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Windows 10 CMD

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts and Run Commands

Function Command

Power menu press Windows key + X or right-click Start

Windows + Tab Launch Windows 10 Task View

Windows + Q Search the web and Windows with Cortana (speech)

Windows + S Search the web and Windows with Cortana (keyboard input)

Windows + I Open Windows 10 settings

Windows + A Open Windows 10 notifications

Windows + L Lock your Windows 10 device

Windows + Ctrl + D Create new virtual desktop

Windows + Ctrl + F4 Close current virtual desktop

Windows + Ctrl + [Left][Right] Switch between virtual desktops

Windows + [Left][Right][Up][Down] Position windows on your screenE.g. Windows + [Left] moves the current window to the left half of your screen. If you use Windows + [Up] afterward, the current window will be placed in the upper left quarter of your screen.And, what’s very handy in my opinion: If you release the Windows key after positioning a window, Task View shows up on the opposite side of the positioned window to select and position another app.

Windows + H Share content (if supported by current app)

Windows + K Connect to wireless displays and audio devices

Windows + X Open Start button context menu

Windows key + G Starts App recording

Windows + D Show Windows desktop

Windows + E Open File Explorer

Windows + Space Switch keyboard input language (if you have added at least a second one)

Windows + Shift + [Left][Right] Move current Window from one monitor to another (when using a multiple monitor setup)

Windows + [1][2][3][…] Open programs that are pinned to task barE.g. if first pinned program on your taskbar is Windows Explorer (from left to right); the shortcut Windows + 1 opens Windows Explorer for you

Windows + R Run a command

Windows + P Project a screen

Alt + Tab Switch to previous window

Alt + Space Restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close current window. Also works like a charm for Windows 10 modern apps.

Alt + F4 a) Close current window. b) If you’re on your Windows 10 desktop, open Power dialogue to shut down or restart Windows, put your device in sleep mode, or sign out or switch the current user.

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC Open Task Manager

Alt + underlined menu Open menu or program. Example, to open the Edit menu in WordPad, press Alt then press E on your keyboard. Repeat the same step for the menu you want to open.


General Windows keyboard shortcuts


Access help system in an application F1

Activate menu bar F10

Close a program Alt + F4

Close current window in Multiple Document interface based programs CTRL + F4

Access right click menu in application Shift + F10

Launch Start menu Ctrl + ESC or Windows key

Cut CTRL + X

Copy CTRL + C

Paste CTRL + V

Delete DEL

Undo CTRL + Z

System Properties Windows key + Pause/Break

Bypass auto-play when an external storage device is connected Hold down SHIFT key while inserting storage device

Desktop, My Computer, and File Explorer


For selected items, you can use the following shortcuts:


Search CTRL + F or F3

Rename an item F2

Delete a folder or files permanently SHIFT + DEL

Access properties of a file or folder ALT + ENTER or ALT + double-click

Copy a file CTRL key while dragging file

Create a shortcut CTRL + SHIFT while dragging file

Select All CTRL + A

Refresh contents of window F5

View the folder one level up Backspace key

Close the selected folder and its parent folders SHIFT key while clicking the close button

Switch between left and right panes F6


File Explorer commands


Switch between left and right panes F6

Expand all subfolders under the selected folder NUMLOCK + ASTERISK when using a numeric keyboard

Expand the selected folder NUMLOCK + PLUS sign when using a numeric keyboard

Collapse the selected folder NUMLOCK + MINUS sign when using a numeric keyboard

Expand current selection if it’s collapsed, otherwise select first subfolder Right arrow

Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, otherwise select parent folder Left arrow


Properties dialog commands


Move forward through options Tab key

Move backward through options SHIFT + Tab

Move forward through tabs CTRL + Tab

Move backward through tabs CTRL + SHIFT + TAB


Open and Save dialog commands


Open the Save In and address bar CTRL + O and F4

Refresh F5

Open the folder one level up, if a folder is selected BACKSPACE


Windows 10 Command Prompt keyboard commands


Text Selection


SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the selection

SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor to the right one character, extending the selection

SHIFT + UP ARROW Selects text up line by line starting from the location of the insertion point

SHIFT + DOWN ARROW Extends text selection down one line, starting at the location of the insertion point

SHIFT + END If cursor is in current line being edited* First time extends selection to the last character in the input line.* Second consecutive press extends selection to the right margin; or else Selects text from the insertion point to the right margin.

SHIFT + HOME If cursor is in current line being edited* First time extends selection to the character immediately after the command prompt.* Second consecutive press extends selection to the left margin; or else Extends selection to the left margin.

SHIFT + PAGE DOWN Extends selection down one screen

SHIFT + PAGE UP Extends selection up one screen

CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Extends the selection one word to the right

CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Extends the selection one word to the left

CTRL + SHIFT + HOME Extend selection to the beginning of the screen buffer

CTRL + SHIFT + END Extend selection to the end of the screen buffer

CTRL + A If cursor is in current line being edited (from first typed char to last type char) and line is not empty, and any selection cursor is also within the line being edited Selects all text after the prompt (phase 1); or else Selects the entire buffer (phase 2)


Edit commands


CTRL + V Paste text into the command line

SHIFT + INS Paste text into the command line

CTRL + C Copy selected text to the clipboard

CTRL + INS Copy selected text to the clipboard



CTRL + M Enter “Mark Mode” to move cursor within window

ALT In conjunction with one of the selection key combinations, begins selection in block mode

ARROW KEYS Move cursor in the direction specified

PAGE KEYS Move cursor by one page in the direction specified

CTRL + HOME Move cursor to beginning of buffer

CTRL + END Move cursor to end of buffer


History navigation keys


CTRL + UP ARROW Moves up one line in the output history

CTRL + DOWN ARROW Moves down one line in the output history

CTRL + PAGE UP Moves up one page in the output history

CTRL + PAGE DOWN Moves down one page in the output history


Additional commands


CTRL + F Opens “Find” in console dialog

ALT + F4 Close the console window, 


Keyboard Run Commands


Opens Press Windows + R and type:

Open Documents Folder documents

Open Videos folder videos

Open Downloads Folder downloads

Open Favorites Folder favorites

Open Recent Folder recent

Open Pictures Folder pictures

Adding a new Device devicepairingwizard

About Windows dialog winver

Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz

Advanced User Accounts netplwiz

Advanced User Accounts azman.msc

Backup and Restore sdclt

Bluetooth File Transfer fsquirt

Calculator calc

Certificates certmgr.msc

Change Computer Performance Settings systempropertiesperformance

Change Data Execution Prevention Settings systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention

Change Data Execution Prevention Settings printui

Character Map charmap

ClearType Tuner cttune

Color Management colorcpl

Command Prompt cmd

Component Services comexp.msc

Component Services dcomcnfg

Computer Management compmgmt.msc

Computer Management compmgmtlauncher

Connect to a Projector displayswitch

Control Panel control

Create A Shared Folder Wizard shrpubw

Create a System Repair Disc recdisc

Data Execution Prevention systempropertiesdataexecutionprevention

Date and Time timedate.cpl

Default Location locationnotifications

Device Manager devmgmt.msc

Device Manager hdwwiz.cpl

Device Pairing Wizard devicepairingwizard

Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard msdt

Digitizer Calibration Tool tabcal

DirectX Diagnostic Tool dxdiag

Disk Cleanup cleanmgr

Disk Defragmenter dfrgui

Disk Management diskmgmt.msc

Display dpiscaling

Display Color Calibration dccw

Display Switch displayswitch

DPAPI Key Migration Wizard dpapimig

Driver Verifier Manager verifier

Ease of Access Center utilman

EFS Wizard rekeywiz

Event Viewer eventvwr.msc

Fax Cover Page Editor fxscover

File Signature Verification sigverif

Font Viewer fontview

Game Controllers joy.cpl

IExpress Wizard iexpress

Internet Explorer iexplore

Internet Options inetcpl.cpl

iSCSI Initiator Configuration Tool iscsicpl

Language Pack Installer lpksetup

Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc

Local Security Policy secpol.msc

Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc

Location Activity locationnotifications

Magnifier magnify

Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt

Manage Your File Encryption Certificates rekeywiz

Microsoft Management Console mmc

Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool msdt

Mouse main.cpl

NAP Client Configuration napclcfg.msc

Narrator narrator

Network Connections ncpa.cpl

New Scan Wizard wiaacmgr

Notepad notepad

ODBC Data Source Administrator odbcad32

ODBC Driver Configuration odbcconf

On-Screen Keyboard osk

Paint mspaint

Pen and Touch tabletpc.cpl

People Near Me collab.cpl

Performance Monitor perfmon.msc

Performance Options systempropertiesperformance

Phone and Modem telephon.cpl

Phone Dialer dialer

Power Options powercfg.cpl

Presentation Settings presentationsettings

Print Management printmanagement.msc

Printer Migration printbrmui

Printer User Interface printui

Private Character Editor eudcedit

Problem Steps Recorder psr

Programs and Features appwiz.cpl

Protected Content Migration dpapimig

Region and Language intl.cpl

Registry Editor regedit

Registry Editor 32 regedt32

Remote Access Phonebook rasphone

Remote Desktop Connection mstsc

Resource Monitor resmon

Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc

SAM Lock Tool syskey

Screen Resolution desk.cpl

Securing the Windows Account Database syskey

Services services.msc

Set Program Access and Computer Defaults computerdefaults

Share Creation Wizard shrpubw

Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc

Signout logoff

Snipping Tool snippingtool

Sound mmsys.cpl

Sound recorder soundrecorder

SQL Server Client Network Utility cliconfg

Sticky Notes stikynot

Stored User Names and Passwords credwiz

Sync Center mobsync

System Configuration msconfig

System Configuration Editor sysedit

System Information msinfo32

System Properties sysdm.cpl

System Properties (Advanced Tab) systempropertiesadvanced

System Properties (Computer Name Tab) systempropertiescomputername

System Properties (Hardware Tab) systempropertieshardware

System Properties (Remote Tab) systempropertiesremote

System Properties (System Protection Tab) systempropertiesprotection

System Restore rstrui

Task Manager taskmgr

Task Scheduler taskschd.msc

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management tpm.msc

Turn Windows features on or off optionalfeatures

User Account Control Settings useraccountcontrolsettings

Utility Manager utilman

Volume Mixer sndvol

Windows Action Center wscui.cpl

Windows Activation Client slui

Windows Anytime Upgrade Results windowsanytimeupgraderesults

Windows Disc Image Burning Tool isoburn

Windows Explorer explorer

Windows Fax and Scan wfs

Windows Firewall firewall.cpl

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security wf.msc

Windows Journal journal

Windows Media Player wmplayer

Windows Memory Diagnostic Scheduler mdsched

Windows Mobility Center mblctr

Windows Picture Acquisition Wizard wiaacmgr

Windows PowerShell powershell

Windows PowerShell ISE powershell_ise

Windows Remote Assistance msra

Windows Repair Disc recdisc

Windows Script Host wscript

Windows Update wuapp

Windows Update Standalone Installer wusa

Versione Windows winver

WMI Management wmimgmt.msc

WordPad write

XPS Viewer xpsrchvw

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