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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternate way to do something you’d typically do with a mouse.

Here are several common keyboard shortcuts:

  • Copy: Ctrl + C

Copies the text or image. It leaves the original


  • Cut: Ctrl + X

  • Cuts the text or image. It deletes the original

  • Paste: Ctrl + V

After using Cut or Copy this pastes whatever was copied or cut into a new document or folder.


  • Maximize Window: F11 or Windows logo key  + Up Arrow

This maximizes the window


  • Task View: Windows logo key  + Tab

This displays the Task view


  • Switch between open apps: Windows logo key  + D

This allows you to switch between all open apps

  • Shutdown options: Windows logo key  + X

This shows your shut down options along with Device Manager, Network Options, Disk Management, Computer Management, Task manager etc.


  • Lock your PC: Windows logo key  + L

This option locks your PC


Depending on your hardware, you may use Windows logo key  + PrtScn to take a screenshot, or use Fn Windows logo key  + Space Bar.

Tip: When using a web browser such as Google Chrome, to increase the size of the page hold down the CTRL key and press the + key. Keep pressing to make the page bigger. To make the page smaller hold down CTRL and press the – key.

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.


Rename the selected item.


Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.


Display the address bar list in File Explorer.


Refresh the active window.


Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.


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.


Stop or leave the current task.


Take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard.


  • You can change this shortcut so it also opens  screen snipping, which lets you edit your screenshot. Select Start  Settings Ease of Access Keyboard, and turn on the toggle under Print Screen shortcut.

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