There are plenty of ways to navigate Windows 10, but sometimes using keyboard shortcuts is the most convenient and can save time and effort.
You can click on the start button or tap it with your finger on a touchscreen to access the power controls or you can just hit the Windows button on the keyboard without lifting a hand.
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Once shortcuts make it into your muscle memory they require no thought and can make your time at the computer more efficient. Here’s 10 you’ll want to know.
Windows key – This shows the Start menu, which includes icons for most used apps, browsers and productivity apps like Office as well as File Explorer, Settings, Power and all apps
Windows + X – A text version of the Start menu pops up in the lower left corner
Windows + Tab – Called Task View, this displays all active apps on a single screen
Windows + C – This summons Cortana, the speech activated Web search tool
Windows + Left arrow – Moves the current app or window, fully displayed, to the left side of the screen
Windows + Right arrow - Moves the current app or window, fully displayed, to the right side of the screen
Windows + Up arrow – Restores an app or windows to full screen
Windows + Down arrow – Minimizes an app or window or, if it’s already minimized, removes the app from the screen
Windows + D – Gets you to the desktop
Windows + Ctrl + D – Adds a virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + F4 – Close the virtual desktop you're using
Windows + comma – Gets you a peek at the desktop that goes away when you release the keys
Windows + Shift + Left or Right arrow – Moves an app from one monitor to another
Windows + Ctrl + F – Search for PCs on a network
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