Keyboard shortcuts have always been a great way to save time while on your PC. Where would we be without the likes of Ctrl + C to copy, or Ctrl + Alt + Del when our machines have crashed?

As you may expect, Windows has added a number of others into the mix with Windows 10 to support its new features. We’ve rounded up some for you to start using right away, but first, here are a few pointers for beginners:

1. Make sure you hold down all keys instructed – don’t click them one by one.

2. The Windows key is the button with the Windows symbol on it.

3. All keyboard layouts vary slightly, but for the most part the command keys are located in the bottom left corner of a standard Windows keyboard.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

Windows key + A: Open Action Centre – this will open from the right as normal, showing emails and other alerts.

Windows key + S: Open Cortana Search – this will make Cortana pop up from the bottom, ready to take a typed search.

Windows key + C: Make Cortana listen – this will make Cortana pop up from the bottom, but only to listen to a verbal request.

Windows key + D: Display and hide the desktop – tapping these keys once makes the desktop appear. Tapping again makes the previously open windows reappear.

Windows key + comma: Temporarily see the desktop – this will give you a peek of the desktop, but as soon as you let go of the keys, the previous windows will be restored.

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Windows key + left or right: Snap windows – this allows you to quickly and tidily shove one window to the left or right (depending on the arrow you choose), making it perfect for working on multiple windows side-by-side.

Windows key + L: lock PC – this will instantly lock your account so no one else can use it without your password.

Windows key + Ctrl + D:  Add a virtual desktop – adds a second ‘desktop’ on to your PC, which is great for separating work stuff from personal activities.

Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right arrow: Swap virtual desktops – if you’ve got a second virtual desktop open, this will allow you to switch between them quickly.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager – get to the bottom of problems even quicker, rather than using Ctrl + Alt + Del.

Windows + +: Start the Windows Magnifier – this will help you see things a bit better on screen.

Windows key + I: Open Settings

Windows key + E: Open File Explorer

Windows key + Tab: Open Task View

Microsoft has a list of all its Windows 10 shortcuts right here.

Have you discovered any other useful keyboard shortcuts? Share them with us in the Comments section below.