New Windows 10 WinKey Keyboard Shortcuts you want to know

Windows 10 introduces a few new keyboard shortcuts that can help us work and navigate faster. Most of us are familiar with Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts. Now let us take a look at some of the new Windows 10 WinKey Keyboard Shortcuts.

New Windows 10 WinKey Keyboard Shortcuts

New Windows 10 WinKey Keyboard Shortcuts

A WinKey shortcut is a combinations of two or more keys that you can press at the same time, in order to perform a task quickly.  One of these is the WinKey or the key with the Windows flag. Here is a list of some of the new WinKey desktop keyboard shortcuts that have been introduced in Windows 10.

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Windows key Open and close the Start menu.
WinKey Windows logo key +1, WinKey Windows logo key +2, etc. Switch to desktop and launch the numbered application in the taskbar.
WinKey Windows logo key +A Open the Action Center.
WinKey Windows logo key +B Highlight the Notification Area.
WinKey Windows logo key +C Launch Cortana into listening mode. Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately
WinKey Windows logo key +D Switch between Show Desktop
WinKey Windows logo key +E Launch File Explorer
WinKey Windows logo key +H Open the Share Charm
WinKey Windows logo key +I Open the Settings app
WinKey Windows logo key +K Open the Connect pane
WinKey Windows logo key +L Lock the device and go to the Lock screen
WinKey Windows logo key +M Switch to the desktop and minimize all open windows
WinKey Windows logo key +O Lock device orientation
WinKey Windows logo key +P Open the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors
WinKey Windows logo key +R Display the Run dialog box
WinKey Windows logo key+S Launch Cortana
WinKey Windows logo key+T Cycle through the apps on the taskbar
WinKey Windows logo key+U Launch the Ease of Access Center
WinKey Windows logo key+V Cycle through notifications
WinKey Windows logo key+X Open the WinX menu in the lower-left corner of the screen
WinKey Windows logo key+Z Open the app-specific command bar
WinKey Windows logo key+ENTER Launch Narrator
WinKey Windows logo key+SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout
WinKey Windows logo key+TAB Open Task view
WinKey Windows logo key+, Peek at the desktop
WinKey Windows logo key+Plus Sign Zoom in
WinKey Windows logo key+Minus Sign Zoom out
WinKey Windows logo key+ESCAPE Close Magnifier
WinKey Windows logo key+LEFT ARROW Dock the active window to the left half of the monitor
WinKey Windows logo key+RIGHT ARROW Dock the active window to the right half of the monitor
WinKey Windows logo key+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically and horizontally
WinKey Windows logo key+DOWN ARROW Restore or minimize the active window
WinKey Windows logo key+SHIFT+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width
WinKey Windows logo key+SHIFT+
DOWN ARROW
Restore or minimize the active window vertically
WinKey Windows logo key+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
WinKey Windows logo key +Ctrl+F4 Close the desktop you’re using

Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduces two new shortcuts:

  • WinKey+Alt+D : Opens date & time
  • WinKey+Shift+C : Opens Cortana

Do let me know if you have found any new WinKey keyboard shortcut or if I missed anything.

You can see the entire list of keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10, Windows Store apps and IE at Microsoft.

Want more? Take a look at the complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10.

Love tricks? Check out Windows 10 Tips and Tricks.

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