Top 20 important Windows keyboard shortcuts you should know

  • Alt-Esc cycles through the list of open programs in the order they have been opened.
  • Alt-F4 closes the active item or exits the active program
  • Alt-Tab lets you switch between open programs and windows, Alt-Shift-Tabwalks through the listing backwards.
  • Ctlr-s saves a document or web page in many programs, including Office and web browsers.
  • Ctrl-a highlights everything in a folder or document.
    Ctrl-c copies the selected item or text to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl-Backspace deletes the word on the left of the cursor.
  • Ctrl-f opens the search in many programs. All web browsers and the majority of Office applications for instance support this. F3may work sometimes as well.
  • Ctrl-Home moves the cursor to the top of the document, while Ctrl-Endto the end of it.
  • Ctrl-left arrow moves the cursor to the beginning of the previous word, while Ctrl-right arrowto the beginning of the next word.
  • Ctrl-Shift-click on a taskbar icon to open the program with administrative privileges.(Windows 7 and newer)
  • Ctrl-Shift-Esc opens the Windows Task Manager. (Windows 7 and newer)
  • Ctrl-Shift-left arrowor right arrow highlights the full previous or next word.
  • Ctrl-v pastes the contents of the clipboard into the active program.
  • Ctrl-z undos the last action.
  • Esc cancels the current task.
  • Shift-click on a taskbar icon to launch another instance of the program
  • Windows-d displays the desktop, while Windows-mminimizes all windows to show the desktop, and Windows-Shift-m restores the windows to their original position.
  • Windows-e opens My Computer in Windows Explorer
  • Windows-r opens the run box to start programs from there.

Windows 10’s Shortcusts

  • Windows key + AOpen the Action Center
  • Windows key + CLaunch Cortana in listening mode (for voice commands)
  • Windows key + Ctrl+ left or right arrow: switch between virtual desktops
  • Windows key + CtrlDCreate a new virtual desktop
  • Windows key + CtrlF4Close the current desktop
  • Windows key + IOpen the Settings app
  • Windows key + SLaunch Cortana
  • Windows key + TabOpen Task View

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