Windows 10 introduced a number of popular new features. Like most Windows features, these additions can be accessed using keyboard shortcuts.
Keyboard shortcuts can speed up the way you work and increase efficiency. Find out how to access a number of the new features using keyboard shortcuts, and some of the more popular shortcuts which have been carried over from previous versions.
Windows 10 introduced a helpful feature which allows users to create and move between virtual desktops. Virtual desktops can help you to keep things organized, especially if you have a lot of programs open at the same time.
Windows Key + Ctrl + D – Create a new virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 – Close a virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow – Switch to a previous virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow – Switch to the next virtual desktop
Windows 10 has improved the window snapping feature. It’s now possible to snap windows in various arrangements on your desktop. Before, you could only snap windows to the left or right side of the desktop, but now you can snap windows to the top and bottom of the desktop or in a two by two grid.
After snapping a window to your desired position, the other half of the screen will list all the other open windows. Click on one of the other windows and it will fill up the remainder of the screen.
Windows Key + Left Arrow – Snap window to the left side of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow – Snap Window to the right side of the screen
If you keep the Windows key held down and then press either the up or down arrow, the window will take up 25% of the screen and snap to a corner depending on what keys were pressed. For example, if you press the Windows key and the left arrow followed by the down arrow whilst keeping the Windows key help down, the current window will snap to the lower left corner.
Windows Key + Up Arrow – Maximize window
Windows Key + Down Arrow – Restore down
Windows Key + Down Arrow (twice) – Minimize Window
Windows 10 has introduced a number of new features and some of them are directly accessible by using keyboard shortcuts.
Windows Key + S – Open Cortana
Windows Key + C – Open Cortana in listening mode
Windows Key + I – Open Settings
Windows Key + A – Open the Action Center
Windows 10 doesn’t only come with helpful new shortcuts; the old favorites still work too.
Ctrl + C – Copy
Ctrl + X – Cut
Ctrl + V – Paste
Ctrl + A – Select All
Ctrl + Z – Undo
Ctrl + Y – Redo
Ctrl + Esc – Open Start Menu
Ctrl + Spacebar – Change language
Keyboard shortcuts can help to increase efficiency and allow you to work faster. Windows 10 has many keyboard shortcuts and has introduced a number of new and helpful shortcuts as well as keeping the old favorites alive.
Some of the most helpful keyboard shortcuts in the latest version of Windows include virtual desktops, snapping windows, and the ability to quickly access a number of the new features found in Windows 10.