Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

There are lots of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to help you use you laptop or computer more quickly. Below are some useful and popular shortcuts.

General shortcuts

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These shortcuts can be used to open or start many of the system menus and functions in Windows 10.

  • Windows Key + A: Opens your notification panel
  • Windows Key + H: Shares a screenshot through different apps
  • Windows Key + I: Opens up your settings
  • Windows Key + K: Connects to wireless displays and audio devices
  • Windows Key + X: Opens the Start Menu advanced menu
  • Windows Key + Tab: Opens up the task/virtual desktop view
  • Windows Key + S: Opens search menu
  • Windows Key + L: Locks the screen
  • Windows Key + B: Opens the Start menu
  • Windows Key + C: Opens the Command Prompt
  • Windows Key + E: Opens File Explorer
  • Windows Key + D: Minimises windows and displays the desktop

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Windows 10 includes many shortcuts to help with typing and editing of documents, or reading and scrolling through webpages.

  • Ctrl + A: Selects all the text in a window or line
  • Ctrl + X: "Cuts" the text from a window or line to the clipboard
  • Ctrl + C: Copies the text from a window or line to the clipboard
  • Ctrl + V: Pastes the clipboard's contents at the cursor
  • Ctrl + F: Opens a search box to search for text
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo last command
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo last command
  • Shift + Arrow: Selects the contents in a particular direction. Selects one character at a time when pressing the left or right arrows
  • Ctrl + Shift + Arrow: Selects the contents in a particular direction. Selects one word at a time when pressing the left or right arrows
  • Shift + Home/End: Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of a line, selecting the text along the way
  • Shift + Page Up/Page Down: Moves the cursor up or down a screen, selecting text
  • Ctrl + Shift + Home / End: Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the screen, selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning or end of the Command Prompt's output
  • Ctrl + Up / Down: Moves one line up or down in the Command Prompt’s history
  • Ctrl + Page Up / Page Down: Moves one page up or down
  • Ctrl + F: Opens a Find dialogue when searching for specific text

Window Snapping shortcuts

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Windows 10 lets you snap open programs or windows side by side, to the edges of your screen.

  • Windows Key + Left arrow: Snap current window to the left of the screen
  • Windows Key + Right arrow: Snap current window to the right of the screen
  • Windows Key + Up arrow: Snap current window to the top the screen
  • Windows Key + Down arrow: Snap current window to the bottom of the screen

Virtual Desktop shortcuts

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If you have more than one program open at once, you can create virtual desktops, to keep your programs and tabs neatly organised.

  • Windows Key + Ctrl + D: Creates a new virtual desktop and switches to it
  • Windows Key + Ctrl + F4: Closes the current virtual desktop
  • Windows Key + Ctrl + Left/Right: Switches to the virtual desktop on the left or right

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