234 Shortcuts for Microsoft Windows 10

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Enable Start Button. To launch application, typing application name and press Enter; or use Arrow Keys, Space and Enter to navigate. Press Win again to close.


Set focus on Taskbar on main monitor


Set focus on Notification Area Bar on main monitor

Tab, Shift+Tab

On empty desktop (after pressing Win+D) - Navigate between Desktop, Taskbar and Notification Bar. Then use Arrow Keys and Enter to launch specific icons.

Shift+click on taskbar item

Open new instance of application

Ctrl+Shift+click on task bar item

Open new instance of application as Administrator


Open Taskbar item 1..9. Multiple instances of same application are treated as 1 item


Create a new instance of Taskbar item 1…9


Create a new instance of Taskbar item 1…9 as administrator

Arrow Keys

Navigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)


Select first / select last object on desktop


Launch active object


Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu use Arrow Keys, A-Z and Enter to select item.

A, B, C, ...

Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter.


Close the current window


Minimize all open desktop windows via show Desktop. Press again to reverse.

Win+Arrow Left/ Arrow Right

Cycle through active Window sized 50% of screen-size left/ centered on screen / 50% of screen-size right.

Win+Arrow Up

On centered/ restored Window: Maximize window to 100% of screen.

Win+Arrow Down

"On maximized Window: Restore Window to center of screen.

Win+Shift+Arrow Left/ Arrow Right

With multiple monitors, move the active windows to the monitor on the left or right. Also use Arrow Up/ Arrow Down for multiple monitors stacked vertically.

Alt+Tab/ Alt+Shift+Tab

Classic Task Switcher - Switch between open Windows in forwards/ backwards. Release keys at desired window


Locked Task Switcher - Switch between open Windows in locked mode. Navigate to desired window with Arrow Keys


Extended Task Switcher - Includes virtual desktops and recent items


Create a new virtual desktop

Win+Ctrl+Arrow Left/ Arrow Right

Switch to the next virtual desktop to the left/ to the right


Close the active item or folder. Also will open "Shuts Down Windows" menu when on an empty desktop.

F10/Alt+letter, then arrow keys

Jump to Application Menu.


Open the title bar menu.

Alt+Space, then Enter

Restore Window

Alt+Space, then X

Maximize Window

Alt+Space, then N

Minimize Window


Toggle full page view for most application Windows

Alt+Space, then Arrow Keys or Mouse

Move windows that are off-screen to screen via legacy Window Control Menu and Move command. Often required after disconnecting external monitor.


Open Notifications


Set focus on Notification Bar


Launch Cortana


Minimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state


Start Windows Explorer


Feedback Hub


Game bar if active


Start Speech Recognition/ Dictation


Windows Settings


Focus on tip if available


Connect Wireless and Bluetooth Devices


Lock Windows


Minmize all open desktop windows. Press Win+Shift+M to reverse. Does not work as consistent as Win+D


Reverse minimize all windows


New OneNote Note if installed


Lock Orientation


Choose Projection Mode (Switch between Screen and Projector, extend and duplicate displays)


Quick Search (or Win+D)


Open the Run window


Quick Search (or Win+Q)


Set Focus on Taskbar


Ease of Access Ease of Use


Show Clipboard History


Start Windows Whiteboard


Windows Power User Commands


Seems unassigned


Seems unassigned


Change the keyboard language (if you have more than one chosen)


Display Classic System Properties which holds system properties, computer name, device manager and so on


Insert Emoji


Windows Online Help


Focus on Item # in taskbar. Multiple instances of same application count as one.


Open Explorer

Alt+F, then N

Duplicate Explorer Window via File, New Window


Close Windows Explorer

Alt+D, then Tab (forward) or Alt+Tab (backwards)

Set baseline to Address Bar. Then navigate between (1) Address Bar, (2) Ribbon (3) Left Navigation Pane, (4) Folder Content Pane (Main Content Window), and (5) Sort Bar of Content Pane if present.


Refresh Explorer Window


Toggle Full Screen


Jump/ focus Address Bar with content selected

Alt+D, then Ctrl+C

Copy current path

Alt+D, then c:\(directory name}

With help of dropdown and Enter, select sub-directories. Note that the backslash is required for items in sub-directory to be visible.

Alt+D, then Alt+Down Arrow

Show previous locations

Alt+Up Arrow

Jump one level up

Alt+D , press and hold Alt then press Left Arrow, Right Arrow

Change focus from Address Bar to Folder Content (goes to previous/ next location and then changes focus to Folder Content; only works if a previous item is available)

You may want to add a custom location to the Explorer Addressbar. Assume you have your favorite applications in your u:\apps drive. Do the following.
1. Open System Properties via Win+Pause/Break key.
2. Select 'Advanced System Settings (4th option on the left)
3. In the 'Advanced' Tab (3rd Tab on the Top), select 'Environemnt Variables' at the bottom
4. Select 'New'. Set Variable name to e.g. 'apps', variable value e.g. 'u:\apps'.
5. Click 'ok'
6. Test in File Explorer via %apps%
To add a custom location to the Address Bar such as %apps%, do the following.

Alt+D, then 2x Tab

Jump/ focus Navigation Pane

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

One item up/ down

Page Up/Page Down

One page up/ down


Go to first itme/ last item

Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Scroll directory tree up/ down without changing focus

Arrow Left/ Right Arrow on tree parent

Open/ close directory tree

Shift+Arrow Left

Change to parent element in tree when in sub-element

Alt+D, then 3x Tab

Jump/ focus Folder Content Pane

Alt+H, then SA

Select all items via Home, Select All. Also shorthand for changing focus to Folder Content

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

One item up/ down

Page Up/Page Down

One page up/ down


Go to first itme/ last item

Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Scroll directory tree up/ down without changing focus

Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Select multiple (adjacent) items

Press and hold Ctrl, Arow Keys, and press Space on multiple items

Select multiple (non-adjacent) items

Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Go to previous/ next location

Alt+Up Arrrow

Up one level. There is no down one level, but you may use Alt+left to go to previous location

Alt+Enter on item

Show properties of file or folder

Shift+F10 on item

Open context menu of file or folder


Create new folder

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V

Copy, cut, paste


Undo an action


Redo an action


Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin


Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin


Edit Item. Select name excluding file extension

Alt+D, then 3x Tab

Jump/ focus Folder Content Pane (required for changing views with Ctrl+Shift+18


Change View to Extra Large Icons


Change View to Large Icons


Change View to Medium Icons


Change View to Small Icons


Change View to List View


Change View to Details View


Change View to Tiles View


Change View to Content View

Alt+V, then SF

Change View to Size Fit all items within column width

With focus anywhere, Alt+D, then 4x Tab, then Enter

Jump/ focus Sort Bar (Content Area Table Header)

With focus on Folder Content Pane, 1x Tab

Jump/ focus Sort Bar (Content Area Table Header). Use after changing sort order to change again.

Arrow Left/Right Arrow on Sort Bar

Select sort column

Press Enter on Sort Bar Item

Change sort order ascending (or descending) by name, date, etc.

After changing sort order, press Tab, then Enter

Change sort order descending (or ascending)

Print Screen

Take screenshot of all screens to clipboard

Win+Print Screen

Take screenshot of all screens and save to Pictures > Screenshots

Alt+Print Screen

Take screenshot of active window to clipboard

The legacy Windows snipping tool has been around since the days of Windows Vista. It is being replaced by Snip & Sketch (see below). Use Skip & Sketch if possible.

Win, then type 'snipping tool'

Start legacy snipping tool. There is no keyboard shortcut. Use Snip & Sketch instead

Alt+M, then arrow keys

Chose between Rectangle Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip


Save screenshot as


Take a new screenshot with the same mode used previously

Snip and Sketch takes screenshots and was added to Windows 10 in late 2018. It was previously called Screen Snip


Start Snip and Sketch Tool

Tab/Shift+Tab, then Enter

Chose between Rectangle Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip

Press and hold mouse button, select areas, release

Select area for Rectancle or Freeform Snip

Hover and click on desired window

Select window for Window Snip


Open Windows Notification Area to access screenshot


Create New screenshot once in App


Zoom in/ zoom out


Save screenshot as


Print screenshot


Select Ballpoint pen annotation tool


Select Eraser annotation tool


Select Pencil annotation tool


Select Highlighter annotation tool


Share snip


Crop tool


Crop tool


Start Screen Recording Utility via the Xbox Game Bar.


Start and Stop Screen Recording. Recording starts upon movement on screen. Recordings are saved under This PC\Videos\Captures

Win, then type 'Remote'

Starts Remote Desktop

Alt+Page Up

Switches between programs from left to right (equals standard desktop Alt+Tab)

Alt+Page Down

Switches between programs for right to left (equals standard desktop Alt+Shift+Tab)


Cycles through the programs in the order they were started (equals standard desktop Alt+Insert)


Displays the Start menu (equals standard desktop Ctrl+Escape)


Switches the client between full-screen mode and window mode


Show (or focus) on Connection Bar (when in full-screen mode)


Brings up the Windows Security dialog box.


Displays the Windows menu.


Screenshot of active Window into Clipboard (equals standard desktop PrtScr)


Screenshot of Entire Remote Desktop into Clipboard (equals standard desktop Alt+PrtScr)

Win+r, then type 'mstsc'

Microsoft Terminal Services Client.

mstsc /v:

Start Remote Desktop and connect to Server, port is optional

mstsc /f

Start Remote Desktop in Full Screen Mode

mstsc /admin

Runs Remote Desktop in Admin Mode

mstsc /w: /h:

Specify either width or height of Window

mstsc /public

Run Remote Desktop in Public Mode

mstsc /span

Matches Remote Destkop with local virtual desktop

mstsc /multimon

Matches Session Layout to Client Layout

mstsc "connection file"

Opens Connection Settings of the .rdp file

mstsc /edit "connection file"

Opens the .rdp file for editing

mstsc /migrate

Migrates older rdp file to new rdp files

mstsc /?

List all parameters


Turn on Magnifier


Turn off Magnifier


Zoom in/ Zoom out


Magnifier Regular Full Screen view


Magnifier Lens View


Magnifier Docked View


Cycle through Full Screen, Lens View, and Docked View


Magnifier Settings

Win, then type 'photo', then Enter

Start Windows Photo App in Photo Mode

Multiple Tab, then Enter

Open Photo

Page Down/ Page Up

Go down/ up in timeline


Jump to beginning/ end of timeline

Arrow Right/ Arrow Left

In timeline - go to next/ previous photo

Enter on Photo

Go to View Photo Mode


Delete current photo

Alt+Arrow Left

Go back to main menu


Zoom in / zoom out (or mouse wheel)


Zoom to 100%

Ctrl+Mouse Wheel

Zoom in/ zoom out


Rotate photo clockwise in View Mode


Show properties of current photo

Arrow Right/ Arrow Left

With photo active - go to next/ previous photo


Copy current photo file to clipboard


Add photo to creation


Save photo as


Print photo


Open Photo Editor


Rotate photo clockwise in View Mode


Flip photo vertically


Save a copy and exit Eidtor


Close Photo Viewer

Ctrl+0 (zero)

Fit to Window


Delete current photo

Win, then type 'video', then Enter

Start Windows Photo App in Video Editor Mode


Move forward / backwards one frame.


Pause/ Start Video


Start/ Stop video

For all of the below - press Win+R for Run, then start typing


Open Documents Folder


Open Videos folder


Open Downloads Folder


Open Favorites Folder


Open Recent Folder


Open Pictures Folder

For all of the below - press Win for Start Menu, then start typing


Start Windows Alarm App


Start Windows Calculator App


Start Windows Calendar app


Start Windows Camera App


Start Windows (Classic) Control Panel


Start Windows Edge App


Start Windows GetHelp App


Start Windows Groove Music App


Start Windows Mail app


Start Windows Map App


Start Windows Messaging App


Start Windows Mixed Reality Portal App


Start Windows Office Hub App


Start Windows OneNote App


Start Windows People App


Start Windows Photo App


Start Windows Print 3D App


Start Windows Skype App


Start Windows Sticky Notes App


Start Windows Store App


Start Windows Voice Recorder App


Start Windows Weather App


Start Windows Whiteboard App


Start Windows Your Phone App

Created by admin on 8/13/2015. Last updated by max on 1/12/2021


56 Comments for 'Windows 10'   

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Comment #56 by Zaydan Mar 3, 2021 at 07:32 am  Reply

The Ctrl + Shift + Win + 1, and the Alt + Enter works for me

Comment #55 by pratyachha gour Dec 16, 2019 at 10:13 am  Reply

what is the shortcut of key for making narrator read

Comment #54 by M.sandyarani Sep 10, 2018 at 01:24 am  Reply

hi sir, it is very useful for me . thankyou..

Reply #1 Bill gates Jun 12, 2019 at 03:12 pm

You're welcome

Comment #53 by Ngoo Nam Mar 6, 2018 at 02:39 pm  Reply

Awesome! Thanks a 99 million!

Comment #52 by Tej Oct 19, 2017 at 02:43 am  Reply

Wow!! very helpful..

Comment #51 by shiva Jul 12, 2017 at 12:16 am  Reply

wow! it is very useful trick.thanks sir

Comment #50 by Ramya Dharshini R Jun 22, 2017 at 02:30 am  Reply

excellent thinking regarding shortcut keys

Comment #49 by Mordhwaj Sahu Apr 26, 2017 at 04:57 am  Reply

it is very good for employees, because if we know the shortcut keys, definitely we will done easiest way..... Great job

Comment #48 by fawadahmadmumand Dec 5, 2016 at 11:14 pm  Reply

this is very awesome and good shortcut for all students. thanks.

Comment #47 by KOTESWARARAO Jul 28, 2016 at 12:22 am  Reply

it is use full for shortcut key good thinking thanking you very nice

Comment #46 by spanner Jul 9, 2016 at 04:43 am  Reply

This is fantastic!

Comment #45 by Jerome Jun 24, 2016 at 08:25 am  Reply

Nice information, however some laptops have missing keys. Where is the Pause/break key?

Reply #1 Sheryl Sep 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

I have an HP laptop and the break key is fn+pg dn. It should be labeled on the keyboard regardless of the brand.

Comment #44 by CNouah Mar 18, 2016 at 10:14 am  Reply

Wow i discovered new shortcuts i never knew before. Is very helpfull!

Comment #43 by zishan Feb 10, 2016 at 04:16 am  Reply

its very useful information. and helpful to learners.

Reply #1 thair talib Jun 14, 2016 at 07:41 pm

its very useful information. and helpful to learners

Comment #42 by Arya Dec 22, 2015 at 10:29 am  Reply

Thanks a lot

Comment #41 by Sri laxmi Nov 15, 2015 at 02:07 am  Reply

It's Nice

Comment #40 by Santosh Mali Oct 20, 2015 at 07:54 am  Reply

Nice Short key

Comment #39 by Dharmendra kr Jun 13, 2015 at 07:50 am  Reply

Great info, helpful to operate windows more efficiently. thanx dear

Reply #1 soe Jul 10, 2015 at 01:20 pm

How to see computer MAC wifi adress

Comment #38 by Skywolf Jun 8, 2015 at 04:26 am  Reply

When you say selecting multiple taskbar items was removed in Win 7 what do you mean? Even with the mouse it only selects one at a time.

Comment #37 by Nilesh Jadhav Jun 3, 2015 at 04:23 am  Reply

very Nice..................

Comment #36 by Sahnaz Nisha May 25, 2015 at 10:08 am  Reply

what is the meaning of Win?

Reply #2 zishan Feb 10, 2016 at 04:13 am

windows ( sign between CTRL and ALT on key board.

Reply #1 Anon May 27, 2015 at 01:43 am

Win is the abbreviation of Windows

Comment #35 by Philip T Mar 10, 2015 at 11:39 am  Reply

Spelling in http://www.shortcutworld.com/en/win/Windows_7.html near the bottom, "Turn High Contract on or off (Careful, will change theme!)" I thjink you mean "High Contrast"

Reply #1 admin Mar 12, 2015 at 07:57 am

thanks; fixed.

Comment #34 by Shuvo2014 Mar 2, 2015 at 12:20 am  Reply

Thank's a lot.

Comment #33 by Steve Jan 12, 2015 at 08:00 pm  Reply

Anyone know of a shortcut to open a folder in a new window. There is a right click option to do it, but I can't find a keyboard shortcut. The only one I can find is to "open a new window" which is NOT the same as opening a folder in a new window.

Reply #3 SHurley Jan 6, 2016 at 07:49 am

Tx for the Shift 10 e response. I find it very helpful. I forget where I was looking and now don't have to worry about getting that file path back.

Reply #2 Anon May 27, 2015 at 01:41 am

Pressing Ctrl+Enter will open the selected folder in a new window

Reply #1 admin Jan 14, 2015 at 05:37 am

No default as far as i know, but you can do [Shift]+[F10] to emulate right mouse click, then [e]. for Op[e]n in New Windows.

Comment #32 by lucky Jan 6, 2015 at 08:40 am  Reply

waoooooooooooo nice it's great

Comment #31 by khalid Jan 5, 2015 at 05:23 am  Reply


Comment #30 by C Sai Vasanth Dec 29, 2014 at 06:34 pm  Reply

Thanks! We got lot of information from this website.

Comment #29 by Phanikumar Lekkala Nov 20, 2014 at 04:09 pm  Reply

Very useful to us....

Thanks & Congrats to Administrator for letting me know all these...

Reply #1 sunnyhcc Dec 16, 2014 at 07:05 am

A Great Effort and all persons welcome

Comment #28 by jaynata Nov 10, 2014 at 07:26 am  Reply

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Comment #26 by divyesh Oct 13, 2014 at 06:46 am  Reply

thanks also for help full information in the site.
Congratulations to admin.

Comment #25 by Mool Chand Aug 16, 2014 at 06:45 am  Reply

very use full key for windows 8.
win+m ( minimise all window )

Reply #2 admin Aug 31, 2014 at 06:07 pm

To minimize one window press [Win]+[Arrow Down]+[Arrow Down]. To get it back right after minimizing, press [Alt]+[Tab].

Reply #1 elvis Aug 30, 2014 at 05:17 pm

what about if u wants 2 minimise one window

Comment #24 by TG NEGI Jun 17, 2014 at 09:42 am  Reply

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Comment #23 by Cpt America May 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm  Reply

Thanks very much!

Reply #1 chris Jun 23, 2014 at 01:06 am

thanks very much help me so much with my comp bro cheers ! x

Comment #22 by Stead Kiger May 19, 2014 at 09:50 am  Reply

This is great. I especially like the PDFs. One suggestion, though: the list of shortcuts for remote desktop on this page is missing a few of the shortcuts from "Using Shortcuts in Remote Desktop" on the pagehttp://www.shortcutworld.com/en/win/Windows-Remote-Desktop.html Thanks!

Comment #21 by Jidass May 14, 2014 at 05:49 pm  Reply

It is vary nice

Comment #20 by Ganesh R. Kosre Apr 25, 2014 at 06:31 am  Reply

Good Job...

Comment #19 by amol Apr 20, 2014 at 03:02 am  Reply

nice one

Comment #18 by aRHnaInjKli Apr 9, 2014 at 04:46 am  Reply

What's win?

Comment #17 by karthikeyenvsk Mar 20, 2014 at 08:18 pm  Reply

Very Very Thanks for this.......................

Comment #16 by Senthil Feb 24, 2014 at 03:37 pm  Reply

It will very much helpful for the Student and other professionals who are all not related with the IT field. Thanks for the nice information and all the very best.

Comment #15 by Vipin P R Feb 24, 2014 at 12:04 am  Reply

It helped to get some more new in-formations. Thankss...

Comment #14 by bobface Jan 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm  Reply

I know a cool shortcut. It may be on here for I didn't read them all. ++ is opening a new window

Reply #1 bobface Jan 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

I mean Ctrl+Shift+Click on new taskbar icon opens a new window

Comment #13 by Miracle smith Jan 18, 2014 at 06:24 am  Reply

thanks a lot, this is helpful
i do appreciate

Comment #12 by lshmeal Jan 12, 2014 at 11:15 am  Reply

l need a shortcut key to disable usb device

Comment #11 by Ben Cramp Dec 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm  Reply

Looks as though there are enough thanks here already - but here's a few more. Thanks

Comment #10 by mishratapas05 Nov 9, 2013 at 06:15 am  Reply

I donot found any single short cut keys to subscript and superscript in excel
is there any way plz verify and suggest

Comment #9 by Pranav Srivatsav Sep 8, 2013 at 02:03 pm  Reply

A Simple,Stream-lined and Straight forward presentation. Keep it up and updated!!!...

Comment #8 by geraldine Aug 2, 2013 at 03:01 am  Reply

ohhhhhhh! its very(100x)Not all the shortcuts listed under the Win 7 section appear to work on my business laptop running Win 7. I am wondering if it is possible for local IT to actually turn off some of these shortcuts presumably so they don't have to support users who accidentally use these keys and then don't understand what they have done. For example WIN + D does nothing on my machine. Why anyone would want to disable it is beyond me. Is there a way to remap or turn on the short cut key,Not all the shortcuts listed under the Win 7 section appear to work on my business laptop running Win 7. I am wondering if it is possible for local IT to actually turn off some of these shortcuts presumably so they don't have to support users who accidentally use these keys and then don't understand what they have done. For example WIN + D does nothing on my machine. Why anyone would want to disable it is beyond me. Is there a way to remap or turn on the short cut key!

Reply #1 sidhunair Sep 20, 2014 at 04:03 pm

Vazhga valamudan thank u so much, very nice updates

Comment #7 by Peter Wilks Jun 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm  Reply

Not all the shortcuts listed under the Win 7 section appear to work on my business laptop running Win 7. I am wondering if it is possible for local IT to actually turn off some of these shortcuts presumably so they don't have to support users who accidentally use these keys and then don't understand what they have done. For example WIN + D does nothing on my machine. Why anyone would want to disable it is beyond me. Is there a way to remap or turn on the short cut key?

Comment #6 by Rossman May 4, 2013 at 10:10 am  Reply

I appreciate you taking the time and effort to make these shortcuts available in the pdf dnld. It looks great and fits on 2 pages, well done.

Comment #5 by IncurableGeek Jul 29, 2012 at 01:39 pm  Reply

There are trolls all over the net who post mean-spirited comments. Fortunately most people I meet on the net are of higher caliber.For what it's worth I found your Win 7 Shortcuts to be concise and meaningful. Thanks for taking your time to make a selfless contribution.

Comment #4 by KAPIL-SHARMA Jul 21, 2012 at 07:00 am  Reply

I have found a more short cut key Ctrl + up/down scroll wheel. This will make icons big and small in size

Comment #3 by ahpuyz Jan 28, 2012 at 04:15 am  Reply

I think in 5.3 "change size of icons" should be Ctrl+mouse scroll...

Comment #2 by Jiang Mar 2, 2011 at 01:34 am  Reply

This site is immensely helpful! Thanks for creating it!

Comment #1 by Ccw Jan 5, 2011 at 12:05 am  Reply

The Ctrl + arrow key + space shortcut under 5.4 Navigation does not work anymore in Windows 7.


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