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Keyboard Shortcuts: Hotkeys for Windows 10

Work in Windows 10 can be made more efficient and faster if you use not only the mouse but also use the Keyboard Shortcuts Which are Simply Known as “hotkeys” – special key combinations designed to simplify and speed up work. For example, few people know that it is very often used by Explorer (so far without him) triggered by simultaneously pressing Win + E . Agree, it is much more convenient!

Keyboard Shortcuts Keys

Keyboard Shortcuts: Hotkeys for Windows 10


  • The Win key is between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left side (the Windows logo is drawn on it).
  • The Menu key is to the left of the right Ctrl.
  • The combination of “key” + “key” means that you must first press the first key, and then, holding it, the second.

General Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutDescription
Ctrl + Esc
Open the Start menu
Ctrl + Shift + EscCalling the “Task Manager”
Win + eLaunching Explorer
Win + rDisplaying the dialog “Run the program” (Run), the analog of “Start” – “Run”
Win + dMinimize all windows or return to the initial state (switch)
Win + lWorkstation lock
Win + F1Open “how to get help in Windows 10” Bing search in default browser.
Win + PauseCalling up the System Properties window
Win + fOpen file search window
Win + Ctrl + FOpen computer search window
PrintscreenTake a screenshot of the entire screen
Alt + PrintscreenTake a screenshot of the currently active window
Win + Tab
Win + Shift + Tab
Toggles between the buttons on the taskbar
Move between panels. For example, between the desktop and the Quick Launch panel
Ctrl + ASelect all (objects, text)
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + Insert
Copy to clipboard (objects, text)
Ctrl + X
Shift + Delete
Cut to clipboard (objects, text)
Ctrl + V
Shift + Insert
Paste from clipboard (objects, text)
Ctrl + NCreate a new document, project or similar action. In Internet Explorer, this opens a new window with a copy of the contents of the current window.
Ctrl + SSave current document, project, etc.
Ctrl + OCall the file selection dialog to open a document, project, etc.
Ctrl + PPrint
Ctrl + ZUndo the last action
ShiftLock autorun CD-ROM (hold while the drive reads the newly inserted disc)
Alt + EnterSwitch to full screen mode and vice versa (switch; for example, in Windows Media Player or in the shell window).

Work with Text

Keyboard shortcutDescription
Ctrl + ASelect all
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + Insert
Ctrl + X
Shift + Delete
To cut
Ctrl + V
Shift + Insert
Ctrl + ←
Ctrl + →
Transition according to words in the text. It works not only in text editors. For example, it’s very convenient to use in the address bar of the browser
Shift + ←
Shift + →
Shift + ↑
Shift + ↓
Text selection
Ctrl + Shift + ←
Ctrl + Shift + →
Highlight text by words
Ctrl + Home
Ctrl + End
Move to the beginning or end of a line of text
Ctrl + Home
Ctrl + End
Move to the beginning or end of a document

Work with Files

Keyboard shortcutDescription
Shift + F10
Displays the context menu of the current object (similar to right-clicking).
Alt + EnterCalling “Object Properties”
F2Rename an object
Drag and Drop with CtrlCopy object
Drag and Drop with ShiftMoving object
Drag and Drop with Ctrl + ShiftCreate an object shortcut
Clicks with CtrlSelect multiple objects in random order
Shift clicksSelect multiple adjacent objects
EnterSame as double click on an object
DeleteDelete object
Shift + DeletePermanently deleting an object without placing it in the trash

Work in Explorer

Keyboard shortcutDescription
F3 or Ctrl + FShow or hide the search bar in Explorer (switch).

+ (on the numeric keypad)
– (on the numeric keypad)
Navigation through the explorer tree, roll-up of nested directories.
* (asterisk) (on the numeric keypad)Display all folders subfolded in the selected folder
F5Refresh Explorer window or Internet Explorer.
BackspaceGo up one level in Explorer or Internet Explorer.
F4Go to the address bar of Explorer or Internet Explorer.

Work with Windows

Keyboard shortcutDescription
Alt + Tab
Alt + Shift + Tab
Calling the menu of transition between windows and transition on it
Alt + Esc
Alt + Shift + Esc
Switch between windows (in the order in which they were started)
Alt + F6Switching between several windows of one program (for example, between open WinWord windows)
Alt + F4Closing the active window (running application). On the desktop – call the Windows shutdown dialog
Ctrl + F4Closing an active document in programs that allow multiple documents to open simultaneously
Window menu call
Alt + – (minus)Calling the system menu of a child window (for example, a document window)
EscExit window menu or close open dialog
Alt + letterCall a menu command or open a menu column. The corresponding letters in the menu are usually underlined (either initially, or become underlined after pressing Alt). If the menu column is already open, then to call the desired command, you must press the key with the letter, which is underlined in this command
Alt + SpaceCall the window system menu
F1Call help application.
Ctrl + Up
Ctrl + Down
Scroll text vertically or move up and down paragraphs of text.

Work with dialog boxes

Keyboard shortcutDescription
Ctrl + TabTab forward
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove back through tabs
TabMove forward options
Alt + underlined letterExecuting the appropriate command or selecting the appropriate option
EnterExecuting a command for the current option or button
Arrow keysButton selection, if the active option is included in the switch group
Shift + tabMove backward through options
Shift + tabMove backward through options

Work in Internet Explorer

Keyboard shortcutDescription
F4Displaying the Address Field List
Ctrl + N 
Launching another browser instance with the same web address
Ctrl + RUpdating the current web page
Ctrl + BOpens the Organize Favorites dialog box.
Ctrl + EOpens the Search panel
Ctrl + FStarting the search utility
Ctrl + IOpens the Favorites panel
Ctrl + LOpens the Open dialog box.
Ctrl + OOpens the Open dialog box, similar to the CtrL + L action
Ctrl + POpens the Print dialog box.
Ctrl + WClose current window
F11Switch to full screen mode and vice versa (works in some other applications).

Special abilities

  • Press the SHIFT key five times: enable or disable sticky keys
  • Hold down the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: enable or disable input filtering
  • Hold down the Num Lock key for five seconds: enable or disable voice-over switching
  • Alt left + Shift left + Num Lock: enable or disable keyboard pointer controls
  • Alt left + Shift left + PRINT SCREEN: turn high contrast on and off

So, friends, This is the complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts mostly used by Many Windows 10 users. Using these Hotkeys regularly will save tons of your time. Bookmark this page if you can’t remember all these Keys.