List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

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PC keyboard shortcuts can prove to be extremely beneficial to users who constantly work on computers. This is because they can save time in case a user needs to perform too many functions. 

In this article, we present a complete guide comprising of the whole list of all keyboard shortcuts that can prove to be very beneficial for Windows 10 users.

Following are the commonly used Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts for various purposes:

What are the best keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10?

Power menuHold Windows key + X key together and press it or right-click on the Start menu
Windows + TabThis changes the normal view to Windows 10 Task View
Windows + QTo use Cortana (voice assistant of Microsoft) to search the web and Windows
Windows + STo use Cortana (with the use of keyboard) to search the web and Windows
Windows + IHelps to open Windows 10 settings display window
Windows + AHelps to open Windows 10 notifications center
Windows + LLock the Windows 10 system
Windows + Ctrl + DHelps to open a new virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + F4Helps to close the current virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + [Left][Right]Helps to switch between virtual desktops
Windows + [Left][Right][Up][Down]It helps to position windows on the computer screen. If you use Windows key+ [Left] the current window moves to the left half of the screen. If you use Windows key+ [Up] later on, then it will position the current window in the upper left quarter of the computer screen.
Windows + HHelps to share content
Windows + KHelps in connecting to wireless displays devices and audio devices
Windows + XHelps to open the Start button menu
Windows key + GThis shortcut helps to begin App recording
Windows + DThis helps in displaying the Windows desktop only
Windows + EHelps to launch the File Explorer (also known as My Computer in older versions of Windows)
Windows + SpaceChanges keyboard language input (if there are more than one functional languages added)
Windows + Shift + [Left][Right]This helps in navigating from the current Window of one monitor to another (when multiple monitors are used)
Windows + [1][2][3][…]Helps to open the programs pinned to the taskbar
Windows + RHelps to open the Run dialog box to type and run a command
Windows + PHelps in projecting a screen
Alt + TabThis keyboard shortcut can help to toggle between multiple windows
Alt + SpaceThis keyboard shortcut can help in the following functions: Restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close current window. Also, this can be used for the Windows 10 apps.
Alt + F4Helps in closing the current window. You can also use this keyboard shortcut to open the Power dialogue to do the following functions: Shut down, restart or put the system to sleep mode or switch even change the current user.
CTRL + SHIFT + ESCHelps to launch open the Task Manager
Alt + underlined menuHelps to open the menu of a program. 

General Windows 10 keyboard shortcut keys:

Accesses help system in an applicationF1
Activates the menu barF10
Used for closing a programAlt + F4
This key closes the current window in Multiple Document interface based programsCTRL + F4
Used to access the right-click menu in the applicationShift + F10
Helps in launching the Start menuCtrl + ESC or Windows key
Used to Cut an objectCTRL + X
Used to CopyCTRL + C
Used to PasteCTRL + V
Used to DeleteDEL
Undo an actionCTRL + Z
To open the System PropertiesWindows key + Pause/Break
Used to bypass an auto-play when an external storage device is connectedHold down the SHIFT key while inserting a storage device

Desktop, My Computer, and File Explorer keyboard shortcuts:

Search for a file or folderCTRL + F or F3
To Rename an itemF2
To permanently Delete a folder or files SHIFT + DEL
To get to the Properties of a file or folderALT + ENTER or ALT + double-click
This keyboard shortcut is used to Copy a fileCTRL key while dragging file
Used to create a shortcutCTRL + SHIFT while dragging file
To Select All the contents from the desired locationCTRL + A
Used to Refresh the contents of a windowF5
To View the folder one level upBackspace key
This keyboard shortcut is used to Close the selected folder and its parent foldersSHIFT key while clicking the close button
Used to toggle between left and right panesF6

Windows keyboard shortcuts for File Explorer commands:

To toggle between left and right panesF6
This shortcut is used to expand all subfolders under the selected folderNUMLOCK + ASTERISK when using a numeric keyboard
This is used to expand the selected folderNUMLOCK + PLUS sign when using a numeric keyboard
This is used to collapse the selected folderNUMLOCK + MINUS sign when using a numeric keyboard
Used to expand current selection if it’s collapsed, otherwise used to select the first subfolderRight arrow
This shortcut helps in collapsing the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise, used to select the parent folderLeft arrow

Computer shortcut keys for Properties dialog commands:

Helps to move forward through optionsTab key
Helps to move backward through optionsSHIFT + Tab
Helps to move forward through tabsCTRL + Tab
Helps to move backward through tabsCTRL + SHIFT + TAB

Windows 10 hotkeys to open and save dialog commands:

To open the Save In option and the address barCTRL + O and F4
To Refresh the windows and a pageF5
Opens the one folder level up (if a folder is open)BACKSPACE

Windows 10 hotkeys for Command Prompt keyboard commands:

Shortcuts for Text Selection:

SHIFT + LEFT ARROWThis is to move the cursor to the left one character and then to extend the selection
SHIFT + RIGHT ARROWThis shortcut is to move the cursor to the right one character and then to extend the selection
SHIFT + UP ARROWThis shortcut is used to select the text up line by line starting from the insertion location
SHIFT + DOWN ARROWThis is used to select the text down one line, starting at the insertion location 
SHIFT + ENDWhen the cursor is in the current line that is being edited, the first time use of the keyboard shortcut extends the selection to the last character in the input line.The second consecutive use extends the selection to the right margin; or else selects text from the insertion point to the right margin.
SHIFT + HOMEWhen the cursor is in the current line being edited, the first time press extends the selection to the character immediately after the command prompt. The second time press extends the selection to the left margin; or else extends the selection to the left margin.
SHIFT + PAGE DOWNThis helps to extend the selection down one screen
SHIFT + PAGE UPThis shortcut helps to extend the selection up one screen
CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROWUsed to extend the selection one word to the right
CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROWUsed to extend the selection one word to the left
CTRL + SHIFT + HOMEThis shortcut can be used to extend the selection to the starting of the screen buffer
CTRL + SHIFT + ENDThis shortcut can be used to extend the selection to the end of the screen buffer
CTRL + AWhen the cursor is in the current line that is being edited (from the first typed char to last typed char) and the line is not empty, and any selection cursor is also within the line being edited, then it selects all text after the prompt (phase 1); or else selects the entire buffer (phase 2)

Shortcuts to edit commands:

Windows Key + VThis particular command is used to open the clipboard history 
CTRL + VThis command is used to paste the text into the command line
SHIFT + INSThis shortcut is used to paste the text into the command line
CTRL + CUsed to copy the selected text to the clipboard
CTRL + INSUsed to copy the selected text to the clipboard
CTRL + MThis keyboard shortcut can be used to enter “Mark Mode” to move the cursor within the window
ALTIf used simultaneously with the selection keys, then it will begin selection in block mode
ARROW KEYSUsed to move the cursor in the specified direction 
PAGE KEYSUsed to move the cursor by one page in the specified direction 
CTRL + HOMEUsed to move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer
CTRL + ENDUsed to move the cursor to end of the buffer

Shortcut to history navigation keys:

CTRL + UP ARROWTo proceed up one line in the output history
CTRL + DOWN ARROWTo pass down one line in the output history
CTRL + PAGE UPTo proceed up one page in the output history
CTRL + PAGE DOWNTo pass down one page in the output history

Shortcut to additional commands:

CTRL + FThis opens “Find” in the console window
ALT + F4This keyboard shortcut closes the console window

Keyboard shortcuts to run Commands:

The following keyboard shortcuts can help to access locations such as Control Panel items, File Explorer shell folders quickly using the run commands.

OpensPress Windows + R and type:
This opens Documents Folderdocuments
This opens Videos foldervideos
This opens Downloads Folderdownloads
This opens Favorites Folderfavorites
This opens Recent Folderrecent
This opens Pictures Folderpictures
Helps to add a new Devicedevicepairingwizard
Helps to add Windows dialogwinver
Helps to add Hardware Wizardhdwwiz
To access Advanced User Accountsnetplwiz
To access Advanced User Accountsazman.msc
Keyboard shortcut for Backup and Restoresdclt
For using Bluetooth File Transferfsquirt
For Calculatorcalc
Accessing Certificatescertmgr.msc
Changes Computer Performance Settingssystempropertiesperformance
To change Data Execution Prevention Settingssystempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
To change Data Execution Prevention Settingsprintui
For Character Mapcharmap
ClearType Tunercttune
For Color Managementcolorcpl
To open the Command Prompt windowcmd
For accessing Component Servicescomexp.msc
For accessing Component Servicesdcomcnfg
Computer Management keyboard shortcutscompmgmt.msc
Computer Management keyboard shortcutscompmgmtlauncher
To connect to a Projectordisplayswitch
To access the Control Panelcontrol
To create a Shared Folder Wizardshrpubw
To create a System Repair Discrecdisc
For Data Execution Preventionsystempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
To see the Date and Timetimedate.cpl
For Default Locationlocationnotifications
To get to the Device Managerdevmgmt.msc
Another shortcut to get to the Device Managerhdwwiz.cpl
For Device Pairing Wizarddevicepairingwizard
To open the Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizardmsdt
Digitizer Calibration Tooltabcal
DirectX Diagnostic Tooldxdiag
For Disk Cleanupcleanmgr
Shortcut for Disk Defragmenterdfrgui
Shortcut for Disk Managementdiskmgmt.msc
For Displaydpiscaling
For Display Color Calibrationdccw
Display Switch keyboard shortcutdisplayswitch
DPAPI Key Migration Wizard shortcutdpapimig
For Driver Verifier Managerverifier
To go to the Ease of Access Centerutilman
For EFS Wizardrekeywiz
For Event Viewereventvwr.msc
For Fax Cover Page Editorfxscover
For File Signature Verificationsigverif
For Font Viewerfontview
For Game Controllersjoy.cpl
For IExpress Wizardiexpress
For Internet Exploreriexplore
For Internet Optionsinetcpl.cpl
iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool commandiscsicpl
For Language Pack Installer commandlpksetup
Local Group Policy Editor keyboard shortcutgpedit.msc
Local Security Policy keyboard shortcutsecpol.msc
For Local Users and Groups commandlusrmgr.msc
To see Location Activitylocationnotifications
For Magnifiermagnify
For Malicious Software Removal Toolmrt
To Manage Your File Encryption Certificatesrekeywiz
For Microsoft Management Consolemmc
For Microsoft Support Diagnostic Toolmsdt
For Mousemain.cpl
NAP Client Configuration commandnapclcfg.msc
To access Narratornarrator
For seeing Network Connectionsncpa.cpl
For New Scan Wizard wiaacmgr
For Notepadnotepad
For ODBC Data Source Administratorodbcad32
For ODBC Driver Configurationodbcconf
On-Screen Keyboard shortcutosk
For Paintmspaint
For Pen and Touchtabletpc.cpl
For People Near Mecollab.cpl
To see Performance Monitorperfmon.msc
To see Performance Optionssystempropertiesperformance
For Phone and Modemtelephon.cpl
To open Phone Dialerdialer
For Power Optionspowercfg.cpl
To access Presentation Settingspresentationsettings
For Print Managementprintmanagement.msc
For Printer Migrationprintbrmui
For Printer User Interfaceprintui
For Private Character Editoreudcedit
For Problem Steps Recorderpsr
For Programs and Featuresappwiz.cpl
For Protected Content Migrationdpapimig
To see Region and Languageintl.cpl
For Registry Editorregedit
For Registry Editor 32regedt32
For Remote Access Phonebookrasphone
For Remote Desktop Connectionmstsc
For Resource Monitorresmon
For Resultant Set of Policyrsop.msc
For SAM Lock Toolsyskey
For Screen Resolutiondesk.cpl
For Securing the Windows Account Databasesyskey
To access Servicesservices.msc
To set Program Access and Computer Defaultscomputerdefaults
For Share Creation Wizardshrpubw
To access Shared Foldersfsmgmt.msc
For Signoutlogoff
For Snipping Toolsnippingtool
For Soundmmsys.cpl
For Sound recordersoundrecorder
To access SQL Server Client Network Utilitycliconfg
For Sticky Notesstikynot
To access Stored User Names and Passwordscredwiz
To access Sync Centermobsync
For System Configurationmsconfig
For System Configuration Editorsysedit
For System Informationmsinfo32
For System Propertiessysdm.cpl
For System Properties (Advanced Tab)systempropertiesadvanced
For System Properties (Computer Name Tab)systempropertiescomputername
For System Properties (Hardware Tab)systempropertieshardware
For System Properties (Remote Tab)systempropertiesremote
For System Properties (System Protection Tab)systempropertiesprotection
For System Restorerstrui
For Task Managertaskmgr
For Task Schedulertaskschd.msc
For Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Managementtpm.msc
For Turn Windows features on or offoptionalfeatures
For User Account Control Settingsuseraccountcontrolsettings
For Utility Managerutilman
For Volume Mixersndvol
For Windows Action Centerwscui.cpl
For Windows Activation Clientslui
For Windows Anytime Upgrade Resultswindowsanytimeupgraderesults
For Windows Disc Image Burning Toolisoburn
For Windows Explorerexplorer
For Windows Fax and Scanwfs
For Windows Firewallfirewall.cpl
For Windows Firewall with Advanced Securitywf.msc
For Windows Journaljournal
For Windows Media Playerwmplayer
For Windows Memory Diagnostic Schedulermdsched
For Windows Mobility Centermblctr
For Windows Picture Acquisition Wizardwiaacmgr
For Windows PowerShellpowershell
For Windows PowerShell ISEpowershell_ise
For Windows Remote Assistancemsra
For Windows Repair Discrecdisc
For Windows Script Hostwscript
For Windows Updatewuapp
For Windows Update Standalone Installerwusa
For Versione Windowswinver
For WMI Managementwmimgmt.msc
For WordPadwrite
For XPS Viewerxpsrchvw

Thus, we saw in this article how keyboard shortcuts can prove beneficial to users when the mouse or touchpad malfunctions or slows down. Keyboard shortcuts can also prove to be extremely useful from the point of convenience and act as a time saver too.

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