On Windows, keyboard shortcuts provide a quick way to navigate and operate the experience and features using a single press of one or multiple keys, which otherwise will take several clicks and more time to accomplish using the mouse. In this section, I will show you all the most useful windows keyboard shortcuts to navigate and operate the desktop and apps.

  • Windows Explorer / Desktop / General.
WinOpen or close the start menu. 
Win +PrtScnSave a fullscreen screenshot.
Win +Alt+PrtScnSave a screenshot of the active window.  
Win +Shift+SScreenshot region of screen.
Win +AOpen the Action Center
Win +CActivate Cortana listening mode.
Win +DShow Desktop / Minimize all. Press a second time to restore.  
Win +EOpen Windows File Explorer.
Win +FOpen the Feedback Hub
Win +Ctrl+FOpen Find computers.
Win +IOpen Settings.
Win +KOpen Connect.
Win +LLock the PC.
Win +MMinimize all windows.
Win + Shift  +MRestore windows that were minimized with Win +M.  
Win +PPresentation display mode.
Win +ROpen the “Run Program Or File” Window.
Win +SOpen Search.
Win +UOpen the Ease of Access center.
Win +VCycle through notifications. Reverse with Win+ Shift+V (Win 1810+)
Win +XQuick link menu (like right clicking on START).
Win +#  Open an app that is pinned to taskbar position #
Win + .Open the Emoji panel
Win +TabOpen the task view.
Win +HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window
Win +→+←  Snap the active window to the right or left of the screen.  
Win +↑ or ↓Maximize or Minimize the active window.
Win +⇧+↑ or ↓Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Win +Ctrl+ Shift+BAuto-correct a display issue/lockup.
Win +Pause or Win+Breakopens properties of My Computer.
Win+F1Open Windows Help.
Win + +Magnifier Zoom in.
Win + Magnifier Zoom out.
Win +,Open a quick look at the desktop.
Win +. or ;Open the Emoji panel.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for the windows CMD and PowerShell
Alt+ENTERSwitch to/from full screen mode
Ctrl-C   Cancel the current command
Ctrl-M   Enter Mark mode.
Shift+←/→Select text in mark mode.
Ctrl-CCopy the selected text. (or Ctrl-Insert)
Ctrl-VPaste the selected text. (or Shift-Insert)
Ctrl+Home (Mark mode)Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer.  
Ctrl + End (Mark mode) Move the cursor to the end of the buffer.  
[Tab]Autocomplete folder/file name.
↓ / ↑Scroll through history of typed commands.
ESCClear command line.
INSERTToggle Insert/Overwrite.
Ctrl + HomeHome line to the left.
Ctrl + End Erase line to the right.
Ctrl ←   Move one word to the left (backward).
Ctrl →   Move one word to the right (forward).
[Home]Move to beginning of line.
[End]    Move to end of line.
PgUpScroll window up.
PgDnScroll window Down.
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScn  Toggle High Visibility screen mode.