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Any PC user will tell you that the quicker you learn the keyboard shortcuts for your OS, the better you get at operating it faster. With Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop users, learning keyboard shortcuts was essential to take advantage of the modern environment Microsoft created. While many users found this impractical and counter-intuitive, there’s a reason why keyboard shortcuts exist.

Microsoft introduced a handful of new keyboard shortcuts into the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Let’s look at what they can do for you and how they can help you use Windows 10 more productively.

New Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a list of the new or tweaked keyboard shortcuts introduced into Windows 10:

Snapping Windows WIN + LEFT or RIGHT
Task View WIN + TAB
Create New Virtual Desktop WIN + CTRL + D
Close Current Virtual Desktop WIN + CTRL + F4
Switch Virtual Desktop WIN + CTRL + LEFT or RIGHT

The new Task View window has its own dedicated shortcut, which easily allows users to get to it.

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The virtual desktop feature, allowing you to utilize multiple types of desktop layouts, also sees its own keyboard shortcuts, which makes it easy to switch back and forth on a whim.

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Keep in mind that the Windows 8 and 8.1 keyboard shortcuts still work like they did before, with the exception of the above changes, in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts

Blogger Scott Hanselman discovered some hidden keyboard shortcuts within the modified Command Prompt window. For anyone who uses Command Prompt frequently, these shortcuts make it easier than ever to use the feature. If you’re using Command Prompt without these shortcuts, you’re just making it harder on yourself.

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One of the biggest changes to keyboard shortcuts for the Windows 10 Command Prompt is how CTRL + C works. Depending on the controls and text commands you’re sending, you’ll be able to use CTRL + C to copy text, along with sending the BREAK command going forward.

Check out the full list of Command Prompt shortcuts at his blog here.

There’s no word from Microsoft will release a keyboard shortcut to open the Command Prompt, something users have wanted for over 15 years, although they have hinted that it’s coming.

Conclusion

We can’t stress this enough: If you aren’t using keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8, 8.1, and now 10, you’re not using the OS the way it’s meant to be used. Keyboard shortcuts, no matter the OS, make life easier and more productive than ever. Learn the keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 and you’ll change the way you use the OS day in and day out.

While the majority of keyboard shortcuts from Windows 8 transferred into Windows 10, the new ones give new features more mobility and ease of use. For the more advanced user, the Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts, and changes to the CTRL + C value are one of the biggest steps forward for PC users.