Useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows to boost your productivity

Starting a Windows software which is kept well under several layer of Start menus is a tiresome task. Let's say, Windows Explorer. Thank to Windows shortcuts. I can start it pressing the "Windows key" and hitting the "E" key from the keyboard. Does it not save time? Yes, it saves time and boosts our performance. The number of shortcuts Microsoft offers to Windows 10 users that memorizing all of them is a huge task, but, hey don't be panicked, 'cause you won't need all of them. Take a glance of them and decide which ones you need most and start using them. You will be amazed how useful they are.

For convenience, I have tried to group these shortcuts by their working nature.

Windows key + Another key

Keyboard shortcuts Action
Windows Key Open/Close Start Menu
Windows Key + A Open "Action Center"
Windows Key + B Take you to the Task Bar icons (refer to Pic-1 at the end of this article)
 Windows Key + D Toggle display and hide the "Desktop"
Windows Key + E Opens "File Explorer"
Windows Key + G Opens "Game Bar" when a Game is open
Windows Key + H Opens "Share" sidebar (on the right side)
Windows Key + I Opens "Settings"
Windows Key + K Opens "Connect" sidebar (on the right side)
Windows Key + L Locks your PC
Windows Key + M Minimize all windows opened at the same time
Windows Key + R Opens the "Run" dialog box
Windows Key + S Opens "Search Windows" dialog box
Windows Key + U Open "Ease of Access Center"
Windows Key + X Open "Quick Link" menu
Windows key + Enter Open Narrator
Windows key + Home Minimize all but the active app window. Pressing same buttons combinations restores restores all windows
Windows key + Prt Scn Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder (Libraries > Pictures > Pictures > 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 + Alt +Tab View open apps
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps
Alt + Left arrow key Go back
Alt + Right arrow key Go forward
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen
Alt + Page down Move down one screen

Windows Key + Number

Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. For example, Calculator or Notepad will run when "Windows Key + 1" or "Windows Key + 2" are pressed.

Windows Snapping

Keyboard shortcuts Action
Windows Key + Left Arrow Key Snap app window left (this key combination will snap window on left, center and right side as you keep pressing)
Windows Key + Right Arrow Key Snap app window left
Windows Key + Up Arrow key Maximize App window
Windows Key + Down Arrow key Minimize (restore) App window

Virtual Desktop

Keyboard shortcuts Action
Windows Key + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Left / Right arrow Switch between virtual desktops
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 Close current virtual desktop

Some common keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts Action
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 directly to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + Esc Open the Start Menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Alt + F4 Close the active window

 

Pic-1: Task Bar icons. Use L/R arrow keys to navigate and press Enter key to select

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