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
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.
Open and close the Start menu.
WinKey +1, WinKey +2, etc.
Switch to desktop and launch the numbered application in the taskbar.
Open the Action Center.
Highlight the Notification Area.
Launch Cortana into listening mode.Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately
Switch between Show Desktop
Launch File Explorer
Open the Share Charm
Open the Settings app
Open the Connect pane
Lock the device and go to the Lock screen
Switch to the desktop and minimize all open windows
Lock device orientation
Open the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors
Display the Run dialog box
Cycle through the apps on the taskbar
Launch the Ease of Access Center
Cycle through notifications
Open the WinX menu in the lower-left corner of the screen
Open the app-specific command bar
Switch input language and keyboard layout
Open Task view
Peek at the desktop
WinKey +Plus Sign
WinKey +Minus Sign
WinKey +LEFT ARROW
Dock the active window to the left half of the monitor
WinKey +RIGHT ARROW
Dock the active window to the right half of the monitor
WinKey +UP ARROW
Maximize the active window vertically and horizontally
WinKey +DOWN ARROW
Restore or minimize the active window
WinKey +SHIFT+UP ARROW
Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width
Restore or minimize the active window vertically
WinKey +SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
Close the desktop you’re using
Windows 10 later on introduced these new shortcuts:
WinKey+Alt+D : Opens date & time
WinKey+Shift+C : Opens Cortana
WinKey+. : Opens Emoji Panel.
Do let me know if you have found any new WinKey keyboard shortcut or if I missed anything.
UPDATE: Do read the comments for some additional keyboard shortcuts.
You can see the entire list of keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10, Windows Store apps and IE at Microsoft.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.