Whatever our case is, it’s always good to know all the tricks that allow us to take full advantage of the new features in Windows 10, and that includes of course the new keyboard shortcuts offered by the system.
Several of them were already present in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, Windows 10 but now work slightly differently, changing for the better and allowing us to be even more productive. Personally, I believe that many of them are indispensable, after taking a few weeks using Windows 10 on my home PC. Let’s take a look.
WIN Key + Tab: Open the task view or Task View.
We started with a shortcut that was already available in previous versions, but now much more useful. WIN + Tab actually first appeared in Windows Vista, which was used to invoke the controversial “Flip 3D”, changer like windows ALT + TAB, and showing the windows with 3D perspective.
In Windows 8, the shortcut became a Metro changer applications, showing only modern apps in a column to the left of the screen. The problem here is that completely ignored desktop applications (treated the Desktop itself as a single application, so all my desktop were contained within it), and thus the shortcut lost much practical value for users PC.
Now, Windows 10, WIN + Tab shortcut is more useful than ever, invoking the new ” Task View “a powerful window management interface that is both applications desktop apps as modern as citizens first class, allowing you to switch between them or close them with one click. And even create new desktops, move windows between them with drag and drop , or see what applications are on every desk simply passing the mouse over them.
Best of all is that once we press WIN + Tab is no need to hold down the Windows key to stay within changer windows, unlike what happened in Windows 8 and Windows 7, or what happens even with ALT + TAB in Windows 10.
Therefore, I am sure that this shortcut will become the favorite of users of Windows 10 with mouse and keyboard.
WIN Key + A: Open Action Center (or Notification Center)
Here’s another handy shortcut in Windows 10, but it is brand new. Pressing the Windows key + A opens the brand new Notification Center to the right of the screen. This is a new interface that allows consulting all recent notifications, exactly as we would in mobile, and interact with them.
It also provides fast access to common options, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. From here you can turn off notifications for a time, turn on airplane mode, the battery saving mode, access the System Setup and even a shortcut to create a new note in OneNote.
Unfortunately, these shortcuts are not customizable. Hopefully this will change with any future update of Windows 10.
WIN + Q + C: invoking Cortana
Cortana is one of the main new features of Windows 10, and therefore it is logical that has a keyboard shortcut itself. In fact, it has two, these functions and differences:
- WIN + Q: Show Cortana interface and allows us to enter via text queries. Equivalent to clicking on the icon Cortana or the search box.
- WIN + C: Enables voice search. Pressing this shortcut Cortana start receiving voice instructions and displays an interface like the image above.
WIN Key + Left / Right Arrow + up / down: reorganizing the windows on the desktop
The possibility of “dock” windows on the right or left half of the screen was already present from Windows 7 but on Windows 10 works better than ever. This is because now we can divide the screen into four sections, one for each corner, making each window uses only 1/4 of the screen (useful for large monitors).
This can be achieved by dragging the window to the corresponding corner, but also using a keyboard shortcut: WIN + left / right arrow, then arrow up / down (hold the WIN key). Using different combinations of arrows achieve position the window in the corresponding quadrant.
Furthermore, when the window is attached and the WIN key is released, the system automatically suggest we applications that fill the available space on the screen (as shown in the screenshot above).
WIN + Ctrl key: Managing multiple desktops
Another important new feature of Windows 10 is the ability to organize multiple windows virtual desktops. These desktops can be managed from the “Task view” or Task View (WIN + Tab key), as explained above, but Microsoft has also implemented other specific shortcuts to manage multiple desktops, which are:
- WIN + Ctrl + D: Create a new desktop.
- WIN + Ctrl + Left / Right Arrow: Allows you to move quickly between the desks. If we are on Desktop 1 and press the right arrow shortcut, we will move into desktop 2, and vice versa.
- WIN + Ctrl + F4: Closes the current desktop, and applications that are moving it toward the front desk (for example, if we close the desktop 3 applications and move to the desktop screen 2).
WIN + K key: Connect wireless devices
Here, there is not much to explain, it’s just a shortcut that was added in Windows 10 and that gives direct access to a menu to connect monitors (supporting miracast) and audio devices (Bluetooth) wirelessly.
WIN + R key: System Settings
To conclude, another shortcut that does not seem very impressive, but it’s worth mentioning as it changes its behavior from earlier versions of Windows. In Windows 8, the WIN + R keys took us to a menu of options specific to the application that we had open, but Windows 10 these keys open the system configuration in a new window.
Apparently, there is no longer a single keyboard shortcut to open the options of modern applications.
Other changes to note for users of Windows 8
As in Windows 10 and there is no bar “charms”, several keyboard shortcuts that were associated with this also ceased to exist or have changed their behavior. But there are some that remain, see what they are:
- WIN + H: Shortcut to share content in modern applications. Remains.
- WIN + C: Shortcut to open the charms . It was replaced by the shortcut to finding voice of Cortana.
- WIN + F: Find files. No longer good, but we can search for files from Cortana using WIN + Q, or WIN + C.
- WIN + W: Search system options. No longer works, but instead can press WIN + R and start writing (immediately activate the search box Configuration), or use Cortana.
- WIN + Z: Open the “app bar” in Windows 8 applications still work in some applications, but the universal apps Windows 10 is no longer supported.
- WIN + K: I opened the panel bar Devices charms of Windows 8. That panel no longer exists, and therefore the shortcut is now used for other functions (connect wireless devices). The other functions contained in this panel can be invoked with the shortcuts CTRL + P (print) and WIN + P (chosen as project the screen).
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