Shortcut Description
Win + F1 Open Windows Help and support
Win Display or hide the Start screen
Win + B Set focus in the notification area
Win + C Open Charms
Win + D Display and hide the desktop
Win + E Open File Explorer
Win + F Open the Search charm and search for files
Win + H Open the Share charm
Win + I Open the Settings charm
Win + K Open the Devices charm
Win + L Lock your PC or switch people
Win + M Minimize all windows
Win + O Lock device orientation
Win + P Choose a presentation display mode
Win + Q Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)
Win + R Open the Run dialog box
Win + S Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web
Win + T Cycle through apps on the taskbar
Win + U Open Ease of Access Center
Win + V Cycle through notifications
Win + SHIFT + V Cycle through notifications in reverse order
Win + W Open the Search charm and search for settings
Win + X Open the Quick Link menu
Win + Z Show the commands available in the app
Win + , Temporarily peek at the desktop
Win + PAUSE Display the System Properties dialog box
Win + CTRL + F Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)
Win + SHIFT + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop
Win + (NUMBER 1-9) Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, it switches to that app.
Win + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9) Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Win + CTRL + (NUMBER 1-9) Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Win + ALT + (NUMBER 1-9) Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Win + CTRL + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9) Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
Win + TAB Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Win + CTRL + TAB Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
Win + SHIFT + TAB Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Win + CTRL + B Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
Win + UP ARROW Maximize the window
Win + DOWN ARROW Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
Win + LEFT ARROW Maximize the app or desktop window to the LEFT side of the screen
Win + RIGHT ARROW Maximize the app or desktop window to the RIGHT side of the screen
Win + HOME Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
Win + SHIFT + UP ARROW Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Win + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
Win + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
Win + SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout
Win + CTRL + SPACEBAR Change to a previously selected input
Win + ENTER Open Narrator
Win + SHIFT + . Cycle through open apps
Win + . Cycle through open apps
Win + / Initiate IME reconversion
Win + ALT + ENTER Open WindowsMedia Center
Win + +/- Zoom in or out using Magnifier
Win + ESC Exit Magnifier

General Shortcuts

Shortcut Description
F1 Display Help
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10 Activate the Menu bar in the active app
ALT + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
ALT + ESC Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
ALT + ENTER Display properties for the selected item
ALT + SPACEBAR Open the shortcut menu for the active window
ALT + LEFT ARROW Back
ALT + RIGHT ARROW Forward
ALT + PAGE UP Move up one screen
ALT + PAGE DOWN Move down one screen
ALT + TAB Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)
CTRL + F4 Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
CTRL + A Select all items in a document or window
CTRL + C or CTRL + INSERT Copy the selected item
CTRL + D / DELETE DELETE the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
CTRL + R or F5 Refresh the active window
CTRL + V or SHIFT + INSERT Paste the selected item
CTRL + X Cut the selected item
CTRL + Y Redo an action
CTRL + Z Undo an action
CTRL + + or CTRL + – Zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
CTRL + mouse scroll wheel Change the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
CTRL + RIGHT ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
CTRL + LEFT ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL + DOWN ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL + UP ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
CTRL + ALT + TAB Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
CTRL + ARROW + SPACEBAR Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
CTRL + SHIFT + ARROW Select a block of text
CTRL + ESC Open the Start screen
CTRL + SHIFT + ESC Open Task Manager
CTRL + SHIFT Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
CTRL + SPACEBAR Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
SHIFT + F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
SHIFT + ARROW Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
SHIFT + DELETE Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
ESC Stop or leave the current task