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Keyboard shortcuts in Windows

Applies to: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7

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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.

Additional keyboard shortcuts

• Keyboard shortcuts in apps

• Windows keyboard shortcuts for accessibility

• Microsoft Surface Hub keyboard shortcuts

• Keyboard shortcuts in Continuum for phones

Copy, paste, and other general keyboard shortcuts

Press this key 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
Close the active item, or exit the
Alt + F4
active app
Windows logo key  + L Lock your PC
Windows logo key  + D Display and hide the desktop
F2 Rename the selected item
Search for a file or folder in File
F3
Explorer
Display the address bar list in File
F4
Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
Cycle through screen elements in
F6
a window or on the desktop
Activate the Menu bar in the
F10
active app
Show your password on the sign-
Alt + F8
in screen
Cycle through items in the order
Alt + Esc
in which they were opened
Perform the command for that
Alt + underlined letter
letter
Display properties for the
Alt + Enter
selected item
Open the shortcut menu for the
Alt + Spacebar
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
Close the active document (in
apps that are full-screen and let
Ctrl + F4
you have multiple documents
open at the same time)
Select all items in a document or
Ctrl + A
window
Delete the selected item and
Ctrl + D (or Delete)
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
Move the cursor to the beginning
Ctrl + Left arrow
of the previous word
Move the cursor to the beginning
Ctrl + Down arrow
of the next paragraph
Move the cursor to the beginning
Ctrl + Up arrow
of the previous paragraph
Use the arrow keys to switch
Ctrl + Alt + Tab
between all open apps
When a group or tile is in focus
Alt + Shift + arrow keys on the Start menu, move it in the
direction specified
When a tile is in focus on the
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys Start menu, move it into another
tile to create a folder
Resize the Start menu when it's
Ctrl + arrow keys
open
Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an Select multiple individual items in
item) + Spacebar 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
Switch the keyboard layout when
Ctrl + Shift multiple keyboard layouts are
available
Turn the Chinese input method
Ctrl + Spacebar
editor (IME) on or off
Display the shortcut menu for the
Shift + F10
selected item
Select more than one item in a
Shift with any arrow key window or on the desktop, or
select text in a document
Delete the selected item without
Shift + Delete
moving it to the Recycle Bin first
Open the next menu to the right,
Right arrow
or open a submenu
Left arrow Open the next menu to the left,
or close a submenu
Esc Stop or leave the current task

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this


Windows logo key  Open or close Start
Windows logo key  + A Open Action center
Windows logo key  + B Set focus in the notification area
Open Cortana in listening mode

Notes
• This shortcut is turned off
by default. To turn it on,
select Start  > Settings 
 > Cortana, and turn on
the toggle under Let
Cortana listen for my
commands when I press
the Windows logo key +
Windows logo key  + C
C.

• Cortana is available only in


certain countries/regions,
and some Cortana
features might not be
available everywhere. If
Cortana isn't available or
is turned off, you can still
use search.

Windows logo key  + Shift + C Open the charms menu


Windows logo key  + D Display and hide the desktop
Display and hide the date and
Windows logo key  + Alt + D
time on the desktop
Windows logo key  + E Open File Explorer
Windows logo key  + F
Open Feedback Hub and take a
screenshot
Open Game bar when a game is
Windows logo key  + G
open
Windows logo key  + H Start dictation
Windows logo key  + I Open Settings
 Set focus to a Windows tip when
one is available.

When a Windows tip appears,


Windows logo key  + J
bring focus to the Tip.  Pressing
the keyboard shortcuts again to
bring focus to the element on the
screen to which the Windows tip
is anchored.
Windows logo key  + K Open the Connect quick action
Windows logo key  + L Lock your PC or switch accounts
Windows logo key  + M Minimize all windows
Windows logo key  + O Lock device orientation
Choose a presentation display
Windows logo key  + P
mode
Windows logo key  + R Open the Run dialog box
Windows logo key  + S Open search
Cycle through apps on the
Windows logo key  + T
taskbar
Windows logo key  + U Open Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key  + V Cycle through notifications
Cycle through notifications in
Windows logo key  + Shift + V
reverse order
Windows logo key  + X Open the Quick Link menu
Switch input between Windows
Windows logo key  + Y
Mixed Reality and your desktop
Show the commands available in
Windows logo key  + Z
an app in full-screen mode
Windows logo key  + period (.)
Open emoji panel
or semicolon (;)
Windows logo key  + comma Temporarily peek at the desktop
(,)
Display the System Properties
Windows logo key  + Pause
dialog box
Search for PCs (if you're on a
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + F
network)
Restore minimized windows on
Windows logo key  + Shift + M
the desktop
Open the desktop and start the
app pinned to the taskbar in the
Windows logo key  + number position indicated by the number.
If the app is already running,
switch to that app.
Open the desktop and start a new
Windows logo key  + Shift + instance of the app pinned to the
number taskbar in the position indicated
by the number
Open the desktop and switch to
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + the last active window of the app
number pinned to the taskbar in the
position indicated by the number
Open the desktop and open the
Windows logo key  + Alt + Jump List for the app pinned to
number the taskbar in the position
indicated by the number
Open the desktop and open a
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + new instance of the app located
Shift + number at the given position on the
taskbar as an administrator
Windows logo key  + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key  + Up arrow Maximize the window
Windows logo key  + Down Remove current app from screen
arrow or minimize the desktop window
Maximize the app or desktop
Windows logo key  + Left
window to the left side of the
arrow
screen
Maximize the app or desktop
Windows logo key  + Right
window to the right side of the
arrow
screen
Windows logo key  + Home Minimize all except the active
desktop window (restores all
windows on second stroke)
Windows logo key  + Shift + Stretch the desktop window to
Up arrow the top and bottom of the screen
Restore/minimize active desktop
Windows logo key  + Shift +
windows vertically, maintaining
Down arrow
width
Move an app or window in the
Windows logo key  + Shift +
desktop from one monitor to
Left arrow or Right arrow
another
Switch input language and
Windows logo key  + Spacebar
keyboard layout
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Change to a previously selected
Spacebar input
Windows logo key  + Ctrl +
Open Narrator
Enter
Windows logo key  + Plus (+) Open Magnifier
Windows logo key  + forward
Begin IME reconversion
slash (/)
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + V Open shoulder taps

Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this


Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected text
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected text
Ctrl + M Enter Mark mode
Alt + selection key Begin selection in block mode
Move the cursor in the direction
Arrow keys
specified
Page up Move the cursor by one page up
Move the cursor by one page
Page down
down
Ctrl + Home (Mark mode)
Move the cursor to the beginning
of the buffer
Move the cursor to the end of the
Ctrl + End (Mark mode)
buffer
Move up one line in the output
Ctrl + Up arrow
history
Move down one line in the
Ctrl + Down arrow
output history
If the command line is empty,
move the viewport to the top of
Ctrl + Home (History navigation) the buffer. Otherwise, delete all
the characters to the left of the
cursor in the command line.
If the command line is empty,
move the viewport to the
Ctrl + End (History navigation) command line. Otherwise, delete
all the characters to the right of
the cursor in the command line.

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this


F4 Display the items in the active list
Ctrl + Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move back through tabs
Ctrl + number (number 1–9) Move to nth tab
Tab Move forward through options
Shift + Tab Move back through options
Perform the command (or select
Alt + underlined letter the option) that is used with that
letter
Select or clear the check box if
Spacebar
the active option is a check box
Open a folder one level up if a
Backspace folder is selected in the Save As
or Open dialog box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active
option is a group of option
buttons

File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Press this key 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
Change the size and appearance
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel
of file and folder icons
Display all folders above the
Ctrl + Shift + E
selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
Display all subfolders under the
Num Lock + asterisk (*)
selected folder
Display the contents of the
Num Lock + plus (+)
selected folder
Num Lock + minus (-) Collapse the selected folder
Alt + P Display the preview panel
Open the Properties dialog box
Alt + Enter
for the selected item
Alt + Right arrow View the next folder
View the folder that the folder
Alt + Up arrow
was in
Alt + Left arrow View the previous folder
Backspace View the previous folder
Display the current selection (if
Right arrow 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
Display the bottom of the active
End
window
Display the top of the active
Home
window
Maximize or minimize the active
F11
window

Virtual desktops keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this


Windows logo key  + Tab Open Task view
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + D Add a virtual desktop
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Switch between virtual desktops
Right arrow you’ve created on the right
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Switch between virtual desktops
Left arrow you’ve created on the left
Close the virtual desktop you're
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + F4
using

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this


Open an app or quickly open
Shift + click a taskbar button
another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar
Open an app as an administrator
button
Shift + right-click a taskbar Show the window menu for the
button app
Shift + right-click a grouped Show the window menu for the
taskbar button group
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar Cycle through the windows of the
button group

Settings keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this


Windows logo key  + I Open settings
Go back to the settings home
Backspace
page
Type on any page with search
Search settings
box

Last Updated: Apr 6, 2018