Virtually every release of a significant new version of Windows includes a bunch of new Windows shortcuts, and Windows 10 is no exception.
Windows 10 was released with dozens of them!
Some people like to use a mouse and avoid keyboards as much as possible, but the rest of us love the speed and efficiency achieved by replacing three, four, or more clicks with a keystroke.
A summary of Windows 10 shortcuts is enough.
If you like to save time by using a keyboard as much as I do, check out this extensive list of (mostly) brand new Windows 10 shortcuts:
- Windows + A opens the Action Center.
- Windows + B highlights the highlighted selection.
- Windows + C launch Cortana in listening mode so that Cortana accepts voice input immediately.
- Windows + D toggle Show Desktop and previous state.
- Windows + E launches File Explorer with the Quick Access tab in focus.
- Windows + H opens the Share icon on the right side of the screen.
- Windows + I open the Settings app.
- Windows + K opens the Connect pane to connect to wireless audio and display devices.
- Windows Key + L locks the device and displays the Lock screen.
- Windows + M minimizes all open windows.
- Windows + O lock the direction of the device.
- Windows + P Open the Project pane to search for and connect to external monitors and projectors.
- Windows + Q open Search.
- Windows + R displays a run dialog box.
- Windows + S launches Cortana in input mode, which means users can start typing queries right away.
- Windows + T runs through apps on the taskbar.
- Windows + U launches the Access Center.
- Windows + V will pass through all notifications.
- Windows + X opens the advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen (introduced in Windows 8.1).
- Windows + Z Open app-specific command bar.
- Windows + Enter launches Narrator.
- Windows + Spacebar switches between supported input languages and keyboard layouts.
- Windows + Tab open Task View.
- Windows +, to peek on the screen
- Windows ++ to enlarge.
- Windows + – to zoom out.
- Windows + Escape to close Magnifier.
- Windows + Left arrow to attach the active window to the left half of the screen displayed in it.
- Windows + Right arrow to attach the active window to the right half of the screen displayed in it.
- Windows Key + Down Arrow minimizes the active window or restores it.
- Windows + Up Arrow maximizes the active window.
- Windows + Shift + Left arrow moves the active window to the desktop on the left.
- Windows + Shift + Right arrow moves the active window to the desktop on the right.
- Windows + Shift + Down Arrow minimizes or restores the active window vertically while maintaining its current width.
- Windows + Shift + Up Arrow maximizes the active window vertically while maintaining its current width.
- Windows + Home minimizes or restores all inactive windows.
- Windows + Print Screen takes a picture in full screen and saves it to Pictures> Screenshots folder.
- Windows + Ctrl + Left arrow switches to the previous virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + Right arrow switches to the next virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + D creates a new virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + F4 closes the current virtual desktop.
- Windows +? launch the Windows Feedback application.
In addition to the new shortcuts listed above, Windows 10 also recognizes most of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts.