the community on Twitter responds

For several days, on the Twitter account of Windows Insider have been conducting quite an interesting series of surveys on the best keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. The idea is basically to face two shortcuts in each tweet so that users choose which one is the most useful of all and crown it champion.

The best thing about this whole "key combination battle" is that in the middle of all the tweet thread it is likely that you will find a shortcut that you did not know, and if there is anything to spare Windows 10 are extremely useful and little-known combos that can (room for a dramatic pause) change your life.


Under that hashtag the account continues to publish shortcuts and face them for the community to vote, in the next few days they will publish more polls until the final shortcut is crowned. Meanwhile we have chosen our favorites and the most voted so far:

  • Windows key + (#) To open applications on the taskbar: If you press the Windows key next to any number from 1 to 0 on your keyboard, you can open the application that is pinned to the taskbar in that position. For example, if you have Microsoft Edge pinned first to the superbar, you can press Windows Key + 1 and it will open the browser.

  • Windows key + CTRL + SHIFT + B to troubleshoot your screen: If you have a problem with your monitor, what you see on the screen, or the graphics on your PC, you can press this key combination to have Windows restart your graphics driver. This can fix visual problems without having to restart your computer.

  • CTLR + ⬅ or ➡ in Word to move the cursor to the beginning of the next or previous word in a document.

  • Windows key + Start (Home) to minimize all windows except the active one.

  • Windows key + P to put your device in the different presentation or "project" modes.

  • CTRL + TAB to switch between tabs in Microsoft Edge.

  • Windows key + ⬆ or ⬇ to minimize or maximize a window.

  • Windows key + A to open the activity center.

  • Windows key + M to minimize everything.

  • Windows key + ⬅ or ➡ to snap a window to the right or left side of the screen.

  • ALT + TAB + DEL to close the active window.

  • Windows key + TAB to open the Windows 10 timeline.

  • Windows key + E to open File Explorer.

  • CTRL + N to open a new window in Windows Explorer.

  • Windows key + ALT + R to record a video of your active window.

  • ALT + PRINT SCREEN to take a snapshot of the active window and save it to the clipboard.

  • Windows key + PRINT SCREEN to take a screenshot of the entire screen.

  • SHIFT + F10 opens the context menu of the selected space.

  • ALT + ESC to switch between all items on the desktop in the order they were last used.

  • Click the mouse wheel to dismiss a notification: in Windows 10 you don't have to click directly on the "x" in the floating notification boxes to dismiss them, you can click anywhere if you do it with the mouse wheel.

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