Cool Windows 10 Shortcuts You Might Not Know


Tired of dragging the mouse every time you want to perform even the most basic tasks on the computer? Here’s help. Microsoft Windows have a number of hidden keyboard shortcuts that will make using the computer easier and faster. 

Keyboard shortcuts are the essence of PC productivity, every PC user knows a few handy shortcuts.But here are the few the few cool shortcuts combos.I bet you didn’t know all of them

Try them out! Trust me you will Love them.

1. Go to Desktop Instantly: (Windows key + D)

We’ve all found ourselves in a situation where we are looking at something on our computer and it needs to go immediately because maybe someone’s coming down the hallway or etc, doesn’t matter, it needs to go. 

I will tell simple shortcut to make that happen on the quick.  Press Windows key + D at the same time and you’re back at the desktop. Press it again to get back up the things.

2. Open File Explorer: (Windows Key + Press E)

How to quickly access your hard drives anywhere on your system For Example, sometimes you have like 20 windows open, you just need to get to your E drive or D drive just hold the Windows Key + Press E. This will open up your My computer directory and gives you quick access to your drives.

3. Lock your PC: (Windows key + L)

You are doing some work, but you don’t want anyone to see it, or you are going outside.That time Just hit the windows key + L  it will instantly lock your screen.

4. Spelling or Grammar Check: (Press F7)

You are typing an email or document you can spell check immediately with just one keystroke F7. This function works in most windows programs. 

5. Delete Forever: (Shift +Delete) 

Just press the Shift +Delete If you want to delete a file forever instead of sending it to the recycling bin.

6. Go To A Previous Location in any Browser: (Alt + left arrow key )

Press Alt + left arrow key lets you quickly go back to the webpage you were looking at before your current one.

7. Maximize and Minimize: (Windows key +Up arow)

To Maximize the window Press Windows key +Up arow. To Minimize the window Press Windows Key +Down arrow.

8.Taking Screenshot: (Windows key + print screen)

Taking a screenshot in windows used to be a big issue. You either had to load snap tool or hit print screen and paste that into paint and export it out as an image. No longer, if you want to take the quick screenshot for your entire screen just press the windows key + print screen. This screenshot will be saved to your photos folder by default. However,  this will work only in Windows.

9. Record your Gameplay/Record your Screen :(Windows key + Alt + R)

In Windows 10, you don’t need 3rd party screen recorder software to record your gameplay anymore because Windows 10 lets you record all your gameplay videos with just a simple shortcut. Whenever you are playing a game just use this shortcut to record your gameplay so you can share it with everyone later.

10.Open Task Manager: (Ctrl + Shift + Esc)

The good old Ctrl + Alt + Del for opening the task manager has been replaced with this new shortcut If you want to access the task manager on your Windows 10 device then you will have to use this new shortcut from now on.

11. Switch between apps :(Alt + Tab)

If you have multiple apps running on your Windows 10 PC then using this shortcut will let you access any of the running apps on your computer without having to click on them individually. This comes in handy when you have a lot of tabs open.

12. Open Search: (Windows key + S)

Not a big fan of Cortana? Just want that normal search bar on your Windows 10 PC? Well, just fire up this shortcut to get the traditional Windows search menu and you can search anything locally or on the web without much hassle. It will be still linked to Cortana but you can type instead of speaking.

13.Take a Peek at Desktop (Windows key + ,[comma key])

Sometimes, different active windows are open at the same time on your computer and you don’t want to minimize them to look at your home screen, then this shortcut will let you take a peek. Even, you let go of this shortcut, you will be coming back to the last active window.

14.Create New Virtual Desktop: (Windows key + Ctrl + D)

The all new virtual desktop feature in Windows 10 OS allows you to create individual desktops for various tasks. Just use this shortcut to keep doing your work peacefully.

15.Switch Between Desktops: (Windows key + Ctrl + Right/Left)

When you create a lot of virtual desktops, you also need a simple way to switch between them all. This simple shortcut will let you browse through all of your create virtual desktops so you can utilize them more efficiently.

16.Close Active Desktop (Windows key + Ctrl + F4)

Creating and switching between virtual desktops is all cool but what happens when you want to close a certain virtual desktop? This little shortcut will help you achieve just that. Get rid of any active desktop you want.

17. Quick Access Menu :(Windows key + X)

Are you looking for all the different options and features on your Windows 10 device? Well then use this shortcut to get the Quick access menu for most options available on your system. You can even get the task manager from there as well.

18. Open Gamebar: (Windows key + G)

This will open up a small bar from where you can take screenshots or even record your gameplays. You can also access the Xbox app directly from this bar. You can take a screenshot by pressing the camera button or record via the Dot button.

19. Minimize Everything on Windows 10 : (Windows key + M)

This shortcut simplifies your life and just gets rid of everything on your desktop without actually closing them. All your windows and open tabs will be minimized so you can get on the desktop easily without having to deal with the clutter.

20. Share Charm :(Windows key + H)

If you want to share your screenshot that you have taken on your Windows 10 device then Share charm will come in really handy. You can quickly share it via email or just upload it to your OneNote account and share it to your social media channels from there.

21. Open Task View: (Windows key + Tab)

This one is just like to switch between active applications, but it will really show you all your active tabs, or created desktops. With this shortcut, one can manage all of them with ease.

22.Connect to other wireless devices: (Windows key + K)

Want to connect your wireless devices like mouse, keyboard, or others to your Windows 10 OS, and then use this simple shortcut to make the whole process easier. More so, all the wireless devices will be available in the list so that you can easily connect them.

23.Zoom In/Out :Windows + (+/-)

Want a closer look at whatever’s on your screen? Hit Windows and + to zoom in for a magnified view. While you’re magnified, moving the mouse around the screen will move you to the far corners and bring them into view. Press Windows +( -) to zoom back out again.

One of my favorite shortcuts is Windows + Tab which opens the brand new Windows 10 Task View. Let us know in the comments below which one are your favorite and share the article if you find it useful.

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