Microsoft has continued its tradition of introducing new keyboard shortcuts with new version of Windows by adding close to a dozen of new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.
In no particular order, following are the new keyboard shortcuts introduced with Windows 10.
Note that we are not listing keyboard shortcuts that were part of previous versions of Windows as well.
New keyboard shortcuts introduced with Windows 10
Windows + A
Have you observed the new Action Center in Windows 10? Windows + A keyboard shortcut is just for that. Since Action Center displays new notifications, including your emails (if configured using Mail), this is a super useful keyboard shortcut.
Windows + S
The Windows + S hotkey is to quickly launch the search box on the taskbar to search the web and your PC.
Note that the same result can be achieved by pressing the Windows logo key as well.
Tip: You can set Google as the default search engine in taskbar search box.
Windows + Q
Windows + Q behaves very similar to the Windows + S hotkey but allows you search the web and your PC using the digital personal assistant Cortana. On PCs where Cortana is not available or turned off, it behaves exactly like Windows + S hotkey.
Windows + G
This key is not very useful for most users. The Windows + G hotkey brings up the game bar which helps you record your screen. The screen recording feature is not supported on machines with on-board or low end graphics card.
Windows + I
If you have used Windows 8/8.1, you probably have used Windows + I keyboard shortcut to quickly open the Settings pane. In Windows 10, instead of Settings pane (not available), Windows + I launches the Settings app. If you don’t know, the Settings app is the new Control Panel in Windows 10, and includes many settings are not available in the classic Control Panel.
Windows + Ctrl + D
Windows + Ctrl + D allows you quickly create new virtual desktops in Windows 10.
Windows + Tab
Windows + Tab keyboard shortcut was present in previous Windows versions as well. But, in Windows 10, it brings up the newly introduced Task View using which you can switch between virtual desktops.
Windows + Ctrl + F4
This keyboard shortcut allows close the current virtual desktop.
Windows + Ctrl + Left or Right Arrow
This hotkey can be used to quickly switch between virtual desktops without having to open the Task View using Windows + Tab.
Windows + Left/Right/Up/Bottom
Using Windows + Left/Right/Up/Bottom hotkey you can position a window to any corner of the screen. This feature is nothing but an extended version of snap feature introduced in Windows 7.
Lesser known but super useful hotkeys
In addition to above mentioned newly introduced keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10, following are some very useful but lesser known keyboard shortcuts that you might find handy. Note that these are not new keyboard shortcuts and were exist in previous Windows versions as well.
Ctrl + Shift + N
Did you know that a new folder can be created with a keyboard shortcut in Windows? In Windows 7/8/10, Ctrl + Shift + N creates a New Folder.
Windows + R
Quickly launches the Run command box.
Ctrl + F1
I am sure you didn’t know about this keyboard shortcut! Ctrl + F1 allows you quickly show or hide ribbon in Windows Explorer and other supported programs (like Paint).
Windows + B
Ever wanted to eject your USB drive without touching the mouse? Use this keyboard shortcut to navigate to the notification area and then use arrow keys and enter key to quickly access program icons in the system tray.
Windows + 1-9
In Windows 7/8/10, this keyboard shortcut can be used to easily launch programs pinned to the taskbar. For instance, if you have pinned TeamViewer program to the taskbar and it appears right next to the Start button, you can use Windows + 1 to access the same.
Windows + X
This is another handy keyboard shortcut for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users to reveal the power user menu (the menu that appears when you right-click on Start button).