General keyboard shortcuts
Desired action Keys to press

Cut a selected item.

Ctrl + X

Copy a selected item.

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Paste a selected item.

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Undo an action.

Ctrl + Z

Switch between open apps.

Alt + Tab

Close nonresponsive programs


Close the active item, or exit the active app.

Alt + F4

Close Program


Minimize screens

M + Windows logo

Minimize screen momentarily

< + Windows logo

Minimize windows

D + Windows logo

Extend screens to another monitor

S + Windows logo

Cast screen

K + Windows logo

Cast screen

P + Windows logo

Capture screen, Audio, Performance

G + Windows logo

Clip board content

V + Windows logo

White board and full screen that copies that is used to alter

W + Windows logo


H + Windows logo

Opens Explorer

E + Windows logo

Networks and screen capture

A + Windows logo

Open any program

R + Windows logo


U + Windows logo

Windows Clipborad

V + Windows logo

Control panel

I + Windows logo


> + Windows logo

Log off

L + Windows logo

Turn off + All settings

X + Windows logo


+ + Windows logo

Will snip any area in desktop

Snipping tool + Windows logo

Engage if receiving or giving assistance

Giving assistance + Windows logo

Will record any steps taken on desktop

Step Recorder + Windows logo

Control panelàSystemàStorage àTurn on storage sense

Storage Sense + Windows logo

Windows+ or -

Magnifier + Windows logo

Open safe environment for testing Requires updates in 2019 (1903)

Sandbox + Windows logo

Create new desktop(s) by pressing +

Taskview + Windows logo

Stuido 3D

Draw three D objects + Windows logo

Lock your PC.

Windows logo key  + L

Display and hide the desktop.

Windows logo key  + D

Rename the selected item.


Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.


Display the address bar list in File Explorer.


Refresh the active window.


Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.


Activate the Menu bar in the active app.


Show your password on the sign-in screen.

Alt + F8

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened.

Alt + Esc

Perform the command for that letter.

Alt + underlined letter

Display properties for the selected item.

Alt + Enter

Open the shortcut menu for the active window.

Alt + Spacebar

Go back.

Alt + Left arrow

Go forward.

Alt + Right arrow

Move up one screen.

Alt + Page Up

Move down one screen.

Alt + Page Down

Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time).

Ctrl + F4

Select all items in a document or window.

Ctrl + A

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.

Ctrl + D (or Delete)

Open Search (in most apps).

Ctrl + E

Refresh the active window.

Ctrl + R (or F5)

Redo an action.

Ctrl + Y

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word.

Ctrl + Right arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.

Ctrl + Left arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.

Ctrl + Up arrow

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps.

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified.

Alt + Shift + arrow keys

When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder.

Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys

Resize the Start menu when it's open.

Ctrl + arrow keys

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop.

Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar

Select a block of text.

Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key

Open Start.

Ctrl + Esc

Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available.

Ctrl + Shift

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off.

Ctrl + Spacebar

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

Shift + F10

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document.

Shift with any arrow key

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.

Shift + Delete

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.

Right arrow

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

Left arrow

Stop or leave the current task.


Print a copy of the entire screen


Copy part of the screen

Shift + Windows logo key + S