Windows 10 keyboard tips and tricks

Applies to: Windows 10

Whether it’s being productive, staying in touch, or just plain having fun, Windows 10 has lots of little tricks and shortcuts that can help you achieve more. Here are a just a few of them:

Smile and the world smiles with you


Emojis aren’t just for your phone anymore! The new emoji keyboard in Windows 10 lets you express yourself like never before. To use it:

  1. During text entry, type Windows logo key   + . (period). The emoji keyboard will appear.
  2. Select an emoji with the mouse, or keep typing to search through the available emojis for one you like.

The emoji keyboard in Windows 10.

Type all the symbols like a pro


Sometimes you need to type a character that isn’t on your keyboard, like an em-dash (—) or the copyright symbol (©). If you have a numeric keypad on your keyboard, you don’t have to find one and copy and paste, you can just do it! Here’s how:

  1. Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  2. With the Alt key held down, type the four-digit code on the numeric keypad for the character you want. (Include the leading 0 if that’s required.)
  3. Release the Alt key.

Here’s just a few of the characters you can type with the Alt key:

Symbol

Name

Alt-code

©

Copyright symbol

Alt+0169

®

Registered symbol

Alt+0174

Trademark

Alt+0153

List Dot

Alt+0149

§

Section symbol

Alt+0167

Dagger

Alt+0134

Double dagger

Alt+0135

en-dash

Alt+0150

em-dash

Alt+0151

Paragraph symbol (Pilcrow)

Alt+0182

¡

Upside-down exclamation mark

Alt+0161

¿

Upside-down question mark

Alt+0191

¢

Cent sign

Alt+0162

£

British Pound

Alt+0163

Є

Euro currency

Alt+0128

¥

Japanese Yen

Alt+0165

Travel the world, one key at a time


If you find yourself typing characters used more frequently in other languages, you can always install keyboards for other languages and switch among them easily. For more details about this, see Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10.

Install language features in Windows 10

Let your fingers do the copying


There are some great keyboard tricks to use to navigate Windows, and some other common ones that work with many of your favorite apps. The mouse is great and all, but sometimes these are faster. Give them a try!

Common Windows keyboard shortcuts

Keystroke

What it does

Windows logo key  + R

Opens the Run command

Windows logo key  + S

Opens Search

Windows logo key  + E

Opens File Explorer

Alt + Tab

Opens Task Switcher, moving forward with each press of Tab, switching to that window on release

Shift + Alt + Tab

Opens Task Switcher, moving backward with each press of Tab, switching to that window on release

Windows logo key  + Tab

Switches to Task View, selected window will return with focus

Windows logo key  + Up arrow

Moves up through the sequence of Minimized > Windowed > Maximized for the focused window

Windows logo key  + Down arrow Moves down through the sequence of Maximized > Windowed > Minimized for the focused window

Windows logo key  + M

Minimizes all windows

Windows logo key  + D

Hides or unhide the desktop

Windows logo key  + I

Opens Settings

 

Common app shortcuts

Keystroke

What it does

Ctrl + X

Cut

Ctrl + C

Copy

Ctrl + V

Paste

Ctrl + A

Select all

F1

Help

Ctrl + N

New document

Ctrl + P

Print

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Alt + F4

Close program