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Windows 10 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Like most Windows applications, there are several keyboard shortcuts you can use to make it easier or faster for some to perform certain tasks.

Most of the new Windows shortcuts use the Windows key ( Windows Key) combined with other keys to perform several actions. The following are some of the most common or useful shortcuts used in Windows 10.

Windows key Open the Start menu
Windows key + S Open the Windows Search
Windows key + C Open Cortana
Windows key + Tab Open Task View
Windows key + D Show or Hide the Desktop
Windows key + L Lock your account
Windows key + A Open the Action Center sidebar
Windows key + I Open the Settings window
Windows key + E Open the File Explorer window
Windows key + PrintScreen Takes a screenshot of your whole display and stores it in Pictures > Screenshots

Window Snapping

Other useful shortcuts introduced in Windows 10 are the ones used for Windows snapping. Snapping windows was introduced in Windows 7 and allows you to automatically arrange your windows making it easier to work with multiple applications at the same time.


Although you can do this with your mouse by dragging the windows to each side of the screen, Windows 10 introduced shortcuts to perform this task.

Windows key + Left arrow Snap the active window on the left side of the screen
Windows key + Right arrow Snap the active window on the right side of the screen
Windows key + Up arrow Snap the active window on the top of the screen
Windows key + Down arrow Snap the active window on the bottom of the screen

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