All those who spend a good number of hours in front of our PC , as a rule we spend them in Windows, or with applications from the system itself. There are users who are more accustomed to its use than others, but all try to work with the operating system in a more fluid way.
This is something that can be achieved with experience based on moving through the multiple functions that Windows itself presents among its menus. In this way, what we achieve is knowing where is what we use most commonly to access more quickly. Keep in mind that we are talking about extremely complete software, and it does not stop growing. That is why, depending on the type of use we make of it, we will get used to a certain number of included actions.
But at the same time here we are going to find a series of functions and applications of general use that are going to be almost essential in the day to day. Here we refer, for example, to File Explorer, or to the Settings application. Therefore in these same lines we are going to talk about a series of keyboard shortcuts that will be very helpful. As you can imagine, these will help us to work much more smoothly with the operating system itself. In this way we can access the functions that interest us the most, practically immediately.
The most common Win key keyboard shortcuts
Many of these we use through the popular WIN key , which allows us to access many of the integrated functions of Windows itself. So we can memorize the ones that interest us the most in each case.
- Win: open the Start menu.
- Win + A: Open the Activity Center.
- Win + C: open Cortana.
- Win + G: open the game bar .
- Win + E: Open File Explorer .
- Win + L: lock the computer or change accounts.
- Win + I: open Settings.
- Win + M: minimize all windows.
- Win + S: open searches .
- Win + R: Open Run Dialog Box
- Win + Shift + M: restore minimized windows.
- Win + cursor up: maximize window.
- Win + cursor down: minimize window.
- Win + Ctrl + Enter: Activate Narrator .
- Win + +: open the Magnifier.
The Win key keyboard shortcuts for less common tasks
But the same Win key, also gives us direct access to a multitude of functions somewhat less known or used in Windows. With everything and with it, in certain circumstances they will also be of great help to us to work in a more fluid way.
- Win + B: focus to the notification area.
- Win + D: show desktop.
- Win + Alt + D: show date and time on desktop.
- Win + H: start dictation.
- Win + F: Open the Opinion Center .
- Win + J: open a Windows suggestion.
- Win + K: open Connect.
- Windows + P: presentation mode.
- Win + Ctrl + Q: Open Quick Assistance.
- Win + Shift + S – Screenshot of a part.
- Win + T: move through the applications on the taskbar.
- Win + U: Open the Ease of Access Center.
- Win + V: open the Clipboard .
- Win + Shift + V: move through the notifications.
- Win + X: open link menu.
- Win + Z: View available commands full screen.
- Win + .: open the emoji panel.
- Win +,: see the desktop.
- Win + Pause: see the System Properties box
- Win + Ctrl + F: search for computers.
- Win + number: open applications from taskbar depending on their position
- Win + Ctrl + number: open the desktop and switch to the last active window.
- Windows + Alt + number: open list of shortcuts on the taskbar.
- Win + Tab: Task view.
- Win + left cursor: maximize application window on the left side.
- Win + right cursor: maximize application window on the right side.
- Win + Start: minimize everything except the active window.
- Windows + Shift + Cursor Down: Minimize active desktop windows.
- Windows + Shift + Left or Right Cursor: Move application or window from one monitor to another.
- Win + space bar: change the input language.
Keyboard shortcuts for general-purpose Windows
Leaving the aforementioned Win key aside, the operating system presents us with many other general keyboard shortcuts that we can use on a daily basis.
- Ctrl + C: copy.
- Ctrl + V: paste.
- Ctrl + X: cut.
- Ctrl + Z: undo.
- Alt + tab: switch between applications.
- Alt + F4: close the active window.
- F2: Rename an item.
- F3: Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.
- F4: display the address bar list in Explorer .
- F5: update.
- F6: move through the elements on the screen.
- F10: activate the menu bar.
- Alt + F8: Show password on login screen.
- Alt + Esc: move through the elements in the order in which they were opened.
- Alt + Enter: view properties.
- Alt + Spacebar: open context menu.
- Ctrl + F4: close the active document.
- Shift + Delete: delete without moving to the recycle bin.
- Print Screen: Print screen.
- Ctrl + A: select all.
- Ctrl + D: move to the recycle bin.
- Ctrl + Y: redo.
- Ctrl + Esc: open Start.
- Ctrl + Shift + Esc – Open Task Manager .
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows File Explorer
And finally we will talk about the key combinations that you can use in one of the most useful elements of Windows such as File Explorer .
- Alt + D: select the address bar.
- Ctrl + E: select the search box.
- Ctrl + N: open a new window.
- Ctrl + W: close the active window.
- Ctrl + mouse wheel: resize icons.
- Ctrl + Shift + E: show all subfolders.
- Ctrl + Shift + N: create new folder.
- Alt + P: show preview pane.
- Alt + Enter: open the properties dialog box.
- Alt + right cursor: see next folder.
- Alt + cursor up: see the top folder.
- Alt + left cursor: view the previous folder.
- End: Show the bottom of the window .
- Home: show the upper part of the window.