Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

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Here are many useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. Try F3 to search for keywords. For a text-only version of this page, please go here. If you need to type special characters like £$¥¢©®½, then please see the Character Map page.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts


Windows - Open Start menu
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows(Windows 10) Windows key - Windows 10 Start menu

Windows + A - Open Action Center
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusAWindows key + A - Open Action Center

Windows + U - Open Ease of Access Center
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusUWindows key + U - Open Ease of Access Center

Windows + F1 - How to Get Help
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusF1Windows key + F1 - How to get Help in Windows 10

Windows + B - Focus in Notification Area
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusBWindows key + B - Set focus in the notification area

Windows + I - Settings
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusIWindows key + I - Settings

Windows + C - Cortana (Talk to her)
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusQWindows key + C - Cortana (Talk to her)
(See Keyboard shortcut option in Cortana Settings.)

Windows + S - Search (including Cortana)
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusSWindows key + S - Search (Cortana keyboard)

Windows + D - Show Desktop
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusDWindows key + D - Show Desktop

Windows + T - Cycle through Taskbar Apps
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusTWindows key + T - Cycle through Taskbar Apps

Windows + E - Open File Explorer
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusEWindows key + E - Open File Explorer

Windows + Shift + Enter - Open UWP Apps in Full Screen
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusShift keyplusEnterWindows key + Shift + Enter - Open UWP apps in Full Screen

Ctrl + F1 - Expand File Explorer ribbon
Ctrl keyplusF1Ctrl + F1 - Expand File Explorer ribbon

Windows + H - Open Share charm
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusHWindows key + H - Open the Share charm

Windows + Ctrl + D - New Virtual Desktop
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusCtrl keyplusDWindows key + Ctrl + D - New virtual desktop

Windows + Ctrl + F4 - Close Virtual Desktop
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusCtrl keyplusF4Windows key + Ctrl + F4 - Close current virtual desktop

Windows + Ctrl + Left Arrow - Switch Virtual Desktop (left)
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusCtrl keyplusLeft ArrowWindows key + Ctrl + Left Arrow - Switch virtual desktop (to the left)

Windows + Ctrl + Right Arrow - Switch Virtual Desktop (right)
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusCtrl keyplusRight ArrowWindows key + Ctrl + Right Arrow - Switch virtual desktop (to the right)

Windows + PrtScn - Save Screenshot
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusPrtScn (Print Screen)Windows key + PrtScn - Save Screenshot to Pictures/Screenshots folder

Alt + PrtScn - Save Screenshot of window
Alt keyplusPrtScn (Print Screen)Alt key + PrtScn - Save Screenshot of window to clipboard

Windows + Enter - Open Narrator
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusEnterWindows key + Enter - Open Narrator

Ctrl + Mouse wheel - Zoom in/out on the fly
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusPlus keyCtrl key + Mouse wheel - to Zoom in or Zoom out on the fly

Windows + +/- - Zoom in/out
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusPlus keyMinus keyWindows key + + or - to Zoom in or Zoom out

Windows + X - Start Button Context Menu
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusXWindows key + X - Open Start Button Context Menu

Windows + X, then P - Open Control Panel
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusX,PWindows key + X, then P - Open Control Panel

Windows + Left Arrow - Snap Window to left
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusLeft ArrowWindows key + Left Arrow - Snap window to the left

Windows + Right Arrow - Snap Window to right
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusRight ArrowWindows key + Right Arrow - Snap window to the right

Windows + Up Arrow - Maximize Window (or move side window up)
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusUp ArrowWindows + Up Arrow - Maximize Window (or move side window up)

Windows + Down Arrow - Restore Down Window (or move side window down - then Minimize)
Windows key (Windows 10) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusDown ArrowWindows + Down Arrow - Restore Down Window (or move side window down - then Minimize)

More on the way...

General Windows keyboard shortcuts


F1 - Help
F1F1 - Help

Windows + L - Lock the computer
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusLWindows + L - Lock the computer

F2 - Rename object
F2F2 - Rename object

F3 - Find / Search
F3F3 - Find / Search

F5 - Refresh window
F5F5 - Refresh window

Alt + Tab - Switch between open items
Alt keyplusTab keyAlt + Tab - Switch between open items

Alt + F4 - Close program / window
Alt keyplusF4Alt + F4 - Close program / window

Windows - Open Start menu
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsWindows key - Open Start menu

Ctrl + Esc - Open Start menu
Ctrl keyplusEsc keyCtrl + Esc - Open Start menu

F11 - Full Screen
F11F11 - Full Screen

Ctrl + Shift + Esc - Windows Task Manager
Ctrl keyplusShift keyplusEsc keyCtrl + Shift + Esc - Open Windows Task Manager

Shift + Del - Delete selection immediately
Shift keyplusDelete keyCtrl + Esc - Open Start menu

Alt + Left Arrow - Back a page
Alt keyplusLeft ArrowAlt + Left Arrow - Back a page

Alt + Right Arrow - Forward a page
Alt keyplusLeft ArrowAlt + Right Arrow - Forward a page

Windows program keyboard shortcuts


Ctrl + C - Copy
Ctrl keyplusCCtrl + C - Copy

Ctrl + X - Cut
Ctrl keyplusXCtrl + X - Cut

Ctrl + V - Paste
Ctrl keyplusVCtrl + V - Paste

Ctrl + Z - Undo
Ctrl keyplusZCtrl + Z - Undo

Ctrl + Y - Redo
Ctrl keyplusYCtrl + Y - Redo

Ctrl + A - Select All
Ctrl keyplusACtrl + A - Select All

Ctrl + B - Bold
Ctrl keyplusBCtrl + B - Bold

Ctrl + I - Italic
Ctrl keyplusICtrl + I - Italic

Ctrl + U - Underline
Ctrl keyplusUCtrl + U - Underline

Ctrl + P - Print
Ctrl keyplusPCtrl + P - Print

Ctrl + Right Arrow - Next word
Ctrl keyplusRight ArrowCtrl + Right Arrow - Next word

Ctrl + Left Arrow - Previous word
Ctrl keyplusLeft ArrowCtrl + Left Arrow - Previous word

Ctrl + Down Arrow - Next paragraph
Ctrl keyplusDown ArrowCtrl + Down Arrow - Next paragraph

Ctrl + Up Arrow - Previous paragraph
Ctrl keyplusUp ArrowCtrl + Up Arrow - Previous paragraph

Esc - Cancel current task
Esc keyEsc - Cancel current task

Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts


Windows - Open Start screen
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows(Windows 8) Windows key - Windows 8 Start screen

Windows + C - Access Charms bar
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusC(Windows 8) Windows key + C - Access Charms bar

Windows + I - Access Settings charm
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusI(Windows 8) Windows key + I - Access Settings charm

Windows + Q - Search
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusQ(Windows 8) Windows key + Q  - Search Apps

Windows + . followed by Left Arrow -
Screen split to left
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for Windowsplus.,Left Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Shift + . - Screen split to left

Windows + . followed by Right Arrow -
Screen split to Right
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for Windowsplus.,Right Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + . - Screen split to right

Windows + PrtScn - Save Screenshot
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusPrtScn (Print Screen)(Windows 8) Windows key + PrtScn - Save Screenshot to Pictures folder

Windows + Enter - Open Narrator
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusEnter(Windows 8) Windows key + Enter - Open Narrator

Windows + Left Arrow - Dock window left
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusLeft Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Left Arrow - Dock window left

Windows + Right Arrow - Dock window right
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusRight Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Right Arrow - Dock window right

Windows + Up Arrow - Maximize window
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusUp Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Up Arrow - Maximize window

Windows + Down Arrow - Minimize window
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusDown Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Down Arrow - Minimize window

Windows + Shift + Up Arrow -
Maximize window vertical size
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusShift keyplusUp Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow - Maximize window vertical size

Windows + Shift + Down Arrow -
Minimize window vertical size
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusShift keyplusDown Arrow(Windows 8) Windows key + Shift + Down Arrow - Minimize window vertical size

Windows + Home - Minimize Non-active
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusHome key(Windows 8) Windows key + Home - Minimize Non-active

Windows + D - Show desktop
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusD(Windows 8) Windows key + D - Show desktop

Windows + E - Show computer drives
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusE(Windows 8) Windows key + E - Show computer drives / Libraries

Windows + T - Cycle through Taskbar Apps
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusT(Windows 8) Windows key + T - Cycle through Taskbar Apps

Windows + B - Focus System tray items
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusB(Windows 8) Windows key + B - Focus System tray items

Alt + Tab - Switch between open items
Alt keyplusTab key(Windows 8) Alt + Tab - Switch between open items

Windows + +/- - Zoom in or Zoom out
Windows key (Windows 8) - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusPlus keyMinus key(Windows 8) Windows + +/- - Zoom in or Zoom out

Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts


Windows + Left Arrow - Dock window left
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusLeft Arrow(Windows 7) Windows key + Left Arrow - Dock window left

Windows + Right Arrow - Dock window right
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusRight Arrow(Windows 7) Windows key + Right Arrow - Dock window right

Windows + Up Arrow - Maximize window
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusUp Arrow(Windows 7) Windows key + Up Arrow - Maximize window

Windows + Down Arrow - Minimize window
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusDown Arrow(Windows 7) Windows key + Down Arrow - Minimize window

Windows + Shift + Up Arrow -
Maximize window vertical size
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusShift keyplusUp Arrow(Windows 7) Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow - Maximize window vertical size

Windows + Shift + Down Arrow -
Minimize window vertical size
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusShift keyplusDown Arrow(Windows 7) Windows key + Shift + Down Arrow - Minimize window vertical size

Windows + Home - Minimize Non-active
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusHome key(Windows 7) Windows key + Home - Minimize Non-active

Windows + Space - Preview desktop
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusSpace bar(Windows 7) Windows key + Space - Preview desktop

Windows + D - Show desktop
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusD(Windows 7) Windows key + D - Show desktop

Windows + E - Show computer drives
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusE(Windows 7) Windows key + E - Show computer drives / Libraries

Windows + T - Scroll Taskbar items
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusT(Windows 7) Windows key + T - Scroll Taskbar items

Windows + B - Focus System tray items
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusB(Windows 7) Windows key + B - Focus System tray items

Alt + Tab - Switch between open items
Alt keyplusTab key(Windows 7) Alt + Tab - Switch between open items

Windows + Tab - Cycle Aero Flip 3-D
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusTab key(Windows 7) Windows key + Tab - Cycle Aero Flip 3-D

Windows + +/- - Zoom in or Zoom out
Windows key - Keyboard Shortcuts for WindowsplusPlus keyMinus key(Windows 7) Windows + +/- - Zoom in or Zoom out


(If you have a Mac computer, some of the keyboard shortcuts on this page work by pressing the Cmd key for Mac instead of the Ctrl key for Windows.)

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