Windows Shortcuts To Make Your Life Easier

Windows Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

When you’re switching between multiple tabs, running several applications, and trying to be as efficient as possible, shortcuts can save you valuable time. Here’s a list of hot keys to make your life easier.

Windows Shortcuts Made Easy...

CTRL + A
Select all content

CTRL + C
Copy selected items to clipboard

CTRL + J
Open downloads in new Chrome tab

CTRL + SHIFT + N
Create new folder on Desktop or File Explorer

CTRL + X
Cut selected items to clipboard

CTRL + V
Paste selected content from clipboard

CTRL + Y
Redo an action

CTRL + Z
Undo an action

CTRL +
Zoom in

CTRL –
Zoom out

CTRL + Arrow Keys
Change Start menu size

CTRL + SHIFT
Switch keyboard layout

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
Open task manager

CTRL + DELETE
Delete selected item to Recycle Bin

CTRL + F5
Refresh current window

SHIFT + DELETE
Delete selected item permanently, skipping the Recycle Bin

SHIFT + Click app button
Open another instance of an app from the Taskbar

SHIFT + Right-Click app button
Show window menu for the app from the Taskbar

CTRL + SHIFT + Click app button
Run app as admin from the Taskbar

SHIFT + Right-Click a grouped app button
Show window menu for a group from the Taskbar

CTRL + Click a grouped app button
Cycle through windows in a group from the Taskbar

F2
Rename selected item

ALT + F4
Close active window

ALT + F8
Reveals typed passwords in Sign-in screen

ALT + TAB
Switch between open apps

CTRL + ALT + TAB
View open apps

ALT + Left Arrow Key
Go back

ALT + Right Arrow Key
Go forward

ALT + Page Up
Move up one screen

ALT + Page Down
Move down one screen

ALT + Spacebar
Open context menu for active window

ALT + ESC
Cycle through open windows

ESC
Close current task or exit full screen video viewer

Windows Key 
Open Start menu

Windows Key + a
Open Action Center

Windows Key + d
Display and hide the Desktop

Windows Key + e
Open  File Explorer

Windows Key + i
Open Settings app

Windows Key + l
Lock device

Windows Key + m
Minimize all windows

Windows Key + SHIFT + m
Restore minimized windows on the Desktop

Windows Key + SHIFT + s
Capture part of the screen with Snip And Sketch Tool

Windows Key + v
Open clipboard bin

Windows Key + Period (.)
Open emoji panel

Windows Key + Cursor Arrow Left (<)
Snap app or window left

Windows Key + Cursor Arrow Right (>)
Snap app or window right

PRT SC (Print Screen)
Take a screenshot and store in the clipboard

Windows Key + PRT SC (Print Screen)
Capture a full screenshot in the screenshots folder

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