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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

If you’re currently using Windows 10 as the main operating system within your business then it would be great if you could learn different shortcuts to improve your overall day to day productivity.

No need to panic as we’ve listened to you and have put together some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10.

Please note that the following keyboard shortcuts are also compatible on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Press this key 

To do this 

Ctrl + X 

Cut the selected item 

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) 

Copy the selected item 

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) 

Paste the selected item 

Ctrl + Z 

Undo an action 

Alt + Tab 

Switch between open apps 

Alt + F4 

Close the active item, or exit the active app 

Windows logo key  + L 

Lock your PC 

Windows logo key  + D 

Display and hide the desktop 

F2 

Rename the selected item 

F3 

Search for a file or folder in File Explorer 

F4 

Display the address bar list in File Explorer 

F5 

Refresh the active window 

F6 

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop 

F10 

Activate the Menu bar in the active app 

Alt + F8 

Show your password on the sign-in screen 

Alt + Esc 

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened 

Alt + underlined letter 

Perform the command for that letter 

Alt + Enter 

Display properties for the selected item 

Alt + Spacebar 

Open the shortcut menu for the active window 

Alt + Left arrow 

Go back 

Alt + Right arrow 

Go forward 

Alt + Page Up 

Move up one screen 

Alt + Page Down 

Move down one screen 

Ctrl + F4 

Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time) 

Ctrl + A 

Select all items in a document or window 

Ctrl + D (or Delete) 

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin 

Ctrl + R (or F5) 

Refresh the active window 

Ctrl + Y 

Redo an action 

Ctrl + Right arrow 

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word 

Ctrl + Left arrow 

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word 

Ctrl + Down arrow 

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph 

Ctrl + Up arrow 

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph 

Ctrl + Alt + Tab 

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps 

Alt + Shift + arrow keys 

When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified 

Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys 

When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder 

Ctrl + arrow keys 

Resize the Start menu when it's open 

Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar 

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop 

Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key 

Select a block of text 

Ctrl + Esc 

Open Start 

Ctrl + Shift + Esc 

Open Task Manager 

Ctrl + Shift 

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available 

Ctrl + Spacebar 

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off 

Shift + F10 

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item 

Shift with any arrow key 

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document 

Shift + Delete 

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first 

Right arrow 

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu 

Left arrow 

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu 

Esc 

Stop or leave the current task 

 

Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts

Press this key 

To do this 

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) 

Copy the selected text 

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) 

Paste the selected text 

Ctrl + M 

Enter Mark mode 

Alt + selection key 

Begin selection in block mode 

Arrow keys 

Move the cursor in the direction specified 

Page up 

Move the cursor by one page up 

Page down 

Move the cursor by one page down 

Ctrl + Home (Mark mode) 

Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer 

Ctrl + End (Mark mode) 

Move the cursor to the end of the buffer 

Ctrl + Up arrow 

Move up one line in the output history 

Ctrl + Down arrow 

Move down one line in the output history 

Ctrl + Home (History navigation) 

If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the top of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the left of the cursor in the command line. 

Ctrl + End (History navigation) 

If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the command line. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the right of the cursor in the command line. 

 

File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Press this key 

To do this 

Alt + D 

Select the address bar 

Ctrl + E 

Select the search box 

Ctrl + F 

Select the search box 

Ctrl + N 

Open a new window 

Ctrl + W 

Close the active window 

Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel 

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons 

Ctrl + Shift + E 

Display all folders above the selected folder 

Ctrl + Shift + N 

Create a new folder 

Num Lock + asterisk (*) 

Display all subfolders under the selected folder 

Num Lock + plus (+) 

Display the contents of the selected folder 

Num Lock + minus (-) 

Collapse the selected folder 

Alt + P 

Display the preview panel 

Alt + Enter 

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item 

Alt + Right arrow 

View the next folder 

Alt + Up arrow 

View the folder that the folder was in 

Alt + Left arrow 

View the previous folder 

Backspace 

View the previous folder 

Right arrow 

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

Left arrow 

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

End 

Display the bottom of the active window 

Home 

Display the top of the active window 

F11 

Maximize or minimize the active window 

 

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