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    Navigation Complete List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts and Run

    CommandsAndre DaCosta| August 24, 2015 in How-To

    Everyone loves a quick way to get things done in Windows. If a mouse tends to slow you down,

    then here is a comprehensive list of keyboard commands you can use to accomplish almost any

    task you would normally use a mouse for.

    Function Command

    Power menu press Windows key + X or right click Start

    Windows + Tab Launch Windows 10 Task View

    Windows + Q Search the web and Windows with Cortana (speech)

    Windows + S Search the web and Windows with Cortana (keyboard input)

    Windows + I Open Windows 10 settings

    Windows + A Open Windows 10 notifications

    Windows + L Lock your Windows 10 device

    Windows + Ctrl + D Create new virtual desktop

    Windows + Ctrl + F4 Close current virtual desktop

    Windows + Ctrl + [Left]

    [Right]

    Switch between virtual desktops

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    Windows + [Left]

    [Right][Up][Down]

    Position windows on your screenE.g. Windows + [Left]moves

    the current window to the left half of your screen. If you use

    Windows + [Up]afterwards, the current window will be

    placed in the upper left quarter of your screen.And, whats

    very handy in my opinion: If you release the Windowskey

    after positioning a window, Task View shows up on the

    opposite side of the positioned window to select andposition another app.

    Windows + H Share content (if supported by current app)

    Windows + K Connect to wireless displays and audio devices

    Windows + X Open Startbutton context menu

    Windows key + G Starts App recording

    Windows + D Show Windows desktop

    Windows + E OpenFile Explorer

    Windows + Space Switch keyboard input language (if you have added at least

    a second one)

    Windows + Shift +

    [Left][Right]

    Move current Window from one monitor to another (when

    using a multiple monitor setup)

    Windows + [1][2][3][] Open programs that are pinned to task barE.g. if first

    pinned program on your task bar is Windows Explorer (from

    left to right), the shortcut Windows + 1opens Windows

    Explorerfor you.

    Windows + R Run a command

    Windows + P Project a screen

    Alt + Tab Switch to previous window

    Alt + Space Restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close current

    window. Also works like a charm for Windows 10 modernapps.

    Alt + F4 a) Close current windowb) If youre on your Windows 10

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    desktop, open Power dialogue to shut down or restart

    Windows, put your device in sleep mode, sign out or switch

    the current user

    CTRL + SHIFT + ESC Open Task Manager

    Alt + underlined menu Open menu or program. Example, to open the Edit menu in

    WordPad, press Alt then press E on your keyboard. Repeat

    the same step for the menu you want to open.

    General Windows keyboard shortcuts

    Function Command

    Access help system in an application F1

    Activate menu bar F10

    Close a program Alt + F4

    Close current window in Multiple

    Document interface based programs

    CTRL + F4

    Access right click menu in application Shift + F10

    Launch Start menu Ctrl + ESC or Windows key

    Cut CTRL + X

    Copy CTRL + C

    Paste CTRL + V

    Delete DEL

    Undo CTRL + Z

    System Properties Windows key + Pause/Break

    Bypass auto-play when an external

    storage device is connected

    Hold down SHIFT key while inserting

    storage device.

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    Desktop, My Computer and File Explorer

    For selected items, you can use the following shortcuts:

    Function Command

    Search CTRL + F or F3

    Rename an item F2

    Delete an folder or files permanently SHIFT + DEL

    Access properties of a file or folder ALT + ENTER or ALT + double-click

    Copy a file CTRL key while dragging file

    Create a shortcut CTRL + SHIFT while dragging file

    Select All CTRL + A

    Refresh contents of window F5

    View the folder one level up Backspace key

    Close the selected folder and its parent

    folders

    SHIFT key while clicking the close button

    Switch between left and right panes F6

    File Explorer commands

    Function Command

    Switch between left and right panes F6

    Expand all subfolders under the selected

    folder

    NUMLOCK + ASTERISK when using a

    numeric keyboard

    Expand the selected folder NUMLOCK + PLUS sign when using a

    numeric keyboard

    Collapse the selected folder NUMLOCK + MINUS sign when using a

    numeric keyboard

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    Expand current selection if its collapsed,

    otherwise select first subfolder

    Right arrow

    Collapse current selection if its

    expanaded, otherwise select parent folder

    Left arrow

    Properties dialog commands

    Function Command

    Move forward throught options Tab key

    Move backward through options SHIFT + Tab

    Move forward through tabs CTRL + Tab

    Move backward through tabs CTRL + SHIFT + TAB

    Open and Save dialog commands

    Function Command

    Open the Save In and address bar CTRL + O and F4

    Refresh F5

    Open the folder one level up, if a folder is

    selected

    BACKSPACE

    Windows 10 Command Prompt keyboard commands

    Text Selection

    Function Command

    SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor to the left one character,

    extending the selection.

    SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor to the right one character,

    extending the selection.

    SHIFT + UP ARROW Selects text up line by