Since, for better or worse, Windows 10 is now the standard on Surface tablets, we’ve been getting some questions about Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are handy because they may make life easier during those times when you’re not using touch (or you have a Surface Book) and you have a keyboard attached.
Generally speaking, the old Windows shortcuts still work but there are also some new ones that came with Windows 10 that can be quite useful.
Below is a list of shortcuts (old and new) that I put together to help you navigate this new Operating System, using your keyboard. [And, maybe, impress your boss or friends that may be looking over your shoulder with your awesome computer skills]
Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts:
Ctrl+C – Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X – Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V – Paste item from clipboard
Ctrl+Z – Undo an action
Alt+Tab – Switch between open apps
Alt+F4 – Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt+Esc – Cycle through open items in the order in which they were opened
Ctrl+A – Select everything in open window or document
Ctrl+Y – Re-do an action
Ctrl+Esc – Open Start Menu
Alt+Enter – Display properties of selected item or file
Windows key +L – Lock your PC or switch between accounts
Windows logo +D – Display and hide the desktop
Windows logo +A – Open the Action Center
Windows logo +S – Open Search
Windows logo +C – Open Cortana (in listening mode)
Windows logo +Tab – Open Task view, it shows all open items
Windows logo +Ctrl+D – Add a new virtual desktop
Windows logo +Ctrl+Right arrow Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
Windows logo +Ctrl+Left arrow Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
Windows logo +Ctrl+F4 Close the virtual desktop you’re using
Windows logo +E – Open File Explorer
Windows logo +H – Open Share Charm
Windows logo +M – minimize all open windows\apps
Windows logo +R – open Run dialog box
Windows logo +, (comma) – Temporarily peek at the desktop (goes away when you let go of the keys
There are, of course, many other keyboard shortcuts but these are my favorites and ones I use regularly. You can also set your own shortcuts to perform actions you do on regular basis but more on that in a later post.
Joanna is a former IT Director for a major public university, who gave up a high paying career to blog full time. She is proud to be a professional geek. Joanna loves all things technology and Surface tablets are her passion. She and Tim created LoveMySurface.net to help others be more productive using these awesome tablets.