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These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will update your OG Windows skills

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Windows 10 was a welcome return to the keyboard and improved keyboard functionality–and that means shortcuts. There’s actually quite a lot of new functionality to learn in Windows 10. With all of these exclusive features, such as the Cortana smart assistant, there are a bunch of new corresponding Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts. That means even if you’re a Windows veterans, you might be in unfamiliar territory when you boot up Windows 10 for the first time.

(For those looking to learn the ropes in Windows 10 first, you’ll want to learn the basics such as how to type symbols and how to copy and paste.)

Get caught up to speed quickly with our handy guide to some of the more important keyboard shortcuts you need to know in Windows 10.

New Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

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Windows 10 opened up a world of new keyboard shortcuts to better navigate and utilize the operating system’s interface and features. Below is a set of some of the new keyboard functions available for Windows 10 users. Be sure to hold down the Windows key (aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91) to the left of the spacebar before punching the appropriate letter or key.

Don’t feel bad about referring back to the chart as needed — memorization will come in time.

aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + QOpen Cortana for voice input
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + SOpen Cortana for text input
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + IOpen Windows settings pane
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + AOpen Windows 10 Action Center
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + XOpen Start button context menu
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + LeftSnap active window to left
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + RightSnap active window to right
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + UpSnap active window to top of screen
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + DownSnap active window to bottom of screen
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + DCreate a new virtual desktop
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + LeftCycle through desktops to the left
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + RightCycle through desktops to the right
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Ctrl + F4Close current desktop
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + TABAccess all desktops and apps in Task View
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + PrtScTake a screenshot and save it to Pictures folder
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + GOpen the Game DVR recorder
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Alt + GStart recording current activity on screen
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Alt + RStop recording

Command prompt shortcuts

The revised Windows 10 command prompt also has new shortcuts, making it easier to use.

Shift + LeftHighlight text to the left of cursor
Shift + RightHighlight text to the right of cursor
Ctrl + CCopy selected text to clipboard
Ctrl + VPaste text from clipboard into command prompt
Ctrl + ASelect all text after prompt

General Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

There are plenty of returning keyboard shortcuts to go along with all the new Windows 10 shortcuts. The following are some of the most basic, general, and sought-after keyboard shortcuts for general day-to-day use for Windows users.

Keyboard shortcutFunction
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91Display or Hide the Start screen
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen the Task Manager
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + MMinimize all windows
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Shift + MRestore minimized windows on the desktop
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + ROpen the Run dialogue box
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + F1Open Windows Help and Support
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Up arrowMaximize the desktop window
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + Down arrowMinimize the desktop window
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + plus (“+”) or minus (“-“)Zoom in or out using Magnifier
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + LLock your PC or switch accounts.
Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + EnterDisplay properties for the selected item
Alt + SpacebarOpen shortcut menu for active window
Control + XCut the selected item
Control + VPaste the selected item
Control + YRedo an action
Control + ZUndo an action
F1Display Help
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder
F4Display the address bar list in the File Explorer
F5Refresh the active window
F10Activate the menu bar in the active app
aa922834-ed43-40f1-8830-d5507badb56c_91 + DDisplay and hide desktop


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