Windows: Keyboard Shortcuts

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's list of Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcuts.

Browser Tabs

Ctrl+w Close tab.
Ctrl+Tab Next tab.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Previous tab.
Ctrl+PageDown Next tab.
Ctrl+PageUp Previous tab.
Ctrl+t New tab.
Ctrl+Shift+t Open last closed tab.
Ctrl+ back
Ctrl+ forward

Close Window

Alt+F4 Close window.
Alt+Space c Close window.
Escape Close dialog.
Ctrl+F4 Close tab or window. Only in some apps.

Switch Window

Alt+Tab Switch to last window.
Alt+Shift+Tab Previous window.
Alt+Escape Next window (no dialog). Skip minimized windows.
Alt+Shift+Escape Previous window (no dialog). Skip minimized windows.
Ctrl+Alt+Tab Show all windows.
❖ Window+Tab Show all windows.

Hide/Show window

Alt+Space n Minimize window.
❖ Window+d Show desktop by minimize all windows.
❖ Window+m Minimize all windows. ❖ Window+Shift+m restores, if pressed right away.
❖ Window+Home Hide other windows. Press again to show.

Change Windows Size

Open Folder, Launch App

Ctrl+Shift+Escape launch task manager. [see Windows: Task Manager]
Ctrl+Escape Start menu. same as pressing ❖ Window
❖ Window Start menu. Press the Win key then start typing the app's name, will usually let you launch the app quickly.
❖ Window+r Run program by name.
❖ Window+e open file explorer
❖ Window+1 Launch or switch taskbar app 1. ❖ Window+2 app 2, etc.
❖ Window+Shift+1 Start a new instance of taskbar app 1.
❖ Window+Alt+1 List options for taskbar app 1.
❖ Window+t Cycle thru apps on task bar.

Zoom screen

❖ Window+= screen zoom-in
❖ Window+- screen zoom-out
❖ Window+Escape Exit screen zoom

Drop Down Terminal

❖ Windows+`toggles drop down terminal. (need to have Windows Terminal started once.)


Alt Activate menu. After pressing Alt, use arrow keys to navigate, or press keys of the underlined letters.
Alt+Space popup menu to move/resize/min/max/close window.
F5 Refresh, in browsers and Explorer and most other apps that makes sense.
❖ Window+v Paste from clipboard history. Must turn on clipboard history in [settings, system, clickboard].
❖ Window+. Open emoji panel.
❖ Window+L Lock screen.
❖ Window+a Open action center (notifications).
❖ Window+h Start dictation.
❖ Window+s Open search.
❖ Window+g Open game bar.
❖ Window+k Open the Connect quick action.
❖ Window+Space Switch language or keyboard layout.
❖ Window+Pause Open System Properties.
❖ Window+i Open settings.
❖ Window+u Open display settings.
❖ Window+x Opens Quick Link menu.
Windows 10 quick link menu 2021-02-20
❖ Window+x f Apps and features
❖ Window+x o Power options
❖ Window+x v Event viewer
❖ Window+x y System
❖ Window+x m Device manager
❖ Window+x w Network connections
❖ Window+x k Disk management
❖ Window+x g Computer management
❖ Window+x i Windows PowerShell
❖ Window+x a Windows PowerShell (Admin)
❖ Window+x t Task manager
❖ Window+x n Settings
❖ Window+x e File explorer
❖ Window+x s Search
❖ Window+x r Run
❖ Window+x u i Sign out
❖ Window+x u s Sleep
❖ Window+x u u Shutdown
❖ Window+x u r Restart
❖ Window+x d Desktop
❖ Window+b Select the first icon in the Notification Area.
❖ Window+p Choose a presentation display mode (set screen to clone on 2nd monitor, etc.).
❖ Window+f Open feedback.
❖ Window+Alt+Enter Start Windows Media Center interface.
❖ Window+F1 Open Windows Help.
❖ Window+Ctrl+f Open Search for Computers. Requires Active Directory Domain Services.

in Windows 10 start menu, is there a key to launch the admin version of app?

Windows 10 Start menu PowerShell 2021-02-20
Windows 10 Start menu PowerShell 2021-02-20

In the Win10 menu, press Ctrl+❖ Window+Shift+Return to launch as administrator. Ctrl+❖ Window+Shift+1 to launch the first application of the menu bar as administrator (2 for the second etc.)

2021-02-19 thanks to Amine Chadly for help on key to launch admin.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

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