Useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 to boost your productivity

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Starting a Windows software which is kept well under several layer of Start menus is a tiresome task. Let’s say, Windows Explorer. Thank to Windows shortcuts. I can start it pressing the “Windows key” and hitting the “E” key from the keyboard.

Does it not save time? Yes, it saves time and boosts our performance. The number of shortcuts Microsoft offers to Windows 10 users that memorizing all of them is a huge task, but, hey don’t be panicked, ’cause you won’t need all of them.

Take a glance of them and decide which ones you need most and start using them. You will be amazed how useful they are.

For convenience, I have tried to group these shortcuts by their working nature.

Windows key + Another key

Keyboard shortcutsAction
Windows KeyOpen/Close Start Menu
Windows Key + AOpen “Action Center”
Windows Key + BTake you to the Task Bar icons (refer to Pic-1 at the end of this article)
 Windows Key + DToggle display and hide the “Desktop”
Windows Key + EOpens “File Explorer”
Windows Key + GOpens “Game Bar” when a Game is open
Windows Key + HOpens “Share” sidebar (on the right side)
Windows Key + IOpens “Settings”
Windows Key + KOpens “Connect” sidebar (on the right side)
Windows Key + LLocks your PC
Windows Key + MMinimize all windows opened at the same time
Windows Key + ROpens the “Run” dialog box
Windows Key + SOpens “Search Windows” dialog box
Windows Key + UOpen “Ease of Access Center”
Windows Key + XOpen “Quick Link” menu
Windows key + EnterOpen Narrator
Windows key + HomeMinimize all but the active app window. Pressing same buttons combinations restores restores all windows
Windows key + Prt ScnCapture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder (Libraries > Pictures > Pictures > Screenshots folder)
Windows key + Shift + Up arrowStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows key + TabOpen Task view
Windows key + “+” keyZoom in using the magnifier
Windows key + “-” keyZoom out using the magnifier
Ctrl + Alt +TabView open apps
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
Alt + Left arrow keyGo back
Alt + Right arrow keyGo forward
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
Alt + Page downMove down one screen

Windows Key + Number

Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. For example, Calculator or Notepad will run when “Windows Key + 1” or “Windows Key + 2” are pressed.

Windows Snapping

Keyboard shortcutsAction
Windows Key + Left Arrow KeySnap app window left (this key combination will snap window on left, center and right side as you keep pressing)
Windows Key + Right Arrow KeySnap app window left
Windows Key + Up Arrow keyMaximize App window
Windows Key + Down Arrow keyMinimize (restore) App window

Virtual Desktop

Keyboard shortcutsAction
Windows Key + Ctrl + DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Left / Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close current virtual desktop

Some common keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutsAction
Ctrl + CCopy selected items to clipboard
Ctrl + XCut selected items
Ctrl + VPaste content from clipboard
Ctrl + ASelect all content
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + DDelete the selected item and move it directly to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + EscOpen the Start Menu
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Alt + F4Close the active window

Pic-1: Task Bar icons. Use L/R arrow keys to navigate and press Enter key to select

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