOpen Cortana in search mode
Windows Key + IOpen Windows Settings
Windows Key + AOpen Action Center
Windows Key + XOpen Quick Link Menu


Windows 10 Document Shortcuts

Managing Your Text Documents
Ctrl + CCopy selected text to the clipboard
Ctrl + VPaste text from the clipboard
Ctrl + XCut selected text
Ctrl + ASelect all text
Ctrl + FSearch function to find words or whole phrases in the text
Shift + (Right, Left, Up or Down Arrow Key)Select text depending on which direction you are going with the arrow keys
Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow KeyMove cursor to the beginning of the word
Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow KeyMove cursor to the end of the word and also select it


Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Shortcuts

Managing your Virtual Desktops
Windows Key + Ctrl + DCreate new virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + (Right or Left Arrow)Switch between virtual desktops
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4Close active virtual desktop
Windows + TabOpen Task View, also allows to view virtual desktops at the bottom of the screen

We hope you found this helpful!

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