Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows: For Improved Comfort And Productivity

Keyboard shortcuts are the secret formula for replacing the clicks and scrolls of a mouse with just a few keys. These handy shortcuts not only make the task more convenient but also faster as compared to a mouse. Catch hold of some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for windows below!
Updated: Mar 17, 2021 18:30 IST
Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows: For Improved Comfort And Productivity
Though, there are some universal keyboard shortcuts Windows and Mac primarily offer different shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts aren't just the shortcuts to computer commands with few keys, they are also the shortcut to enhanced productivity, improved efficiency, and added convenience. Be it navigating a menu, zooming in the page, or responding to a dialogue box~ keyboard shortcuts have covered them all. These shortcuts also come handy in case the mouse freezes or stops functioning. While some of these are universal, applying to all the software alike, many are specifically designed for the Windows or the Mac. Today, we have brought to you a list of keyboard shortcuts for the Windows, which'll help you in saving substantial chunks of time!

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Ctrl + A

Select all content.

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy selected items to clipboard

Ctrl + X

Cut selected items to clipboard

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste content from clipboard

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action, including undelete files (limited)

Ctrl + Y

Redo an action

Ctrl + Shift + N

Create new folder on desktop or File Explorer

Alt + F4

Close active window. (If no active window present, then shutdown box appears.)

Ctrl + D (Del)

Delete selected item to the Recycle Bin

Shift + Delete

Delete selected item permanently skipping Recycle Bin

F2

Rename selected item

ESC

Close current task

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps

PrtScn

Take screenshot and stores it in clipboard

Windows key + I

Open Settings app

Windows key + E

Open File Explorer

Windows key + A

Open Action center

Windows key + D

Display and hide the desktop

Windows key + L

Lock device

Windows key + V

Open Clipboard bin

Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;)

Open emoji panel

Windows key + PrtScn

Capture full screenshot in the "Screenshots" folder

Windows key + Shift + S

Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch

Windows key + Left arrow key

Snap app or window left

Windows key + Right arrow key

Snap app or window right

Desktop Shortcuts 

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Windows key (or Ctrl + Esc)

Open Start menu

Ctrl + Arrow keys

Change Start menu size

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager

Ctrl + Shift

Switch keyboard layout

Alt + F4

Close active window. (If no active window present, then shutdown box appears.)

Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R)

Refresh current window

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

View open apps

Ctrl + Arrow keys (to select) + Spacebar

Select multiple items on desktop or File Explorer

Alt + Underlined letter

Runs command for the underlined letter in apps

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps while pressing Tab multiple times

Alt + Left arrow key

Go back

Alt + Right arrow key

Go forward

Alt + Page Up

Move up one screen

Alt + Page down

Move down one screen

Alt + Esc

Cycle through open windows

Alt + Spacebar

Open context menu for the active window

Alt + F8

Reveals typed password in Sign-in screen

Shift + Click app button

Open another instance of an app from the taskbar

Ctrl + Shift + Click app button

Run app as administrator from the taskbar

Shift + Right-click app button

Show window menu for the app from the taskbar

Ctrl + Click a grouped app button

Cycle through windows in the group from the taskbar

Shift + Right-click grouped app button

Show window menu for the group from the taskbar

Ctrl + Left arrow key

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl + Right arrow key

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl + Up arrow key

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl + Down arrow key

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key

Select block of text

Ctrl + Spacebar

Enable or disable Chinese IME

Shift + F10

Open context menu for selected item

F10

Enable app menu bar

Shift + Arrow keys

Select multiple items

Windows key + X

Open Quick Link menu

Windows key + Number (0-9)

Open app in number position from the taskbar

Windows key + T

Cycle through apps in the taskbar

Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9)

Open Jump List of the app in number position from the taskbar

Windows key + D

Display and hide the desktop

Windows key + M

Minimize all windows

Windows key + Shift + M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop

Windows key + Home

Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window

Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key

Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key

Maximize or minimize active desktop windows vertically while maintaining width

Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key

Move active window to monitor on the left

Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key

Move active window to monitor on the right

Windows key + Left arrow key

Snap app or window left

Windows key + Right arrow key

Snap app or window right

Windows key + S ( or Q)

Open Search

Windows key + Alt + D

Open date and time in the taskbar

Windows key + Tab

Open Task View

Windows key + Ctrl + D

Create new virtual desktop

Windows key + Ctrl + F4

Close active virtual desktop

Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow

Switch to the virtual desktop on the right

Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow

Switch to the virtual desktop on the left

Windows key + P

Open Project settings

Windows key + A

Open Action center

Windows key + I

Open Settings app

Backspace

Return to Settings app home page

File Explorer shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Ctrl + A

Select all content of the current line

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy selected items to clipboard

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste content from clipboard

Ctrl + M

Starts mark mode

Ctrl + Up arrow key

Move screen up one line

Ctrl + Down arrow key

Move screen down one line

Ctrl + F

Open search for Command Prompt

Left or right arrow keys

Move cursor left or right in the current line

Up or down arrow keys

Cycle through command history of the current session

Page up

Move cursor one page up

Page down

Move cursor one page down

Ctrl + Home

Scroll to top of the console

Ctrl + End

Scroll to the bottom of the console

Command Prompt shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Windows key + E

Open File Explorer

Alt + D

Select address bar

Ctrl + E (or F)

Select search box

Ctrl + N

Open new window

Ctrl + W

Close active window

Ctrl + F (or F3)

Start search

Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel

Change view file and folder

Ctrl + Shift + E

Expands all folders from the tree in the navigation pane

Ctrl + Shift + N

Create new folder on desktop or File Explorer

Ctrl + L

Focus on the address bar

Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8)

Changes folder view

Alt + P

Display preview panel

Alt + Enter

Open Properties settings for the selected item

Alt + Right arrow key

View next folder

Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace)

View previous folder

Alt + Up arrow

Move up a level in the folder path

F11

Switch active window full-screen mode

F5

Refresh the instance of File Explorer

F2

Rename selected item

F4

Switch focus to address bar

F5

Refresh File Explorer's current view

F6

Cycle through elements on the screen

Home

Scroll to top of the window

End

Scroll to bottom of window

Windows key shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Windows key

Open Start menu

Windows key + A

Open Action center

Windows key + S ( or Q)

Open Search

Windows key + D

Display and hide the desktop

Windows key + L

Locks computer

Windows key + M

Minimize all windows

Windows key + B

Set focus notification area in the taskbar

Windows key + C

Launch Cortana app

Windows key + F

Launch Feedback Hub app

Windows key + G

Launch Game bar app

Windows key + Y

Change input between desktop and Mixed Reality

Windows key + O

Lock device orientation

Windows key + T

Cycle through apps in the taskbar

Windows key + Z

Switch input between the desktop experience and Windows Mixed Reality

Windows key + J

Set focus on a tip for Windows 10 when applicable

Windows key + H

Open dictation feature

Windows key + E

Open File Explorer

Windows key + I

Open Settings

Windows key + R

Open Run command

Windows key + K

Open Connect settings

Windows key + X

Open Quick Link menu

Windows key + V

Open Clipboard bin

Windows key + W

Open the Windows Ink Workspace

Windows key + U

Open Ease of Access settings

Windows key + P

Open Project settings

Windows key + Ctrl + Enter

Open Narrator

Windows key + Plus (+)

Zoom in using the magnifier

Windows key + Minus (-)

Zoom out using the magnifier

Windows key + Esc

Exit magnifier

Windows key + Forward-slash (/)

Start IME reconversion

Windows key + Comma (,)

Temporarily peek at the desktop

Windows key + Up arrow key

Maximize app windows

Windows key + Down arrow key

Minimize app windows

Windows key + Home

Minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window

Windows key + Shift + M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop

Windows key + Shift + Up arrow key

Stretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

Windows key + Shift + Down arrow key

Maximize or minimize active windows vertically while maintaining width

Windows key + Shift + Left arrow key

Move active window to monitor on the left

Windows key + Shift + Right arrow key

Move active window to monitor on the right

Windows key + Left arrow key

Snap app or window left

Windows key + Right arrow key

Snap app or window right

Windows key + Number (0-9)

Open app in number position in the taskbar

Windows key + Shift + Number (0-9)

Open another instance of the app in number position in the taskbar

Windows key + Ctrl + Number (0-9)

Switch to last active window of the app in number position in the taskbar

Windows key + Alt + Number (0-9)

Open Jump List of the app in number position in the taskbar

Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + Number (0-9)

Open another instance as an administrator of the app in number position in the taskbar

Windows key + Ctrl + Spacebar

Change previous selected input option

Windows key + Spacebar

Change keyboard layout and input language

Windows key + Tab

Open Task View

Windows key + Ctrl + D

Create a virtual desktop

Windows key + Ctrl + F4

Close active virtual desktop

Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow

Switch to the virtual desktop on the right

Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow

Switch to the virtual desktop on the left

Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B

Wake up the device when black or a blank screen

Windows key + PrtScn

Capture full screenshot in the "Screenshots" folder

Windows key + Shift + S

Create part of the screen screenshot

Windows key + Shift + V

Cycle through notifications

Windows key + Ctrl + F

Open search for device on domain network

Windows key + Ctrl + Q

Open Quick Assist

Windows key + Alt + D

Open date and time in the taskbar

Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;)

Open emoji panel

Windows key + Pause

Show System Properties dialog box

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