With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a whole series of new keyboard shortcuts that simplify working with the new operating system. We show which Windows 10 shortcuts make your everyday life easier.

Windows 10 Hotkeys
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Anyone who works with Microsoft’s current Windows 10 operating system will soon notice how useful certain keyboard shortcuts are. These shortcuts facilitate and accelerate many work steps that would otherwise require several mouse clicks.

The New Info Center in Windows 10

New in Windows 10 is not only the virtual desktops, but also the notification center, or Info Center for short. Microsoft has summarized important system and software notifications in this bar, which always opens lengthways to the right of the screen. Here you can find system messages, for example, but also incoming emails and a switch for general Windows settings.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts – Windows 10 Shortcuts

Instead of clicking through menus or buttons, you can use keyboard shortcuts to perform many tasks and functions. We have compiled the most important shortcuts in the following table.

Keyboard shortcutFunction
Windows Key + Ctrl + DCreate a new virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left / Right Arrow KeysChange of virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close the currently open virtual desktop
Windows key + tabCalling Task View (Task View then remains open)
Windows key + up / down / left / right arrow keyMaximize / minimize or align window in the left or right half of the screen
Alt + Tab HoldOpens Task View
Alt + Tab ReleaseSwitches to the app
Windows key + IOpens the settings
Windows key + AThe Info Center opens on the right side of the screen
Windows key + SThe search input field is activated and the cursor is placed in the field
Windows key + CVoice assistant Cortana opens (Must be activated in Settings beforehand)
Windows Key + LLock your PC or switch accounts
Windows Key + XOpens the admin menu in the lower left corner of the screen

Functions that are not used regularly are quickly forgotten. But practice makes perfect. Over time, you can save a few clicks and work steps are much faster. 

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The Function of Function Keys

Every computer keyboard also has many keys, the functions of which are little known. One of the great unknowns is the complete row at the top of the keyboard, which is labeled with the cryptic abbreviations F1 to F12. Even the name ‘function keys’ does not reveal much about the actual use. 

The F keys are often assigned very useful and frequently used functions. However, the allocation varies from program to program. The F5 key, for example, In a browser, you use it to refresh the website displayed. This function is further useful along with the Ctrl key. The browser then reloads the page directly and completely from the Internet, bypassing its cache. This prevents an old image of the page from the memory from being displayed. This quick refresh is very practical for Internet pages whose content is changed at short intervals.

The Use of Function Keys – Windows 10 Shortcuts

KeyFunction
F1Opens a help screen
F2Renames a highlighted icon, file, or folder
F3Opens a search feature
F4Open the address bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
F5Refreshes or reloads the page
F6Move the cursor to the address bar in Internet browsers
F7Spell check and grammar check a document
F8Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu or Safe mode
F9Refresh document in Microsoft Word.
F10Activates the menu bar of an open application
F11Enter and exit fullscreen mode in all modern Internet browsers.
F12Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.

Traces of the Past

Other keys on the PC keyboard undeservedly lead a shadowy existence. Even after years, they are still rough and unused, while some keys already have a smooth greasy sheen. Pressure, scrolling, and pause are some of those neglected keyboard buttons. Some helpful functions are slumbering among them.

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The keys above the block of arrow keys are hardly used anymore. They are leftovers from old DOS and Terminal days. From time to time, however, they are also useful in modern Windows times, for example, to record the screen content. 

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