Windows 10 Quick Reference

Windows 10 Quick Reference
Windows 10
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Start Menu
Keyboard shortcuts
Click to switch to another
account, lock the computer,
or sign out
Named Groups
Tiles are organized
into groups
Live Tiles
Click a tile to
open an app
Basic Commands
Start Menu
Most frequently
used apps
File Explorer
All Apps
Copy a Folder/File
Ctrl + C
Cut a Folder/File
Ctrl + X
Paste a Folder/File
Ctrl + V
Cortana (speech)
Cortana (text)
Actions Center
Task View
+ Tab
Close App
Alt + F4
Lock computer
Start button
Click here to open Search for apps, files, or folders by typing in
the Start menu
keywords, or saying the terms you’re looking for
Ctrl + P
File Explorer
Run dialog box
Start Menu
Settings Shortcuts
 To Open the Start Menu: Click the Start button. Or,
 To Launch an App: Find and click the app’s tile on
the Start menu. Or, select All Apps from the Start
Menu and select the app you want to open.
Open Settings
Devices pane
 Jump to Different Apps: In the All Apps list click a
letter header, then select another letter, to display all
of the apps that begin with that letter.
Sharing pane
Display options for
second screen
Quick Link menu
 To Resize App Tile on the Start Menu: Right-click
a tile, click Size and select a size.
 To Rearrange Tiles: Tiles are organized into groups
of related apps. Drag a tile to a new location in a
group, or drag it between groups to start a new
 To Search for an App: Click within the Search field
 To Remove a Tile from the Start Menu: Right-click
 To View All Installed Apps: Select All Apps from
 To Add a Tile to the Start Menu: Right-click the
 To Close an App: Click the Close button in the top-
 To Stop Updating an App’s Live Tile: Right-click
an app’s tile and click Turn live tile off.
 To Jump to an Open App: Click the Task View
the tile and click Unpin from Start.
app and select Pin to Start.
 To Search for Files or Apps: Click within the
Search field and type a keyword for the file or app.
Search results are displayed in the menu.
 To Rename Live Tile Groups: Click the Live Tile
group’s name, and type in a new name.
 To Lock Your Computer: Click the Account button
and select Lock.
 To Sign Out of Windows: Click the Account button
and select Sign Out.
and type a keyword for the app.
the Start Menu.
right corner of the app. Or, press Alt + F4.
+ Tab. Note: Right-click an app
button. Or, press
and click Close to close it.
 To Install an App: Install apps from the Windows
Store, media such as DVDs, or download from the
 To Uninstall an App: Click the Start button and
select Settings from the Start Menu. Click the
System category and select Apps & features.
Select the app that you want to install and click the
Uninstall button.
 To Switch Users: Click the Account button and
select another user account.
Desktop shortcuts
Switch between apps Alt + Tab
Minimize all windows
Snap app to left
Snap app to right
New Desktop
+ Ctrl + D
Close Current Desktop
+ Ctrl + F4
Switch Desktops
+ Ctrl +  / 
 To Change Account Settings: Click the Account
button and select Change Account Settings.
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File Explorer
Click to open Cortana
to search for items.
Window preview:
Point to the program icon on the taskbar. Click
a preview thumbnail to view the window.
Program icon: Click to
open the program.
Rearrange icons by
clicking and dragging.
Show Desktop button:
Point or click here to
make open windows
Task View button: Click to view
all of the open windows in Task
Notification area: The Action
Center, clock, and other system
icons are located here.
Address bar
Displays the location of the
folder that is currently open
Search box
Enter keywords to
search the folder.
Displays buttons
and menus for
Navigation Pane
Provides quick
navigation to
folders and files.
Browse to favorite
locations, libraries,
OneDrive, This PC,
and the network
 To Peek at Open Windows: Point to a program icon on the taskbar. Point at
the resulting thumbnail preview to peek at the window.
Title bar
Click and drag to
move the window
Display Settings
Choose how you want the content
within the File Explorer to display
 To Minimize Other Windows: Press
Action Center
 To Compare Windows Side by Side: Click and drag a window's title bar to
 To Display Notifications: Click the Notifications icon on the taskbar, or
swipe in from the right side of the screen on a touchscreen, to open the
Notification Center.
 To Maximize an Open Window: Click the window's Maximize window. Or,
 Collapse Actions Center: Click Collapse to collapse the actions down to
only the top row. The top row can be customized in the Settings app, so
you can control which four actions are available when the list is collapsed.
+ Home. Or, click and shake a
window's title bar quickly from side to side.
the right side of the screen, and select a window thumbnail for the left side of
the screen. Or, press
+  or
+ .
+ .
 To Switch Between Apps: Press Alt + Tab to move quickly between open
programs and windows on the desktop. Or, press
View, and select a window thumbnail.
+ Tab to open Task
 To Access Settings: Click the Start button and select Settings from the
Start menu.
 To Pin a Program to the Taskbar: Pin your favorite desktop apps to the
taskbar so you can open them from within the desktop. Open the program you
want to pin, right-click the program icon on the taskbar and select Pin this
program to taskbar.
Settings and Personalization
 To Personalize your PC: Click the Start button, select Settings from the
Start menu, and click the Personalization category from the Settings app.
 Change Background – Choose built-in colors and pictures, or use your own.
Select more than one picture to start a slide show.
 Change Colors – Change window color and transparency.
 Change Lock screen: Change the image that appears when the screen is
 Available actions include:
o All Settings: Opens the Settings app.
o Airplane Mode: Toggling on will turn off all radios.
o Battery Saver: Toggles battery saver mode, dimming the screen and
applying other settings to save power.
o Bluetooth: Toggles Bluetooth radio on/off.
o Brightness: Adjusts your screen’s brightness between 100%, 75%
50%, and 25%.
o Connect: Connects to wireless devices (ie. Bluetooth).
o Location: Toggles location services on/off.
o Note: Opens a new note in MS OneNote.
o Quiet Hours: A Do Not Disturb mode which blocks notifications
from appearing.
o Rotation Lock: Locks portrait or landscape views in tablet
o Tablet Mode: Toggles tablet mode, which makes the computer act
more like Windows 8 and includes full-screen apps, bigger touch
targets, the Start Screen replaces the Start Menu, etc.
o VPN : Displays VPN settings in the Settings app.
o WiFi: Toggles wifi on/off (not used to find a network).
 Change Start: Change what apps appear on the Start Menu.
 Change Themes: Change Windows’s color scheme.
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Cortana allows you to search for apps, files, or folders by typing in
keywords, or saying the terms you’re looking for.
You can use Cortana’s speech recognition by clicking the microphone
button and saying the terms you’re looking for.
To open Cortana, click in the Cortana field to the right of the Start button.
Cortana will display the results that she thinks are relevant.
You can control your search results in Cortana’s Notebook.
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