Windows 10: list of keyboard shortcuts to go incredibly faster

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With Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts, you can save yourself a succession of clicks to perform specific actions. Some are less well known than others, but when they are mastered, these shortcuts allow you to go much faster. 

The new shortcuts in Windows 10

  • Windows key + A: open the notification center.
  • Windows key + S: Launch Cortana in input mode.
  • Windows key + C: Launch Cortana in listening mode (for voice commands).
  • Windows key + I: go directly to Settings.
  • Windows key + P : Project menu (screen).
  • Windows key + K: Connect menu (Miracast type connection)
  • Windows key + Tab : open an overview of all desktops (active and virtual) + an overview of open windows.
  • Windows key + Space : change the keyboard input language
  • Windows key + Ctrl + D: create a new virtual office.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4 : close the active desktop.
  • Windows Key + Ctrl + Left / Right Direction: switch between virtual desktops.

Classic shortcuts

  • Windows key : open the start menu.
  • Windows key + D : display the desktop directly (press again to return to the previous window).
  • Windows key + E : launch the file explorer.
  • Windows key + H : open sharing options.
  • Windows key + K : Open the quick action Connect
  • Windows key + L : go directly to the lock screen / Change user.
  • Windows key + M : minimize all windows to the taskbar.
  • Windows key + R : open the Run tool.
  • Windows key + T : browse the applications on the taskbar.
  • Windows key + U : open the ergonomics options.
  • Windows key + X : open the context menu of the start button.
  • Windows key + 1/2/3/4 etc. : open an application pinned to the taskbar according to its position.
  • Windows Key + Left / Right Direction : minimize the active window to the left / right half of the screen.
  • Windows key + Up directional arrow : maximize the active window.
  • Windows key + Down directional arrow : minimize the active window.
  • Windows key + comma : temporarily display the desktop (returns to the previous window once the Windows key is released).
  • Windows key + Enter : open the narrator.
  • Windows key + Home : Minimizes all open windows to the taskbar, except the active one.
  • Windows key + “+/-“ : zoom in and out the screen.

Other useful shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Alt + directional keys: change the orientation of the screen.
  • Windows key + R, type “cmd” then Ctrl + Shift + Enter : open command prompt as administrator.
  • Windows key + X : access to the quick menu. Then, type the underlined letters at the level of each menu to open it. Eg: d and a to stop the system.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc : open the task manager.
  • Ctrl + Maj (Shift) + N : create a new folder (on the desktop or in the file explorer).
  • Alt + Tab : navigate between open applications.
  • Ctrl + Alt +Tab : overview of all open applications (multitasking).
  • Alt + Direction Up (in file explorer) : mount to parent folder.
  • Alt + Left Direction (in file explorer) : return to previously opened files.
  • Ctrl + C : To copy.
  • Ctrl + X : To cut.
  • Ctrl + V : To stick on.
  • Ctrl + A : select all.
  • Ctrl + Z  : cancel the action.
  • Ctrl + Y  : repeat the action.
  • Ctrl + W ou Alt + F4: close the active window.
  • Ctrl + L : select the address bar.
  • May + Supr : delete the item permanently (without going through the recycle bin).
  • Ctrl + S : save / save as.

Browser shortcuts

  • Ctrl + T : open a new tab.
  • Ctrl + N : open a new window.
  • Ctrl + Tab : quickly switch from one tab to another.
  • Ctrl + Shift + T : reopen the last closed window.
  • Ctrl + Maj (Shift) + N : open a window in private browsing (Chrome and Opera).
  • Ctrl + Maj (Shift) + P : open a window in private browsing (Edge and Firefox).
  • Ctrl + H : access the browsing history.
  • Ctrl + F : search on the page.
  • Ctrl + D : mark the page as a favorite.
  • Ctrl + “+/-“ : Zoom in / out.
  • Ctrl + 0 : return to normal display.
  • Ctrl + W : close the active tab.
  • Ctrl + click on a link : open the link in a new tab.
  • Shift + click on a link : open the link in a new window.
  • Read also: Chrome, Safari, Edge: keyboard shortcuts to surf faster and smarter

Do you know of others that are not listed? Do not hesitate to add them in comments;). And to go a little further, find out here how to create your own keyboard shortcuts.





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