Windows 10 was made to work with touchscreens, but these keyboard shortcuts help us PC users to work better and faster. These shortcuts start with the control-paste we are familiar with and moves to the shortcuts for the more technologically advanced.
The Basic Shortcuts
Ctrl + A: Select all text in a document, or all items in a folder;
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy the selected or highlighted item(s) such as text, images, files or folders;
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste the selected or highlighted item(s) such as text, images, files or folders;
Ctrl + X: Cuts the selected or highlighted item(s)
Ctrl + Z: Undo the previous action;
Ctrl + Y: Redo the previous action.;
Ctrl + N: When File Explorer is your current window, open a new File Explorer window with the same folder path as the current window. In most popular browsers, it will open a new window.
Windows key + F1: Opens your default browser with “how to get help in Windows 10” Bing search;
Alt + F4: Closes the current document, program, app or window (make sure you save first!);
Alt + Tab: Switches between open documents, apps, programs or windows.
Shift + Delete: Delete selected item permanently (this skips the Recycle Bin, meaning you can’t get this file back, use with caution!);
Start Menu and Taskbar Shortcuts
Windows key or Ctrl + Esc: Open Start menu;
Windows key + X: Open the secret Start menu, (the same as if you right clicked the windows start menu button);
Windows key + T: Cycle through the documents, files, programs and apps (including pinned apps) on the taskbar;
Windows key + [Number]: Opens the app pinned in the [number] position on the taskbar. For example, if you have a file pinned in the first position on the taskbar and you click Windows key + 1, the file will open;
Windows key + Alt + [Number]: Opens the right-click menu for the file, document, program or app pinned in the [number] position on the taskbar;
Windows key + D: Show or hide desktop (Windows key + , will display the desktop briefly);
The Windows Desktop
These shortcuts control how individual windows act on your desktop, such as viewing multiple files or minimising the files/documents.
Windows key + M: Minimise; all open windows;
Windows key + Shift + M: Restore minimised windows;
Windows key + Home: Minimises all windows except the selected or currently active window;
Windows key + Up arrow: Maximises the selected window;
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow: Maximises the active window vertically while maintaining its width;
Windows key + Down arrow: Minimise selected window;
Windows key + Left arrow or Right arrow: Snap selected window to the left or right half of the screen. (If the window is already there, Windows key + Up or Down will snap it into a quadrant.) You can also do this easily by dragging your document with your mouse to the left or right edge of the screen;
The Windows key
These keyboard shortcuts use the Windows logo key to perform various tasks.
Windows key + A: Open the Action Center – the notification area you can click on (looks like a square speech bubble) in the bottom right corner of your screen;
Windows key + S/Windows key + Q: Open Cortana in text mode, so you can type in the search bar;
Windows key + C: Open Cortana in listening mode (similar to saying “Hey, Cortana”);
Windows key + E: Open File Explorer, allowing you to see folders;
Windows key + F: Open the Windows 10 Feedback Hub, allowing you to send feeback to Microsoft;
Windows key + Ctrl + F: Search for PCs on your network;
Windows key + G: Opens the Microsoft/Xbox Game bar;
Windows key + I: Open the Settings menu.
Windows key + K: Open the Connect sidebar (for connecting to screens, new Bluetooth devices or Miracast);
Windows key + L: Lock your computer;
Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation;
Windows key + P: Open presentation or projection sidebar;
Windows key + R: Open the Run window, to quickly run programs or Windows settings such as services;
Windows key + U: Open Ease of Access center, allowing you to change display options and other settings for accessibility;
Windows key + W: open the Windows Ink Workspace for scribbling on tablets or touchscreen laptops;
Windows key + Print Screen: Takes a screenshot of the entire desktop and saves it to the Screenshots folder in the Pictures folder;
Windows key + (+) or (-): Zoom in and out with magnifier;
Windows key + Esc: Exit magnifier.
You can use these keyboard shortcuts inside the Windows 10 Command Prompt – it’s not recommended to use the Command Prompt unless you know what you are doing.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy selected text to the clipboard;
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste copied text inside the Command Prompt;
Ctrl + A: Select all text on current line. (If the current line doesn’t have text, all the text inside the Command Prompt will be selected);
Ctrl + Up or Down: Move screen one line up or down;
Ctrl + F: Search Command Prompt via Find window;
Ctrl + M: Enter Mark mode (allows you to select text with mouse). Once Mark mode is enabled, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor around;
Shift + Up or Down: Move cursor up or down one line and select text;
Shift + Left or Right: Move cursor left or right one character and select text;
Ctrl + Shift + Left or Right: Move cursor left or right one word and select text;
Shift + Page Up or Page Down: Move cursor up or down one screen and select text;
Shift + Home or End: Move cursor to beginning or end of current line and select text;
Ctrl + Shift + Home/End: Move cursor to beginning or end of screen buffer and select text and beginning or end of Command Prompt’s output.