25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

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We understand that days are busy and any means of saving a few seconds or minutes adds up over the course of a year. Though the benefits appear small at first glance, enabling you to achieve more at work results in more time for your personal life.

As such we have compiled some of our most useful Windows navigation shortcuts to make your technology experience that bit easier.

Note – they are for Windows 8 and above.

Quick short-cuts
  1. + L = locks computer
  2. + P = present
  3. + Q = search
  4. + X = list of advanced commands
  5. Middle Click = opens a hyper-link in a new tab, this works on all browsers (unless the website disallows it)
  1. Alt + Shift = change which window you are managing
  2. Shift + Insert = paste (often quicker than doing so manually)
  3. F3 = brings up search on a lot of applications (Outlook, Internet Explorer and Chrome for instance)
  1. + D = minimises all windows to desktop – if you do not open another windows or do anything else, hitting it again will restore them all.
  2. + Arrow keys = allows you to move the currently selected window to parts of the screen.
  3. Alt + Esc = will hide the current window behind others (Useful for uuh some things…).
  4. + E = brings up file explorer.
  5. Alt + F4 = doing so on the desktop will bring up a shut-down/ restart prompt.
  6. Ctrl + Shift + Escape = task manager

Multiple desktop [specific to Windows 10]

  1. + Tab = shows the view of all applications and virtual desktops
  2. Ctrl + + Arrows left / right = swap between Virtual desktops.

If using multiple keyboard inputs

  1. + Space = swaps between inputs easily
  1. Ctrl + T = opens up a new tab on most browsers
  2. F4 = selects the address bar in Internet Explorer
  3. F6 = does this on Chrome
  4. Ctrl + Shift + N = brings up incognito on Google Chrome.
  5. Ctrl + Shift + P = does this on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
  6. Ctrl + N =opens a new window in most browsers
  7. Ctrl + Shift + t = open the last closed tab
  8. Tech tip = If a website must be viewed in an old version of Internet explorer you can hit F12 then choose Emulation followed by Select the Document Mode. Your view will change as long as the emulation/ F12 options remain open.


There you go, this is our ultimate collection. If you have any more, please comment below.

Written by Kenneth Hewlett | 2nd Line Technical Analyst, RedPixie | See more of the support team

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