Most Common 20+ Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts that will make you forget your mouse. It may not seem like much, but add all those saved moments in a week or a month and you’re gaining enough time.
- Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
- Advanced Windows Keyboard Shortcut
Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
On the keyboard, press the Ctrl button + C at the same time to copy. If you want to delete the text or image from its original place, press the Ctrl button + X at the same time to cut it.
Place your cursor where you want to paste the copied text/image and press Ctrl + V.
No matter what program you are running, Ctrl + Z will roll back your last action. Whether you overwrite an entire paragraph in Microsoft Word or delete a file you didn’t want, this is an absolute lifesaver.
Another shortcut that works almost everywhere, Ctrl + W will block what you see. Close that File Explorer window, open the image file without being bothered by the Browser tab, or Close button.
Ctrl+A: Select all
This command allows you to highlight all the text in a document or select all the files in the folder. Pressing Ctrl + A can save you time otherwise you will spend clicking and dragging your mouse.
Alt+Tab: Switch apps
This tot is one of the classic Windows shortcuts and can be extremely effective when you are running multiple applications. Just press Alt + Tab and you will be able to quickly flick all your open windows.
Alt+F4: Close apps
Another shortcut, Alt + F4 shuts down active apps so you can avoid the process of hunting down their on-screen menus. Don’t worry about losing unsaved work with this command — it will ask you to save your documents before closing.
Win+D: Show or hide the desktop
This keyboard combo minimizes all your open windows, showing your home screen. If you save rows and rows of files and shortcuts on your desktop, Win + D lets you access them instantly.
Win+left arrow or Win+right arrow: Snap windows
Snapping a window opens it on one side of the screen (left or right, depending on which arrow you hit). It lets you compare two windows side by side and keeps your workspace organized.
Tab and Shift+Tab: Move backward and forward through options
When you open a dialog box, these commands save you a click, taking you to the front (tab) or back (Shift + Tab) through the available options. If you are working with a dialog box with multiple tabs, press Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Shift + Tab to navigate through them.
Win+Tab: Open the Task view
Like Alt + Tab, this shortcut lets you change apps, but it does so by opening an updated Windows Application Switcher. The latest version shows thumbnails of all your open programs on the screen.
Ctrl+Esc: Open the Start menu
If you use a keyboard that does not have a Windows key, this shortcut will open the Start menu. Otherwise, a quick tap of the Windows key will do the same thing. From there, you can stay on the keyboard and navigate to the Start menu with the cursor keys, Tab and Shift + Tab.
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Advanced Windows Keyboard Shortcut
Just highlight a file and press F2 to give it a new name. This command allows you to edit the text in other programs — for example, tap F2 in Microsoft Excel and you will be able to edit the contents of the cell you are in.
When you are exploring the function key row, look for F5. This key will refresh a page a good strategy when you are using File Explorer or your web browser. After refreshing, you will see the latest version of the page you are viewing.
Win+L: Lock your computer
Protect your computer from any scary eyes by using this keyboard combo before you move away. Win + L locks the machine and returns you to the login screen, so you will need your user account password to restore access to any snoop.
Win+I: Open Settings
Any time you want to configure the way Windows works, hit this keyboard shortcut to bring up the Settings dialog. Alternatively, use Win+A to open up the Action Center panel, which shows notifications and provides quick access to certain settings.
Win+S: Search Windows
The Windows taskbar has a simple search box that lets you do Cortana quizzes or examine your applications and saved files. Go directly to it with this keyboard shortcut, then type your search terms.
Win+PrtScn: Save a screenshot
No need to open a dedicated screenshot tool: Win + PrtScn captures the entire screen and saves it as a PNG file in a screenshot folder inside your image folder. At the same time, Windows will copy the image to the clipboard. If you do not want to snap the full screen, the Alt + PrtScn combination will only take a screenshot of the active window, it will only copy this image to the clipboard, so you will not get a saved file.
Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Open the Task Manager
Task Manager is your window for everything from open programs to background processes on your Windows system. This shortcut will call the Task Manager, no matter what application you are using.
Win+C: Start talking to Cortana
This shortcut puts Cortana in listening mode, but you must activate it before you can turn it on. To do this, open Cortana from the taskbar search box, click the cog icon and launch the keyboard shortcut. Once you enable shortcuts, press Win + C whenever you want to talk to a digital assistant. You can do this instead of saying “Hey Cortana”, or do it side by side.
Win+Ctrl+D: Add a new virtual desktop
Virtual desktops create secondary screens where you can hide some of your open applications and windows, giving you extra workspace. This shortcut lets you create one. Once you’re done, click the Task View button to the right of the taskbar’s search box to switch from one desktop to another. Or stick to shortcuts: the Win + Ctrl + arrow will hover over your open desktop and Win + Ctrl + F4 will close what you are currently watching and move your open windows and apps to the next available virtual desktop.
Win+X: Open the hidden menu
Windows has a hidden Start menu, called the QuickLink menu, which lets you access all the key areas of the system. From here, you can go directly to Device Manager to review and configure any hardware currently connected to the system, such as a printer or keyboard. Or you can quickly bring up the PowerShell command prompt window to access advanced Windows commands.