Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Increase Your Productivity

There is a lot to learn in Windows 10

Apart from new Windows 10 Tutorials and finding out about the new components of the Windows 10 ecosystem, there’s one more thing we need to cover.

We need to talk about Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

From window management with Snap and Task View to virtual desktops and the Command Prompt, there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts to help you zip around in this new Operating System.

Without further ado, here are some Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

General Keyboard Shortcuts
ShortcutAction
Ctrl + CTo Copy the selected text, image, or other items
Ctrl + VTo Paste the copied text, image, or other items
Ctrl + XTo move/cut the selected text, image, or other items
Ctrl + ZTo perform the undo action
Alt + TabToggle between running apps
Windows Icon+ LTo lock your system
Windows Icon+ DTo display or hide the desktop
Alt + F4Close the current window of any application or folder
F2To rename the currently selected item
F3Perform a search in the File Explorer for a file or folder
F4Display the address bar list in File Explorer.
F5Perform a refresh in the active window
F10Activate the menu bar
Alt + F8Display your password on the sign-in screen
Alt + EnterFull-screen mode
Ctrl + F4Close the active document
Ctrl + ASelect all item in a folder or whole text in a document
Ctrl + DTo delete the selected item and transfer it into recycle bin
Ctrl + RTo refresh the currently active window
Ctrl + YTo redo an action
Ctrl + Right arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the next word
Ctrl + Left arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the next paragraph.
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the previous paragraph.
Ctrl + escOpen the Start Menu
Ctrl + Shift + escOpen the task manager
Shift + any arrow keySelect more than one item in a folder or on the desktop, or select text in a document.
Shift + DeletePermanently delete an item
Windows icon + PrtScnTake a screenshot of the whole screen
File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
ShortcutAction
Alt + DSelect the address bar (also works in browser)
Ctrl + ESelect the search box
Ctrl + FSelect the search bar
Ctrl + NOpen a duplicate window of the currently active window
Ctrl + WClose the current folder or explorer window
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelResize Folders or files icon
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the current folder on the left panel
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Num Lock + *Show the subfolders under the selected folder in the left panel
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel.
Alt + EnterOpen Properties of the selected folder, image or document
EndReach to the bottom of the current window
HomeReach to the top of the current window
F11Enter fullscreen mode
Virtual Desktops Keyboard Shortcuts
ShortcutAction
Windows Key + Ctrl + DSnap current window to the left side of the screen.
Windows Key + RightSnap current window on the right side of the screen.
Windows Key + UpSnap the current window to the top of the screen.
Windows Key + DownSnap current window to the bottom of the screen
Windows Key + TabOpen Task view
Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts

The Command Prompt in Windows 10 finally has CTRL+C and CTRL+V functionality.

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + V or Shift + InsertPaste the selected text
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + InsertCopies the selected text to the clipboard
Ctrl + ASelect all text in the current line if the line contains the text. If it’s an empty line, select all text in the Command Prompt
Shift + Left / Right / Up / DownMoves the cursor left a character, right a character, up a line, or down a line, selecting the text along the way. Continue pressing arrow keys to select more text
Ctrl + Shift + Left / RightMoves the cursor one word to the left or right, selecting that word along the way
Shift + Home / EndMoves the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line, selecting text along the way
Shift + Page Up / Page DownMoves the cursor up or down a screen, selecting text
Ctrl + Shift + Home / EndMoves the cursor to the beginning or end of the “screen buffer,” selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning or end of the Command Prompt’s output.
Window Snapping Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 offers improved support for Snap — known as “Aero Snap” on Windows 7. You can now snap windows vertically — one on top of each other, instead of side-by-side — or snap windows to a 2×2 grid.

ShortcutAction
Windows Key + LeftSnap current window to the left side of the screen.
Windows Key + RightSnap current window the right side of the screen.
Windows Key + UpSnap current window to the top of the screen.
Windows Key + DownSnap current window to the bottom of the screen

Combine these shortcuts to snap into a corner — for example, Windows Key + Left and then Windows Key + Up would snap a window into the top-left quadrant of the screen.

The first two keyboard shortcuts aren’t new, but the way they work with the 2×2 snapping feature is.

Windows Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts
ShortcutAction
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Shift + right-click a taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the app
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the group
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar buttonCycle through the windows of the group

That’s all we have for now but we’ll add more as soon as we know more.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts PDF

You can download a PDF version of all shortcuts from the below link.

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