windows 10 keyboard shortcuts- Latest 2020

All latest shortcuts keys for windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP


  • Windows key + left

There are variations to this command, you can also try Windows key + right, Windows key + up and Windows key + down.
What they all do is that they send the window or program that is currently open to the side of the screen. The left and right commands will send it to the left and right of the screen while the up and down commands will send the window to reduce the size to the top and bottom of the screen.
If you have 2 apps opened and you click Windows key + left or Windows key + right for a particular app, you'll be asked to set the other app to fill the empty area of the screen.

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  • Windows key then type or Ctrl + E then type
The search option that exists in Windows is like the best thing ever. It definitely gets top rank in the list of user searches. The reason for this is that you can basically find anything through it.
With this option, you don’t have to fiddle around trying to find a particular file or app. You just use the search.
All you do is press the Win key and input the name of the program of the app that you're looking for and it’ll show up. It has no excuse not to.
In fact, you don’t have to include the full name of the program before Windows brings it out to you.
I looked for Google Chrome and all I did was type in ‘Go ’ and it supplies it at the top of the list.


  • Alt + F
This is a cool way to enter the file menu options in a program. Like for example in Microsoft word, where you have the File, Home, Insert, and others. The Alt + F option will enable you to open the file menu.
It is kind of a stress to scroll all the way to the top just to reach the file option.
And it’s not only the file you can reach with a shortcut.
When you press the Alt key, you'll see the key that you need to press to get the other options to show.
Still in Microsoft word and you press the Alt key. It will alert you that Alt + H will enter the Home and Alt + N will open Insert.


  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc
This will get you to open the task manager quickly.
You can also try to enter the search and type in ‘Task Manager ’.
But the Ctrl + Shift + Esc option is quicker.


  • Alt + Enter
When you select a file or a document and you want to see the properties, you don’t have to right-click and choose Properties.
You can just easily press Alt + Enter and the properties window will open up.
It’s in this “properties: segment that you'll be able to see the size of the file, the date when it was created, date it was modified, and other properties of the file.
Another shortcut to summon the properties window is to use Alt + right-click. It does the same thing; bring up the properties menu.


  • Windows key + E
When it comes to looking for apps and programs, the best place to turn to is the Windows search.
But when it comes to looking for files and documents, the File Explorer is great at it.
The reason for this is not only because the name says ‘File’ Explorer but also because it does some filtering features that allow users to be able to narrow down what they search for. This method is an efficient way to dig through and find files on your computer.
For you to summon the File Explorer in shortcut style, you just use Windows key + E . Now you'll see a wide array of options that you use to search for your file. You'll see navigational options, filers, and views that you can use to improve your ‘search experience’
In the search bar at the top right, you can input the name of a file you want to find.
But something else that you can try to do again is to input the extension of a file. Like you add the .jpg or .png if you are looking for a photo. Or, you can find a document with the .docx extension


  • Windows key + Ctrl + D
This button will help you to create another desktop.
And by another desktop, it’s a virtual one.


  • Windows key + Ctrl + left or right
This will help to go navigate through the desktops. Pressing the left key will return to the previous desktops you were in.
Pressing the right key will navigate you through the newer desktops you just created.


  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4
What if when you're done with the virtual desktop, you want to close it, but you have no idea how?
You just have to press Windows key + Ctrl + F4 to quit it.
Just make sure that you have saved all that you were doing on the new desktop.


• Ctrl + E

A lovely way to turn on the search. You can make use of this option in the File Explorer. This will help you to search the current folder you are in.

When you hit the Ctrl + E option on your keyboard, the cursor will jump to the search box at the right-hand corner of the screen. So you have a fast way to search for a file. Just press Windows key + Eto enter File Explorer and Ctrl + Eto search for the item.

This doesn’t only work in File Explorer. It will also work when you are in a web browser (or at least for most modern browsers).

Try it for Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Pressing the Ctrl + E will send you to the address bar for you to enter any URL.


•Windows key + X

This option will get you to open up the start menu options. Normally you would have to right-click the Start to show up this menu.

This is the menu that houses the mobility center, program and features, device manager, task manager, and more.


•Windows key + I

This is a quick way to launch the Settings window.

If you are looking for a particular setting, you can use the search to find it.


  • Alt + Tab
Another shortcut that makes this list is the Alt + Tab function. What this does is that it enables you to switch between Windows very quickly.
Let's say that you are working on Microsoft Word and Google Chrome. Normally, you'll have to go to the bottom of the taskbar to select the program you want to switch to or you can just minimize the current program you're in to get to the other one.
But with the Alt + Tab option, you can switch easily. You can press the combo once and then you'll go to the other program that’s opened.
You can also press it again to switch back to the previous window. That’s for 2 programs. What happens when there are 3 or more programs opened?
Easy enough! When there are multiple programs opened, pressing the Alt + E option won't get you to switch between all of them. All you have to do is to hold down the Alt button and then press the Tab continuously till it navigates to your desired window.
As you press the Tab. Don’t release the Alt key.


  • Ctrl + Alt + Tab
This one is just like the option we just talked about. Except, you won't have to hold down the Alt + key.
When you press this combo, all the windows will be opened to you just like the Alt key will do but this time, it will remain like that.
This is also known as the Tab Switch Freeze. Instead of letting you just jump between windows and programs you just opened recently, you'll be able to see all the items that you’ve opened on your computer.
Then you can then switch to the one you would like to open. You can make use of the same Tab key or you could use the left and right controls to navigate through the windows


  • Windows key + R
This will have you opening up the Run dialog box.


  • Windows key + A
When you get notifications they show up at the edge of your screen for a few seconds. You have those few seconds to select it and attend to the matter. If you wait any longer, it will disappear.
But you can still access the notification by going to the Action Center.
Normally you have to go the corner of the display to access it. It is the icon that’s just before the Date and Time. Yes, that one.
But the problem with that is it’s too far. With Windows key + A, you'll get to it much faster. Just press it once and the Action Center opens up.


  • Windows key + T
This is another method of switching through Windows. When you press the Windows key + T. you'll move through the options in the taskbar.
As you press T continuously, you'll see the taskbar run through the items on it. When it eventually gets to the app you want just hit Enter to open it up.


  • Alt + left or right
If you’ve opened many folders in File Explorer and you want to go back, this is a great option. Just hold the Alt + left and press left to go back.
You can press the Alt + right to return to the folder you’ve just closed.
You should know that this shortcut will only get you to move through the folders that you’ve opened before. That is your search history. They will not get you to folders unless you have actually opened the folder before.
If you want to move a folder hierarchy. (That is the folder that houses the current folder you are in) you can just use Alt + up.
This shortcut does not just work for File Explorer only. The Alt + right and Alt + left shortcut can also work when you in a web browser. You'll be able to move forwards and backward through the history of what you’ve searched for in the same tab.
No more looking for the back button on the screen, Alt + left does the trick. This works for most browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.


• Windows key +,

It just gets better. If you would like to see the desktop and not minimize your apps this is the way to go

Pressing Windows key + will get you to see the desktop briefly and return to your program. The longer you hold Windows key the longer the desktop stays.


• Right-click taskbar + D

This is a good option to see what’s going on in the computer if you opened different programs.

All you have to do is just Right-click the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and then press D

When you do this all the opened windows will be in cascade. That is, they’ll be stocked behind each other. When you use this cascade formation, you'll be able to find the open apps. If there’s a program you don’t want to use again, you can close it.


• Right-click taskbar + U.

So you just tried the shortcut to cascade the windows. It worked, the windows are stacked behind each other now you want to get out of the mode.

You easily opt-out of the cascade option for the windows by Right-clicking on the taskbar then pressing U.this will revert the windows to the normal view and undo the cascade effect.

Before you can actually do the ‘un cascade’ windows option, you should have used the cascade option first.


• Right-click taskbar + E

The cascading option is great to see which programs are open on your computer.

But there’s a better way. It is the option to show windows stacked side-by-side. This does what it says. It stacks the windows that are open.

All you have to do is Right-click the taskbar then press E.The way in which the windows will be stacked on your computer will depend on the number of apps or programs that you have opened and the type of documents and files that you have opened.

The windows will not be snapped to the corners, they’ll just be resized and stacked.

If you stacked the windows, and it has already served its purpose, you can always revert it back to the window you were in by Right-clicking the taskbar then pressing U.


  • Ctrl + F6
So let's say that you have two documents opened in Microsoft Word. The normal way that you switch between them is by moving to the taskbar at the bottom, click the app icon then choose the document to enter.
Nice way. But too slow and it does reduce productivity.
A quicker way; Ctrl + F6. This is the cycle program shortcut that will switch to the files that you opened for the same program.
If you opened, say 9 documents in Microsoft word, you can just press the Ctrl + F6 and it will switch to the next document.
Don’t release the Ctrl and keep pressing F6. You'll see that it just keeps cycling through the files you opened.


• Windows key + PrtSc

If you want to take a screenshot on your computer, you can just press the PrtScbutton on the keyboard. But that won't save it to the computer

Press Windows key + PrtScand you'll be able to view the screenshot page in the pictures folder


  • Ctrl + M
Another option that you want to make use of to minimize all windows is the Ctrl + M shortcut. When you have many windows opened, minimizing them one after the other with the minimize button at the top can be stressful
Especially when you have about 10 windows opened at once. Ctrl + M minimizes them all at once.


• Ctrl + W

As you work with many files that are opened in Windows 10, you may want to close a document but not out of the program itself. That was what this shortcut was made.

When you hit Ctrl + W, the current files that you make use of will be closed but the app will still be open.

What this means is if you hit Ctrl + Won a word document, the current files will be closed but Microsoft word itself will still be opened. You can then open another file. You will also be given two options; Save or Don’t Save

You also make use of this Ctrl + W shortcut when you're in a multitasking view. You'll be able to use it to close any files that are opened at that moment.


  • Alt + F4
This shortcut should not be mistaken for Ctrl + W . The Alt + F4 shortcut will not only quit the current file that you are working on but it will close you out of the application itself. When you press it, you'll also be given the option for Save or Don’t Save.
When you press the Alt + F4 on a word document, Windows will close any word document that is opened and also close Microsoft word. This very different from the Ctrl + W that only closes you out of the current file that is opened.
But that’s not the only thing Alt + F4 does. If you are on your Windows desktop and you press the Alt + F4 shortcut, you'll get the option to shut down your computer.
If you are working on a file and you want to shut down very quickly, you can just press Ctrl + M to minimize all the windows that are opened, then press Alt + F4 to shut down your computer


  • Alt + Shift + D
This is a great way to insert the date very quickly. Pressing Alt + Shift + D will paste the date in format set is on your computer.
Alt + Shift + T will get to paste the current time where the cursor is in a document.


  • Ctrl + N
When you're in the Microsoft Office Suite, the go-to option for creating a new document should be the Ctrl + N shortcut. You can create new blank files very quickly and easily.
So if you are working on Microsoft PowerPoint and you hit the Ctrl + N, a new presentation that you can work with will be opened for you.
Ctrl + N is also very useful when you're managing your files with the Windows File Explorer.
When you press the combo from File Explorer, you'll be given a new window that you can work with.
Now you have 2 windows for the File Explorer. Snap it to split-screen and you'll be able to drag and drop files into different folders.
If you created a window by opening Windows File Explorer afresh, you'll be shown the homepage. But by using Ctrl + N, you’ll be given a replica of the folder you're in but in a different window.


  • Ctrl + Shift + N
Still on File Explorer hacks. If you are in a folder and you want to create a new folder, you just have to hit Ctrl + Shift + N and a new blank folder will be created.
With this method, you can easily create folders on the fly without stress. You'll be able to organize files quicker leading to better productivity.
Normally you will have to right-click an empty space in the file explorer, chose New, then select folder. That method is long and stressful. It even makes one reconsider creating a new folder when one thinks of the process he has to go through.
But now, Ctrl + Shift + N makes it even easier.


  • Ctrl + Shift + >
This is a quick way to increase the size of a text. Instead of moving all the way up simply pressing Ctrl + Shift + > will do the trick.


  • Ctrl + Shift + <
With Ctrl + Shift + >, you'll be able to decrease the size of the selected text.
To decrease the size even further, keep pressing the > while the Ctrl + Shift is still held down.


  • Right click + W + document
Creating a new folder with Ctrl + Shift + N is a fast and easy way to create empty folders. But what if you want to create a new file without entering the program.
Yes, it is possible to create a new document and not get into the application itself. You can do this for any Microsoft office application.
If you want to create a new blank document of an application, you just have to:
  1. Right-click an area in the folder you want to the document to be
  1. Press W to get to the New option
  1. Choose the type of file you want to open
When you choose the file type, you'll see that a new document of the application will be created. It will have the default name so you may have to enter a new one.
The file is created. And you did all this without having to open the application itself.


  • Windows key  +  (+)
Have you been finding yourself squinting to find out what is written on the screen of your computer?
You may enlarge the text size for the application but maybe that’s not enough or you don’t want it zoomed in permanently.
Your next option is to use the Windows key + + shortcut. When you press the combo, you'll see that the items on your screen will become magnified. That’s because you just opened the magnifier.
If you want to get a more zoomed-in view you keep pressing the +. Just make sure that you don’t release the Windows key.


  • Windows key + -
This does the same as the previous shortcut; magnifier. Except this one does the opposite; it zooms out. The zooming out does not happen when you're in the normal view of the screen.
There nothing to zoom out from at that point. But when you use the Windows key + + shortcut, you can easily use the Windows key + + shortcut to reverse the effect.


  • Ctrl + End
If you are using Microsoft Word or any other word editing program, one easy way to go the end of the is to use Ctrl + End.
The normal way to do it is by using the slider on the right side of the page. Then you drag it to the end, but that’s okay.
But why would you use that when you’ve got Ctrl + End ?!


  • Ctrl + Home
This is the opposite of the last shortcut.
You'll be able to use the Ctrl + Home shortcut to move directly to the beginning of the document.


  • Shift + Home
When you want to highlight a document in word, the normal procedure is to click and drag to the end of the word.
Not only is that method slow when it comes to highlighting all the texts in the same line, but you can select something else.
The Shift + Home shortcut makes it easier.
When you use the shortcut, the word from the cursor to the beginning of the line will be selected.


  • Shift + End.
This does the opposite of the previous shortcut. Shift + End will highlight from the end of the text to where the cursor is.

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