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Added by December 4, 2015

I completed my segment of the Introduction to Windows 10 Clinic in our studio classroom. The Windows 10 introduction offers you insight into new features for the enterprise environment, including new identity controls, management, and enhanced security features. We also provide several demonstrations that should assist you to navigate the new desktop, including the Taskview feature that Microsoft calls ‘Virtual desktops’, personalizing your start menu and desktop preferences, and finding familiar features like Settings and Administrative tools.

During one of the segments I reference a few of the shortcut or hotkey changes that are introduced with Windows 10.

Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 introduced hotkey and shortcut changes to accommodate touch screen and mobile feature additions. Three years have passed since the Windows 8/8.1 release (really? – it seems like only yesterday). So that you might explore the evolution of the keyboard changes, my original blog was June 1, 2012 Windows 7 versus Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts. Then I wrote a blog How to enhance your Windows 8 Experience – Managing Your Navigation in December 2012.  Those blogs took quite a bit of research, since Microsoft had not provided a ‘one stop shop’ where you could find best practices.

For additional shortcuts, see More Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Consistent with a more comprehensive approach to Windows 10 delivery, the documentation (albeit slowly being released), offers some really good first offerings.

You can find an overview of specific Windows 10 hotkeys and shortcuts.  Several nicely details categories include:

Windows 10 Shortcuts

  • Top keyboard shortcuts
  • New keyboard shortcuts
  • General keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts
  • Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts
  • Dialog box keyboard shortcuts
  • File Explorer keyboard shortcuts
  • Virtual desktops keyboard shortcuts
  • Taskbar keyboard shortcuts
  • Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts
  • Magnifier keyboard shortcuts
  • Narrator keyboard shortcuts
  • Narrator touch keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts in apps

Keyboard shortcuts in Internet Explorer

Take particular note of the new shortcuts that enable some of the new features incorporated into Windows 10, as follows:


If you don’t take the time to review my prior blogs, then you may also want to review the section covering Windows Logo key shortcuts, where several changes have been extended with slightly different outcomes in Windows 10.  For instance, 00-windows-10-icon + D can display and hide the desktop, and 00-windows-10-icon+ X can display the Administrative Tools list  (and creates different outcomes in Windows 7, 8 and 10).

As Windows 10 is now a singular Operating System across all hardware platforms from the Windows Phone to desktops will full sized screens, playing with  00-windows-10-icon+ (plus or minus keys) may also be useful since these combinations provide the magnifier and ability to zoom in or out.  00-windows-10-icon + Esc exits the magnifier, and there are several Ctl+Alt+ combinations that effect results while in the magnifier. Check them out – I know I will be using them when doing demonstrations in the classroom.

If you don’t want to explore the entire set of combinations on your own, Sebastian Klenk wrote a Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts at a Glance Technet blog based upon the Microsoft Insider preview version of Windows 10.  Playing with the keystroke combinations within his blog will give you an introduction to many of the new features and might actually hook you on the use of keyboard shortcuts.

Interface Technical Training will begin offering Windows 10 courses starting in January 2016.

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom, or online!

Steven Fullmer
Interface Technical Training Staff Instructor

Steve teaches PMP: Project Management Fundamentals and Professional Certification, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and CompTIA classes in Phoenix, Arizona.


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