Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts by Mind Map: Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Virtual Desktops

1.1. ⊞ Win + Tab ↹

1.1.1. Open Task View

1.2. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + ←/→

1.2.1. Go to the previous/next virtual desktop

1.3. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + D

1.3.1. Create and go to a new virtual desktop

1.4. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + F4

1.4.1. Close the current virtual desktop

2. Manipulating Items (and text): General shortcuts

2.1. Ctrl + C OR Ctrl + Insert

2.1.1. Copy selected item(s)

2.2. Ctrl + V OR Shift + Insert

2.2.1. Paste contents of the clipboard

2.3. Ctrl + Z

2.3.1. Undo the last action

2.4. Ctrl + Y

2.4.1. Redo the last undid action

2.5. Ctrl + A

2.5.1. Select all items in a document or window

2.5.2. e.g. File Explorer

2.6. Ctrl + D OR Delete

2.6.1. Delete the selected item(s)

2.7. ⇧ Shift + Delete

2.7.1. Permanently delete the selected item(s) without moving it to the recycle bin first.

2.8. F2

2.8.1. Rename the selected item

2.9. ⇧ Shift + F10

2.9.1. Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

2.10. ⇧ Shift +

2.10.1. Arrow

2.10.1.1. Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop

2.10.2. Mouse click

2.10.2.1. Select a range of items

2.11. See a more complete guide (and PDF) of text-editing keyboard shortcuts

3. Specific Applications

3.1. Settings

3.1.1. ⊞ Win + I

3.1.1.1. Open Settings

3.1.2. ← Backspace

3.1.2.1. Go back to the settings home page

3.2. File Explorer

3.2.1. General

3.2.1.1. Alt + D

3.2.1.1.1. Select the address bar

3.2.1.2. Ctrl + E OR Ctrl + F

3.2.1.2.1. Select the search box

3.2.1.3. Alt + P

3.2.1.3.1. Display the preview pane

3.2.1.4. Ctrl + N

3.2.1.4.1. Open a new window

3.2.2. Navigating Folders

3.2.2.1. Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + E

3.2.2.1.1. Display all folders above the selected folder

3.2.2.2. Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + N

3.2.2.2.1. Create a new folder

3.2.2.3. Alt + ←/→

3.2.2.3.1. View the previous/next folder

3.2.2.3.2. Go back/forward in the address bar

3.2.2.4. Alt + ↑

3.2.2.4.1. View the folder that the folder was in (go up)

3.2.2.5. ← Backspace

3.2.2.5.1. View the previous folder

3.2.2.6. Home

3.2.2.6.1. Display the top of the active window

3.2.2.7. End

3.2.2.7.1. Display the bottom of the active window

3.2.3. Tree-view pane

3.2.3.1. →

3.2.3.1.1. Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

3.2.3.2. ←

3.2.3.2.1. Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in

3.2.3.3. Num Lock + Plus (+)

3.2.3.3.1. Display the contents of the selected folder

3.2.3.4. Num Lock + Minus (-)

3.2.3.4.1. Collapse the selected folder

3.2.3.5. Num Lock + Asterisk (*)

3.2.3.5.1. Display all subfolders under the selected folder

3.3. Dialogue box

3.3.1. F4

3.3.1.1. Display the items in the active list

3.3.2. Tab ↹

3.3.2.1. Move forward through options

3.3.3. ⇧ Shift + Tab ↹

3.3.3.1. Move back through options

3.3.4. Space

3.3.4.1. Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

3.3.5. ← Backspace

3.3.5.1. Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

3.3.6. Arrow Keys

3.3.6.1. Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

3.3.7. Tab Navigation

3.3.7.1. Ctrl + Tab ↹

3.3.7.1.1. Move forward through tabs

3.3.7.2. Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + Tab ↹

3.3.7.2.1. Move back through tabs

3.3.7.3. Ctrl + number 1-9

3.3.7.3.1. Move to nth tab

3.4. Command Prompt

3.4.1. Alt + selection key

3.4.1.1. Begin selection in block mode

3.4.2. Page up/down

3.4.2.1. Move the cursor by one page up/down

3.4.3. Ctrl + ↑/↓

3.4.3.1. Move up/down one line in the output history

3.4.4. Mark Mode

3.4.4.1. Ctrl + M

3.4.4.1.1. Enter Mark mode

3.4.4.2. Ctrl + Home/End

3.4.4.2.1. Move the cursor to the beginning/end of the buffer

3.4.5. History Navigation

3.4.5.1. Ctrl + Home

3.4.5.1.1. If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the top of the buffer.

3.4.5.1.2. Otherwise, deletes all characters to the left of the cursor in the command line

3.4.5.2. Ctrl + End

3.4.5.2.1. If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the command line

3.4.5.2.2. Otherwise, deletes all characters to the right of the cursor in the command line

4. General

4.1. Alt + ↵ Enter

4.1.1. Display properties for the selected item

4.2. Alt + ←/→

4.2.1. Go back/forward

4.3. Alt + Page up/down

4.3.1. Move up/down one screen

4.4. Ctrl + F4

4.4.1. Close the current document

4.5. F3

4.5.1. Search for a file or folder in File Explorer

4.5.2. Alternative to find (Ctrl + F) e.g. in web browser

4.6. F4

4.6.1. Display the address bar list in File Explorer

4.6.2. May also work in other applications such as your web browser

4.7. F5 OR Ctrl + R

4.7.1. Refresh the active window

4.7.2. E.g. web browser, File Explorer

4.8. F6

4.8.1. Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

4.9. ⎋ Esc

4.9.1. Stop or leave the current task

4.10. Ctrl + W

4.10.1. Close the current tab

4.11. Ctrl + Scroll Wheel

4.11.1. Zoom in/out or make items larger/smaller

4.12. Press the letter underlined in a menu item to perform the command or select the option associated with said letter

4.12.1. Use Alt or F10 to open menu or show underlined letters in an application

4.12.2. E.g. this can be used after pressing ⊞Win+X to quickly perform an action.

5. Multiple Monitors

5.1. ⊞ Win + P

5.1.1. Choose a display mode

5.1.1.1. PC screen only

5.1.1.2. Duplicate

5.1.1.3. Extend

5.1.1.4. Second screen only

5.1.2. Use ⇧ Shift in conjunction to cycle in reverse order

5.2. ⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + ←/→

5.2.1. Move a window from one monitor to the other

6. Using Windows Desktop Features

6.1. ⊞ Win OR Ctrl + ⎋ Esc

6.1.1. Open or hide the Start menu

6.2. ⊞ Win + A

6.2.1. Open the action centre

6.3. ⊞ Win + V

6.3.1. Cycle through notifications

6.3.2. Use ⇧ Shift in conjunction to cycle in reverse order

6.4. ⊞ Win + B

6.4.1. Set focus on the notification area

6.4.2. Use arrow and enter keys to navigate

6.5. ⊞ Win + Alt + D

6.5.1. Show or hide the date and time

6.6. ⊞ Win + , (comma)

6.6.1. Temporarily peek at the desktop

6.6.2. Until Windows key is released

6.7. ⊞ Win + F1

6.7.1. Open Windows Help and Support

6.8. ⊞ Win + L

6.8.1. Lock the PC

7. Ease of Access

7.1. ⊞ Win + U

7.1.1. Open Ease of Access in Settings

7.2. ⊞ Win + Plus (+)

7.2.1. Open magnifier

7.2.2. Zoom in by increment configurable in the settings

7.3. ⊞ Win + Minus (-)

7.3.1. Zoom out by increment configurable in the settings

7.4. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + Enter

7.4.1. Open Narrator

7.5. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + C

7.5.1. Switch to grayscale and back

7.5.2. Check out the Mozilla greyscale challenge—should you be using greyscale more often?

8. Additional Resources and Info

8.1. See the full, official list of Windows keyboard shortcuts at this link

8.2. Go to the Cryptic Butter post about navigating Windows 10 proficiently

8.2.1. Coming soon—23 Apr

8.3. Cryptic Butter

8.3.1. All Posts

8.3.2. Support me

8.3.3. Contact and find the butter on social media

8.4. Mindmap Help

8.4.1. (Use the arrow logos to the right of a branch to follow an attached link)

8.4.2. ←/→/↑/↓ represent the left/right/up/down arrow keys

8.4.3. ⊞ Win represents the Windows key

8.4.4. Hold each key in a shortcut, except for the final key which you can then press to trigger the action.

8.4.4.1. E.g. You can hold Alt and press Tab 3 times to switch the window 3 times

8.4.4.2. Holding the modifier keys might retain a menu like above.

9. Screen Capture

9.1. Print Screen

9.1.1. Capture entire screen and save to clipboard

9.2. ⊞ Win + Print Screen

9.2.1. Capture entire screen and save to \Pictures\Screenshots in user folder

9.3. Alt + Print Screen

9.3.1. Capture active window only and save to clipboard

10. Window Functions

10.1. F10 OR Alt

10.1.1. Activate the Menu bar in the active app

10.1.2. Press a letter underlined to access a specific menu or function

10.2. Alt + Space

10.2.1. Show the active window's shortcut menu

10.3. F11

10.3.1. Fullscreen or restore the active window (if available)

11. Administrative Functions

11.1. Ctrl + Alt + Delete

11.1.1. Shows the Windows Security screen when logged in

11.1.2. Can optionally be used to access log-in screen (tutorial at the link attached)

11.2. Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + ⎋ Esc

11.2.1. Open the Task Manager

11.3. ⊞ Win + R

11.3.1. Open the Run box

11.4. ⊞ Win + X

11.4.1. Open the Quick Link menu

12. Input

12.1. WIN + Space

12.1.1. Switch the input method and keyboard layout

12.1.2. Use ⇧ Shift in conjunction to cycle in reverse order OR

12.1.3. Use Ctrl to switch to previously selected input

12.2. Ctrl + ⇧ Shift

12.2.1. Switch the keyboard layout if available

12.3. Why should you use 2 keyboard layouts minimum? Find out about Colemak at this link

12.4. ⊞ Win + . OR ⊞ Win + ;

12.4.1. Open emoji panel

12.4.2. If not US, download and use Winaero tweaker to enable it

13. Managing the Windows on the Desktop

13.1. Windows Snap

13.1.1. ⊞ Win +

13.1.1.1. ←/→

13.1.1.1.1. Snap window to the left/right side of the screen

13.1.1.2. ↑

13.1.1.2.1. Maximise window or

13.1.1.2.2. Take out of minimised state

13.1.1.3. ↓

13.1.1.3.1. Minimise the window or

13.1.1.3.2. Restore from maximised state

13.1.1.4. Move the window around the desktop using Windows Snap

13.1.2. ⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + ↑

13.1.2.1. Stretch the window to the top and bottom edges of the screen

13.1.3. ⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + ↓

13.1.3.1. Restore/minimise window vertically, maintaining width

13.2. Minimising windows

13.2.1. ⊞ Win + D

13.2.1.1. Show the desktop or

13.2.1.2. Reshow the windows

13.2.2. ⊞ Win + M

13.2.2.1. Minimise all windows

13.2.2.2. Use ⇧ Shift to restore all minimised windows

13.2.3. ⊞ Win + Home

13.2.3.1. Minimise all unfocused windows

13.3. Alt + F4

13.3.1. Close the active window

13.3.2. When at desktop (⊞ Win+D) show the shutdown dialogue

13.4. Alt + Tab ↹

13.4.1. Switch between applications

13.4.2. Use ⇧ Shift in conjunction to cycle in reverse order AND/OR

13.4.3. Use Ctrl to keep the view open

13.4.3.1. Enter to select window

13.4.3.2. Arrow keys to navigate

13.5. Alt + ⎋ Esc

13.5.1. Cycle though windows in the order in which they were opened

13.6. ⊞ Win + Tab ↹

13.6.1. Open Task View

14. Access Applications/Tasks

14.1. Taskbar

14.1.1. Use number on number row to access pinned item/window

14.1.1.1. ⊞ Win + Number

14.1.1.1.1. Open an application on the taskbar

14.1.1.1.2. Use ⇧ Shift in conjunction to open a new window

14.1.1.2. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + Number

14.1.1.2.1. Switch to last active window of an application on the taskbar

14.1.1.3. ⊞ Win + Alt + Number

14.1.1.3.1. Open jump list of item in the taskbar

14.1.1.4. Ctrl + ⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + Number

14.1.1.4.1. Open application on taskbar as administrator

14.1.1.5. The number corresponds to the position of the taskbar item

14.1.2. Clicking taskbar items

14.1.2.1. ⇧ Shift + Click

14.1.2.1.1. Open another instance of an app

14.1.2.2. Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + Click

14.1.2.2.1. Open application as administrator

14.1.2.3. ⇧ Shift + Right-Click

14.1.2.3.1. Show the window menu for the app or group

14.1.2.4. Ctrl + Click

14.1.2.4.1. Cycle through the windows of a group

14.2. ⊞ Win + S

14.2.1. Open the search/Contana

14.3. ⊞ Win + T

14.3.1. Cycle through taskbar items

14.3.2. Use ⇧ Shift in conjunction to cycle in reverse order

14.4. ⊞ Win + E

14.4.1. Open File Explorer

14.5. ⊞ Win + I

14.5.1. Open Settings