150 Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Rocket Your Productivity

Do you wish to boost your productivity and start doing more in less time? One of the tricks up the sleeves of power users is making use of the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts offered

Do you wish to boost your productivity and start doing more in less time? One of the tricks up the sleeves of power users is making use of the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts offered by the Windows 10.

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The fact is that switching to the mouse, time and again, for doing small tasks disturbs your work state and hence degrades the productivity. Moreover, pressing some keys when you’re already using the keyboard is faster than switching to the mouse and reaching back to the keyboard, especially when you can easily control Windown with only a keyboard.

In this post, we’re sharing a long list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. The shortcuts are neatly organized into categories and their links are provided for quick access. Don’t forget to try them out and share your experience.

  • General Keyboard Shortcuts
  • File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Windows Key Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Multi-tasking Keyboard Shortcuts
  • General Keyboard Shortcuts

    Let’s start with the general keyboard shortcuts that you’ll readily use everyday.

    Press the keys to perform the action Ctrl + X Cut the selection Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Ins Copy the selection Ctrl + V or Shift + Ins Paste the selection Ctrl + Z Undo the last action Alt + F4 Close or exit the active app F2 Rename the selected item F6 Cycle through the on-screen elements F10 Activate the Menu bar in the current app Alt + F8 Display your password on the login screen Alt + Esc Cycle through apps in their opening order Alt + *Underlined letter Perform the action for the underlined letter Alt + Enter Display the Properties for the selected item Alt + Spacebar Show the quick menu for the active window Alt + Navigate back Alt + Navigate forward Alt + Page Up Scroll up one screen Alt + Page Down Scroll down one screen Ctrl + F4 Close the active tab or document Ctrl + A Select all items or content in the window Ctrl + D or Del Delete the selected item into the Recycle Bin Ctrl + R or F5 Refresh the active window Ctrl + Y Redo the last undo-ed action Ctrl + Navigate the cursor to the beginning of the next word Ctrl + Navigate the cursor to the beginning of the previous word Ctrl + Navigate the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph Ctrl + Navigate the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Arrow keys Move a group or a tile in focus in either direction on the Start menu Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar Select multiple items in a window or on the desktop Ctrl + Shift + Any arrow key Select a block of text Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager Ctrl + Shift Switch between the available keyboard layouts Ctrl + Spacebar Turn on/off the Chinese input method editor Shift + F10 Display the context menu for the selected item Shift + Any arrow key Select text in the document or multiple items in a window or on the desktop Shift + Del Delete the selected item directly without first sending it to the Recycle Bin Open the menu to the right or open a submenu Open the menu to the left or close a submenu Esc Stop or abandon the current task

    * Underlined letters will look something like the following image:

    underlined leetters

    File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

    Below are the keyboard shortcuts to master the File Explorer and traverse around the Windows filesystem quickly than ever.

    Press the keys to perform the action Alt + D or F4 Select the address bar Ctrl + E or Ctrl + F or F3 Select the search box Ctrl + N Open a new window Ctrl + W Close the current window Ctrl + Mouse scroll Change the size and appearance of icons Ctrl + Shift + E Display all sub-folders of the parent folder Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder Num Lock + * Display all subfolders of the selected folder Num Lock + + Display all contents of the selected folder Num Lock + Collapse the selected folder Alt + P Display the preview panel Alt + Enter Open the Properties for the selected item Alt + Go to the next folder Alt + Go to the parent folder Alt + or Backspace Go to the previous folder Expand the selected folder (if it’s collapsed) or select its sub folder Collapse the selected folder (if it’s expanded) or select its parent folder End Scroll to the bottom of the current window Home Scroll to the top of the current window F11 Maximize or minimize the current window

    Windows Key keyboard shortcuts

    Here are the keyboard shortcuts starting with the Win (Windows) key that help you open numerous tools and achieve various tasks by pressing a few keys.

    Press the keys to perform the action Win or Ctrl + Esc Open or close the Start menu Win + A Open the Action center Win + B Focus the notification area Win + Shift + C Open Cortana in listening mode Win + D Show or hide the desktop Win + Alt + D Show or hide the Calendar quick action Win + E Open the File Explorer Win + F Open the Feedback Hub Win + G Open the Game bar when playing a game Win + H Open the Share charm Win + I Open the Settings app Win + J Set focus to a Windows tip if available Win + K Open the Connect quick action Win + L Lock your PC or switch user accounts Win + M Minimize all visible windows Win + O Lock the device orientation Win + P Select a presentation display mode Win + R Launch the Run tool Win + S Open search (aka Cortana) Win + T Cycle through apps shown on the taskbar Win + U Open the Ease of Access Center Win + V Cycle through available notifications Win + Shift + V Cycle through available notifications in reverse order Win + X Open the Quick Links menu Win + Z Show the commands present in a full-screen mode app Win + , Peek at the desktop temporarily Win + Pause Show the System Properties dialog box Win + Ctrl + F Search for computers on your network Win + Shift + M Restore or expand all minimized windows Win + Number Start or switch to the app pinned to the taskbar in the position equal to the number Win + Shift + Number Start the app (even if opened) pinned to the taskbar in the position equal to the number Win + Ctrl + Number Switch to the recent active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position equal to the number Win + Alt + Number Show the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position equal to the number Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number Start a new instance of the app (as an administrator) located on the taskbar in the position equal to the number Win + Maximize the active window Win + Minimize the active window Win + Maximize or place the active window to the left side of the screen Win + Maximize or place the active window to the right side of the screen Win + Home Minimize or restore all windows except the active application window Win + Shift + Stretch the active window vertically on the screen while maintaining width Win + Shift + Minimize or restore the active window vertically while maintaining the width Win + Shift + or Move the current window from one monitor to another (if connected) Win + Spacebar Change input language plus keyboard layout Win + Ctrl + Spacebar Switch to the previously chosen/set input Win + Enter Open the Narrator Win + / Start IME re-conversion Win + + Zoom in using the Magnifier Win + Zoom out using the Magnifier Win + Esc Exit the Magnifier

    Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts

    Find below the keyboard shortcuts for Command Prompt that help you increase your productivity while using the cmd tool in Windows.

    Press the keys to perform the action Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert Copy the selected text Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Paste the selected text Ctrl + M Enter the Mark mode Alt + Selection key Start selection in block mode Arrow keys Move the cursor in the specified direction Page up Scroll the cursor up by one page Page down Scroll the cursor down by one page Ctrl + Home Move the cursor to the start of the buffer (in Mark mode) Ctrl + End Move the cursor to the end of the buffer (in Mark mode) Ctrl + Scroll one line up in the output history Ctrl + Scroll one line down in the output history Ctrl + Home Move the command viewport to the top of the buffer (in History navigation) and delete all characters to the left of the cursor Ctrl + End Move the command viewport to the command line (in History navigation) and delete all characters to the right of the cursor

    Dialog Box keyboard shortcuts

    Below are some keyboard shortcuts useful for controlling and handling the dialog boxes using just the keyboard.

    Press the keys to perform the action F4 Show the items in the active list Ctrl + Tab Switch the tabs in forward direction Ctrl + Shift + Tab Switch the tabs in backward direction Ctrl + n (1-9) Switch to the nth tab directly Tab Move forward through options Shift + Tab Move backward through options Alt + *Underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter Spacebar Click or select an active button, or select or clear an active check box Backspace Go to the parent folder if it’s selected in the Open or Save As dialog box Arrow keys Select or move to a button from the list of active buttons

    Taskbar keyboard shortcuts

    Here are some keyboard shortcuts for opening apps and performing other actions on the Taskbar quickly than ever.

    Press the keys to perform the action Shift + Click a Taskbar button Open a new instance of an app quickly Ctrl + Shift + Click a Taskbar button Open an app (as an administrator) Shift + Right-click a taskbar button Show the window quick menu for the app Shift + Right-click a grouped taskbar button Show the window quick menu for the app group Ctrl + Rlick a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the concurrent opened windows of the app group

    Multi-tasking keyboard shortcuts

    Below are some keyboard shortcuts to multi-task faster and gain productivity while using Windows 10.

    Press the keys to perform the action Alt + Tab Switch between open apps Win + Tab Open the Task View Win + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop Win + Ctrl + Switch to the virtual desktop on the left Win + Ctrl + Switch to the virtual desktop on the right Win + Ctrl + F4 Close the active or current virtual desktop

    That was all about keyboard shortcuts for improving productivity and doing more in less time on Windows 10. Hope you find these helpful and don’t forget to practice them daily to become a power user.

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