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  • The Ultimate Guide to Windows 10Keyboard Shortcuts

    David NieldFiled to: WINDOWS 10 7/29/15 9:55am

    IfyouwanttogivetheimpressionthatyouvebeenusingWindows10foryears,learningafewkeyboardshortcutsisthebestwaytogoaboutityoucannavigatearoundtheinterface,getappsinposition,triggerevents,changesettingsandmorewithacoupleoftapsonyourkeyboard.Herearetheshortcutswevebeenfindingmostuseful.

    Window snapping

  • WindowsnappinghaschangedslightlyinWindows10andsohavetheshortcuts.Appwindowscanbesnappedtoeithersideofthescreen,asinWindows8,butyoucanalsoassignthemtoquadrantsandgetfourwindowsopenonscreensimultaneously.

    WindowsKey+Leftsnapactivewindowtotheleft.

    WindowsKey+Rightsnapactivewindowtotheright.

    WindowsKey+Upsnaptheactivewindowtothetop.

    WindowsKey+Downsnaptheactivewindowtothebottom.

    Bonus:Wheneveryousnapawindowtoasideoraquadrant,Windowswillautomaticallysuggestyoupickoneofyouropenappstofilltheremainingrealestateonyourdesktop.

    Virtual desktops

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  • OfficialsupportforvirtualdesktopsisoneofthemostexcitingnewadditionsinWindows10unlessyouvebeendevelopingathirdpartyutilitytodothesamejob!Itskindoflikehavingextrainvisiblemonitors.Eachdesktopcanhaveitsownsetofappsbutshortcutsandwallpaperareconsistentacrosstheboard.

    WindowsKey+Ctrl+Dcreateanewvirtualdesktop.

    WindowsKey+Ctrl+Leftscrollthroughyourdesktopstotheleft.

    WindowsKey+Ctrl+Rightscrollthroughyourdesktopstotheright.

    WindowsKey+Ctrl+F4closethecurrentdesktop.

    WindowsKey+Tabseeallyourdesktops(andopenapps!)viatheTaskViewpage.

    Cortana and settings

  • Asyoullknowbynow,Cortanahasarrivedonthedesktop.IfyoudontfeelentirelycomfortableshoutingoutheyCortana!acrossacrowdedroom,thentherearekeyboardshortcutsthatcanhelponceCortanaisactive,youcanchoicevoiceorkeyboardinput.

    WindowsKey+QopenupCortanareadyforvoiceinput.

    WindowsKey+SopenupCortanareadyfortypedinput.

    WindowsKey+IopenuptheWindows10settingspane.

    WindowsKey+AopenupWindows10notifications(ActionCenter).

    WindowsKey+XopentheStartbuttoncontextmenu(theonewitheasyaccesstoahostofcommoncomputermanagementfeaturesliketheCommandPromptbelow).

    Command prompt

  • ThenewWindows10commandpromptgetsnewkeyboardshortcutsaswell.Tousethem,rightclickonthecommandprompttitlebarandchooseProperties.OntheOptionstab,untickUselegacyconsoleandenableCtrlkeyshortcutsaswellasthetwotextselectionoptions.

    Shift+Lefthighlighttexttotheleftofthecursor.

    Shift+Righthighlighttexttotheleftofthecursor.

    Ctrl+Shift+Left(orRight)highlightblocksoftextinsteadofjustcharactersatatime.

    Ctrl+CcopyselectedtexttotheWindowsclipboard.

    Ctrl+VpastetextfromtheWindowsclipboardintocommandprompt.

    Ctrl+Aselectalltextaftertheprompt.

    Theseworkinothertextbasedapplicationsaswell,buttheyrenewtoCommandPrompt.

    Finding your way around

  • BesidesallthenewWindows10keyboardshortcuts,thereareplentyofoldclassicsthathavesurvivedsuccessiveversionsoftheoperatingsystemandarestillgoingstrong.Herearethecombinationsyouregoingtoneedtonavigatearoundtheinterface.

    WindowsKey+,temporarilyhideappstobrieflyshowthedesktop.

    WindowsKey+Dminimizeappstogostraighttothedesktop.

    Ctrl+Shift+Mrestoreallminimizedwindowstofullsize(usefulafteraWin+D)

    WindowsKey+Homeminimizeallwindowsexcepttheoneyoureactivelyusing

    WindowsKey+LlockyourPCandgotothelockscreen.

    WindowsKey+ElaunchFileExplorer(akaWindowsExplorer).

    Alt+UpgouponelevelinFileExplorer.

    Alt+LeftgotothepreviousfolderinFileExplorer.

    Alt+RightgotothenextfolderinFileExplorer.

    Alt+Tabswitchbetweenwindows.(HolddownAltwhiletappingTabtopickvisually).

  • Alt+F4closethecurrentwindow.

    WindowsKey+Shift+Left(orRight)moveawindowtoyournextmonitor.

    WindowsKey+Tcyclethroughtaskbaritems(hitEntertolaunch).

    WindowsKey+AnyNumberKeyopentheapppinnedtothetaskbarinthenumberedposition(e.g.Win+2launchestheappinyoursecondtaskbarslot)

    Going deeper into Windows

    UnlockpartsofWindowsyouneverknewexisted:Herearetheshortcutsyouneedifyouwanttogowaybeyondthesurfaceofthesoftwareintosettingsandoptionsthatwouldotherwisebedifficulttofind.Dontclickonanythingunlessyouknowwhatyouredoing.

    Ctrl+Shift+EscopentheWindows10TaskManager.

    WindowsKey+RopentheRundialogbox.

    Shift+DeletedeletefileswithoutsendingthemtotheRecycleBin.

    Alt+Entershowthepropertiesofthecurrentlyselectedfile.

    WindowsKey+UopentheEaseofAccessCenter.

    WindowsKey+Spaceswitchinputlanguageandkeyboard.

  • WindowsKey+Shift+AnyNumberKeylaunchanewinstanceoftheappinthenumberedtaskbarslot

    WindowsKey+Ctrl+Shift+AnyNumberKeysame,butlaunchtheappwithadminpowersenabled

    Pictures, video and display

    Asyouwouldexpect,Windows10isaveryvisualOSandtherearekeyboardshortcutstohelpyoucapturescreenshots,recordonscreenactivityandzoominandout.NotethattousetheGameDVRrecorderappyouregoingtoneedadecentgraphicssetupinstalled.

    WindowsKey+PrtScrtakeascreenshotsavedtoyourPicturesfolder.

    WindowsKey+GopentheGameDVRrecorder(ifsupportedbyyourgraphicscard).

    WindowsKey+Alt+Gstartrecordingactivityinthecurrentwindow.

    WindowsKey+Alt+RstoprecordingintheGameDVR.

    WindowsKey+Pswitchbetweendisplaymodes(withasecondarydisplayconnected).

    WindowsKey+pluszoominusingtheMagnifierutility.

  • WindowsKey+minuszoomoutusingtheMagnifierutility.

    Findevenmoreobscurekeyboardshortsatthislink.

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    Windows 10, Days Three andFour

    Yes, You Can Use Cortana inWindows 10 With Any OldMicrophone

    Eldritch David Nield7/29/15 10:25am

    Justaskingoutintothevoidhere,butdoesanyoneknowhowwellWin10handlesoldprograms?ImstillextremelyattachedtoWinAmpandAIMandwontupdateifIlllosethem...

    Turbolence88 Can't Think of a Clever Display Name Eldritch7/29/15 11:59am

    WinAMPforever!Itllkeepwhippingasstilthellamasgoextinct!

    Jim Bob Turbolence88 Can't Think of a Clever Display Name7/29/15 12:18pm

    WinAMPandWindows7!!

    planetarian Eldritch7/29/15 12:42pm

    ifitsaregularappthatitworkedin7/8,thereshouldbenoreasonitwouldbreakin10.Ihaventhadanyofmyappsbreak,atleast.

  • Aikage Eldritch7/29/15 1:19pm

    youhaveAIM?Liketheoldschoolamazingversion?Ithoughtitwouldntworkanymore

    Theodore Brosevelt David Nield7/29/15 10:11am

    Ifyouhaveamultimonitorsetup,howdoesvirtualdesktopworkinextendeddisplays?Doeseachvirtualdesktopchangebothdisplays,orcanitbechangedforasingledisplay?(Thinkingaboutusesforauxmonitorwhilegaming,withoutchangingtheprimarydisplay)

    planetarian Theodore Brosevelt7/29/15 12:40pm

    itchangesitonalldisplaysatonce.Ihadneverthoughtaboutitbefore,butisupposeitwouldbeniceifthatwereconfigurable.

    saymwah planetarian7/29/15 1:29pm

    Dexpotallowsseparatebackgroundsoneachdesktop.

    planetarian saymwah7/29/15 1:36pm

    werenottalkingaboutbackgroundsthoughwin10alreadyallowsseparatebackgroundsoneachdesktop(MyPCshaveanumberoftheminrotationrightnow).Weretalkingaboutdisplayspecificvirtualdesktops/workspaces,suchthatyoucanchangetoanotherworkspaceononedisplaywithoutitalsochangingonanother.Thatssomethingthatwindowsitselfdoesntsupportyet.

    Theodore Brosevelt planetarian7/29/15 2:14pm

  • Thanksfortheinfo.Yeah,Iusemysecondmonitorforkeepingopensystemmonitors/streams/TV/Steam/Origin/Ventrilo,etc.whileusingmyprimaryatfullscreen.WouldbeniceifIcouldturnthatsecondmonitorinto2or3sincetheresonlysomuchIcanfitona1920x1200.

    aec007 David Nield7/29/15 12:43pm

    Mustfighturgetobuyandinstallcheap554KTVasPCmonitor!!!!!

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    Whereisthischeap554KTV?

    aec007 TheDrNick7/30/15 12:59pm

    AmazonhadaSony554KTV/monitorfor$700theotherdayonPrimeDay.

    Ipaidmorethanthatformy24DellMonitorjusta5yearsago.

    RightnowImusingthisatwork:http://www.amazon.com/Samsung28Inc...

    Theyarefantastic.Youcannotseepixelsevenwithamagnifyingglass.

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    Jester6642 David Nield7/29/15 10:53am

  • Heresmylittletrick.IhaveaLogitechM705.Itsgotsomeextraupanddownbuttonsunderthethumb.IveusedXMouseButtonControltoreassigntheupanddowntoWIN+CTL+RightandWIN+CTL+Left.WhichmeansIcanswitchbetweenvirtualdesktopsusingonlymythumbonmymouse.

    Best.Boss.Button.Ever.

    Jim Bob David Nield7/29/15 12:17pm

    LetsgetthisWindows10weekoverASAP.AnyrealPCcomputeruserwillbeskippingthisversionandusingWindows7untilMicrosoftgivesinandbringsitbacklabeledasWindows14.

    hawkingdo David Nield7/29/15 6:25pm

    Greatreviewseries

    OT:Youguysneedtochangeyourtabicon.GizmodoReviewslooksthesameasGawkerinthetabs(forChromeatleast).