Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows10

Keyboard Shortcuts
for Windows 10

Keyboard shortcuts are keys (or combinations of keys) that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse.

Copy, paste, and other general keyboard shortcuts

Press These Keys 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.
Alt + Shift + arrow keys When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified.
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder.
Ctrl + arrow keys Resize the Start menu when it’s open.
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.
PrtScn Take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard.

Note

  • You can change this shortcut so it also opens screen snipping, which lets you edit your screenshot. Select Start  Settings Ease of Access Keyboard, and turn on the toggle under Print Screen shortcut.

File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Press These Keys To Do This
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.

Movies & TV keyboard shortcuts

Press These Keys 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

Text Editing keyboard shortcuts

Press These Keys 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