Our Favorite Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Last updated on October 10th, 2023 at 10:22 pm

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From casual computer users to those of us who want to get the absolute most out of our work time, keyboard shortcuts can be a convenient way of streamlining your activity. If you type a lot like I do, your preference is probably to have both hands on the keyboard as often as possible. Windows 10 comes with some great WIN key combinations that can help quicken your pace. 

WIN+LLocks your screen so that anyone coming to your computer must put in your password to unlock it and continue working
WIN + Up or Down ArrowToggles between minimizing or maximizing the currently selected window
WIN + Left or Right ArrowToggles position of the currently selected window to include half-screen snap (also useful for multiple monitors)
WIN + TabActivates Task View
WIN + 1 through 0Launches items in the corresponding order that are pinned to your taskbar
WIN + ABrings up Action Center
SHIFT + DELPermanently deletes the selected file/email bypassing the recycle bin or delete items folder
WIN + CActivates Cortana With Speech Recognition
WIN + DShow Desktop
WIN + EOpens File Explorer (like Windows Explorer on older versions)
WIN + IOpens Windows 10 Settings Screen
WIN + DShow Desktop
WIN + Shift + Left or Right ArrowMove apps from one monitor to another

One of the coolest features in Windows 10 is the ability to create Virtual Desktops. Using Virtual Desktops can enable to you to gain many of the benefits of multiple monitors without having to have extra physical monitors hogging up all of your personal space.

WIN + Ctrl + DCreate a new Virtual Desktop
WIN + Ctrl + F4Close a new Virtual Desktop
WIN + Ctrl + Left or Right ArrowSwitch between Virtual Desktops

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