Windows 10: essential keyboard shortcuts

Windows 10 brings many new features. There's Cortana integration, of course, but that's not the only improvement the system has made. In the package, we must also mention the Task View, the notification center and a new window management system. And precisely, if you want to boost your productivity, then here are the keyboard shortcuts to remember.

I prefer to say it right away, but this article is not fully exhaustive. In reality, the system offers dozens of different keyboard shortcuts and I'm obviously far from knowing all of them.

Windows 10 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 offers a lot of different keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity.

If you want to complete the list, it is entirely possible and you just have to leave a little comment after the article.

In addition, Microsoft has also posted a page dedicated to all these shortcuts. So, if this list is not enough for you, you can also follow this link to deepen your knowledge. Well, on the other hand, you might as well warn you right away, there is a hell of a lot of bread and you'd rather take your time because they are far from all easy to remember.

The main shortcuts

Here you will find the usual keyboard shortcuts. If there are any to remember, these are the ones and it's really not a joke.

  • Windows: to display the start menu.
  • Windows + L: to lock the PC.
  • Windows + D: to show or hide the desktop.
  • ALT + F4: to close the active application.
  • CTRL + C: to copy an element.
  • CTRL + X: to cut an element.
  • CTRL + V: to paste an element.
  • CTRL + Z: to cancel the last modification.
  • Windows + A: to open the action center.
  • Windows + S: to start the search.
  • Windows + C: to activate Cortana.
  • Windows + H: to open sharing options.
  • Windows + I: to launch the settings.
  • Windows + O: to lock the orientation of the device.
  • Windows + P: to choose a display mode.
  • Windows + R: to open the Run dialog box.

Function keys

They sit at the top of your keyboard but they are often overlooked and it's a shame because they can be very useful in some cases.

  • F2: to rename the selected element.
  • F3: to search for a file or a folder.
  • F4: to display the list of address bars.
  • F5: to refresh the active window.
  • F6: to browse the elements of a window or of the desktop.
  • F10: to activate the menu bar in the active application.

Window management

Everything is in the title. This is where you will find all the shortcuts related to managing application windows. It is better to master them because they can save you a lot of time every day:

  • Windows + left arrow: to pin a window to the left part of the screen.
  • Windows + right arrow: to pin a window to the right part of the screen.
  • Windows + up arrow: to pin a window to the top of the screen.
  • Windows + + down arrow: to pin a window to the lower part of the screen.
  • Windows + M: to minimize all windows.

The Task View

Windows 10 embeds a new virtual desktop system, with a view that instantly displays all open applications. It is very practical, especially when you master the associated keyboard shortcuts.

  • Windows + Tab: to open the Task View.
  • ALT + Tab: to switch between windows.
  • Windows + CTRL + D: to create a new desktop.
  • Windows + CTRL + F4: to close an existing desktop.
  • Windows + CTRL + left / right: to navigate between virtual desktops.

Casually, with that, you should have plenty to do.

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