New Windows 10 Shortcuts

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated July 9, 2018)

When you're working on your computer and you click your mouse, a whole range of things can happen, depending on what you're doing. Many times, there are a series of clicks or tasks that you do that are repetitious. Windows 10 offers a series of new keyboard shortcuts that complete such repetitious tasks quickly.

Keyboard Shortcut Result
Win+Ctrl+D Add a virtual desktop
Win+Ctrl+Right Arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the right
Win+Ctrl+Left Arrow Switch to the virtual desktop on the left
Win+Ctrl+F4 Close the current virtual desktop
Win+A Open Action center on the right of the screen
Win+S Open Search and place the cursor in the input field
Win+Tab Open Task view (Task view then remains open)
Win+X Open the Admin menu in the left-hand bottom corner of the screen
Win+Q Open Search using Cortana and voice control
Win+I Open Windows Settings
Win+Left Arrow Snap current window to the left of the screen
Win+Right Arrow Snap current window to the right of the screen
Win+Up Arrow Snap current window to the top of the screen
Win+Down Arrow Snap current window to the bottom of the screen

In addition to these new keyboard shortcuts, Windows 10 has updated the behavior of two tried-and-true shortcuts you may presently be using. Alt+Tab is used to switch between open apps or program windows. In Windows 10, Alt+Tab displays larger thumbnails, similar to Task view. Ctrl+Alt+Tab is also changed a bit, leaving the Switcher window open after you release the keys. You can then use the arrow keys to select an app, and finally press Enter to switch to that app.

With these new (and some slight updates on old ones) keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10, you will be able to complete tasks quicker and more efficiently than you previously could.

 This tip (13548) applies to Windows 10.

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