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Complete List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts and Run Commands

Everyone loves a quick way to get things done in Windows. If a mouse tends to slow you down, then here is a comprehensive list of keyboard commands you can use to accomplish almost any task you would normally use a mouse for.

Function Command
Power menu press Windows key + X or right-click Start
Windows + Tab Launch Windows 10 Task View
Windows + Q Search the web and Windows with Cortana (speech)
Windows + S Search the web and Windows with Cortana (keyboard input)
Windows + I Open Windows 10 settings
Windows + A Open Windows 10 notifications
Windows + L Lock your Windows 10 device
Windows + Ctrl + D Create new virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + F4 Close current virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + [Left][Right] Switch between virtual desktops
Windows + [Left][Right][Up][Down] Position windows on your screenE.g. Windows + [Left] moves the current window to the left half of your screen. If you use Windows + [Up] afterward, the current window will be placed in the upper left quarter of your screen.And, what’s very handy in my opinion: If you release the Windows key after positioning a window, Task View shows up on the opposite side of the positioned window to select and position another app.
Windows + H Share content (if supported by current app)
Windows + K Connect to wireless displays and audio devices
Windows + X Open Start button context menu
Windows key + G Starts App recording
Windows + D Show Windows desktop
Windows + E Open File Explorer
Windows + Space Switch keyboard input language (if you have added at least a second one)
Windows + Shift + [Left][Right] Move current Window from one monitor to another (when using a multiple monitor setup)
Windows + [1][2][3][…] Open programs that are pinned to task barE.g. if first pinned program on your taskbar is Windows Explorer (from left to right); the shortcut Windows + 1 opens Windows Explorer for you
Windows + R Run a command
Windows + P Project a screen
Alt + Tab Switch to previous window
Alt + Space Restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close current window. Also works like a charm for Windows 10 modern apps.
Alt + F4 a) Close current window.  b) If you’re on your Windows 10 desktop, open Power dialogue to shut down or restart Windows, put your device in sleep mode, or sign out or switch the current user.
CTRL + SHIFT + ESC Open Task Manager
Alt + underlined menu Open menu or program. Example, to open the Edit menu in WordPad, press Alt then press E on your keyboard. Repeat the same step for the menu you want to open.

General Windows keyboard shortcuts

Function Command
Access help system in an application F1
Activate menu bar F10
Close a program Alt + F4
Close current window in Multiple Document interface based programs CTRL + F4
Access right click menu in application Shift + F10
Launch Start menu Ctrl + ESC or Windows key
Cut CTRL + X
Copy CTRL + C
Paste CTRL + V
Delete DEL
Undo CTRL + Z
System Properties Windows key + Pause/Break
Bypass auto-play when an external storage device is connected Hold down SHIFT key while inserting storage device

Desktop, My Computer, and File Explorer

For selected items, you can use the following shortcuts:

Function Command
Search CTRL + F or F3
Rename an item F2
Delete a folder or files permanently SHIFT + DEL
Access properties of a file or folder ALT + ENTER or ALT + double-click
Copy a file CTRL key while dragging file
Create a shortcut CTRL + SHIFT while dragging file
Select All CTRL + A
Refresh contents of window F5
View the folder one level up Backspace key
Close the selected folder and its parent folders SHIFT key while clicking the close button
Switch between left and right panes F6

File Explorer commands

Function Command
Switch between left and right panes F6
Expand all subfolders under the selected folder NUMLOCK + ASTERISK when using a numeric keyboard
Expand the selected folder NUMLOCK + PLUS sign when using a numeric keyboard
Collapse the selected folder NUMLOCK + MINUS sign when using a numeric keyboard
Expand current selection if it’s collapsed, otherwise select first subfolder Right arrow
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, otherwise select parent folder Left arrow

Properties dialog commands

Function Command
Move forward through options Tab key
Move backward through options SHIFT + Tab
Move forward through tabs CTRL + Tab
Move backward through tabs CTRL + SHIFT + TAB

Open and Save dialog commands

Function Command
Open the Save In and address bar CTRL + O and F4
Refresh F5
Open the folder one level up, if a folder is selected BACKSPACE

Windows 10 Command Prompt keyboard commands

Text Selection

Function Command
SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the selection
SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor to the right one character, extending the selection
SHIFT + UP ARROW Selects text up line by line starting from the location of the insertion point
SHIFT + DOWN ARROW Extends text selection down one line, starting at the location of the insertion point
SHIFT + END If cursor is in current line being edited* First time extends selection to the last character in the input line.* Second consecutive press extends selection to the right margin; or else Selects text from the insertion point to the right margin.
SHIFT + HOME If cursor is in current line being edited* First time extends selection to the character immediately after the command prompt.* Second consecutive press extends selection to the left margin; or else Extends selection to the left margin.
SHIFT + PAGE DOWN Extends selection down one screen
SHIFT + PAGE UP Extends selection up one screen
CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Extends the selection one word to the right
CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Extends the selection one word to the left
CTRL + SHIFT + HOME Extend selection to the beginning of the screen buffer
CTRL + SHIFT + END Extend selection to the end of the screen buffer
CTRL + A If cursor is in current line being edited (from first typed char to last type char) and line is not empty, and any selection cursor is also within the line being edited Selects all text after the prompt (phase 1); or else Selects the entire buffer (phase 2)

Edit commands

Function Command
CTRL + V Paste text into the command line
SHIFT + INS Paste text into the command line
CTRL + C Copy selected text to the clipboard
CTRL + INS Copy selected text to the clipboard
Function Command
CTRL + M Enter “Mark Mode” to move cursor within window
ALT In conjunction with one of the selection key combinations, begins selection in block mode
ARROW KEYS Move cursor in the direction specified
PAGE KEYS Move cursor by one page in the direction specified
CTRL + HOME Move cursor to beginning of buffer
CTRL + END Move cursor to end of buffer

History navigation keys

Function Command
CTRL + UP ARROW Moves up one line in the output history
CTRL + DOWN ARROW Moves down one line in the output history
CTRL + PAGE UP Moves up one page in the output history
CTRL + PAGE DOWN Moves down one page in the output history

Additional commands

Function Command
CTRL + F Opens “Find” in console dialog
ALT + F4 Close the console window, of course!

Keyboard Run Commands

Use the following to access locations such as Control Panel items, File Explorer shell folders quickly using the run command.

Opens Press Windows + R and type:
Open Documents Folder documents
Open Videos folder videos
Open Downloads Folder downloads
Open Favorites Folder favorites
Open Recent Folder recent
Open Pictures Folder pictures
Adding a new Device devicepairingwizard
About Windows dialog winver
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz
Advanced User Accounts netplwiz
Advanced User Accounts azman.msc
Backup and Restore sdclt
Bluetooth File Transfer fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificates certmgr.msc
Change Computer Performance Settings systempropertiesperformance
Change Data Execution Prevention Settings systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Change Data Execution Prevention Settings printui
Character Map charmap
ClearType Tuner cttune
Color Management colorcpl
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services comexp.msc
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Computer Management compmgmtlauncher
Connect to a Projector displayswitch
Control Panel control
Create A Shared Folder Wizard shrpubw
Create a System Repair Disc recdisc
Data Execution Prevention systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention
Date and Time timedate.cpl
Default Location locationnotifications
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Device Manager hdwwiz.cpl
Device Pairing Wizard devicepairingwizard
Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard msdt
Digitizer Calibration Tool tabcal
DirectX Diagnostic Tool dxdiag
Disk Cleanup cleanmgr
Disk Defragmenter dfrgui
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Display dpiscaling
Display Color Calibration dccw
Display Switch displayswitch
DPAPI Key Migration Wizard dpapimig
Driver Verifier Manager verifier
Ease of Access Center utilman
EFS Wizard rekeywiz
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Fax Cover Page Editor fxscover
File Signature Verification sigverif
Font Viewer fontview
Game Controllers joy.cpl
IExpress Wizard iexpress
Internet Explorer iexplore
Internet Options inetcpl.cpl
iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool iscsicpl
Language Pack Installer lpksetup
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
Local Security Policy secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Location Activity locationnotifications
Magnifier magnify
Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt
Manage Your File Encryption Certificates rekeywiz
Microsoft Management Console mmc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool msdt
Mouse main.cpl
NAP Client Configuration napclcfg.msc
Narrator narrator
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
New Scan Wizard wiaacmgr
Notepad notepad
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbcad32
ODBC Driver Configuration odbcconf
On-Screen Keyboard osk
Paint mspaint
Pen and Touch tabletpc.cpl
People Near Me collab.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
Performance Options systempropertiesperformance
Phone and Modem telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer dialer
Power Options powercfg.cpl
Presentation Settings presentationsettings
Print Management printmanagement.msc
Printer Migration printbrmui
Printer User Interface printui
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Problem Steps Recorder psr
Programs and Features appwiz.cpl
Protected Content Migration dpapimig
Region and Language intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor 32 regedt32
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop Connection mstsc
Resource Monitor resmon
Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc
SAM Lock Tool syskey
Screen Resolution desk.cpl
Securing the Windows Account Database syskey
Services services.msc
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults computerdefaults
Share Creation Wizard shrpubw
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Signout logoff
Snipping Tool snippingtool
Sound mmsys.cpl
Sound recorder soundrecorder
SQL Server Client Network Utility cliconfg
Sticky Notes stikynot
Stored User Names and Passwords credwiz
Sync Center mobsync
System Configuration msconfig
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Information msinfo32
System Properties sysdm.cpl
System Properties (Advanced Tab) systempropertiesadvanced
System Properties (Computer Name Tab) systempropertiescomputername
System Properties (Hardware Tab) systempropertieshardware
System Properties (Remote Tab) systempropertiesremote
System Properties (System Protection Tab) systempropertiesprotection
System Restore rstrui
Task Manager taskmgr
Task Scheduler taskschd.msc
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management tpm.msc
Turn Windows features on or off optionalfeatures
User Account Control Settings useraccountcontrolsettings
Utility Manager utilman
Volume Mixer sndvol
Windows Action Center wscui.cpl
Windows Activation Client slui
Windows Anytime Upgrade Results windowsanytimeupgraderesults
Windows Disc Image Burning Tool isoburn
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Fax and Scan wfs
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security wf.msc
Windows Journal journal
Windows Media Player wmplayer
Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler mdsched
Windows Mobility Center mblctr
Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard wiaacmgr
Windows PowerShell powershell
Windows PowerShell ISE powershell_ise
Windows Remote Assistance msra
Windows Repair Disc recdisc
Windows Script Host wscript
Windows Update wuapp
Windows Update Standalone Installer wusa
Versione Windows winver
WMI Management wmimgmt.msc
WordPad write
XPS Viewer xpsrchvw

The name and terminology used for certain commands and functions have been revised in Windows 10, along with their locations. The following table provides how you can find and access them.

Original Name New Name, Location, and Functions
Windows Explorer File Explorer – (Press Windows key + E to launch)
Favorites Navigation Pane (Windows Explorer) Quick Access
Folder options Options (Files Explorer > View tab > Options)
Recent Items Located in File Explorer > This PC > Recent Files
Computer or My Computer This PC
Control Panel Settings (classic Control Panel can still be accessed – Windows key + X then click Control Panel)
View Available Networks Network Flyout – Notification or Show Available Networks (Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Additional settings
Action Center clip_image001Located in the System Tray; Manage incoming email, system, social media notifications
Start menu Start
Task View clip_image002Create and Manage multiple desktops
Aero Snap Snap Assist – easily manage open windows on screen
All Programs All Apps
Shutdown/Turn off computer Power
Switch Users Located at the top of the Start represented by your account name

There’s a lot here to remember, so make sure to bookmark this page so you can keep coming back to refresh your memory or learn new shortcuts you haven’t used before.

Are you a Keyboard Kung Fu practitioner? What are your favorite key combos that you use? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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16 Responses to Complete List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts and Run Commands

  1. MarjCunningham August 24, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Wow, what an extensive list! Thank you for ferreting out all these keyboard shortcuts!

  2. Don Anderson August 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    All that and not a note on how to print, change size of the page etc.
    Windows 10 makes it difficult to print a page


  3. mahesh October 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    thank you for listing the shortcut keywords thanks alot…

  4. TechieSmurf November 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    This listing of run commands is incorrect. Many commands, such as Windows Update (wuapp) have been replaced with “ms-settings:command”, Windows Update being “ms-settings:windowsupdate”. Please review your article for accuracy.

  5. Martin March 15, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    CTRL + SHIFT + N. I use it very often to create a new folder. The advantage is, you can stay on the keyboard and immediately name the new Folder.

    CTRL + SHIFT + BACKSPACE is another usefull shortcut, to delete the whole word to the left of the cursor.

  6. Mickey Mouse April 21, 2016 at 2:28 am #

    Backspace does NOT take you one folder up. It takes you a folder BACK. This is one of the most annoying things M$ changed 🙁

  7. Ripper July 27, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Alt + UpArrow Will take you up the folder tree. Very Useful!

  8. dinehs October 4, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    how can find computer configuration from “run” command

    • Soumo Dev Acharya April 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      type msinfo32 in run command

  9. G McCaddon October 19, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Command Line Run: SlidetoShutdown to activate the slide to shutdown on Windows 8.1 and 10. Handy for remote shutdowns.

  10. Sorbel November 22, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    File these under the ‘Press Windows + R and type:’ section…
    shell:startup to open the startup folder
    shell:profile to open your profile folder

    just search for windows shell: commands for a full list

    • Steve Krause November 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

      Nice – Thanks for sharing the tips Sorbel!


  11. Alex Fairbanks February 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    These commands have been around since Windows 95:

    Several of your commands are inaccurate.




    Hold SHIFT while Dragging a File/Folder Force Move a File/Folder (Shows –> Arrow)

    Hold ALT while Dragging a File/Folder Force Shortcut a File/Folder (Shows Curved Arrow)

    Hold CTRL while Dragging a File/Folder Force Copy a File/Folder (Shows + Arrow)

    In File Explorer,

    Press F6 or Tab Shift through different options

    Press SHIFT+F6 or SHIFT+Tab Shift through different options the other way
    plus a bonus

    File has dashed outline:

    Space To Select It

    F2 Edits Name

  12. viral March 8, 2017 at 2:34 am #


    nice work with this key.

  13. Thaiza July 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

    thanks for the list. It’s improving me…

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