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Tip: Windows Shortcut Keys – Part 3

Introduction

So, if you read the previous post in this series, by now you should be wizzing around Windows 10 like a cat chasing a laser pen. With this post, we shall look at other shortcut keys that can be used around the Windows system to help you tame the beast.

Application Manipulation

Shortcut Key

Action

Alt + Esc

Cycles forwards through the desktop applications.

Alt + Shift + Esc

Cycles backwards through the desktop applications.

Alt + Tab

Shows a tiled view of the current applications and shifts through each application. Releasing the Alt key sets the focus to the selected application.

Alt + Shift + Tab

Shows a tiled view of the current applications and shifts backwards through each application. Releasing the Alt key sets the focus to the selected application. The shift and non-shift combinations can be alternated allow you to move backwards and forwards through the list.

Alt + Ctrl + Tab

Shows a tiled view of the current applications. Using the Tab or Shift + Tab you can move to the required application and press either Space or Enter to set the focus to that application. Pressing Esc will cancel the operation.

Ctrl + F4

Close the current tab or child window.

Alt + F4

Close the current application.

Alt + Space

Opens the application shortcut menu.

Alt

In supported applications, will show the access keys for menus and ribbon tabs. You can then press the key for the desired option. Esc can be used to drop back a level when options are nested.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Launches the task manager.

Missing Windows Keys

Shortcut Key

Action

Ctrl + Esc

Launches the Start screen (the same as pressing the Windows key - ).

Shift + F10

Opens the cursor shortcut menu (the same a pressing the menu key – positioned between the Alt Gr and the Ctrl keys).

General Standard Shortcuts

Shortcut Key

Action

F1

Launches the help option for the current application.

Shift + Delete

Permanently delete the selected item.

Remote Desktop Shortcuts

Shortcut Key

Action

Alt + Page Up

Moves to the next application.

Alt + Page Down

Moves to the previous application.

Alt + Insert

Cycles through the current applications in the order in which they were launched.

Alt + Home

Show the Start screen.

Ctrl + Alt + Break

Toggle between windowed and full screen.

Ctrl + Alt + End

Show the Windows Security dialog box (equivalent of Ctrl + Alt + Del).

Ctrl + Alt + Home

Activates the connection bar while in full screen mode.

Alt + Delete

Shows the system menu.

Ctrl + Alt + Minus

Copies the current active window to the clipboard.

Ctrl + Alt + Plus

Copies the entire RDP window to the clipboard.

Mouse Shortcuts

Shortcut Key

Action

Shift + [Click taskbar button]

Launches a new instance of the application.

Ctrl + Shift + [Click taskbar button]

Launches a new instance of the application as an administrator.

Shift + [Right click a taskbar button]

Shows the window menu for the application.

Shift + [Right click a grouped taskbar button]

Shows the window menu for the application group.

Ctrl + [Click a grouped taskbar]

Cycles through the windows in the application group.

With these additions to your quickly growing shortcut library, Windows will be wizzing around all over the place. I hope you found this post useful and as usual, constructive criticism and suggestions are welcome. Links to cat videos are not so welcome.

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