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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts That Every User Should Know

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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft Windows 10 is one of the most widely used computer operating systems. Despite its advanced features, it has opened up the new keyboard shortcuts for better navigation and control. If you are a long-time worker on Windows 10 PC, then keyboard shortcuts will help you save time when performing tasks. In addition to this, it will also increase your productivity. Rather than relying on the mouse clicks, you can use the keyboard key combinations to access anything on Windows 10 PC. While you can use the mouse to navigate the screen, the interaction will be much faster when you use Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts. Memorizing all of the keyboard shortcuts will be little strenuous at first. Once you get through the keyboard shortcuts, nothing seems to be more comfortable. The most useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts that you must know are listed in the section below.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
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Related: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Common Prompt Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + X Cut the highlighted content
Ctrl + C/Ctrl + Insert Copy the highlighted content
Ctrl + V/Shit + Insert Paste the highlighted content
Shift + Left Highlight the text to the left of the cursor
Shift + RightHighlight the text to right of the cursor
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + M Enter Mark mode
Page Up Move the cursor by one page up
Page Down Move the cursor by one page down
Arrow keys Move the cursor in the direction of the arrow key
Alt + Selection key Begin selection in block mode
Ctrl + Home Move the cursor to the start of the buffer
Ctrl + EndMove the cursor to the end of the buffer
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the cursor to the start of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrowMove the cursor to start of next paragraph
Ctrl + Left arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of previous word
Ctrl + Right arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Alt + TabUse the arrow key to switch between all open apps
Ctrl + arrow keys Resize Start menu when it is open
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keysSelect a block of text
Ctrl + Esc Open Start
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout when there are multiple keyboard layouts are available

Functional Keyboard Shortcuts

F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for file or folder in File Explorer
F4Display address bar list in File Explorer
F5/Ctrl + RRefresh the active window
F6Cycle through screen elements in a window or on desktop
F10Activate the menu bar inactive app

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt + F8Show your password on the sign-in screen
Alt + EnterShow properties for the selected item
Alt + underlined letterPerform the command for that letter
Alt + Space barOpen the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Left arrowGo back
Alt + Right arrowGo forward
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
Alt + Page DownMove down one screen
Ctrl + ASelect the entire document or window

Windows Key Shortcuts

Windows log key Open or close Start
Windows log key + AOpen Action centre
Windows log key + BSet focus in the notification area
Windows log key + COpen Cortana in listening mode
Windows log key + Shift COpen charms menu
Windows log key + DDisplay and hide desktop
Windows log key + Alt+ DDisplay and hide date & time
Windows log key + EOpen File Explorer
Windows log key + FOpen Feedback Hub and take a screenshot
Windows log key + GOpen Game bar when a game is open
Windows log key + HStart dictation
Windows log key + IOpen Settings
Windows log key + LLock your PC or switch accounts
Windows log key + MMinimize all windows
Windows log key + ROpen Run dialog box
Windows log key + SOpen search
Windows log key + TabOpen Task view

Virtual Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows log key + TabOpen Task view
Windows log key + Ctrl + DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows log key + Ctrl + Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on the right
Windows log key + Ctrl + Left arrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on left
Windows log key + Ctrl + F4 Close the virtual desktop you are using

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl + number 1-9 Move to nth tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move back through tabs
Tab Move forward through options
Shift + TabMove back through options
Backspace Open a folder one level up if it is selected in Save As or open dialog box
Arrow keysChoose a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
SpacebarSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts

Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app or another instance of the app
Ctrl + Shift + click a task bar button Open an app as admin
Shift + right click a task bar button Show windos menu for an app
Shift + right click a group of taskbar button Show windows for the group
Ctrl + click a group of taskbar buttonCycle through the windows of the group

Related: Chromebook Keyboard Shorcuts

Settings Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows log keyOpen settings
BackspaceGo back to settings home page

To Conclude

Almost all of the Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts that are discussed in this article are the most useful ones. Till you memorize, you can refer to this article for the keyboard shortcuts and thereby improve the productivity.

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