Windows 10 Keyboard Tips and Tricks : Top Tricks you need to know

Windows 10 Keyboard Tips and Tricks : Top Tricks you need to know

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.)

    Note: This only works on the numeric keypad. This won’t work on the row of numbers at the top of the keyboard.

  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.

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

Note: These are common shortcuts that work most of the time, but they may not work in every single app. Check the documentation for your app if you have further questions.

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

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