Windows 10 comes with some really great features for an end user. It has a new look, comes with Cortana integrated and has a lot of performance improvements over the last few series of Windows operating system. Especially if you compare it to Windows 8 or 8.1 you will notice that many things have changed. Microsoft has again blessed the Desktop users with the REAL desktop features that went missing in Windows 8 and 8.1. We have our beloved Start Menu back and the core Modern UI apps can also be used in Windowed mode which is a nice thing.
Now as a multiplatform OS which can run on both mobiles, tablets as well as PC/computer. Windows 10 comes with some great features and improvements as I mentioned above. You can use it on a touch screen device or on a PC with a mouse and keyboard.
We do a lot of things with the mouse. Mouse is basically what we use the most when it comes to the most used part of the computer.
Some people don’t use the mouse at all and yet they are able to do everything on their PC using just a keyboard and this is made possible due to keyboard shortcuts. In this post I am going to tell you about some of the most use and some of the best keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10.
Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10
We are going to categorise the shortcuts on the basis of the functions that they perform. Let’s get started.
Window Snapping on Windows 10
Window Snapping was first introduced with Windows Aero on Windows 7 and it has been one of the most used features of Windows OS after that. In Windows 10 you can use the following keyboard shortcuts for Window Snapping.
- Windows Key + Right: This will snap the active window to the right side of the screen.
- Windows Key + Left: This shortcut will snap the window that is active on the left side of the screen.
- Windows Key + Up: Snaps the active window to the top of the screen.
- Windows Key + Down: Snaps the current active window to the bottom of the screen.
You can also combine the keyboard shortcuts to the manage the window properly. Now here you can use the mouse to your imagination to show the windows as you may want to.
Window Management or Tasks View
Have you heard about Mission Control on Mac OS X? The same concept applies on Windows 10 here. You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to use Tasks View or Window Management.
- Windows Key + TAB: When you press this combination, you will be able to see the new tasks view that comes with Windows 10. You will see that this view also have a selector that moves as you press the TAB button. You can release the TAB button to view the selected window.
- Alt Key + TAB: This isn’t a new key combination on Windows. Windows users have been using this combination since last few versions of Windows and it will help you in switching to the current tasks.
Windows 10 now natively allows you to create virtual desktops. Before Windows 10 this functionality was provided by third party software. Now that this functionality comes built into Windows 10, there are some keyboard shortcuts that you can use.
- Windows Key + Ctrl + D: This shortcut will create a new Desktop and you will be able to switch to it.
- Windows Key + Ctrl + F4: This will allow you to close the virtual desktop that is currently open.
- Windows Key + Ctrl + Left / Right: This keyboard shortcut will help you to switch between the virtual desktops that are open.
For Action Center, Search or Cortana
- Windows Key + A: This will start the Windows Action Center where you can set some settings and view the notifications.
- Windows Key + S: This will start the Windows Search.
- Windows Key + C: This will start Cortana in listening mode.
These are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts that you can use on your Windows 10 installation. If you know any more keyboard combinations that we missed, then you can let us know in the comments section below.