Tips & Tricks

Windows Shortcuts Keys you must know

In this article I am going to tell you Windows Shortcuts Keys

Windows key Shortcuts:

  1. Win + F1 [Open Windows Help and support]
  2. Win [Display or hide the Start screen]
  3. Win + B [Set focus in the notification area]
  4. Win + C [Open Charms]
  5. Win + D [Display and hide the desktop]
  6. Win + E [Open File Explorer]
  7. Win + F [Open the Search charm and search for files]
  8. Win + H [Open the Share charm]
  9. Win + I [Open the Settings charm]
  10. Win + K [Open the Devices charm]
  11. Win + L [Lock your PC or switch people]
  12. Win + M [Minimize all windows]
  13. Win + O [Lock device orientation]
  14. Win + P [Choose a presentation display mode]
  15. Win + Q [Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)]
  16. Win + R [Open the Run dialog box]
  17. Win + SPACEBAR [Switch input language and keyboard layout]
  18. Win + CTRL + SPACEBAR [Change to a previously selected input]
  19. Win + ENTER [Open Narrator]
  20. Win + SHIFT + . [Cycle through open apps]
  21. Win + . [Cycle through open apps]
  22. Win + / [Initiate IME reconversion]
  23. Win + ALT + ENTER [Open WindowsMedia Center]
  24. Win + +/- [Zoom in or out using Magnifier]
  25. Win + ESC [Exit Magnifier]
  26. Win + S [Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web]
  27. Win + T [Cycle through apps on the taskbar]
  28. Win + U [Open Ease of Access Center]
  29. Win + V [Cycle through notifications]
  30. Win + SHIFT + V [Cycle through notifications in reverse order]
  31. Win + W [Open the Search charm and search for settings]
  32. Win + X [Open the Quick Link menu]
  33. Win + Z [Show the commands available in the app]
  34. Win + [Temporarily peek at the desktop]
  35. Win + PAUSE [Display the System Properties dialog box]
  36. Win + CTRL + F [Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)]
  37. Win + SHIFT + M [Restore minimized windows on the desktop]
  38. Win + (NUMBER 1-9) [Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, it switches to that app.]
  39. Win + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9) [Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number]
  40. Win + CTRL + (NUMBER 1-9) [Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number]
  41. Win + ALT + (NUMBER 1-9) [Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number]
  42. Win + CTRL + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9) [Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator]
  43. Win + TAB [Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)]
  44. Win + CTRL + TAB [Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)]
  45. Win + SHIFT + TAB [Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order]
  46. Win + CTRL + B [Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area]
  47. Win + UP ARROW [Maximize the window]
  48. Win + DOWN ARROW [Remove the current app from the screen or minimize the desktop window]
  49. Win + LEFT ARROW [Maximize the app or desktop window to the LEFT side of the screen]
  50. Win + RIGHT ARROW [Maximize the app or desktop window to the RIGHT side of the screen]
  51. Win + HOME [Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on the second stroke)]
  52. Win + SHIFT + UP ARROW [Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen]
  53. Win + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW [Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width]
  54. Win + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW [Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another]
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Dialog box Shortcuts

  1. F1 [Display Help]
  2. F4 [Display the items in the active list]
  3. CTRL + TAB [Move forward through tabs]
  4. CTRL + SHIFT + TAB [Move back through tabs]
  5. CTRL + (NUMBER 1-9) [Move to nth tab]
  6. TAB [Move forward through options]
  7. SHIFT + TAB [Move back through options]
  8. ALT + Underlined Letter in menus and dialog box options [Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter]
  9. SPACEBAR [Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box]
  10. BACKSPACE [Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box]
  11. ARROW keys [Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons]

File explorer Shortcuts

  1. ALT + D [Select the address bar]
  2. CTRL + E [Select the search box]
  3. CTRL + F [Select the search box]
  4. CTRL + N [Open a new window]
  5. CTRL + W [Close the current window]
  6. CTRL + mouse scroll wheel [Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons]
  7. CTRL + SHIFT + E [Display all folders above the selected folder]
  8. CTRL + SHIFT + N [Create a new folder]
  9. NUM LOCK + * [Display all subfolders under the selected folder]
  10. NUM LOCK + + [Display the contents of the selected folder]
  11. NUM LOCK + – [Collapse the selected folder]
  12. ALT + P [Display the preview pane]
  13. ALT + ENTER [Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item]
  14. ALT + RIGHT ARROW [View the next folder]
  15. ALT + UP ARROW [View the folder that the folder was in]
  16. ALT + LEFT ARROW [View the previous folder]
  17. BACKSPACE [View the previous folder]
  18. RIGHT ARROW [Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder]
  19. LEFT ARROW [Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in]
  20. END [Display the bottom of the active window]
  21. HOME [Display the top of the active window]
  22. F11 [Maximize or minimize the active window]

Taskbar Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. SHIFT + Click a Taskbar Button [Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app]
  2. CTRL + SHIFT + Click a Taskbar Button [Open an app as an administrator]
  3. SHIFT + Right-click a Taskbar Button [Show the window menu for the app]
  4. SHIFT + Right-click a Grouped Taskbar Button [Show the window menu for the groUP]
  5. CTRL + Click a Grouped Taskbar Button [Cycle through the windows of the groUP]
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Ease of access Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. Hold RIGHT SHIFT for eight seconds [Turn Filter Keys on and off]
  2. LEFT ALT + LEFT SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN [Turn High Contrast on or off]
  3. LEFT ALT + LEFT SHIFT + NUM LOCK [Turn Mouse Keys on or off]
  4. Press SHIFT five times [Turn Sticky Keys on or off]
  5. Press NUM LOCK for five seconds [Turn Toggle Keys on or off]
  6. Win + U [Open the Ease of Access Center]

Magnifier Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. Win + + [Zoom in]
  2. Win + – [Zoom out]
  3. CTRL + ALT + SPACEBAR [Preview the desktop in full-screen mode]
  4. CTRL + ALT + D [Switch to docked mode]
  5. CTRL + ALT + F [Switch to full-screen mode]
  6. CTRL + ALT + I [Invert colors]
  7. CTRL + ALT + L [Switch to lens mode]
  8. CTRL + ALT + R [Resize the lens]
  9. CTRL + ALT + ARROW keys [Pan in the direction of the ARROW keys]
  10. Win + ESC [Exit Magnifier]
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Narrator Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. SPACEBAR or ENTER [Activate current item]
  2. TAB + ARROW Keys [Move around on the screen]
  3. CTRL [Stop reading]
  4. CAPS LOCK + D [Read item]
  5. CAPS LOCK + M [Start reading]
  6. CAPS LOCK + H [Read document]
  7. CAPS LOCK + V [Repeat phrase]
  8. CAPS LOCK + W [Read window]
  9. CAPSLOCK + PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN [Increase or decrease the volume of the voice]
  10. CAPS LOCK + +/- [Increase or decrease the speed of the voice]
  11. CAPS LOCK + SPACEBAR [Do default action]
  12. CAPS LOCK + LEFT or RIGHT ARROW [Move to previous/next item]
  13. CAPS LOCK + F2 [Show commands for current item]
  14. Caps + ESC [Exit Narrator]

Remote desktop connection Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. ALT + PAGE UP [Move between apps, left to right]
  2. ALT + PAGE DOWN [Move between apps, right to left]
  3. ALT + INSERT [Cycle through apps in the order that they were started]
  4. ALT + HOME [Display the Start screen]
  5. CTRL + ALT + BREAK [Switch between a window and full screen]
  6. CTRL + ALT + END [Display the Windows Security dialog box]
  7. CTRL + ALT + HOME [In full-screen mode, activate the connection bar]
  8. ALT + DELETE [Display the system menu]
  9. CTRL + ALT + – [Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (similar to ALT + PRINT SCREEN on a local PC)]
  10. CTRL + ALT + + [Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (similar to Print Screen on a local PC)]
  11. CTRL + ALT + RIGHT ARROW [TAB out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.]
  12. CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW [TABout of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.]

Help viewer Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. F3 [Move the cursor to the search box]
  2. F10 [Display the Options menu]
  3. HOME [Move to the beginning of a topic]
  4. END [Move to the end of a topic]
  5. ALT + LEFT ARROW [Move back to the previously viewed topic]
  6. ALT + RIGHT ARROW [Move to the next (previously viewed) topic]
  7. ALT + HOME [Display the Help and support home page]
  8. ALT + A [Display the customer support page]
  9. ALT + C [Display the TABle of Contents]
  10. ALT + N [Display the Connection Settings menu]
  11. CTRL + F [Search the current topic]
  12. CTRL + P [Print a topic]

App rearranging Shortcuts: Windows Shortcuts Keys

  1. Win + . [Enter Rearrange mode and select apps or dividers across monitors]
  2. Win + LEFT ARROW [Move app divider left]
  3. Win + RIGHT ARROW [Move app divider right]
  4. Win + UP ARROW [Maximize app]
  5. Win + DOWN ARROW [Close app]
  6. Win + ESC [Exit Rearrange mode]
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General Shortcuts

  1. F1 [Display Help]
  2. F2 [Rename the selected item]
  3. F3 [Search for a file or folder]
  4. F4 [Display the address bar list in File Explorer]
  5. F5 [Refresh the active window]
  6. F6 [Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop]
  7. F10 [Activate the Menu bar in the active app]
  8. ALT + F4 [Close the active item, or exit the active app]
  9. ALT + ESC [Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened]
  10. ALT + Underlined Letter in menus and dialog box options [Perform the command for that letter]
  11. ALT + ENTER [Display properties for the selected item]
  12. ALT + SPACEBAR [Open the shortcut menu for the active window]
  13. ALT + LEFT ARROW [Back]
  14. ALT + RIGHT ARROW [Forward]
  15. ALT + PAGE UP [Move up one screen]
  16. ALT + PAGE DOWN [Move down one screen]
  17. ALT + TAB [Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)]
  18. CTRL + F4 [Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)]
  19. CTRL + A [Select all items in a document or window]
  20. CTRL + C or CTRL + INSERT [Copy the selected item]
  21. CTRL + D / DELETE [DELETE the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin]
  22. CTRL + R or F5 [Refresh the active window]
  23. CTRL + V or SHIFT + INSERT [Paste the selected item]
  24. CTRL + X [Cut the selected item]
  25. CTRL + Y [Redo an action]
  26. CTRL + Z [Undo an action]
  27. CTRL + + or CTRL + – [Zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen]
  28. CTRL + mouse scroll wheel [Change the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen]
  29. CTRL + RIGHT ARROW [Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word]
  30. CTRL + LEFT ARROW [Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word]
  31. CTRL + DOWN ARROW [Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph]
  32. CTRL + UP ARROW [Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph]
  33. CTRL + ALT + TAB [Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps]
  34. CTRL + ARROW + SPACEBAR [Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop]
  35. CTRL + SHIFT + ARROW [Select a block of text]
  36. CTRL + ESC [Open the Start screen]
  37. CTRL + SHIFT + ESC [Open Task Manager]
  38. CTRL + SHIFT [Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available]
  39. CTRL + SPACEBAR [Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off]
  40. SHIFT + F10 [Display the shortcut menu for the selected item]
  41. SHIFT + ARROW [Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document]
  42. SHIFT + DELETE [Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first]

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