Windows shortcuts you should know

I’ve skipped the famous ones and focused on some useful shortcuts. Try them out if you don’t know them!


Shortcut Action
Windows+Left/Right Move window the the half part or the screen. You can therefore split a screen to display two windows next to each other. You could also move a window to another screen in several steps. But the next shortcut is more relevant to do so:
Windows+Shit+Left/Right  Move window from a screen to another
Windows+Up Expand active window (quite useful with Windows+Left/Right)
Windows+Down Reduce or minimize active window (depending on current state)
Alt+Shift+Tab Select window in reverse order. You could easily switch between Alt+Tab and Alt+Shift+Tab without releasing Alt. This is pretty useful if you have a lot of windows opened.


Shortcut Action
Windows+L Lock the computer
Alt+F4 Quit program
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Opens Windows Task Manager (seriously, are you still using Ctrl+Alt+Suppr ?)
Windows+Pause   Opens System control panel (Device Manager, PATH, …)


Shortcut Action
Windows+R Run dialog box
Windows+D Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
Windows+P Choose a presentation display mode (when using a projector)
Windows+Plus/Minus Sign   Zoom in, zoom out (also try out the 3 zoom modes available with the magnifier: fullscreen looks better!)

File Explorer

Shortcut Action
Windows+E Windows Explorer
Shift+Delete Delete selection permanently, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
Shift+Right click   Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands (Copy as path, Open command window here [folders], …)
Alt+double click   Displays properties (same as Right clic > Properties)


Shortcut Action
Ctrl+Tab Switch to the next tab
Ctrl+Shift+Tab   Switch to the previous tab
F11 Fullscreen
Ctrl+T Open a new tab
Ctrl+Shift+T Restore closed tab (you can press it several times to restore last N closed tabs)
Ctrl+W Close current tab
Ctrl+N Open a new window


Shortcut Action
Ctrl+B Bold
Ctrl+U Underline
Ctrl+I Italic