Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Time is one of the biggest limitations for small business owners. There just isn’t enough to go around! Computerized processes and automation save time, but there are small changes to how you work with computers that can save you that extra time. Did you know that using keyboard shortcuts rather than the mouse can save you about 8 workdays per year? Just think about how many times you move your fingers between the keyboard and mouse in a day, and you’ll know what we are talking about. Just think of how much more coffee you can drink in 8 days! So, here are some useful keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 to save time and increase productivity. It may take some time to memorize some of the shortcuts, but you will not be using all of them. Once you start using keys for the more frequent functions, you’ll use them without even noticing it.

Frequently used functions – keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10 | Computing Australia
Keyboard ShortcutAction
Ctrl + ASelect all
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy selected items or to clipboard
Ctrl + XCut selected items or to clipboard
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste copied content from clipboard
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + NCreate new file of the open app
Ctrl + Shift + NCreates new folder on desktop or File Explorer
Alt + F4Close current window
Ctrl + DDelete selected item to the Recycle Bin
F2Rename selected item
Shift + DeleteDelete selected item permanently(skips Recycle Bin)
Alt + TabSwitch between all open apps using Tab multiple times
Windows key + IOpens Settings app
Windows key + EOpens File Explorer
Windows key + DDisplays and hides the desktop
Windows key + LLock device
Windows key + VOpen Clipboard bin
Windows key + PrtScnCapture full screenshot in the “Screenshots” folder
Windows key + Shift + SCapture part of the screen in a screenshot
Windows key + Left arrow keySnaps active app or window to left
Windows key + Right arrow keySnaps active app or window to right
HomeScroll to top of the window
EndScroll to bottom of the window

These shortcuts can get you started on using keyboard shortcuts instead of reaching for the mouse every time. If you want to go further and avoid the mouse as much as possible check out the complete list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcut keys.

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