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 10 experience.
|Windows key||Open or close Start Menu.|
|Windows key + A||Open Action center.|
|Windows key + C||Open Cortana in listening mode.|
|Windows key + D||Display and hide the desktop.|
|Windows key + E||Open File Explorer.|
|Windows key + G||Open Game bar when a game is open.|
|Windows key + H||Open the Share charm.|
|Windows key + I||Open Settings.|
|Windows key + K||Open the Connect quick action.|
|Windows key + L||Lock your PC or switch accounts.|
|Windows key + M||Minimize all windows.|
|Windows key + R||Open Run dialog box.|
|Windows key + S||Open Search.|
|Windows key + U||Open Ease of Access Center.|
|Windows key + X||Open Quick Link menu.|
|Windows key + Number||Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.|
|Windows key + Left arrow key||Snap app windows left.|
|Windows key + Right arrow key||Snap app windows right.|
|Windows key + Up arrow key||Maximize app windows.|
|Windows key + Down arrow key||Minimize app windows.|
|Windows key + Comma||Temporarily peek at the desktop.|
|Windows key + Ctrl +D||Add a virtual desktop.|
|Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrow||Switch between virtual desktops.|
|Windows key + Ctrl + F4||Close current virtual desktop.|
|Windows key + Enter||Open Narrator.|
|Windows key + Home||Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).|
|Windows key + PrtScn||Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.|
|Windows key + Shift + Up arrow||Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.|
|Windows key + Tab||Open Task view.|
|Windows key + "+" key||Zoom in using the magnifier.|
|Windows key + "-" key||Zoom out using the magnifier.|
|Ctrl + Shift + Esc||Open Task Manager.|
|Alt + Tab||Switch between open apps.|
|Alt + Left arrow key||Go back.|
|Alt + Right arrow key||Go foward.|
|Alt + Page Up||Move up one screen.|
|Alt + Page down||Move down one screen.|
|Ctrl + Alt +Tab||View open apps|
|Ctrl + C||Copy selected items to clipboard.|
|Ctrl + X||Cut selected items.|
|Ctrl + V||Paste content from clipboard.|
|Ctrl + A||Select all content.|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo an action.|
|Ctrl + Y||Redo an action.|
|Ctrl + D||Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.|
|Ctrl + Esc||Open the Start Menu.|
|Ctrl + Shift||Switch the keyboard layout.|
|Ctrl + Shift + Esc||Open Task Manager.|
|Ctrl + F4||Close the active window.|
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