All the keyboard shortcuts you need to know (Windows 10).

Keyboard shortcuts

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What do we mean by this term? Well, the name itself makes it quite clear. They are combinations created to perform tasks, processes or movements immediately. This allows you to save time and speed up your browsing on the computer. Other combinations allow actions that normally can not be carried out.

With this entry you will feel as if you were using Windows 10 all your life. We will help you position applications, change settings and options, activate or deactivate events and more. We will separate the shortcuts by sections so you can see it well ordered. Remember that in combinations, you have to keep the keys pressed while you are pressing the following ones.

Classic shortcuts

Let’s start with the ones already known. These shortcuts come from previous versions and have been maintained for their practicality and common use.

Main in use

Windows Key – It is the key located between left ‘Alt’ and left ‘Control’. It usually has the Windows symbol. It is used to temporarily hide applications to display the desktop.
Ctrl + Alt + Delete – It is the most known shortcut by all. It is used to go to a menu from which you will have access to the task manager, to block the PC and many other useful and interesting functions.
Ctrl + C key – Copy a text that you have marked or marked and save it to your clipboard until you paste it in the destination you want.
Ctrl + V – Paste what you have previously copied.
Windows + D – Minimize applications to go to the desktop directly.
Ctrl + Shift + M – To restore applications that are minimized. It can be used together with the previous shortcut perfectly.
Windows + Home – If your keyboard is Spanish, ‘Home’ will be translated as a ‘Start’ key. It is usually to the right of the ‘Enter’ key or on the number pad (number 7). It serves to minimize all the windows that you have open at a time except the one you are using.

Secondary but useful

Windows + L key – This will lock your computer and take you to the lock window.
Windows + E key – Open the file browser.
Alt + Up – Once you are in the file browser, it allows you to go up one level.
Alt + Left – Inside the file browser, it is used to go to the previous folder.
Alt + Right key – As in the previous one, it is used to go to the next folder.
Alt + Tab – Allows you to change the window. You can also keep Alt pressed while pressing Tab to visually choose the window you want to go to.
Alt + F4 – Used to close the window you are using.
Windows Key + Shift + Left (or Right) – This combination allows you to move a window to your next monitor.
Windows + T – Used to change applications. It is chosen by pressing the Enter key.
Windows key + Any number key – You open the application of your taskbar (the one you have located in that position). They are arranged from left to right.

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Humorous montage of the classic and best-known Windows background.

Record and capture the screen

One of the great novelties of this new operating system is the improvement in these two aspects. The “Clipping” function and the screenshot are optimized and the new function of saving the desktop appears. What previously needed certain programs, now it is Windows 10 itself that incorporates it.

Windows key + PrtScr – You can take a screenshot. They will appear in the Images folder.
Windows + G – You will open the DVR application that allows you to record the screen. You have to have a graphic card that supports this process.
Windows + Alt + G – Start recording
Windows key + Alt + R – Stop recording.
Windows + P – Switch between screen modes if you have another monitor connected.
Windows key + “more” key – You use the magnifying glass. It serves to expand or zoom the screen.
Windows key + “minus” key – As in the previous one. It serves to zoom out or lower the screen.

Screen options

One of the also existing changes, is the ‘Snap’ . Snap is to make a screen division. Although it is not new to Windows 10, it has changed. We leave you the keyboard shortcuts so you can do it. You can position windows on any side of the screen, assign them to quadrants, fill in the gaps with other applications, and so on.

Windows + Left key – You can make a division left of the active window.
Windows Key + Right – Same as in the previous case but to the right.
Windows + Up – Make a division of the window upwards.
Windows + Down – With in the previous cases but in the downward direction.

Keyboard shortcuts

Virtual desks

Windows 10 brings this and it is a very pleasant surprise. The virtual desktops is, in summary, how to have additional monitors. You can get the perfect order and have a complete and at the same time clean desk. Imagine having a desk for shortcuts to games, another for cleaning and maintenance programs, another for documents, and so on.

Windows key + Ctrl + D – Create new virtual desktop.
Windows + Ctrl + Left – Move to the desktop on the left.
Windows + Ctrl + Right – As in the previous case, but on the right.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4 – Close the desktop that is being used at that moment.
Windows Key + Tab – Allows you to see in general all your desktops and what they contain.

Shortcuts to use Cortana

Windows 10 has left a little aside (or a lot) basic voice assistance as we knew it. Instead, he has brought us Cortana, the personal assistant who perfects and polishes all the deficiencies. One thing is certain that in a public space, calling you is not very normal. That’s why here we leave you some shortcuts so that does not happen.

Windows + Q key – Allows you to start Cortana silently (without having to call it by voice to activate it).
Windows + S – Start Cortana without the need to receive voice commands so you can write them.
Windows + I key – Used to open the Windows 10 settings page.
Windows + A key – Combination that opens the Windows notification center.
Windows + X – Used to open the context menu of the start button. It is a type of direct access to different functions. Use it and browse a little!

“Delicate” shortcuts

Then we leave you with some special shortcuts. They give you quick access to advanced settings and options. We recommend investigating a bit through the interface but without interacting. Do not press buttons or apply changes unless you know what you are doing.

Ctrl + Shif t + Esc – Automatically opens the Windows task manager.
Windows + R key – Start the “Run” dialog box. This box is used to write multiple advanced accesses.
Shift + Delete – Do you want to delete the files permanently? You no longer have to go to the recycling bin to confirm the deletions, with this, they will disappear forever.
Alt + Enter – After selecting an article or file, it shows its properties.
Windows + U key – Open the easy access center.
Windows + Space – Used to change the keyboard language. Be careful with this combination. Many times it is accidentally tightened and we wonder how to get it right again.
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + any numeric key – You open the taskbar with administrator permissions.

Other shortcuts

To conclude, we leave you other shortcuts that may be of interest. They are not exactly shortcuts for desktop or Windows, but they will surely help you a lot.

Ctrl + F – In browsers such as Firefox or Google Chrome, open a word search engine. It is extremely useful and practical in some situations.
Ctrl + P – You open the print window directly to print the documents or images you want.
Shift + Left – Use to highlight text to the left of the cursor.
Shift + Right – The same in the previous one but to the right.
Ctrl + Shift key + Left (or Right) – To speed up, you can highlight blocks of text instead of just one.
Ctrl + A key – Allows you to select all the text.

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