Hotkeys in Windows is a very useful feature yet neglected by the majority of users. Knowing several simple combinations, you can speed up your working process – it will be much better than using your mouse. In Windows 10 Microsoft introduced new combinations for users to have access to the new functions available in the operating system. They did a very good job in this department simplifying working process, so you definitely should use some hotkeys from this articles for your comfort.
We will start with new hotkeys added with the release of Windows 10, and then we will talk about other combinations, usually ignored or even unknown to users despite the fact that they were introduced in Windows 8.1. If you have updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you will find a lot of new cool features.
New Windows 10 hotkeys
Just a quick note before we start: Windows key (Win) is a key on your keyboard that has a Windows logo on it. We think it is necessary to remind our readers about this key or clarify for those who had no idea how it is called in order to skip all the questions regarding where to find this specific button.
Windows + V — this combination was added in the Windows 10 build 1809 (October update). It lets you open clipboard history that contains a few elements that can be deleted in order to clean the clipboard.
Windows + Shift + S — another addition that arrived with the 1809 build. This combination is a new method for making screenshots of the selected area. It is a great alternative to the Print Screen key, which takes a screenshot of the whole screen. If you want to, you can bind this combination to the Print Screen button in Settings – Ease of Access – Keyboard.
Windows + S, Windows + Q — both these hotkeys open a search bar. However, the second combination also involves Cortana’s help.
Windows + A — this hotkey serves for opening Windows notification center.
Windows + I — opens the “Settings” menu with a new interface of Windows settings.
Windows + G — activates a Game bar that will be useful for gamers, for example, you can use it for capturing video of your gameplay.
Win+Tab, Alt + Tab — the first hotkey is for the new Task View interface. It allows users to switch between virtual desktops and apps. The second one works the same way the Alt + Tab combination did in previous Windows versions – letting you select one of the currently open windows.
Ctrl + Alt + Tab — does the same thing as Alt + Tab but you don’t need to hold buttons after pressing the keys (you can freely select the window you need after releasing the combination buttons).
Windows + arrows keys — allows you to stick the window which is currently active either to the left side of the screen or the right.
Windows + Ctrl + D — creates a new virtual Windows 10 desktop and switches to it instead of the currently active one.
Windows + Ctrl + arrow keys left/right— lets you switch between virtual desktops back and forth.
Windows + Ctrl + F4 — closes an active virtual desktop.
We also want to point out, that Command Prompt in Windows 10 allows users to activate hotkeys for copy/paste actions and text selection. In order to do that, run Command Prompt as administrator (type cmd in Windows search, right click on the app, and select “Run as administrator”). Then right-click on “Administrator: Command Prompt” – Properties – uncheck “Use Legacy console.” Relaunch Command Prompt.
More useful hotkeys you might not know about
Now let us remind you about other key combinations you (probably) didn’t know about. According to Microsoft statistics, the majority of users never even heard of these hotkeys despite the advantages they provide.
Windows +. (dot) or Windows + ; (semicolon) — open a menu with Emoji in any program.
Win + Ctrl + Shift + B — restarts a video card driver. For instance, would be useful if you get a black screen after closing a video game or other display issues. Use this hotkey only when you really need it, since it can cause a black screen or reboot your PC.
Ctrl + Arrow Up/Down (in the Start menu) — expands (shrinks) your Start menu.
Windows + 1-9 – allows you to run an app from the taskbar. The number represents the position of the app on your taskbar.
Windows + X — open the same menu that can be activated with a right click on the Start button. This menu contains shortcuts to various system elements such as Device Manager, Windows PowerShell, Task Manager, Event Viewer, and others.
Windows + D — minimizes all open windows and apps leaving you on a clean desktop.
Windows + E — opens File Explorer interface.
Windows + L — blocks your computer (brings you back to the lock screen).
We really hope that today you, our readers, have learned something new or maybe even tell us in the comment section below about other useful hotkeys we left out. We recommend you to get used to working with hotkeys not only in Windows but also in other apps you use daily as it significantly increases your productivity.