Windows Shortcuts

Our Favorite Microsoft Windows Shortcuts

Did you know that there are over 11,500 Microsoft shortcuts? That is a lot of shortcuts to sort through. How do you know which ones are the best?  

But don’t worry, we have got you covered.   

We’ve asked our incredible staff what shortcuts their favorites are. With help from our CEO, Ari Santiago, to our support techs, we compiled a list of some stellar Windows shortcuts.   

Learning these Microsoft keyboard shortcuts will help you with your overall productivity.  

Not to mention, these shortcuts will allow you to move as fast as lightning. Well, not as quick as lightning, but faster than a turtle. 

Let’s get started with the essentials first: 

Essential Shortcuts 

Keyboard Shortcut  Action 
Alt + Tab  Switch between open programs. 
Ctrl + A  Select all content. 
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)  Copy selected items to clipboard. 
Ctrl + P  Open the printer panel. 
Ctrl + X  Cut selected items to clipboard. 
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)  Paste content from clipboard. 
Ctrl + Z  Undo an action, including undelete files (limited). 
Ctrl + Y  Redo an action. 
Windows Key + L  Lock device. 
Windows Key + Period (.) or Semicolon (;)  Open emoji panel. 

Desktop Shortcuts 

Keyboard Shortcut  Action 
Alt + Page Up  Move up one screen. 
Alt + Page Down  Move down one screen. 
Ctrl + Shift + Esc  Open Task Manager. 
Ctrl + Shift  Switch keyboard layout. 
Alt + F4  Close active window. (If no active window is present, then a shutdown box appears.) 
Ctrl + F5 (or Ctrl + R)  Refresh current window. 
Ctrl + Alt + Tab  View open apps. 

Outlook Shortcuts 

Keyboard Shortcut  Action 
Alt + R  Reply to an email you’re currently reading. 
Alt + S  Send an email. 
Ctrl + B  Enables and disables Bold font in Word or Outlook. 
Ctrl + I  Enables and disables Italics font in Word or Outlook. 
F7  Starts spell check in Word or Outlook. 

 Windows Key Shortcuts 

Keyboard shortcut  Action 
Windows Key  Open Start menu. 
Windows Key + A  Open Action center. 
Windows Key + (Left or Right) Arrow  Maximize the app or desktop window to the left (or right) side of the screen. 
Windows Key + S (or Q)  Open Search. 
Windows Key + D  Display and hide the desktop. 
Windows Key + M  Minimize all windows. 
Windows Key + E  Open File Explorer. 
Windows Key + I  Open Settings. 
Windows Key + P  Open multiple monitor settings.  
Windows Key + Plus (+)  Zoom in using the magnifier. 
Windows Key + Minus (-)  Zoom out using the magnifier. 
Windows Key + Shift + S  Create part of the screen screenshot. 
Windows Key + Shift + V  Cycle through notifications.