The Windows key made its first appearance in 1994, and it is still an important tool for Windows 10 power users. Here are the most important Windows keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 you should know about.
Starting with Windows 95, the Windows key can perform basic desktop tasks such as opening the Start menu, minimizing all open windows, cycling through the taskbar buttons, and so on. Windows 2000 gave it very welcome keyboard shortcuts. Windows XP came with new Windows shortcuts, such as selecting the first item in the notification area and opening “Search for computers.”; The story continued with Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Windows 10 offers many useful shortcuts added to Windows in recent decades, as well as some new ones.
There are many keyboard shortcuts that involve the Windows key. Here are 30 important things you should know about:
|Windows key||Opens / closes the Start menu.|
|Windows key + up arrow||Maximizes the selected window.|
|Windows key + down arrow||Reduces window size. (Reset down.)|
|Windows key + M.||Minimizes all open windows.|
|Windows key + Shift + M.||Opens minimized windows.|
|Windows Key + Tab||Displays task view.|
|Windows key + L.||Locks the screen.|
|Windows key + A.||Opens the Action Center.|
|Windows Key + V.||Opens the Clipboard History.|
|Windows Key + I||Opens the Settings menu.|
|Windows key + F||Opens the Feedback hub.|
|Windows key + H||Opens the dictation toolbar.|
|Windows key + P||Opens the projection settings.|
|Windows Key +. (Windows Key +;)||Opens the emoji panel.|
|Windows key + C||Opens Cortana in listening mode.|
|Windows key + C (Windows key + Q)||Opens Windows Search.|
|Windows key + G||Opens the Xbox playing field.|
|Windows Key + X||Opens the secondary start menu.|
|Windows Key +
||Opens the app in the taskbar relative to the number of entries.
For example, if Slack is the fourth app in the taskbar, Windows Key + 4 uses Slack.
|Windows key + Alt +
||Opens the right-click menu for the app in the taskbar relative to the number of entries.
For example, if Slack is the fourth taskbar app, Windows Key + Alt + 4 uses Slack’s right-click menu.
|Windows key + D.||Shows / hides open apps on the desktop.|
|Windows key + E.||Opens File Explorer.|
|Windows Key + U||Opens easy access in the Settings menu.|
|Windows Key + Print Screen||Takes a screenshot of the desktop.|
|Windows Key + Control + F||Opens the Find Computers window.|
|Windows Key + Control + D.||Creates a virtual desktop.|
|Windows key + control + left arrow||Switches to the virtual desktop on the left.|
|Windows key + control + right arrow||Switches to the virtual desktop on the right.|
|Windows Key + Control + F4||Closes the active virtual desktop.|
|Windows key + space bar||Switches between installed languages (for writing text).|
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