Master List of Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

This page lists the complete keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10.

Contents

Windows 10 Keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy 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
Windows logo key + D Display and hide the desktop
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 + F8 Show your password on the sign-in screen
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
Ctrl + F4 Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time)
Ctrl + A Select all items in a document or window
Ctrl + D (or Delete) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + R (or F5) Refresh the active window
Ctrl + Y Redo 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 on 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 in 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 key Keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
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  + Shift + C Open Cortana in listening mode
Windows logo key  + D Display and hide the desktop
Windows logo key  + Alt + D Display and hide the date and time on the desktop
Windows logo key  + E Open File Explorer
Windows logo key  + F Open Feedback Hub
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  + J Set focus to a Windows tip when one is available.

When a Windows tip appears, bring focus to the Tip.  Pressing the keyboard shortcuts again to bring focus to the element on the screen to which the Windows tip is anchored.



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  + 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 except 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 (/) Begin IME reconversion
Windows logo key  + plus (+) or minus (-) Zoom in or out using Magnifier
Windows logo key  + Esc Exit Magnifier

Command Prompt Keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
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

Press this key To do this
F4 Display the items in the active list
Ctrl + Tab Move 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 is used 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

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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 active 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
Num Lock + minus (-) Collapse the selected folder
Alt + P Display the preview panel
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

Press this key To do this
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

Press this key To do this
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

Settings Keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Windows logo key + I Open settings
Backspace Go back to the settings home page
Type on any page with search box Search settings

 

Keyboard shortcuts in apps

Microsoft Edge keyboard shortcuts

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Ctrl + D Add current site to favorites or reading list
Ctrl + I Open favorites pane
Ctrl + J Open downloads pane
Ctrl + H Open history pane
Ctrl + P Print the current page
Ctrl + F
Find on page
Alt + C Open Cortana
Ctrl + Shift + R Enter reading view
Ctrl + T Open a new tab
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the last closed tab
Ctrl + W or Ctrl + F4 Close the active tab
Ctrl + K Duplicate tab
Ctrl + N Open a new window
Ctrl + Shift + P Open a new InPrivate Browsing window
Ctrl + Tab Switch to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Switch to the previous tab
Ctrl + 1, 2, 3, and so on Switch to a specific tab number
Ctrl + 9 Switch to the last tab
Ctrl + plus (+) Zoom in (25%)
Ctrl + minus (-) Zoom out (25%)
Ctrl + 0 Reset zoom level
Backspace or Alt + Left arrow Go back
Alt + Right arrow Go forward
F5 or Ctrl + R Refresh the page
Esc Stop loading the page
Ctrl + L or F4 or Alt + D Select the address bar
Ctrl + Shift + L Open address bar query in a new tab
Ctrl + E Open a search query in the address bar
Ctrl + Enter Add www. to the beginning and .com to end of text typed in the address bar
Ctrl + click Open link in a new tab
Ctrl + Shift + click Open link in a new tab and switch to that tab
Alt + Shift + click Open link in a new window
Ctrl + Shift + M Start creating web notes
Ctrl + Alt + M Copy selected content into a web note
F12 Open F12 Developer Tools 
Ctrl + U View source
F6 Toggle focus between webpage content and the address bar
F7 Turn caret browsing on for the active tab
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Show controls to clear browsing data

Calculator keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Alt + 1 Switch to Standard mode
Alt + 2 Switch to Scientific mode
Alt + 3 Switch to Programmer mode
Ctrl + M Store in memory
Ctrl + P Add to memory
Ctrl + Q Subtract from memory
Ctrl + R Recall from memory
Ctrl + L Clear memory
F9 Select ±
R Select 1/x
@ Calculate the square root
Delete Select CE
Ctrl + H Turn calculation history on or off
Up arrow Move up in history list
Down arrow Move down in history list
Ctrl + Shift + D Clear history
F3 Select DEG in Scientific mode
F4 Select RAD in Scientific mode
F5 Select GRAD in Scientific mode
Ctrl + G Select 10x in Scientific mode
Ctrl + O Select cosh in Scientific mode
Ctrl + S Select sinh in Scientific mode
Ctrl + T Select tanh in Scientific mode
Shift + S Select sin-1 in Scientific mode
Shift + O Select cos-1 in Scientific mode
Shift + T Select tan-1 in Scientific mode
Ctrl + Y Select y√x in Scientific mode
D Select Mod in Scientific mode
L Select log in Scientific mode
M Select dms in Scientific mode
N Select ln in Scientific mode
Ctrl + N Select ex in Scientific mode
O Select cos in Scientific mode
P Select Pi in Scientific mode
Q Select x2 in Scientific mode
S Select sin in Scientific mode
T Select tan in Scientific mode
V Select F-E in Scientific mode
X Select Exp in Scientific mode
Y, ^ Select xy in Scientific mode
# Select x3 in Scientific mode
; Select Int in Scientific mode
! Select n! in Scientific mode
F2 Select DWORD in Programmer mode
F3 Select WORD in Programmer mode
F4 Select BYTE in Programmer mode
F5 Select HEX in Programmer mode
F6 Select DEC in Programmer mode
F7 Select OCT in Programmer mode
F8 Select BIN in Programmer mode
F12 Select QWORD in Programmer mode
A-F Select A-F in Programmer mode
J Select RoL in Programmer mode
K Select RoR in Programmer mode
< Select Lsh in Programmer mode 
> Select Rsh in Programmer mode
% Select Mod in Programmer mode
| Select Or in Programmer mode
^ Select Xor in Programmer mode
~ Select Not in Programmer mode
& Select And in Programmer mode
Spacebar Toggle the bit value in Programmer mode

Game bar keyboard shortcuts

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Windows logo key + G Open Game bar when a game is open
Windows logo key + Alt + G Record the last 30 seconds
Windows logo key + Alt + R Start or stop recording
Windows logo key + Alt + Print Screen Take a screenshot of your game
Windows logo key + Alt + T Show/hide recording timer

Groove keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Ctrl + P Play or pause
Ctrl + F Skip to next song
Ctrl + B Restart current song/skip to previous
F9 Volume up
F8 Volume down
F7 Mute volume
Ctrl + Enter Select an item and enter Selection mode
Ctrl + A Select all
Delete Delete selected item(s)
Ctrl + Shift + P Play selected item
Ctrl + T Repeat on or off
Ctrl + H Shuffle on or off
Ctrl + Q Search

Maps keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Arrow keys Pan the map in any direction
Ctrl + plus or minus key (+ or -) Zoom in or out
Ctrl + Left or Right arrow keys Rotate
Ctrl + Up or Down arrow keys Tilt
+ or – keys Zoom in or out in 3D Cities view
Page Up or Page Down Move farther or closer in 3D Cities view
Ctrl + Y Switch map views between aerial and road
Ctrl + Home Center map on your current location
Ctrl + D Get directions
Ctrl + F Search
Ctrl + M Minimize the active tab
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + T Show or hide traffic
Backspace Go back
Ctrl + H Share
Ctrl + L Move focus to map
Ctrl + W Close the active tab
Ctrl + Tab Go to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Go to previous tab
Ctrl + S Show or hide Streedside
Ctrl + C Copy to clipboard

Movies & TV keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Alt + Enter Play full-screen
Esc Leave full-screen
Enter Select something that’s in focus
Spacebar
or
Ctrl + P
Play or pause (when a video is in focus)
Alt + Left arrow key
or
Windows logo key + Backspace
Go back
Ctrl + T Turn repeat on or off
F7 Mute the sound
F8 Volume down
F9 Volume up

Paint keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
F11 View a picture in full-screen mode
F12 Save the picture as a new file
Ctrl + A Select the whole picture
Ctrl + B Bold selected text
Ctrl + C Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + E Open the Properties dialog box
Ctrl + G Show or hide gridlines
Ctrl + I Italicize selected text
Ctrl + N Create a new picture
Ctrl + O Open an existing picture
Ctrl + P Print a picture
Ctrl + R Show or hide the ruler
Ctrl + S Save changes to a picture
Ctrl + U Underline selected text
Ctrl + V Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl + W Open the Resize and Skew dialog
Ctrl + X Cut a selection
Ctrl + Y Redo a change
Ctrl + Z Undo a change
Ctrl + plus (+) Increase the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl + minus (-) Decrease the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl + Page Up Zoom in
Ctrl + Page Down Zoom out
Alt + F4 Close a picture and its Paint window
Right arrow Move the selection or active shape right by one pixel
Left arrow Move the selection or active shape left by one pixel
Down arrow Move the selection or active shape down by one pixel
Up arrow Move the selection or active shape up by one pixel
Shift + F10 Show the context menu

Photos keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Spacebar (in Collection) Select an item and enter Selection mode
Enter (from Selection mode) Select an item while in Selection mode
Spacebar (viewing a photo) Show or hide commands
Spacebar (viewing a video) Play or pause the video
Arrow keys (in Collection) Scroll up, down, left, or right
Left or right arrow keys (on a single item or slideshow) Show the next or previous item
Arrow keys (on a zoomed photo) Move within the photo
Ctrl + plus or minus (+ or -) Zoom in or out when viewing a photo
Ctrl + 0 Reset zoom on a photo
Esc Return to previous screen
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + R (viewing or editing) Rotate a photo
E (viewing a photo) Enhance a photo
Ctrl + Z (editing) Undo changes
Ctrl + Y (editing) Redo changes
Ctrl + / (editing) View original
Shift + arrow keys Resize crop or selective focus area
Ctrl + arrow keys Move crop or selective focus area 
F5 (viewing an item) Start a slide show
Alt + Enter View file info
Ctrl + L Set as lock screen
Ctrl + N (in Albums view) Create a new album
Ctrl + R (in Albums view) Remove album
Ctrl + D Add selected items to album
Ctrl + U Remove selected items from album

Wordpad keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
F3 Search for the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box
F12 Save the document as a new file
Ctrl + 1 Set single line spacing
Ctrl + 2 Set double line spacing
Ctrl + 5 Set line spacing to 1.5
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + B Make selected text bold
Ctrl + C Copy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + D Insert a Microsoft Paint drawing
Ctrl + E Align text center
Ctrl + F Search for text in a document
Ctrl + H Replace text in a document
Ctrl + I Italicize selected text
Ctrl + J Justify text
Ctrl + L Align text left
Ctrl + N Create a new document
Ctrl + O Open an existing document
Ctrl + P Print a document
Ctrl + R Align text right
Ctrl + S Save changes to a document
Ctrl + U Underline selected text
Ctrl + V Paste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut a selection
Ctrl + Y Redo a change
Ctrl + Z Undo a change
Ctrl + equal (=) Make selected text subscript
Ctrl + Shift + equal (=) Make selected text superscript
Ctrl + Shift + greater than (>) Increase the font size
Ctrl + Shift + less than (<) Decrease the font size
Ctrl + Shift + A Change characters to all capitals
Ctrl + Shift + L Change the bullet style
Ctrl + Left arrow Move the cursor one word to the left
Ctrl + Right arrow Move the cursor one word to the right
Ctrl + Up arrow Move the cursor to the previous line
Ctrl + Down arrow Move the cursor to the next line
Ctrl + Home Move to the beginning of the document
Ctrl + End Move to the end of the document
Ctrl + Page Up Move up one page
Ctrl + Page Down Move down one page
Ctrl + Delete Delete the next word
Alt + F4 Close WordPad
Shift + F10 Show the context menu

Windows keyboard shortcuts for accessibility

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
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

Additional accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
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

Microsoft Surface Hub keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Windows logo key Open or close Start
Windows logo key + A Open quick actions
Windows logo key + F Enter or exit full screen for the app you’re using
Windows logo key + N Open notifications
Windows logo key + S Open Cortana or search
Windows logo key + T Open the clock
Windows logo key + W Send to whiteboard
Windows logo key + X Swap sidebars
Windows logo key + 1 Open or close the call pane in the sidebar
Windows logo key + 2 Open or close the people pane in the sidebar
Windows logo key + 3 Open or close the message pane in the sidebar
Windows logo key + 4 Open or close the content pane in the sidebar
Windows logo key + F6 Move keyboard focus between the sidebars, top bar, and bottom bar
Windows logo key + Shift + F6 Move keyboard focus between the sidebars, top bar, and bottom bar in the opposite direction
Windows logo key + Tab Go to Task view
Windows logo key + Backspace Go back
Windows logo key + Spacebar Switch input language or keyboard
Windows logo key + Enter Open Narrator
Windows logo key + Plus (+) Open Magnifier
Left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen Turn high contrast on or off
F10 Turn screen sharing on or off
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps
Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter 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 + Esc
End your session

Keyboard shortcuts for Continuum

Press this key To do this
Windows logo key
Open or close Start
Windows logo key + A Open Action center
Windows logo key‌ + C Open Cortana in listening mode
Windows logo key + E Open File Explorer
Windows logo key + I Open Settings
Windows logo key + K Open the Connect quick action
Windows logo key + L Lock your device or switch accounts
Windows logo key + O Lock device orientation
Windows logo key + P Open display settings
Windows logo key + S Open search
Windows logo key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key + Backspace Go back
Windows logo key + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key + Print Screen Take a screenshot
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps

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