- How to use Keyboard shortcuts
- Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert), Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert): Among the most basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows users, these standbys will copy, cut, or paste the selected item.
- Alt+Tab: This command will switch between open apps.
- Alt+F4: This shortcut will close the active item or exit the active app.
- Windows logo key +L: This command will lock your PC or switch accounts.
- Windows logo key +D: This shortcut will display or hide the desktop.
- Windows logo key +start typing: This command enables you to search your PC. (Make sure you let off the Windows key before typing.)
- Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-): These keyboard shortcuts enable you to zoom in and out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen. (An alternative is pressing Ctrl and using the scroll wheel.)
- Windows logo key +C: This command opens the Charms, or if you’re in an app, it opens the commands for that app.
- Windows logo key +Z: This keyboard shortcut shows the commands that are available within an app.
- Windows logo key +Tab: This command enables you to cycle through recently used apps, while Windows logo key +Shift+Tab enables you to cycle through recently used apps in reverse order.
- Esc: Tapping the escape key enables you to stop or exit the current task.
- F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6: These keys open Display Help, rename a selected item, search for a file or folder, display the address bar list in File Explorer, refresh the active window, or cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
- F10: This key will activate the Menu bar in the active app.
- Alt+F4: This command will close the active item or exit the active app.
- Alt+Spacebar: This command will open the shortcut menu for the active window.
- Command-X, Command-C, and Command-V: These keyboard shortcuts will cut, copy, or paste, respectively. Cut will remove the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard, Copy will duplicate the selected item to the Clipboard, and Paste will paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app.
- Command-Z and Command-Shift-Z: These keyboard shortcuts will undo the previous command, or reverse the undo command. Depending on the app, you may be able to undo and redo multiple commands.
- Command-A: Select All items.
- Command-F and Command-G: The Find command will open a Find window or find items in a document, while the Find Again command will find the next occurrence of an item that was previously found.
- Command-H and Command-M: The Hide command will hide the windows of the front app. (If you want to view the front app but hide the other open apps, press Command-Option-H.) The Minimize command will minimize the front window to the dock.
- Command-N: The New command will open a new document or window.
- Command-O: The Open command will open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.
- Command-P: Use this keyboard shortcut to print the current document.
- Command-S: This command will save the current document.
- Command-W: The Close command will close the front window, or you can press Command-Option-W to close all windows of the app.
- Command-Q and Option-Command-Esc: Command-Q will quit the app, while Option-Command-Esc will force-quit an app (one of the most useful keyboard shortcuts in the event of an unresponsive app).
- Command-Space bar: This is the keyboard shortcut to call up Spotlight search. It can show or hide the Spotlight search field.
- Space bar: Tapping the Space bar will use Quick Look to preview a selected item.
- Command-Tab or Shift-Command-Tilde (~): Command-Tab will switch apps, while Shift-Command-Tilde will switch to the next most-recent window of the front app.
- Shift-Command-3 or Shift-Command-4: These Screenshot commands will take a screenshot either of the entire screen or of the area that you select.