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Best Keyboard Shortcuts for Window 10

Usually, we require a mouse or any other pointing device to perform a task on PC/laptop. A combination of two or more than two keys which adds as Keyboard shortcut can also be used for performing a function. These keyboard shortcuts help us in saving time and efforts. Microsoft adds some new and useful keyboard shortcuts to every version of Windows. Here, I am sharing some most commonly used favourites Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts are very useful in managing tasks on your Windows 10 quickly. Like by using keyboard shortcuts you can quickly switch to different virtual desktops, take screenshots, open apps, share web pages, record a game video and a lot more with the right shortcuts.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts:

Every Windows keyword has a Windows logo on it and is placed between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left of the space bar.  We use this button to open and close the start menu. But when press it with some other keys, it works speculate. Below are the category wise Window 10 keyboard shortcuts that you can use to save your time and energy.

Cortana and Desktop shortcuts in Windows 10:

  •  The Windows key + A: When Windows Key is pressed with the combination of “A”, it will open the Action Center menu at the right side of the screen where all of your notifications will be labelled, and you can access commonly used settings such as Bluetooth, Location, Wi-Fi, Brightness, etc.
  • Windows key + I: To modify computer’s settings, use this combination of keys to open the Settings app (in previous versions of Windows known as Control Panel).
  • Windows key + C: To perform a quick search using your voice, press Windows key + C and Cortana will open. Here you can also use test search if voice search is disabled or turned off.
  • Windows key + S; If you are required to find a file, an app installed on your computer or want a search on the Web, use this combination.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Task View and Virtual Desktop:

Windows 10 is fulfilled with hundreds of useful features, and it gives you the ability to create multiple virtual desktops. This feature of Windows 10 allows us group related applications for more well-organized multitasking. For example, we can open all work-related apps on the first desktop like browser for personal browsing and personal apps on the second desktop and so on. Open apps can be easily moved from one desktop to another. Below are the few keyboard shortcuts that are going to help you in task view and virtual desktop.

  • Windows key + Ctrl + D: You can press the Window key + Ctrl + D to create a new virtual desktop. In the new virtual desktop, new sets of applications and programs can be opened.
  • The Windows key + Ctrl + Left: This combination is used to switch to the next virtual desktop on the left.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Right: To switch to the next virtual desktop on the right, use this combination.
  •  The Windows key + Tab: This keyboard shortcut opens Task View that shows all the currently running programs on a desktop.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4: This removes a virtual desktop without stopping the apps running within that desktop. Application of the removed desktop shifted to the next virtual desktop.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Command Prompt:

Many functions such as copying, moving and deleting files and folders can be performed in The Command Prompt (or command line terminal or DOS prompt). In Windows 10, there are some new shortcuts. You need to follow the below steps if you want to enable these keyboard shortcuts.

  1. Right-click on the title bar in Command Prompt window and select Properties.
  2. Disable, use Legacy Console on the Options tab.
  3. Under Text Selection, enable “Enable Line Wrapping Selection” and “Extended Text Selection” Keys.

Although these shortcuts are especially for text editors and word processors, they are new to the Command Prompt.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Left: For highlighting a text block to the left of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Right: For highlighting a text block to the right of the cursor.
  • Shift + Left: To highlight one character to the left of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + A: To highlight all text in the Command Prompt window.
  • Ctrl + C: To copy the highlighted text to the Clipboard, use this combination.
  • Shift + Right: To highlight one character to the right of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + V: This Combination can be used to paste the Clipboard contents to the Command Prompt.

Some Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows:

You may know the keyboard shortcuts to copy, paste and select all in Window But there are many more shortcuts for that you can use in any Window to make your tasks easier than ever.

  • F2: Select a file you want to rename and then press the F2 function key.
  • F3: To search a file in File Explorer, press F3. In a browser window, when this is pressed, the find in Page function activates.
  • F4: This key is used to show the Address Bar in File Explorer.
  • F5: To refresh of re-load the content of the open File Explorer window. In a browser, this key is used to reload the current web page.
  • F6: Use to go through the different interface elements of the active window. When this is pressed for first time, Display information button is highlighted, then the Address Bar and so on. Press Enter key to execute the highlighted button, if more than one items are highlighted, use arrow keys to navigate.
  • F10: To activate the shortcut functionality in File Explorer, use this key. When F10 is pressed, an overlie appears showing letters or numbers on top of menus and buttons. To execute the corresponding command or open the dialogue menu, press the corresponding letter or number.
  • Ctrl + C: This combination is the standard Copy shortcut. Select the text, objects, files etc. you want to copy and press Ctrl + C and selected items will be copied to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + X: It is the standard shortcut for the Cut command. This command is used just like Copy command. The only difference is when the cut item is posted somewhere, it is removed from its original location.
  • Shift + Delete: To delete a file permanently, by-passing the Recycle Bin.
  • Ctrl + V: To paste Clipboard content into the current window.
  • Ctrl + Z: This combination is called as Undo shortcut and use to reverse a previous action.
  • Alt + Tab: Used to switch to the next open app.
  • Alt + F4: To close a running app or program.
  • Windows Key + L: To Lock the computer screen.
  • Windows Key + D: To minimize all running programs and shows the Desktop.
  • The Windows Key + E: To launch File Explorer, which is used to locate and manage files saved in your computer.
  • Windows Key + G: Opens the Game Bar and you can take a screenshot or record a video while playing a game.
  • Windows Key + H: This combo is used to open the Share charm of side Popup to share quickly via email, social media or other apps capable of file sharing.
  • The Windows Key + K: This shortcut opens the Connect Quick menu to quickly connect to a wireless display or audio device.
  • Windows Key + M: To minimize all open windows.
  • Windows Key + Shift + M: Restores all minimized windows.
  • The Windows Key + P: This shortcut is used to toggle a presentation display mode when multiple screens are in use. You can choose to show the display on the main screen only, duplicate the display on the second screen, use the second display as an extension or use only the second display attached to the computer.
  • Windows Key + R: This shortcut Opens the Run dialogue box. Here you can execute the commands, open files and launch any program.
  • Windows Key + T: You can use this shortcut launch the apps pinned on Taskbar, press Enter when the app you want to launch is highlighted.
  • The Windows Key + U: This combo Opens the Ease of Access Center window for configuring accessibility features.
  • Windows Key + X: Used to open the Quick Link menu to access tools such as Control Panel, Command Prompt, File Explorer, Settings etc.
  • Windows Key + Pause: This combination of keys opens the System Properties window, which contains technical information about your computer.
  • The Windows Key + PrtScr: Takes a screenshot of the display and saves it to the directory Computer > Pictures > Screenshots.
  • Windows Key + Arrow key (up/down/left/right): This combo snaps the current window to the edge of the screen, depending which cursor key you press. On one screen, up to four windows can fit. For example, to snap a window to the lower left corner, press Windows Key + Left, then press Windows Key + Left.
  • Windows Key + , (comma): This shortcut is used to hide the opens apps and windows, temporarily and shows the Desktop. When released, the apps and windows return to their position.

These are some keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you can use in your daily routine. They can save your hours once after learning them. Do share your thoughts about keyboard shortcuts with us.

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