Tricks & Tips: New Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts [List]

Windows 10 has now been running on more than 75 million devices four weeks after launch with initial consumer reaction suggesting that it’s a hit with those who have already upgraded from Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1. According to the Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows and Devices, Yusuf Mehdi suggests that Windows 10 is now running on more than 75 million devices globally. He also shared Insights about the adoption as well.


Here are those Windows 10 Insights:

  • More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10
  • Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10
  • In response to “tell me a joke”, Cortana has told over half a million jokes since launch.
  • 10 million achievements unlocked: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
  • Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8

Apart from the oft-mentioned, amongst the many changes and improvements within Windows 10, comes a new focus on the desktop, and with that ultimately comes a whole new set of keyboard shortcuts for desktop users to memorize and get to grips with. Comprehensive list of the available shortcuts are centric to Cortana, Activity Center, Microsoft Edge and much far beyond that.

Are you a general user who only interacts generally in the Web browser? Regardless a hardcore user who deals with new features like Cortana, Virtual desktops, Activity Center or recording of the screen, then, this list should have enough shortcuts to sort out your needs.

List of keyboard shortcuts that are new in Windows 10:


Windows Key‌+S – Open search
Windows Key‌+C – Open Cortana in listening mode

Activity Center
Windows Key+A – Open Action center
Windows Key+V – Cycle through notifications
Windows Key+Shift+V – Cycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows Key+B – Set focus in the notification area

Virtual Desktops
Windows Key+Ctrl+D – Add a virtual desktop
Windows Key+Ctrl+Right arrow – Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
Windows Key+Ctrl+Left arrow – Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
Windows Key+Ctrl+F4 – Close the virtual desktop you’re using
Windows Key+Tab – Open Task view

Game bar
Windows Key+G – Open Game bar when a game is open
Windows Key+Alt+G – Record the last 30 seconds
Windows Key+Alt+R – Start recording (press the shortcut again to stop recording)
Windows Key+Alt+Print Screen – Take a screenshot of your game
Windows Key+Alt+T – Show/hide recording timer

Microsoft Edge
Ctrl+D – Add current site to favorites or reading list
Ctrl+J – Open downloads pane
Ctrl+I – Open favorites pane
Ctrl+H – Open history pane
Alt+C – Open Cortana
Ctrl+Shift+R – Enter reading view
F12 – Open F12 Developer Tools
F7 – Turn caret browsing on for the current tab
Ctrl+K – Duplicate tab
Ctrl+Shift+P – Open a new InPrivate Browsing window

Windows Key+K – Open the Connect quick action
Windows Key+I – Open Settings
Windows Key+E – Open File Explorer
Windows Key+H – Open the Share charm
Windows Key+T – Cycle through apps on the task bar
Ctrl+Shift+Esc – Open Task Manager

Reminder: Windows 10 will be free to upgrade for existing users of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 till June 29th, 2016. Available in different editions – Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education. Buy Windows 10 Home for Rs. 7,999 / $119 or Windows 10 Pro for Rs. 14,999 / $199 from the Microsoft online store or retail stores.


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