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Common keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
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 + L Lock your PC or switch accounts
Windows logo key + D Display and hide the desktop
New keyboard shortcuts The following table lists new additions to keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Windows.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key + A Open Action center
Windows logo key + S Open search
Windows logo key + C Open Cortana in listening mode

Note that, 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.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch between virtual desktops you've created on the right
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch between virtual desktops you've created on the left
Windows logo key + Ctrl + F4 Close the virtual desktop you're using

General keyboard shortcuts in Windows, quite common with previous Windows versions.

Keyboard shortcut Action
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 + 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

Windows logo keyKeyborad Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key Open or close Start
Windows logo key + A Open Action center
Windows logo key + B Set focus in the notification area
Windows logo key + C Open Cortana in listening mode

Note that, 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.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key + D Display and hide the desktop
Windows logo key + E Open File Explorer
Windows logo key + G Open Game bar when a game is open
Windows logo key + H Open the Share charm
Windows logo key + I Open Settings
Windows logo key + K Open the Connect quick action
Windows logo key + L Lock your PC or switch accounts
Windows logo key + M Minimize all windows
Windows logo key + O Lock device orientation
Windows logo key + P Choose a presentation display mode
Windows logo key + R Open the Run dialog box
Windows logo key + S Open Search
Windows logo key + T Cycle through apps on the taskbar
Windows logo key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key + V Cycle through notifications
Windows logo key + Shift + V Cycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows logo key + X Open the Quick Link menu
Windows logo key + Z Show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode
Windows logo key + comma (,) Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows logo key + Pause Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key + Ctrl + F Search for PCs (if you're on a network)
Windows logo key + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop
Windows logo key + number Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.
Windows logo key + Shift + number Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key + Ctrl + number Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key + Alt + number Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + number Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
Windows logo key + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key + Ctrl + B Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
Windows logo key + Up arrow Maximize the window
Windows logo key + Down arrow Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
Windows logo key + Left arrow Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen
Windows logo key + Right arrow Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen
Windows logo key + Home Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
Windows logo key + Shift+Up arrow Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows logo key + Shift + Down arrow Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
Windows logo key + Shift+Left arrow or Right arrow Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
Windows logo key + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Spacebar Change to a previously selected input
Windows logo key + Enter Open Narrator
Windows logo key + forward slash (/) Initiate IME reconversion
Windows logo key + plus (+) or minus (-) Zoom in or out using Magnifier
Windows logo key + Esc Exit Magnifier

Command PromptKeyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected text
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected text
Ctrl + M Enter Mark mode
Alt + selection key Begin selection in block mode
Arrow keys Move the cursor in the direction specified
Page up Move the cursor by one page up
Page down Move the cursor by one page down
Ctrl + Home (Mark mode) Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer
Ctrl + End (Mark mode) Move the cursor to the end of the buffer
Ctrl + Up arrow Move up one line in the output history
Ctrl + Down arrow Move down one line in the output history
Ctrl + Home (History navigation) If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the top of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the left of the cursor in the command line.
Ctrl + End (History navigation) If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the command line. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the right of the cursor in the command line.

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts


Keyboard shortcut Action
F4 Display the items in the active list
Ctrl + Tab ove forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move back through tabs
Ctrl + number (number 1-9) Move to nth tab
Tab Move forward through options
Shift + Tab Move back through options
Alt + underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Alt + D Select the address bar
Ctrl + E Select the search box
Ctrl + F Select the search box
Ctrl + N Open a new window
Ctrl + W Close the current window
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Ctrl + Shift + E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
Num Lock + asterisk (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock + plus (+) Display the contents of the selected folder
Lock + minus (-) Collapse the selected folder
Alt + P Display the preview pane
Alt + Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt + Right arrow View the next folder
Alt + Up arrow View the folder that the folder was in
Alt + Left arrow View the previous folder
Backspace View the previous folder
Right arrow Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Left arrow Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in
End Display the bottom of the active window
Home Display the top of the active window
F11 Maximize or minimize the active window

Virtual desktops keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Right arrow Switch between virtual desktops you've created on the right
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Left arrow Switch between virtual desktops you've created on the left
Windows logo key + Ctrl + F4 Close the virtual desktop you're using
Taskbar keyboard shortcuts, Working with items on the desktop taskbar.

Keyboard shortcut Action
Shift + click a taskbar button Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift+click a taskbar button Open an app as an administrator
Shift + right-click a taskbar button Show the window menu for the app
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key + U Open the Ease of Access Center

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key + plus (+) or minus (-) Zoom in or out
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + D Switch to docked mode
Ctrl + Alt + F Switch to full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + I Invert colors
Ctrl + Alt + L Switch to lens mode
Ctrl + Alt + R Resize the lens
Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Windows logo key + Esc Exit Magnifier

Narrator keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows logo key + Enter Open Narrator
Spacebar or Enter Activate current item
Tab and arrow keys Move around on the screen
Ctrl Stop reading
Caps Lock + D Read item
Caps Lock + M Start reading
Caps Lock + H Read document
Caps Lock + V Repeat phrase
Caps Lock + W Read window
Caps Lock + Page Up or Page Down Increase or decrease the volume of the voice
Caps Lock + plus (+) or minus (-) Increase or decrease the speed of the voice
Caps Lock + Spacebar Do default action
Caps Lock + Left or Right arrows Move to previous/next item
Caps Lock + F2 Show commands for current item
Press Caps Lock twice in quick succession Turn Caps Lock on or off
Caps + Esc Exit Narrator

Narrator touch keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut Action
Tap once with two fingers Stop Narrator from reading
Tap three times with four fingers Show all Narrator commands (including the ones not in this list)
Double-tap Activate primary action
Triple-tap Activate secondary action
Touch or drag a single finger Read what's under your fingers
Flick left/right with one finger Move to next or previous item
Swipe left/right/up/down with two fingers Scroll
Swipe down with three fingers Start reading on explorable