Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

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  • Windows logo key = Open or close Start
  • Windows logo key + A = Open Action center
  • Windows logo key + B = Set focus in the notification area
  • Windows logo key + Shift + C = Open Cortana in listening mode

Note: Cortana is available only in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn’t available or is turned off, you can still use search.

  • Windows logo key + D = Display and hide the desktop
  • Windows logo key + E = Open File Explorer
  • Windows logo key + F = Open Feedback Hub
  • Windows logo key + G = Open Game bar when a game is open
  • Windows logo key + H = Open the Share charm
  • Windows logo key + I = Open Settings
  • Windows logo key + J = Set focus to a Windows tip when one is available.

 

When a Windows tip appears, bring focus to the Tip.  Pressing the keyboard shortcuts again to bring focus to the element on the screen to which the Windows tip is anchored.

  • Windows logo key + K = Open the Connect quick action
  • Windows logo key + L = Lock your PC or switch accounts
  • Windows logo key + M = Minimize all windows
  • Windows logo key + O = Lock device orientation
  • Windows logo key + P = Choose a presentation display mode
  • Windows logo key + R = Open the Run dialog box
  • Windows logo key + S = Open search
  • Windows logo key + T = Cycle through apps on the taskbar
  • Windows logo key + U = Open Ease of Access Center
  • Windows logo key + V = Cycle through notifications
  • Windows logo key + Shift + V = Cycle through notifications in reverse order
  • Windows logo key + X = Open the Quick Link menu
  • Windows logo key + Z = Show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode
  • Windows logo key + comma (,) = Temporarily peek at the desktop
  • Windows logo key + Pause = Display the System Properties dialog box
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl + F = Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)
  • Windows logo key + Shift + M = Restore minimized windows on the desktop
  • Windows logo key + number = Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.
  • Windows logo key + Shift + number = Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl + number = Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • Windows logo key + Alt + number = Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + number = Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
  • Windows logo key + Tab = Open Task view
  • Windows logo key + Up arrow = Maximize the window
  • Windows logo key + Down arrow = Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
  • Windows logo key + Left arrow = Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen
  • Windows logo key + Right arrow = Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen
  • Windows logo key + Home = Minimize all except the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
  • Windows logo key + Shift + Up arrow = Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
  • Windows logo key + Shift + Down arrow = Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
  • Windows logo key + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow = Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
  • Windows logo key + Spacebar = Switch input language and keyboard layout
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl + Spacebar = Change to a previously selected input
  • Windows logo key + Enter = Open Narrator
  • Windows logo key + forward slash (/) = Begin IME reconversion
  • Windows logo key + plus (+) or minus (-) = Zoom in or out using Magnifier
  • Windows logo key + Esc = Exit Magnifier