List of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide

If you're a Windows 10 user, you probably already know that using keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time and make your workflow more efficient. However, with so many shortcuts available, it can be hard to keep track of them all. That's why we've compiled this ultimate guide to all the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts you need to know.

Note: Most of these keyboard shortcuts work across all versions of Windows 10, but some may not work on older versions.


These keyboard shortcuts can be used anywhere in Windows 10.

Essential shortcuts

Function Windows Shortcut  For Mac Shortcut 
Copy Ctrl+C Command+C
Paste Ctrl+V Command+V
Cut Ctrl+X Command+X
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y or Ctrl+Shift+Z Command+Shift+Z or Command+Y
Select All Ctrl+A Command+A
Find Ctrl+F Command+F
Save Ctrl+S Command+S
New File Ctrl+N Command+N
Open File Ctrl+O Command+O
Close Window Alt+F4 Command+W
Quit Application Alt+F4 Command+Q
Task Manager Ctrl+Shift+Esc N/A
Switch between open windows Alt+Tab Command+Tab
Take a Screenshot Win+Print Screen Command+Shift+3 (full screen) or Command+Shift+4 (selected area)
Zoom in Ctrl++ Command++
Zoom out Ctrl+- Command+-

Desktop Shortcut 

Here are some commonly used desktop shortcut keys:

Shortcut  Description
Windows key Open the Start menu or toggle between the Start menu and the last-used app
Windows key + D Show or hide the desktop
Windows key + E Open File Explorer
Windows key + L Lock your computer
Windows key + R Open the Run dialog box
Windows key + S Open the search bar
Windows key + Tab Open Task View
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Open the Task Manager
Ctrl + C Copy selected item
Ctrl + X Cut selected item
Ctrl + V Paste selected item
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
Alt + Tab Switch between open windows
Alt + F4 Close the active window
F2 Rename the selected item
F5 Refresh the active window

Note: These shortcut keys may vary depending on the operating system and version.


File Explorer Shortcut 

These are commonly used File Explorer shortcut keys that every Windows 10 user has to know.

Shortcut  Description
Windows key + E Opens File Explorer
Alt + Up arrow Goes up one folder level
F2 Renames a selected file or folder
Ctrl + C Copies selected item(s)
Ctrl + X Cuts selected item(s)
Ctrl + V Pastes copied or cut item(s)
Ctrl + Z Undoes the last action
Ctrl + A Selects all items in the current window
Ctrl + Shift + N Creates a new folder
Delete Deletes selected item(s)
Shift + Delete Deletes selected item(s) permanently without moving to the Recycle Bin
F11 Toggles full-screen mode on and off
Alt + Enter Opens the Properties dialog box for the selected item(s)
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens Task Manager directly


Command Prompt Shortcuts 

These keyboard shortcuts can enhance your efficiency while working with Command Prompt.

Shortcut  Description
Ctrl+C Stop the current command
Ctrl+A Select all text in the current line
Ctrl+V Paste text from the clipboard
Ctrl+F Open the find dialog box
Ctrl+M Enter Mark mode
F1 Display Command Prompt Help
F2 Edit the current command line
F3 Repeat the last command
F4 Delete the current command line
F5 Cycle through previously entered commands
F6 Cycle through Command Prompt's autocomplete options
F7 Display a list of previously entered commands
F8 Search the command history for a specific string
F9 Enter a specific command from the command history
Tab Auto-complete a partially typed command or filename
Shift+Arrow Highlight text in the command prompt
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Highlight text in the command prompt by whole words
Alt+F4 Close Command Prompt


Windows Shortcuts 

Using the Windows key in combination with other keys enables you to carry out various practical tasks, such as opening Settings, File Explorer, the Run command, apps pinned in the Taskbar, or accessing specific features like Narrator or Magnifier. Additionally, you can perform tasks like controlling windows and virtual desktops, capturing screenshots, locking the computer, and more.


The following is a comprehensive collection of the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts that involve the Windows key.


Shortcut  Action
Win + A Open the Action Center
Win + B Highlight the notification area
Win + C Launch Cortana in listening mode
Win + D Show the desktop
Win + E Open File Explorer
Win + F Open the search bar
Win + G Open the Game Bar
Win + H Open the Share menu
Win + I Open Settings
Win + K Open the Connect pane
Win + L Lock the computer
Win + M Minimize all windows
Win + P Choose a presentation display mode
Win + R Open the Run dialog box
Win + S Open the search bar
Win + T Cycle through apps on the taskbar
Win + U Open the Ease of Access Center
Win + X Open the Quick Link menu
Win + Z Show the app commands available in the app

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