10 keyboard shortcuts to use Windows 10 like an expert

10 keyboard shortcuts to use Windows 10 like an expert

  1. Create or close new virtual desktops in windows 10 with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + Ctrl + D (to create virtual desktops),

Windows + Ctrl + F4 (to close them)

One of the best features that Windows 10 finally brings is its native support for virtual desktops. Long since found in the Linux world although – and on the Mac since OS X Leopard also – virtual desktops let you expand your desktop environment beyond the the physical screen. This allows you to segregate different tasks or task groups to their own different desktop, and being able to switch between them while leaving applications open and arranged just the way you like it. The Windows + Ctrl + D combo lets you create an additional virtual desktop, while the Windows + Ctrl + F4 combo closes it for you.


  1. Switch between virtual desktops with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + Ctrl + Left (arrow key),

Windows + Ctrl + Right

Virtual desktops won’t be useful without the capability to switch easily between them, right? Toggle at lightning speed between virtual desktops with this combo (windows +ctrl + left/right arrow key), so that you can get back to work faster – or swapping out your Facebook and chat apps for your Gmail app in a split-second should your boss step into the room.

  1. Toggle the Windows 10 task view with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + Tab

The Task View button located at the bottom left hand corner is a handy way to gain an immediate overview of all your open windows, including the virtual desktops that you have created in last step. But why take your hand off the keyboard for the touchscreen or mouse when this simple shortcut will do the same thing? Just use Windows + Tab J

  1. Easily position your apps with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + Left (Arrow Key),

Windows + Right,

Windows + Up,

Windows + Down

The capability to position your apps more precisely on large displays got a shot in the arm in Windows 10. We all know that hitting on the Windows key and the right or left arrow key will dock your application to the right and left of your monitor respectively. With Windows 10, pressing Windows + Up and Windows + Down keys when it your app is docked to the left or right will cause your app window to shrink to that quadrant of the screen. As you can imagine, this makes it much easier to organize applications on the screen, especially for desktop users with 27-inch or even 30-inch displays.

  1. Launch apps that are pinned to the Taskbar with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + 1,

Windows + 2…

Windows + 0

Many of us like to pin our apps onto the taskbar to keep them within easy reach like me. Well, you can now launch them by hitting the Windows key together with a numeric number corresponding to the position of the pinned app icons easily, counting from the left. You are limited to the first 10 apps though, with the 10th icon being accessed with the Windows + 0 shortcut.­

  1. Search with Cortana with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + C (Using your voice),

Windows + S (By typing your query)

We all love it that Cortana made it to the desktop with Windows 10 just like siri. Obviously, Microsoft made sure that you can call up Cortana using keyboard shortcuts. Those of you working from cafes or open-concept offices can hit the Windows + S shortcut to type your query into a text box. If you’re lucky to have your own office or if you work from home, then Windows + C will tell Cortana to listen to your spoken query like Jarvis from Iron man.


  1. Bring up the Start context menu with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + X

Power users will love how the Windows + X shortcut brings up the Start context menu, which you can also bring up by right clicking on the Start menu. It’s a quick and easy way to access some of the more powerful features like windows power shell under the hood without having to jump through the usual hoops, offering a direct link to the Control Panel, Event Viewer, Device Manager, command with admin right, Disk Manager and Task Manager, among others.


  1. Takes a screenshot and save it as a file with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + Print Screen

Use this shortcut if you would like to capture an image of your current screen and save it into a file in the same step. The image file is saved in the Pictures a Screenshots folder, and can be useful for a variety of reasons. For example, you may be looking to capture important information from an app or browser screen which  you cannot capture with copy and paste, or perhaps even to quickly save a snapshot of a lengthy email when you suspect Gmail is about to crash.

  1. Lock the machine with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + L

To be clear, this is not a new keyboard shortcut in Windows 10, but worth mentioning due to how it locks your machine in a very single step. While certainly useful if you need to step away from your laptop or desktop for a while just press windows + L.



  1. Launch the Windows File Explorer with keyboard

Keyboard shortcut win 10:

Windows + E

Another “oldie” and very less known keyboard shortcut that brings up the Windows File Explorer, but which unfortunately does not appear to be that well-known. So quit the mouse already and use this shortcut to bring up the File Explorer in a split-second rather than clicking on my computer icon.


Hope you like it, if you think we left any shortcut you know and useful let us know in the comment box, we will include it to our list 🙂

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