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Windows Key Shortcuts in Win10

Thanks to a recent article at MakeUseOf.com I came across this weekend, I’ve been wondering if there isn’t some master repository of keyboard shortcuts for the latest and soon-to-be-greatest Windows desktop OS. That article was entitled “7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience” and appeared last Thursday (3/12/2015), and came to me the long way around via MajorGeeks.com who in turn picked it up from NTCompatible.com (all good sites, BTW). But after looking around for an exhaustive, all-encompassing source for Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts I don’t seem to be able to find one. I went through the most common combinations to see what I could learn for myself, but would request that those who know of other sources for such info please share it in comments here.

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Properly used, keyboard shortcuts can be real time-savers in Windows. Using them means knowing which combos produce desired — and intended — results.

Alphabetic Windows-Key combos
If a letter is missing from the list below, that means it didn’t cause anything to happen on either of the two Win10 test machines I ran it on. That may or may not be significant, so please consider this an experimental reference rather than an authoritative one.

Windows-A     Launches Action Center
Windows-D     Launches (or switches) active Windows Desktop(s)
Windows-E     Launches File Explorer
Windows-F     Launches Search pane
Windows-H     Launches Share pane
Windows-I     Launches Settings pane
Windows-K     Launches Connect utility (Bluetooth)
Windows-L     Launches Lock screen
Windows-P     Launches Connect utility (Bluetooth)
Windows-R     Launches Run dialog box
Windows-U     Launches Ease of Access Center widget
Windows-X     Launches Administrative Tools menu
Windows-1     Launches first application from taskbar, left-to-right
   ...           ...
Windows-<n>   Launches nth application from taskbar (n is limited by number of items visible)
Windows-+     Launches magnifier widget

I’m going to have to do some more research before I can assemble a reasonably complete set of multi-key Windows keyboard shortcuts (like the famous “three-fingered salute” of CRTL-ALT-DEL that brings up the shift user pane, or Shift-ALT-ESC which brings up Task Manager). I’ll pull this together over the next week or two and follow up with another posting on that topic.

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Good work! Very usefull information. We all need ways to ese our day.
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