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It’s hard to believe Windows 10 has been available for close to a year. Even through Windows 10 isn’t perfect, reception has been generally positive.
When Windows 8 was new, we compiled a mega-list of Windows 8 shortcuts to make getting around easier than ever. Windows 10 introduces a whole slew of new shortcuts, including apps, keyboard shortcuts, touchscreen gestures, and more — it’s time to refresh that list!
Let’s take a look at all the different types of shortcuts available in Windows 10 that you can start using now.
Windows 10 blends Modern apps with traditional desktop programs. Here’s how to access some of the built-in apps with blazing speed.
- Cortana can be summoned with Windows Key + S or Windows Key + Q. If you turn on voice control, she’ll also answer to “Hey, Cortana.” Make sure to learn some of Cortana’s cool tricks, too.
- The revamped Windows Action Center collects all your notifications from various apps and allows you to quickly toggle common settings; use Windows Key + A or swipe in from the right side of your touchscreen to bring it up.
- Windows 10 finally introduced multiple desktops as a native feature, so the Windows Key + Tab is much more important than before. By pressing this shortcut or swiping in from the left side of the touchscreen, you’ll see all open windows and can easily switch between desktops in a snap.
- The Settings app, which will eventually kill the Control Panel, can be accessed by pressing Windows Key + I.
Be sure to browse more Windows 10 app shortcuts for the complete list.
While a mouse is probably more convenient than a laptop touchpad, Windows 10 lets you control all sorts of navigation with your touchpad. After you’ve enabled various touchpad gestures as explained by Christian, here are some highlights of new controls you’ll have:
- The Allow taps on the touchpad lets you simply tap a finger on the touchpad to click instead of having to press it.
- Enabling the lower-right hand corner of the touchpad option lets you right-click by tapping that corner.
- The Use a two finger drag to scroll option is a must-have for laptops, because it lets you whip through webpages without having to manually drag the scroll bar down.
- You can Choose what to do with a three finger tap — by default this will open Cortana, but if you’d prefer to have it launch another control, you can do so.
- Sliding up with three fingers displays the Task View, allowing you to switch between open windows quickly.
- Swiping down with three fingers brings you right to the desktop; the same can be done with Windows Key + D.
- By default, a four-finger tap will launch the Action Center, but this can be changed as well.
For even more touchpad goodies, check out how to get more out of your touchpad in all versions of Windows and uncommon ways to use your laptop touchpad.
Your computer might not have a touchscreen, or you may have sworn off touchscreens after trying one with Windows 8. These shortcuts certainly aren’t essential, but if you’re in tablet mode, you’ll appreciate them.
- To scroll, just use one finger to drag in any direction.
- You can drag and drop an item by holding it with a finger, then moving it in the opposite direction of scrolling.
- The equivalent of a right-click on the touchscreen is to press and hold on something.
- Some apps have a special command you can activate by swiping down from the top or up from the bottom — most browsers let you refresh the page with this.
- To close an app in tablet mode, swipe one finger from the top of the screen to the bottom.
- Zooming works just like it does on most smartphones: pinch (bring together) two fingers to zoom out, and spread two fingers out to zoom in.
- You can rotate some items by spinning two fingers in a circle, though this won’t work for everything.
Master the rest of the touch gestures for complete control!
We’ve covered every Windows keyboard shortcut you could want in our ultimate keyboard shortcut guide, including how you can get around Windows with just keyboard shortcuts and shortcuts specifically for Microsoft Office. Here are just a few prominent samples:
- The power user menu collects a bunch of powerful controls all in one place; open it with Windows Key + X to cut down on time spent searching for controls buried in menus.
- ALT + Tab lets you quickly switch between open windows.
- Windows Key + Number will let you open items on the Taskbar (so Win + 2 opens the second item on your taskbar, not including Search or the task switcher).
- Windows Key + E instantly opens up the My Computer dialogue.
- Windows Key + Pause/Break opens the System Properties page where you can review basic information about your system.
- To lock your computer, so you can step away without worrying about shenanigans, press Windows Key + L.
- Control + Shift + Escape opens the Task Manager, skipping the extra step of selecting it after pressing Control + ALT + DEL or right-clicking the Taskbar.
After mastering these, check out some of the best keyboard shortcuts in popular web apps.
Shortcuts New and Old
Of course, we couldn’t possibly list every single shortcut possible in Windows 10 — the list would contain thousands of commands! Between the important shortcuts listed in this article and the wealth of information linked, though, you’re well on your way to having an awesome array of shortcuts under your belt. Many older Windows shortcuts work just fine in Windows 10, so be sure to check those out, too.
What are your best time-saving shortcuts in Windows 10? Add to our list by commenting below!