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Want to work faster? These 20 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts may help!

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Keyboard shortcuts on Windows offer a rapid way to navigate and operate the experience and features using multiple key combos. Most of us know how to command tasks on our computer-using mouse, but there are quicker ways of performing the same tasks by means of Windows keyboard shortcuts.


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Compared to reaching for the mouse or navigating through a menu bar, a single keyboard shortcut helps you save a few clicks and time too. This might not seem like much at first, but when you add up all those saved moments over a period, you will gain substantially.

Here’s a list of the most powerful, and probably least used keyboard shortcuts that involve the Windows logo key (insert image), commonly seen in almost all keyboards:

Keyboard shortcut


Ctrl + Shift + Escape

Directly brings up the task manager instead of you having to select it from Ctrl + Alt + Del

Win + X

This offers quick access to some of the core features of Windows Administrative applications

Win + Ctrl + D

You’ll be taken to the new desktop immediately. Alternatively, you can click “New Desktop” in Task View

Alt + F4

This completely closes the application you’re using currently

Win + Semicolon (;)

This directly opens the emoji picker

Win + Shift + S

To quickly snip and share a screenshot, press the Windows key + Shift + S to bring up a snipping toolbar

Win + V

This takes a screenshot and stores it in the clipboard

Win + I

This shortcut opens Settings application

Win + E

This shortcut takes you directly to file explorer

Ctrl + Shift + N

This creates new folder in File Explorer

Win + Home

This can minimize or maximize all but the active desktop window

Win + Comma (,)

This allows you to temporarily peek at the desktop

Win + F

This launches Feedback Hub application

Win + T

This cycles through application in the Taskbar

Alt + Spacebar

This launches context menu for the active window

Ctrl + Shift + T

This re-opens the last closed tab

Ctrl + Shift + N

This creates new folder on desktop or File Explorer.

Win + PgUp or PgDn

This snaps the active app to top or bottom of screen or maximizes it

Win + R

This launches the run dialog

Ctrl + Alt + Del

The  logout dialog will be summoned on your device

Hope you find these shortcuts useful. Go ahead and start using them right away! Comment with the ones you think will be the most useful.

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