Windows 10 shortcut keys: An ultimate guide for beginners

Windows 10 shortcut keys (An ultimate guide for Windows Users)

Windows 10 shortcut keys: In this article, I am going to share some of the most popular Windows 10 (or some other lower versions of Windows) shortcut keys, which you must learn to make your work easier and to be more productive while using Windows 10.

What are the shortcut keys?

The shortcut keys are the combinations of more than one key, which enables the operator to operate the task without using the mouse or any drop-down (by selecting the operations through the menu bar). For example: If you want to open a new Microsoft Word document, then you need to click on the “File” menu and then click on the “New” option. This task can also be done by pressing “CTRL+N” (hold CTRL key and press N).

So friends, Here I am writing some of the Windows 10 shortcut keys which will make your task easier, you do not need to mouse to perform any task on the windows through Mouse.

List of the Windows 10 shortcut keys

Note: These shortcut keys may also work on the lower versions like Windows 8, Windows 7, etc.

Windows shifting shortcut keys

If you have multiple windows opened and you want to shift them left, right or any other position then, given keys will help you to make your task easier. First of all, you need to click on that particular active windows (if that is not selected), then try these keys:

Windows key + Left arrow key

This will shift the window in the left position (half of the screen)

Windows key + Right arrow key

This will shift the window in the right position (half of the screen)

Windows key + Up arrow key

This will work as maximize, when you want to make the current window full screen (maximize), you should use this shortcut key.

Windows key + Down arrow key

This will restore the current window (if the window is in full-screen mode) or if it is not in maximizing (full-screen mode), it will minimize the window. So we can use this shortcut key to restore and minimize the window.

Windows key

This will open the start menu and other options

Windows key + R

This will open the “Run”, for example, if you want to open “Notepad” by using shortcut key then, “hold Window Key and press R”, the run will open, type “Notepad” in the run and press ENTER.

Windows key + D

This is used to show the Desktop if you want to minimize all active windows (applications) quickly, then “Hold Window key and then press D”. This can be used to show the desktop and hide the Desktop.

Note: Hide the desktop means all minimized windows will be opened again, which are minimized by the pressing Window key + D.

Windows key + L

This is used to lock the computer.

For example, You are in the office and you need to go to a meeting, then there is no need to go to the menus to lock the computer. You just “Hold the Window key and then press L” it will lock your computer.


This is used for many purposes, but here it can be used to open your computer. How? Let suppose you have locked the computer by pressing “Windows Key + L” and then you want to login to your system. Just press the CTRL + ALT + DELETE and type the password, hit the ENTER. Your system will be opened.

Windows + Comma (,)

This shortcut shows the Desktop temporarily. As I discussed above the Window key + D shows the Desktop (by minimizing all active windows). But this command (Hold Window Key and then press Comma (,)) will show you the desktop until you do not release the keys


This shortcut will open the Task Bar. Really useful when a window is not responding.

ALT + F4

To close the current window (application). If your desktop is active, I mean you are on Desktop and you want to shut down your computer quickly then this command comes handy. Hold the ALT key and then press the F4 key, this will open the “Shut down windows” dialogue box, select the shutdown by arrow keys and press ENTER.


To close the current document.

Note: ALT+ F4 and CTRL+F4 are different. ALT + F4 closes the current window while CTRL+F4 closes the current document.

Let’s understand by an Example:

If you are working on a file named “resume.docx” in MS word. Then CTRL+F4 will close the document/file named “resume.docx”, it will not close the MS word. To close the MS word (which is an application) we need to press ALT+F4.

Windows key + E

To open windows explorer (in other words, you can say it will open my computer). So whenever you need to open any file from the computer, you just “Hold the Window key and then press the E” it will open Windows Explorer.

Windows key + F

It will open the Windows search with “Files” i.e. to search in files in the window you can use this shortcut key.

Window + S (Search everywhere) searches everywhere in the windows, while Windows + F (Search files) will search files only.

Windows key + H

This shortcut comes handy in sharing a screenshot of Desktop, through the mail, OneNote, etc.

Windows key + I

It will open Windows settings.

Windows key + Q

This Windows shortcut key is helpful in searching everywhere in Windows. This shortcut is similar to Windows key + S.

Windows key + S

To open the windows search.

Windows key + Shift + S

This shortcut takes advanced snippets. It selects the whole window and then the user manually selects the desired are to capture the snippet.

This is the latest Windows 10 shortcut key combination. It is available to users after the latest Windows update (Windows 10 1803).

These are some of the most popular Windows shortcuts keys that I use. If you feel anything I missed, please write those shortcut keys in the comment box. I will update the article with your suggested shortcut keys.

And please also share what is your favorite shortcut key.