Every Windows version features a number of useful shortcuts enabled by default. With each new release of Windows, Microsoft has added new keyboard shortcuts for the Win key. In this article, I would like to share a complete list of all Winkey shortcuts available in Windows 10. These keyboard sequences can help you save your time and increase your productivity. Win key shortcuts have changed in Windows 10 which is why we made an updated list. Here we go.
Win + A - Opens Action Center. You can disable this keyboard shortcut and the whole Action Center if you do not use it.
Win + B - Moves the focus to the notification area (system tray). You can use arrow keys and Enter after pressing Win+B to access various tray icons.
Win + C - Opens Cortana. If you have uninstalled Cortana by using the trick mentioned here: How to uninstall and remove Cortana in Windows 10, then Win+C will do nothing.
Win + D - Shows the Desktop. When you press Win+D again, it restores the open windows. Another way to show the desktop is to add a button on the taskbar next to Start.
Win + E - Opens Explorer. Where Explorer opens by pressing Win+E can be customized in Windows 10. See how to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer.
Win + Ctrl + F - Opens the Find Computers dialog (for Active Directory/domain joined PCs). Win+F used to open search in Windows 7, but does not work in Windows 10 anymore.
Win + G - If a game is open, pressing Win+G shows the Game bar. In earlier versions of Windows, Win+G used to show the Gadgets. You can still get Gadgets and Sidebar back in Windows 10 but Win+G remains assigned to the Game DVR app. If you uninstall this app, Win+G does nothing.
Win + Alt + R - Starts recording if the Games app is installed.
Win + Alt + G - Records the last 30 seconds if the Games app is installed.
Win + Alt + PrintScreen - Takes a screenshot of the game if Games app is installed.
Win + Alt + T - Shows/hides the recording timer.
Win + H - Opens the Share Charm for apps that support the Share contract.
Win + I - Opens the Settings app. There are many other possible ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10.
Win + K - Open the Connect flyout. It is useful when you need to connect quickly to some device using Miracast (for wireless displays) or using Bluetooth audio.
Win + L - Locks the PC or lets you switch users. You can of course switch users from the Start Menu too.
Win + M - Minimizes all windows. Win + Shift + M does undo minimize all. This is not the same as Win+D. See what is the difference between Win + D (Show Desktop) and Win + M (Minimize All) keyboard shortcuts in Windows.
Win + O - Locks or unlocks the orientation of the device if it's a tablet PC so if even if you rotate it, it won't rotate.
Win + Q - Opens Cortana ready for voice input.
Win + R - Opens the Run dialog. Run dialog can be used to launch your favorite apps with useful aliases.
Win + S - Opens Cortana ready for typed/keyboard input. You might remember that in Windows 8.1, Win+S opened the Search flyout.
Win + T - Focuses on the taskbar icons. Pressing Win+T again moves the focus to the next icon. Win+Shift+T takes the focus to the previous icon.
Win + U - Opens Ease of Access Center.
Win + V - Focuses on the Metro style toast notifications and cycles through them.
Win + X - Opens the Power Users menu in Windows 10. See how to use Win+X menu to manage tasks in Windows 10 faster. You can customize this menu using Win+X Menu Editor. You might remember that in Windows 7 and Vista, Win+X opened Windows Mobility Center. It can be opened in Windows 10 by pressing Win+X, then B.
Win + Z - Shows the commands available in an app when it is fullscreen (Tablet Mode).
Win + 1/2/3....0 - Opens or switches to the correspondingly numbered Taskbar button. If you have 7+ Taskbar Numberer installed, you can easily see these numbers so you don't have to count.
Win + Alt + 1/2/3....0 - Shows the jumplist of the correspondingly numbered Taskbar button.
Win + + - Opens Magnifier and zooms in.
Win + - - Zooms out in Magnifier.
Win + Esc - Exits Magnifier if it's running.
Win + F1 - Opens Help and Support.
Win + Pause/Break - Opens System Properties.
Win + Print screen - Takes a screenshot in Windows 10 and saves it to the This PC\Pictures\Screenshots folder. You might be interested in reading these articles:
- How to change default Screenshots location in Windows 10.
- How to create a shortcut to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using built-in screenshot feature.
- How to reset screenshot index number in Windows 10.
Win + Home - Same as Aero Shake (minimizes all windows except the foreground window).
Win + Left arrow key - Snaps a window to the left.
Win + Right arrow key - Snaps a window to the right.
Win + Up arrow key - Maximizes a window.
Win + Down arrow key - Restores a maximized window. Pressing Win+Down on a non-maximized window minimizes it. If you have AquaSnap installed, you can customize these hotkeys for snapping.
Win + Enter - Starts Narrator.
Win + Space - Switches the input language. See how to get the old language indicator and language bar in Windows 10.
Win + Comma (,) - does an Aero Peek. See how to enable Aero Peek in Windows 10. In Windows 7, this was Win+Space.
Win + Tab - opens Task View.
Win + Ctrl + D - creates a new virtual desktop.
Win + Ctrl + → and Win + Ctrl + ← - switches between virtual desktops you created.
Win + Ctrl + F4 - closes current virtual desktop.
Win + Shift + Left arrow - move a window to your left monitor.
Win + Shift + Right arrow - move a window to your right monitor.
Win + Shift + Up arrow - maximizes a window vertically You can disable vertical maximizing if you want .
Let us know if we missed any Win key shortcuts and tell us if you discovered any new ones from this article.