Coming Soon: GET:IT Endpoint Management 1-Day Conference on September 28th at 9:30 AM ET Coming Soon: GET:IT Endpoint Management 1-Day Conference on September 28th at 9:30 AM ET
Windows Client OS

Learn the Most Useful Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

In this Ask the Admin, I’ll share some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows 10 more efficiently.

Keyboard shortcuts are useful because they allow you perform tasks that would otherwise require you to move your hand away from the keyboard. Some of the shortcuts here work in all versions of Windows, while others are unique to Windows 10.

 

Sponsored Content

Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management

Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.

 

The list isn’t by any means exhaustive, but these are the shortcuts I use most often. And even if you’re already a keyboard shortcut master, there might be some new ones below. For a complete official list of Windows 10 shortcuts, see Microsoft’s website here.

WIN stands for the Windows key, which you’ll find down in the bottom left corner of the keyboard, close to the space bar, and can be identified by the Windows logo. For more information on Windows 10 specific features, such as virtual desktops and Snap Assist, see Windows 10 Technical Preview: Using Snap, Task View, and Virtual Desktops on the Petri IT Knowledgebase.

WIN + D

Minimizes all open applications to view the desktop.

WIN + Left/Right Arrow Keys

Snaps the active window left or right.

WIN + E

Opens File Explorer.

CTRL + S

Saves a file.

CTRL + C

Copies text, a picture, file, or another object.

CTRL + X

Cuts text, a picture, file, or another object.

CTRL + V

Pastes text, a picture, file, or another object.

CTRL + ALT + DEL

Allows you to perform several tasks, such as lock the device, open Task Manager, switch user, or sign out. This keyboard shortcut is especially useful when the Explorer shell stops responding and you need to sign out or kill an application or process using Task Manager.

WIN

Opens the Start menu.

WIN + L

Locks your device.

ALT + TAB

Switch between apps on the current desktop.

WIN + TAB

Opens Task View, which allows you to switch between all running apps, swap to a different virtual desktop, or create a new virtual desktop.

WIN + CTRL + Left/Right Arrow Keys

Scrolls between open virtual desktops.

WIN + CTRL + D

Create a new virtual desktop.

WIN + HOME

Minimize all but the active window.

ALT + Left/Right Arrow Keys

Move backward or forward.

Related Topics:

BECOME A PETRI MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Register
Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

IT consultant, Contributing Editor @PetriFeed, and trainer @Pluralsight. All about Microsoft, Office 365, Azure, and Windows Server.
Live Webinar: Active Directory Security: What Needs Immediate Priority!Live on Tuesday, October 12th at 1 PM ET

Attacks on Active Directory are at an all-time high. Companies that are not taking heed are being punished, both monetarily and with loss of production.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to prioritize vulnerability management
  • What attackers are leveraging to breach organizations
  • Where Active Directory security needs immediate attention
  • Overall strategy to secure your environment and keep it secured

Sponsored by: