43 Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

43 Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know
Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system developed and released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. Windows 10 has a bunch of new features that bring new keyboard shortcuts along with them. Here's a list of the best keyboard shortcuts to know to make your time with Windows 10 more efficient.

Shortcuts Description
Windows key   Windows key Open and close the Start menu.
Windows key   + 1,+2,etc Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar. For example, Windows key + 1 launches whichever application is first in the list, numbered from left to right.
Windows key   + A Open the action center.
Windows key   + B Highlight the notification area.
Windows key   + C Launch Cortana into listening mode. Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately.
Windows key   + D Switch between Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows) and the previous state.
Windows key   + E Switch to the desktop and launch File Explorer with the Quick Access tab displayed.
Windows key   + H Open the Share charm
Windows key   + I Open the Settings app.
Windows key   + K Open the Connect pane to connect to wireless displays and audio devices.
Windows key   + L Lock the device and go to the Lock screen.
Windows key   + M Switch to the desktop and Minimize all open windows.
Windows key   + O Lock device orientation.
Windows key   + P Open the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors.
Windows key   + R Display the Run dialog box.
Windows key   + S Launch Cortana. Users can begin to type a query immediately.
Windows key   + T Cycle through the apps on the Taskbar.
Windows key   + U Launch the Ease of Access Center.
Windows key   + V Cycle through Notifications
Windows key   + X Open the Advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen.
Windows key   + Z Open the App-specific command bar.
Windows key   + ENTER Launch Narrator.
Windows key   + SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows key   + TAB Open Task view.
Windows key   + , Peek at the desktop.
Windows key   + PLUS SIGN Zoom in.
Windows key   + MINUS SIGN Zoom out.
Windows key   + ESC Close Magnifier.
Windows key   + Left Arrow Dock the active window to the left half of the monitor.
Windows key   + Right Arrow Dock the active window to the right half of the monitor.
Windows key   + Up Arrow Maximize the active window vertically and horizontally.
Windows key   + Down Arrow Restore or minimize the active window.
Windows key   + Shift + Up Arrow Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows key   + Shift + Down Arrow Restore or minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows key   + Shift + Left Arrow With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
Windows key   + Shift + Right Arrow With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
Windows key   + HOME Minimize all nonactive windows; restore on second keystroke.
Windows key   + PRNT SCRN Take a picture of the screen and place it in the Computer>Pictures>Screenshots folder.
Windows key   + CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT Arrow Switch to the next or previous virtual desktop.
Windows key   + CTRL+D Create a new virtual desktop.
Windows key   + CTRL+F4 Close the current virtual desktop.
Windows key   + ? Launch the Windows Feedback App.