The keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that perform the same task as that of a mouse or other pointing peripheral, facilitating interaction with your computer and saving time and effort when working with Windows.
Keyboard shortcuts are with us since Windows and of course, other operating systems have their own, as well as almost all applications. In all cases, taking advantage of these shortcuts to increase productivity in the use of the software is available to any user.
Especially intended for computers without touch screen, here is a good list of Keyboard shortcuts for the latest version of the Microsoft operating system names as Shortcuts for Windows 10 Creators Update, which allow quick access to functions of the desktop, applications, taskbar, virtual desktops, Cortana or others.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10 Creators Update: Desktop
- “Windows” key – Opens and closes the start menu.
- Windows + A – Opens the Action Center configurator.
- Windows + D – Hide or show all applications and windows on your desktop.
- Windows + E – Launch the file explorer.
- Windows + I – Open the configuration tool.
- Windows + K – Opens the networking tool.
- Windows + L – Lock the computer by activating the unlock screen.
- Windows + M – Minimizes all open windows on the desktop.
- Windows + O – Locks the orientation of the screen. Useful in working with tablets or hybrids.
- Windows + P – Opens the projector for connections to external displays and projectors.
- Windows + R – Launches the run tool.
- Windows + X – Opens the advanced menu from the lower left corner of the screen, alternative to the start menu.
- Windows + Print Screen – Take a screenshot and save it in the image folder.
- Windows + – Activate the magnifying glass tool.
- Windows + Spacebar – Switches between available input languages and keyboard layouts.
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 Creators Update: application management
- Windows + Left Arrow – Move the active screen to the left half of the screen.
- Windows + Right Arrow – Move the active screen to the left half of the screen.
- Windows + Up Arrow – Maximizes the active window, both vertically and horizontally.
- Windows + Down Arrow – Restores the active window to its initial state, or minimizes it.
- Windows + Shift + Up Arrow – Maximizes the active window vertically, maintaining its width.
- Windows + Shift + Down Arrow – Restores or minimizes the active window vertically, maintaining its width.
- Windows + Home – Minimizes all inactive windows or restores them if you use the combination again.
- Windows + Shift + Left Arrow – If you have multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
- Windows + Shift + Right Arrow – If you have multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
- Alt + Space – Launches the title bar menu of the current window with options to change the size of the window and other specific options of the application.
- F11 – Enables or disables the full-screen view of the active window. It only works for applications that support this feature, such as the file browser and most web browsers.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10 Creators Update: Virtual Desktops
- Windows + Ctrl + D – Create a new virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + Left Arrow – Switch to the previous virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + Right Arrow – Switch to the next virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + F4 – Closes the current virtual desktop.
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 Creators Update: taskbar
- Windows + 1, Windows 2, etc. – Activates the first second, third … application of the taskbar.
- Windows + T – Highlight the first application of the taskbar. You can use the arrow keys to scroll through the applications on the taskbar. The running applications also display a thumbnail above their icon when they are selected.
- Windows + B – If the icons in the notification area are set to “Always show all icons and notifications in the taskbar “, this keyboard shortcut highlights the first application in the system tray. You can use the arrow keys to scroll through all the applications that are in the system tray.
- Shift + click on an application in the taskbar – Launch a new instance of the selected application. It only works for applications that support running multiple instances, such as the Microsoft Office suite or Internet browsers.
- Ctrl + Shift + click on a taskbar application – Launch a new instance of the selected application with administrator rights. It only works for applications that support running multiple instances, such as the Microsoft Office suite or Internet browsers.
- Shift + right click on a taskbar application – Launches the context menu for that application instead of the list with recent items.
Shortcuts for working with Cortana
- Windows + S – Launch the Cortana Virtual Assistant and you can start using your right away.
- Windows + C – Launches Cortana in listening mode, so you can start talking to Cortana immediately.
- Keyboard shortcuts to switch applications in Windows 10
- Alt + Tab – Pressing the Tab key repeatedly while holding the Alt key changes through open windows and applications. Drop the Tab tab in the window or application you want to open.
- Ctrl + Alt + Tab – Displays the list of open windows and applications and keeps the list on the screen even after releasing the keys. You can then navigate through the windows and open applications using the arrow keys.
- Windows + Tab – Opens the task view from where you can switch between open windows or virtual desktops.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Accessibility Options in Windows 10
- Windows + U – Launches the Accessibility Center.
- Windows + Enter – Starts the narrator.
- Windows + + – Launches the magnifying glass and zoom.
- Windows + – – Zoom out if the application is open.
- Windows + Escape – Close the magnifying glass.