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The ultimate guide to Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

Turning multiple mouse clicks into a simple press of a key or two may not seem like a lot, but if you are an avid user of keyboard shortcuts you've likely noticed just how helpful they can be. Although memorizing which shortcuts do which functions can be a little daunting at first, it's important to remember not everyone needs to know every shortcut. Learning and using the ones that are most important to you is a great way to enhance your Windows 10experience.

Keyboard shortcutAction
Windows keyOpen or close Start Menu.
Windows key + AOpen Action center.
Windows key + COpen Cortana in listening mode.
Windows key + DDisplay and hide the desktop.
Windows key + EOpen File Explorer.
Windows key + GOpen Game bar when a game is open.
Windows key + HOpen the Share charm.
Windows key + IOpen Settings.
Windows key + KOpen the Connect quick action.
Windows key + LLock your PC or switch accounts.
Windows key + MMinimize all windows.
Windows key + ROpen Run dialog box.
Windows key + SOpen Search.
Windows key + UOpen Ease of Access Center.
Windows key + XOpen Quick Link menu.
Windows key + NumberOpen the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows key + Left arrow keySnap app windows left.
Windows key + Right arrow keySnap app windows right.
Windows key + Up arrow keyMaximize app windows.
Windows key + Down arrow keyMinimize app windows.
Windows key + CommaTemporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl +DAdd a virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close current virtual desktop.
Windows key + EnterOpen Narrator.
Windows key + HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).
Windows key + PrtScnCapture a screenshot and save in 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 + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager.
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps.
Alt + Left arrow keyGo back.
Alt + Right arrow keyGo foward.
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen.
Alt + Page downMove down one screen.
Ctrl + Alt +TabView open apps
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 to the Recycle Bin.
Ctrl + EscOpen the Start Menu.
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout.
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager.
Ctrl + F4Close the active window.