Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the most useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts — get to know these and you’ll save oodles of time as you zip around Windows 10 without taking your hands off the keys.

* The Pause key is located to the upper right of most keyboards; however, some portable and laptop keyboards don’t have a Pause key.

KEY
COMBINATION
WHAT IT DOES
Windows key Show/hide the Start menu (toggle)
Windows-A Show/hide the Action Center (toggle)
Windows-C Open Cortana in listening mode
Windows-D Show the desktop or go to your previous location
Windows-E Open File Explorer
Windows-H Take a screenshot of your current app and share it
Windows-I Open the Settings app
Windows-K Connect to a wireless display or audio device
Windows-L Lock the device or switch accounts
Windows-M Minimize all windows
Windows-O Lock the screen orientation
Windows-R Open the Run box
Windows-S Open the Search box
(or Cortana, if you’ve enabled it)
Windows-T Put the focus on the taskbar and cycle through your running desktop apps
Windows-X Open a menu of tools for power users
Windows-Tab Open Task View
Windows-Pause* Display System Properties screen
Windows-1 through 9 Go to the app in the corresponding position on the taskbar
Windows-, (comma) Peek at the desktop
(requires holding the Windows key down)
Windows-Home Minimize/restore non-active desktop apps (toggle)
Windows-up arrow Maximize a desktop app
(or restore it if it’s minimized)
Windows-down arrow Minimize a desktop app
(or restore it if it’s maximized)
Windows-F1 Get Windows help
Windows-Ctrl-D Add a virtual desktop
Windows-Ctrl-F4 Close the virtual desktop you’re working in
Alt-Tab Cycle through thumbnails of open apps
Alt-F4 Exit the current Windows app or desktop application
Ctrl-A Select all
Ctrl-C Copy
Ctrl-E Select the address bar in Edge
Ctrl-N Open a new window in Edge
Ctrl-R Refresh
Ctrl-V Paste
Ctrl-X Cut
Ctrl-W Close the current window in Edge
Ctrl-Y Redo
Ctrl-Z Undo
Ctrl-F4 Close the active document in desktop apps
Ctrl-mouse click Select multiple items in File Explorer
Ctrl-Shift Select a group of contiguous items in File Explorer
Ctrl-Shift-Esc Run the Task Manager
Ctrl-Shift-N Create a new folder in File Explorer
PrtScrn Take a screenshot and place it on the Clipboard
F3 Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
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