Windows 10 Shortcut cheatsheet

To help you navigate through windows 10 you may want to remember some of these keyboard shortcuts

Top keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains common keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10.

Press this key To do this
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected item
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl+Z Undo an action
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
Windows logo key Systems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1+ L Lock your PC or switch accounts
Windows logo key Systems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1+ D Display and hide the desktop



New keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains new keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Windows.

Press this key To do this
Windows logoSystems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1 key  + A Open Action center
Windows logo key?Systems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1 + S Open search
Windows logo key? Systems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1+ C Open Cortana in listening mode

Note

Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn’t available or is turned off, you can still use search.

Windows logo key?Systems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1 + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key Systems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1+ Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop
Windows logo keySystems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1 + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
Windows logo keySystems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1 + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
Windows logo keySystems-Windows-Logo-icon-sm1 + Ctrl + F4 Close the virtual desktop you’re using



General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts in Windows.

Press this key To do this
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4 Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10 Activate the Menu bar in the active app
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
Alt + underlined letter Perform the command for that letter
Alt + Enter Display properties for the selected item
Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Left arrow Go back
Alt + Right arrow Go forward
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen
Alt + Page Down Move down one screen
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps
Ctrl + F4 Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Ctrl + A Select all items in a document or window
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected item
Ctrl + D (or Delete) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + R (or F5) Refresh the active window
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + Right arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + arrow keys When a group or tile is in focus in the Start menu, move it in the direction specified
Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
Ctrl + Esc Open Start
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Ctrl + Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
Ctrl + Spacebar Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
Shift + F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
Right arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
Esc Stop or leave the current task
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