Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows User.

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Why you need keyboard shortcuts ? Yes ! we need keyboard shortcut to improve our productivity faster output on screen.Keyboard shortcuts provide a quick way to navigate and operate the experience and features using a single press of one or multiple keys, which otherwise will take several clicks and more time to accomplish using the mouse.

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternate way to do something you’d typically do with a mouse. 

In this tutorial will instruct you all the most useful keyboard shortcuts to navigate and operate the desktop and apps in Windows 10 or other versions of Windows.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts
  1. Common and Popular Shortcuts
  2. File Explorer Shortcuts
  3. Desktop Shortcuts
Common And Popular Shortcuts

These are the essential keyboard shortcuts that every Windows user should know.

INPUTOUTPUT
Ctrl + ASelect all
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + InsertCopy selected content to clipboard
Ctrl + V or Shift + InsertPaste content from clipboard
Ctrl+ZUndo an action, including delete file
Ctrl+YRe-do an action
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder on file explorer, desktop
Alt + F4Close active windows
Ctrl + DDelete items to recycle bin
Shift + DeleteDelete selected items permanently
F2Rename selected item
ESCClose current activities
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
Windows key + IOpen settings app
Windows key + ETo Open file explorer
Windows key + AOpen action center
Windows key + DDisplay and hide the desktop
Windows key + LScreen lock
Windows key + VOpen clipboard bin
Windows key + Period (.) or semicolon (;)open emoji pannel
PrtScreenTake full screenshot of the display
Windows key + PrtScnCapture full screenshot in screenshot folder
Windows key + Shift + SCapture part of the screen with snip and sketch
Windows key + Left arrow keySnap app or windows left
Windows key + Right arrow keySnap app or windows right
File Explorer Shortcuts

Below shortcuts will help you to work with File Explorer more efficiently.

INPUTOUTPUT
Windows key + EOpen file explorer
Alt + DSelect address bar
Ctrl + NOpen a new window
Ctrl + E or NSelect search box
Ctrl + WClose active windows
Ctrl + F or F3Start search
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheelChange view file and folder
Ctrl + Shift + EExpands all folders from the tree in the navigation pane.
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate new folder in desktop or file explorer
Ctrl + LFocus on address bar
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8)Change the folder view
Alt + PDisplay preview panel
Alt + EnterOpen Properties settings for the selected item
Alt + Right arrow keyView next folder
Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace)View previous folder
Alt + Up arrowMove up a level in the folder path
F11Switch active window full screen mode
F5Refresh file explorer’s current view and instance
F2Rename selected items
F4Switch focus to address bar
F6Cycle through elements on the screen
HomeScroll to top of the window
EndScroll to bottom of the window
Desktop Shortcuts

These are the shortcuts to work with your desktop.

INPUTOUTPUT
Windows key (or Ctrl + Esc)Open start menu
Ctrl + Arrow keysChange Start menu size
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch keyboard layout
Alt + F4To Close active windows ,if not then shutdown windows will appear
Ctrl + F5 Refresh current windows
Ctrl + Alt + TabView open apps
Ctrl + Arrow keys (to select) + SpacebarSelect multiple items on desktop or File Explorer
Alt + Underlined letterRuns command for the underlined letter in app
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps while pressing Tab multiple times
Alt + Left arrow keyGo back
Alt + Right arrow keyGo forward
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
Alt + page downMove down one screen
Alt + EscCycle through open windows
Alt + SpacebarOpen context menu for the active window
Alt + F8Reveals typed password in Sign-in screen
Shift + Click app buttonOpen another instance of an app from the taskbar
Ctrl + Shift + Click app buttonRun app as administrator from the taskbar
Shift + Right-click app buttonShow window menu for the app from the taskbar
Ctrl + Click a grouped app buttonCycle through windows in the group from the taskbar
Shift + Right-click grouped app buttonShow window menu for the group from the taskbar
Ctrl + Left arrow keyMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Right arrow keyMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Up arrow keyMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrow keyMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keySelect block of text
Ctrl + SpacebarEnable or disable Chinese IME.
Shift + F10Open context menu for selected item
F10Enable app menu ba
Shift + Arrow keysSelect multiple items
Windows key + XOpen Quick Link menu
Windows key + Number (0-9)Open app in number position from the taskbar
Windows key + TCycle 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 + DDisplay and hide the desktop
Windows key + MMinimize all windows
Windows key + Shift + MRestore minimized windows on the desktop
Windows key + HomeMinimize or maximize all but the active desktop window
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow keyStretch desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Down arrow keyMaximize or minimize active desktop windows vertically while maintaining width
Windows key + Shift + Left arrow keyMove active window to monitor on the left
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow keyMove active window to monitor on the right
Windows key + Left arrow keySnap app or window left
Windows key + Right arrow keySnap app or window right
Windows key + S ( or Q)Open Search
Windows key + Alt + DOpen time and date in the taskbar
Windows key + TabOpen Task View
Windows key + Ctrl + DCreate a new virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close the active virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrowSwitch to the virtual desktop on the right
Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrowSwitch to the virtual desktop on the left
Windows key + POpen Project settings
Windows key + AOpen Action center
Windows key + IOpen Settings app
BackspaceReturn to Settings app home page

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