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Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, including an improved Start menu, the digital voice-controlled assistant Cortana, the new browser Microsoft Edge and virtual desktops. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Below you will find a Windows 10 Shortcuts Cheat Sheet with the most important shortcuts. Our recommendation: print it out and stick it to your monitor! In doing so, you always have our favorite keyboard shortcuts right in front of your eyes.

Keyboard shortcuts help users to complete tasks quickly and efficiently, instead of clicking laboriously through the menus. The following table contains new shortcuts introduced together with Windows 10.

Keyboard shortcutFunction / Operation
Windows key + CTRL + DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows key + CTRL + Arrow rightSwitch to the virtual desktop on the right
Windows key + CTRL + Arrow leftSwitch to the virtual desktop on the left
Windows key + CTRL + F4Close the current virtual desktop
Windows key + AOpen Action center on the right of the screen
Windows key + SOpen Search and place the cursor in the input field
Windows key + TabOpen Task view (Task view then remains open)
Windows key + XOpen the Admin menu in the left-hand bottom corner of the screen
Windows key + QOpen Search using Cortana and voice control
Alt + TAB
Hold: Opens Task view

Release: Switch to the app

As if that were not enough, there are plenty of other old but gold shortcuts that can still be used in Windows 10.

Keyboard shortcutFunction / Operation
Windows keyOpen the Start menu
Windows key + DSwitch to desktop view
Windows key + EOpen Windows Explorer
Windows key + UOpen Ease of Access Center (magnifier, screen keyboard, high contrast etc.)
Windows key + LLock the computer
Windows key + IOpen settings / information
Windows key + HShare content (if supported by the active app)
Windows key + SOpen Search

And for the sake of completeness, it is worth mentioning the following keyboard shortcuts introduced with previous versions of Windows.

Keyboard shortcutFunction / Operation
CTRL + C or CTRL + INSCopy the selected element
CTRL + XCut the selected element
CTRL + V or SHIFT + INSPaste the selected element
CTRL + ZUndo an action
Alt + F4Close the active element or end the active app


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