Shortcut Keys for Windows 10


This guide lists shortcut keys that you can use from the desktop in Windows 10.

Shortcut Description
Windows key Open and close the Startmenu.
Windows key +1, Windows key +2, etc. Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar. For example, Windows key +1 launches whichever application is first in the list, numbered from left to right.
Windows key +A Open the action center.
Windows key +B Highlight the notification area.
Windows key +C Launch Cortana into listening mode.[1] Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately
Windows key +D Switch betweenShow Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows) and the previous state.
Windows key +E Switch to the desktop and launch FileExplorer with the Quick Access tab displayed.
Windows key +H Open the Share charm.
Windows key +I Open the Settingsapp.
Windows key +K Open the Connect pane to connect to wireless displays and audio devices.
Windows key +L Lock the device and go to the Lock screen.
Windows key +M Switch to the desktop and minimize all open windows.
Windows key +O Lock device orientation.
Windows key +P Open the Projectpane to search and connect to external displays and projectors.
Windows key +R Displaythe Run dialog box.
 Windows key+S Launch Cortana.[2] Users can begin to type a query immediately.
Windows key +T Cycle through the apps on the taskbar.
Windows key +U Launch the Ease of Access Center.
Windows key +V Cycle through notifications.
Windows key +X Open the advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen.
Windows key +Z Open the app-specific command bar.
Windows key +ENTER Launch Narrator.
Windows key +SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows key +TAB Open Task view.
Windows key +, Peek at the desktop.
Windows key +Plus Sign Zoom in.
Windows key +Minus Sign Zoom out.
Windows key +ESCAPE Close Magnifier.
Windows key +LEFT ARROW Dock the active window to the left half of the monitor.
Windows key +RIGHT ARROW Dock the active window to the right half of the monitor.
Windows key +UP ARROW Maximize the active windowvertically and horizontally.
Windows key +DOWN ARROW Restore or minimize the active window.
Windows key +SHIFT+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows key +SHIFT+
DOWN ARROW
Restore or minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows key +SHIFT+LEFT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
Windows key +SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
Windows key +HOME Minimize all nonactive windows; restore on second keystroke.
Windows key +PRNT SCRN Take a picture of the screen and place it in the Computer>Pictures>Screenshots folder.
Windows key+CTRL+

LEFT/RIGHT arrow

Switch to the next or previous virtual desktop.
Windows key +CTRL+D Create a new virtual desktop.
Windows key +CTRL+F4 Close the current virtual desktop.
Windows key +? Launch the Windows Feedback App.

[1] If Cortana is unavailable or disabled, this shortcut has no function.

[2]Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana is unavailable or disabled, this command opens Search.

Be sure to view the Microsoft Windows Shortcut Keys and Windows 7 Shortcut Keys for more time saving tips when using your Windows Operating System.