Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that perform the same task as that of a mouse or other peripheral pointing, facilitating interaction with the computer and saving time and effort when working with Windows and its applications.
To facilitate navigation through the new user interface Modern UI and the changes made to the home screen of Windows 8, Microsoft implemented a good number of keyboard shortcuts that joined existing ones in Windows 7.
The launch of Windows 10, providing the best user experience of any Microsoft operating system, has resulted in new features such as the renewed start menu, support for virtual desktops, the virtual assistant Cortana and other developments that also have their corresponding keyboard shortcuts that facilitate the management of Windows 10 that we reviewed today.
- Windows key – Open and close the Start menu.
- Windows + A – Opens the configurator Action Center.
- Windows + D – Hide or show all applications and windows on your desktop.
- Windows + E – Launches archives browser.
- Windows + I – Opens the deconfiguración tool.
- Windows + K – Opens the network connection tool.
- Windows + L – Lock your computer by turning the unlock screen.
- Windows + M – Minimizes all open windows on the desktop.
- Windows + O – Lock the screen orientation. Useful in work with tablets or hybrids.
- Windows + P – Open the projector for connection to external displays and projectors.
- Windows + R – Starts the run tool.
- Windows + X – Opens the Advanced menu from the bottom left corner of the screen, start menu alternative.
- Windows + Print Screen – Takes a screenshot of the screen and saves it in the folder of images.
- Windows +- Enables the magnifier tool.
- Windows + Spacebar – Switch between input languages and keyboard layouts available.
- Windows + Left Arrow – Move the active window to the left half of the screen.
- Windows + Right Arrow -Move the active to the left half of the screen display.
- Windows + Up Arrow – Maximize, both vertically and horizontally active window.
- Windows + Down Arrow – Restores the active window to its original state, or minimized.
- Windows + Shift + Up Arrow – Maximize the active window vertically, keeping its width.
- Windows + Shift + Down Arrow – Restores or minimizes the active window vertically, keeping its width.
- Windows + Home – Minimize all inactive windows or restored if the combination is used again.
- Windows + Shift + Left Arrow – If you have multiple monitors, move the active window to the left monitor.
- Windows + Shift + Right Arrow – If you have multiple monitors, move the active window to the right monitor.
- Alt + Space – Launch the menu on the title bar of the current window with options to change the window size and other application – specific options.
- F11 – Enables or disables the full-screen view of the active window. Only it works for applications that support this feature, such as File Explorer and most Web browsers.
- Windows + Ctrl + D – Create a new virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + Left Arrow – Switches to the next virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + Right Arrow – Change to the next virtual desktop.
- Windows + Ctrl + F4 – Close the current virtual desktop.
- Windows + 1, Windows 2, etc. – Enables the first second, third … application of the taskbar.
- Windows + T – highlights the first application of the taskbar. You can use the arrow keys to scroll through the applications of the taskbar. Applications that run also show a thumbnail above its icon when selected.
- Windows + B – If the icons in the notification area are set to “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar ., This keyboard shortcut highlights the first application in the system tray. You can use the arrow keys to scroll through all applications found in the system tray.
- Shift-click on an application from the taskbar – Starts a new instance of the selected application. It only works for applications that support running multiple instances, such as Microsoft Office suite or Internet browsers.
- Ctrl + Shift + click an application from the taskbar – Starts a new instance of the selected application with administrator rights. It only works for applications that support running multiple instances, such as Microsoft Office suite or Internet browsers.
- Shift + right click on an application from the taskbar – Throw the contextual menu for that application instead of the list of recent items.
- Windows + U – Launches Ease of Access Center.
- Windows + Enter – Start the narrator.
- Windows + + – Launches magnifying glass and zoom.
- Windows + – – Aleja magnifying glass if the application is open.
- Windows + Escape – Close the magnifier.
- Windows + S – Throw the virtual assistant Cortana and you can start using it right away.
- Windows + C – Launches Cortana in listening mode, so you can start talking to Cortana immediately.
Switching between applications
- Alt + Tab – the highlighted repeatedly pressing Tab while holding the Alt key, changes through open windows and applications. Release the Tab in the window or application you want to open.
- Ctrl + Alt + Tab – Displays the list of open windows and applications and maintains the list on the screen even after releasing the keys. Then you can browse through open windows and applications using the arrow keys.
- Windows + Tab – Opens the task view from which you can switch between open windows or virtual desktops.