Windows 10 Very helpful Shortcut key combinations

There was a time when we used to think that windows key is just for open the start menu. But with time we get to know there are so many functionalities which we can activate with the help of this button. And when we talk about the latest version of Windows that is Windows 10 it extends too so far.
Working on Windows using key combinations is really useful, especially when working with two-handed writing. Just think that it is much faster to copy and paste using the keyboard instead of the mouse, which requires a lot of clicks.

In this article, we will see what the useful keyboard shortcuts have been added to Windows 10. Let’s take a look at some of those keyboard shortcuts.

Start & Search

WINDOWS key: Opens the Start menu in desktop mode, brings the Start Screen back to the foreground in Tablet mode;

WINDOWS + S key:  Opens the search bar (or Cortana) for text input;

WINDOWS + C key: opens Cortana in listening mode (if this mode is active and Cortana is active and available in your country);

WINDOWS key + CTRL + F: Search for computers in an Active Directory domain;

Virtual Desktops

WINDOWS + CTRL + D key: adds a virtual desktop;

WINDOWS + CTRL key + Left/Right Arrow: Navigate between virtual desktops created to the right (or left);

WINDOWS + CTRL + F4 button: closes the virtual desktop in use; if programs or apps are open on that desktop, they will be moved to the desktop immediately to the left;

WINDOWS key + TAB: Opens and leaves the activity display active.

Panels & Notifications

WINDOWS key + A: Opens the notification centre;

WINDOWS key + B: Moves the cursor to the system notification area (next to the clock) and allows you to navigate it via the keyboard;

WINDOWS key + CTRL + B: immediately opens the app for which the last notification was displayed;

WINDOWS + H key: opens the share bar;

WINDOWS + I key: Opens the Settings panel;

WINDOWS + K key: opens the connection bar to external monitor (connect panel);

WINDOWS key + R: opens the Run dialog box;

WINDOWS + V key: switches from one active notification to another; if the SHIFT key is pressed, reverse the navigation order.

File & Application Management

WINDOWS + E button: opens “File Explorer”;

WINDOWS + G key: opens the “game bar” when a compatible game or app is open; this bar allows you to capture screenshots or, on compatible devices, to record videos;

WINDOWS + X key: opens the context menu of the Start button;

WINDOWS + Z key: when a Universal app is running full screen, it shows the available commands;

WINDOWS key + T: Navigate through the icons on the system tray;

WINDOWS key + number: switches to the application (or opens a window) denotated by the number icon on the taskbar.

Windows management

WINDOWS + Up key: Enlarges the active window to full screen (maximum);

WINDOWS key + Down: demasize the whole window or, if it is already demassed, minimize it;

WINDOWS + Home key: minimize all windows except the active window;

WINDOWS + Right/Left button: resize and fix (snap) the active window on the right or left; if you first release the directional arrow and after a few seconds the WINDOWS button, you can choose a program or app from the active ones to snap on the side of window;

WINDOWS + Shift + Shift + Left/Right: Moves the active window from one monitor to another;

WINDOWS + key,  (comma): temporarily shows the current desktop and transparent edges of active windows;

WINDOWS +  key  : shows the desktop immediately reducing all active windows on the current desktop to the icon;

WINDOWS + M key:  minimizes all windows on all desktops;

WINDOWS + Shift + M key:  restores all minimized windows.

System & Access

WINDOWS + L key:  lock the device or change account;

WINDOWS + O key:  blocks the orientation of the device;

WINDOWS + Pause button:  shows the “System Properties” window;

WINDOWS + P key:  allows access to the presentation display mode (screen extension options)


WINDOWS + U key:  opens the Accessibility Center;

WINDOWS + Enter key:  opens the Voice Assistant;

WINDOWS + + (plus) or – (minus) key:  enlarge or reduce the display with the magnifying glass;

WINDOWS + Esc key:  closes the magnifying glass.

Did you find these Windows Shortcuts Helpful? If you know any other Windows key shortcut then please suggest us in our comment box. Your suggestions and feedbacks help our authors to help you in a much better way as much as possible.


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