Windows 10 Shortcuts (Shortcut Keys / Shortcut Mouse Moves)

KB ID 0000207 Dtd 11/08/15

Problem

Ages ago I did an article on the Windows 7 “Screen Shortcut” Keys, and That led to this article. Now it’s been updated for both Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Solution

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows key + AOpen Action center
Windows key + COpen Cortana in listening mode
Windows key + DDisplay and hide the desktop
Windows key + EOpen File Explorer
Windows key + HOpen the Share charm
Windows key + IOpen Settings
Windows key + LLock your PC or switch accounts
Windows key + SOpen Search
Windows key + NumberOpen the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.<
Windows key + Arrow keySnap app windows left, right, corners, maximize, or minimize<
Windows key + CommaTemporarily peek at the desktop
Windows key + Ctrl +DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops
Windows key + EnterOpen Narrator
Windows key + HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
Windows key + PrtScn<Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder<
Windows key + Shift + Up arrowStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows key + TabOpen Task view
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Alt +TabSwitch between open apps
Ctrl + Alt +TabView open apps

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (Metro Interaction)

Windows Key + CCharms menu
Windows Key + DShows Desktop
Windows Key + EWindows Explorer
Windows Key + FMetro File Search
Windows Key + GCycles through Desktop Gadget
Windows Key + HShare panel on Charm menu
Windows Key + ISettings option on Charm menu
Windows Key + JSwitch between Snapped Applications
Windows Key + KDevice panel on charm menu
Windows Key + LLock the system
Windows Key + MMinimizes all Windows
Windows Key + PProject option
Windows Key + QMetro App Search
Windows Key + RRun
Windows Key + TSet Focus on Task bar and cycle through Apps
Windows Key + UEase of Access Center
Windows Key + VCycle through notifications (+Shift to go backwards)
Windows Key + WMetro Search Settings (Search Charm)
Windows Key + XQuick link power user commands (Advanced Context)
Windows Key + ZOpen App bar for active application
Windows Key + 1 TO 9Go to the App at this position in the task bar
Windows Key + . {full stop}Snap metro app to right
Windows Key + , {comma}Peek at the desktop
Windows Key + + {plus}Zoom In (Magnifier)
Windows Key + – {minus}Zoom Out (Magnifier)
Windows Key + SpacebarSwitch Input Language
Windows Key + TabCycle through Metro App History
Windows Key + EscExit Magnifier
Windows Key + HomeMinimize non-active Windows
Windows Key + PgUpMove Start screen to left monitor
Windows Key + PgDnMove Start screen to right monitor
Windows Key + BreakSystem Properties
Windows Key + Left ArrowSnap desktop window to the left (+Shift to move window to left monitor)
Windows Key + Right ArrowSnap desktop window to the right (+Shift to move window to left monitor)
Windows Key + Up ArrowMaximize desktop window (+Shift to keep width)
Windows Key + Down ArrowRestore/minimize desktop window (+Shift to keep width)
Windows Key + Shift + .Snap metro app to left
Ctrl + Tab.Cycle Through Metro App history
Ctrl + Mouse wheelChange icon size on desktop or
Zoom in/out on Start screen
Ctrl + NNew Windows in Explorer
Ctrl + WIn Explorer, close Windows
Ctrl + EscStart screen
Ctrl + F4Close active document.
Alt + ESelect Address bar (Explorer)
Alt + EnterOpen properties Windows Metro Start
Alt + TabSwitch between Apps
Alt + Up ArrowGo up one level in Explorer
Ctrl + Alt + DDocked mode in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + IInvert Colours (Magnifier)
Ctrl + Alt + LLens Mode (Magnifier)
Ctrl + Alt + TabSwitch Between Apps

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts (Window Interaction)

Windows Key + HomeMinimise All Windows except the active one
Windows Key + SpaceTemporarily render all active Windows transparent
Windows Key + “Up Arrow”Maximise the active Window.
Shift + Windows Key + “Up Arrow”Maximise the Active Window (Vertically).
Windows Key + “Down Arrow”Minimise the active window (or restore if it’s maximised)
Windows Key + “Left Arrow” or “Right Arrow”Shift Active Window to the left/right side of the screen (Or move to center if it’s already left/right aligned).
Windows Key + Number {x}Start the application pinned to Task bar at position {x}
Shift + Windows Key + Number {x}Start a new instance of the application pinned to Task bar at position {x}
Alt +Windows Key +Number 1Open the “Application Jump List”
Windows Key + TCycle though Taskbar buttons with preview
Windows Key + MMinimise all new Windows.
Shift + Windows Key + “Left Arrow” or “Right Arrow”Move the active Windows to the left or Right Monitor (When using multiple monitors).
Windows Key + {plus or minus}Zoom in / Zoom out
Windows Key + TABCycle through active Windows.
Ctrl +Windows Key + TabPersistent Cycle though active Windows.

Windows 7 (Taskbar Shortcuts)

Shift + Left Click on Taskbar buttonOpen (or open a new instance) of a program.
Ctrl + Shift + Left Click on Taskbar buttonOpen a program as administrator.
Shift + Right Click on Taskbar buttonShow window menu for selected program (Same as previous versions of windows).
Shift + Right Click on Taskbar GroupShow window menu for selected group. (Same as previous versions of windows).
Ctrl + Left Click on a program groupCycle through Windows within that group.

Windows 7 Mouse Shortcuts

Left Click and Drag Window to TopMaximise the Window
Left Click and Drag Window to LeftShift Active Window to the left side of the screen (see graphic above).
Left Click and Drag Window to RightShift Active Window to the right side of the screen (see graphic above).
Left Click and ShakeMinimise all but the active Window.

General Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

F1Help.
F2Rename.
F3Find.
F4Display address bar list.
F5Refresh.
F6Move between panes in Windows Explorer.
F10Activate Windows Menu Bar (Handy in Vista and Windows 7).
Shift + F10Same as right Click.
Alt + EnterOpen Properties for active object.
Ctrl + EscOpen Start Menu (handy if you have no Windows Key).
Alt + F4Quit active window.
Ctrl + F4Quit and close Multiple Document Interface application.
Shift + DeleteDelete (Permanently without sending to Recycle Bin).
Windows KeyOpen Start Menu.
Windows Key + COpen Control Panel (Not Windows 7)
Windows Key + RRun.
Windows Key + EOpen Windows Explorer.
Windows Key + LLock the machine.
Windows Key + MMinimise All.
Windows Key + FFind Files.
Windows Key + DMinimise all and display desktop.
Windows Key + ULaunch Ease of Access Center

General Windows Mouse Shortcuts

Ctrl + DragCopy to location
Ctrl + Shift +DragCreate shortcut
Windows Key + BreakOpen System Properties.
Ctrl +Windows Key + FFind Computer.
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager.
Alt + SpaceOpen active Windows “System” menu.
Alt + {minus}Open Sub windows “System” menu.
Ctrl +TabCycle through Sub Windows.

Windows Explorer Shortcuts (Whilst in Windows Explorer)

TabJump to next selectable item.
Shift + TabJump to previous selectable item.
SpaceSelect Item (Handy for tick boxes).
EnterSelect (Same as Left Click on active object).
EscCancel
BackspaceMove back one folder level
EndJump to Bottom
HomeJump to Start
Numeric Keypad *Expand current selection and all sub folders.
Numeric Keypad +Expand current selection.
Numeric Keypad –Collapse current selection.
Right ArrowExpands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child.
Left ArrowCollapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent.

Windows Accessibility Shortcuts

Press Shift five timesTurn on/off Stickykeys.
Press and hold Shift for 8 seconds.Turn on/off FilterKeys.
Press and hold Num Lock for 5 seconds.Turn on/off ToggleKeys.
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num LockTurn on/off MouseKeys.
Left Alt + Left Shift + Print ScrnTurn on/off High Contrast.

General Windows APPLICATION Shortcuts

Ctrl + ASelect All.
Ctrl + CCopy.
Ctrl + XCut.
Ctrl + VPaste.
Ctrl + ZUndo.
Ctrl + BBold.
Ctrl + UUnderline.
Ctrl + IItalic.
Ctrl + POpen Printer dialog.
Ctrl + GOpen Go To.
Alt + Down ArrowOpen drop down box.
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove insertion point to start of next word.
Ctrl + Right ArrowMove insertion point to start of previous word.
Ctrl + Down ArrowMove insertion point to start of next paragraph.
Ctrl + Up ArrowMove insertion point to start of previous paragraph.
Ctrl + Shift +ArrowSelect text in direction of arrow pressed.

Windows Remote Desktop Shortcuts

Ctrl +Alt +EndSame as pressing Ctrl +Alt + Delete, brings up the security dialog.
Alt + Page upCycle open programs left to right.
Alt + Page downCycle open programs right to left.
Alt + HomeOpen Start Menu.
Ctrl +Alt + BreakToggle RDP Window maximised/resized.
Ctrl +Alt + {minus}Place screen grab of active window on remote machines clipboard. (Same as pressing Alt + “Print Scrn” on the remote machine).
Ctrl +Alt + {plus}Place screen grab of window on remote machines clipboard. (Same as pressing “Print Scrn” on the remote machine).
Internet Explorer Shortcuts
Ctrl + BOpen Organize Favorites.
Ctrl + EOpen Search bar.
Ctrl + FFind.
Ctrl + HOpen History bar.
Ctrl + IOpen Favorites bar.
Ctrl + LOpen the “Open Address box”, (same as Ctrl + O).
Ctrl + NStart a new instance of Internet Explorer.
Ctrl + OOpen the “Open Address box”, (same as Ctrl + L).
Ctrl + POpen the Print dialog.
Ctrl + QToggle thumbnail view browsing on/off.
Ctrl + RRefresh the page, (same as F5).
Ctrl + WClose Current Window, (or Tab if using multi tabbed browsing).
Ctrl + TOpen a new Tab (IE 7 and upwards only).
Ctrl + ClickOpen link in a new Tab, Note: If you have a mouse with an intelliwheel you can click that on a link to do the same).
Ctrl + TabSwitch between Tabs (also use Ctrl+Shift+Tab).
Note: Also works in Google Chrome and Firefox.
Ctrl + 9Switch to Last Tab.
Ctrl +Alt + F4Close all other Tabs.

 

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Originally Written 17/03/10, updated 29/03/12

Author: Migrated

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