Favorite Windows 10 Shortcuts

By | February 1, 2018
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Our Favorite Windows 10 Shortcuts

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a list of Windows 10 shortcuts, so we thought it was about time to  feature a list of our favorite Windows Shortcuts again.

Shortcuts save you time, but only if you remember them. And you’ll only remember the ones you use.  Windows Key + i and Windows Key + x are two that you should be using a lot. So you should remember them!  Windows Key + X opens the so-called power menu (the same menu that you’ll see if  right-click the start button), and Windows Key + i opens Settings.

Here are some Windows 10 shortcuts we think you’ll find useful – some more than others, of course. These are the ones we use most often; we hope they will save you time too! The more you use a shortcut, the easier it is to remember. So try using keyboard shortcuts as often as you can. And remember, in Windows there are most always several ways to accomplish the same thing.

Note: In the tip below we use Winkey to represent the Windows Key. The Windows Key is the key with the Windows logo on it, usually located on the bottom row of your keyboard just to the right of the Ctrl key or the second key to the right of the Ctrl key. The exact location varies with computer manufacturer, keyboards, laptops, desktops, etc.

Winkey  Opens the Start menu
Winkey + E  Opens File Explorer
Winkey + Tab Activates Task View
Winkey + A Activates Action Center
Winkey + C Activates Cortana with speech
Winkey + D Shows desktop
Winkey + E Opens File Explorer
Winkey + G Activates Xbox game bar to let you record games or take screenshots.
Winkey + H Activates share feature in Windows 10 apps
Winkey + I Opens Windows 10 settings
Winkey + K Activates Connect feature to stream to wireless displays / audio devices
Winkey + L Locks the machine
Winkey + R Run a command
Winkey + S Activates Cortana
Winkey + Q Activates Cortana
Winkey + U Opens Ease of Access center
Winkey + X Opens power user features (Same as right-clicking the Windows 10 Start button.)
Winkey + Ctrl + D Creates a new virtual desktop
Winkey + Ctrl + F4 Close virtual desktop
Winkey + Ctrl + Left or Right Switch between virtual desktops
Winkey + Shift + Left or Right Move apps from one monitor to another.

The more you use them the more you’ll remember them and the more time you’ll save.

4 thoughts on “Favorite Windows 10 Shortcuts

  1. Les Hawkins

    Hi guys – Since upgrading to the latest Windows version, I have lost my Outlook Express.
    The warning screen displays notices saying the program needs SingleImageWW.mMSI and I am stumped.
    If I buy a ticket, do you think you can rectify my problem?
    At present I need to use Webmail to read my emails, it’s as slow as a wet week and driving me nuts.

    1. infoave Post author

      Outlook Express has not been in Windows since Windows XP. I know there is someone out that who had modified Outlook Express to work in Windows 10 but that was never a good solution because it stopped working after every update – and I don’t believe it works at all in Fall Creators Update.

      Are you sure you’re not talking about Windows Mail – Windows Mail was the successor to Outlook Express that was in Windows Vista. It looks almost exactly the same as Outlook Express. Windows 7 did not have a mail program. Windows 10 comes with the Windows 10 Mail App. We used to install a modified version of Windows Mail on Windows 7 computers for people, but we stopped doing that a couple of years ago as it was too much a problem on Windows 10. Now it does not work at all on Windows 10 version 1709 – Creators Update.

      There is no way (we know of) to make Windows Mail work on the latest version Windows 10. There are alternative email programs you can use for example Thunderbird and OE Classic.

      I hope this answers your question.

    1. infoave Post author

      I don’t use it and I know of no keyboard shortcut for it. I suggest you open Windows Mail App and right-click its icon and pin it to your taskbar.


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