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Keyboard shortcuts on Windows PCs can drastically change your user experience, and make your life smoother and far less challenging. No longer do you need to look around for options across bars and menus and access the features you need in a combination of keys. While some Windows shortcuts give you access to the very basic features, others offer essential key combinations for navigating and browsing on your PC. Without further ado, here’s looking at what Windows shortcuts are, and the pick of the pile that you must know.

What are shortcut keys in Windows?

Shortcut keys on Windows are combinations of sticky keys, such as Ctrl, Alt and Shift, with a range of keys. From basic tasks such as accessing the Start menu without needing the mouse, to shifting across browser tabs, keyboard shortcuts can cover a wide range of tasks without needing mouse or trackpad pointers.

Here, we break down the Windows shortcuts into three types, based on the tasks that you may require to do on Windows PC.

Basic Windows shortcut keys

The basic Windows shortcuts include the most basic tasks and are shortcuts that you would require on an everyday basis. Here’s what they are.

Shortcuts Task
Ctrl+X Cut selected item
Ctrl+C Copy selected item
Ctrl+V Paste selected item
Ctrl+F Find the phrase in the current page
Ctrl+A Select all text or items on screen
Ctrl+Z Undo last action
Ctrl+Y Redo last action
Ctrl+W Close folder or browser tab
Ctrl+S Save current file or page
Ctrl+P Print current file or page
Home Go to the beginning of the current line on text editor
Ctrl+Home Go to the beginning of the text editor
End Go to the end of the current line on text editor
Ctrl+End Go to the end of the text editor
Shift+Home Select line on text editor till the start of line
Shift+End Select line on text editor till the end of line
Ctrl+Left arrow Move cursor one word to the left
Ctrl+Right arrow Move cursor one word to the right

Essential shortcut keys for Windows PCs

Beyond the basic navigation on Windows PCs, there are a host of navigation and additional shortcuts that are essential as well. Here’s what they are.

Shortcuts Task
Win+D Show the desktop OR minimise all windows
Win+A Open Action center
Win+Left arrow Snap windows to the left
Win+Right arrow Snap windows to the right
Win+Up arrow Maximise windows
Win+Down arrow Minimise windows
Win+Tab Open multitasking view
Alt+Tab Change apps
Ctrl+Esc Open Start menu
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager
Win+L Lock desktop
Win+R Open Run command
Win+M Minimize all windows
Win+R+”control” Open Control Centre
Win+S (or Q) Search through Start menu
Win+B Set focus notification area in the Taskbar
F2 Rename a selected file
Win+PrntScrn Take instant screenshot
Win+Ctrl+D Add virtual desktop
Win+X
F1 View help information on browsers and apps
F5 Refresh the current window
Ctrl+D Bookmark browser page
Ctrl+N Create new document, open new browser window or add new folder
Ctrl+O Open new file
Alt+F4 Close file or app

Quick access shortcut keys for PC

Finally, there is also a range of quick access Windows shortcuts that help you access a range of functions, where a direct shortcut view is not apparent. Here’s our pick.

Shortcuts Task
Alt+F Access File menu
Alt+E Access Edit menu
Ctrl+B Bolden selected text
Ctrl+I Italicise selected text
Ctrl+U Underline selected text
Shift+Del Permanently delete file
Ctrl+K Insert hyperlink to selected text
Alt+Enter Open properties menu on the selected file
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open the task manager
Win+C Open AI virtual assistant Cortana

Other shortcut keys for laptop/ PC (Windows)

Shortcut keys Task
Win+F Launch Feedback Hub app
Win+G Launch Game bar app
Win+Y Change input between desktop and Mixed Reality
Win+O Lock Device orientation
Win+T Cycle through apps in Taskbar
Win+Z Switch input between the desktop experience and Windows Mixed Reality
Win+J Set focus
Win+H Open dictation feature

Windows laptop/ PC shortcuts for special characters

Here are some of the shortcut keys for laptop/ PC, powered by Windows, to add special characters:

Shortcuts Special characters
Alt+0128 €  (Euro currency)
Alt+0153
Alt+0162 ¢  (Cent symbol)
Alt+0163 £  (British Pound currency)
Alt+0165 ¥  (Japanese Yen currency)
Alt+0169 ©
Alt+0174 ®
Alt+0176 °  (degree symbol)
Alt+0177 ±  (plus/minus symbol)
Alt+0191 ¿
Alt+0198 Æ
Alt+0223 ß
Alt+0224 à
Alt+0228 ä
Alt+0231 ç
Alt+0232 è
Alt+0236 ì
Alt+0241 ñ
Alt+0242 ò
Alt+0246 ö
Alt+0248 ø
Alt+0252 ü

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