10 More Incredibly Useful Windows Shortcuts

Recently, we talked about a few handy, lesser-known Windows shortcuts to aid you in meeting your every-day computing needs. The list we came up with was far from comprehensive, and there are plenty more keyboard commands out there to be discovered.

Here’s just a few more you might find useful. Again, we’re going to stay away from the most common ones.

Windows Key+ B: This shortcut selects the system tray. Admittedly, it’s a fairly niche keyboard command – you’re probably not going to use it all that often, unless you’re having mouse issues.

Windows Key + Up or Down: Maximizes or restores the window you currently have selected.

Shift + F10: This command is basically a keyboard shortcut for right clicking: using it will bring up the context menu for a particular file or folder.

F2: This one isn’t really a shortcut…but I’m certain there are those among you who aren’t quite sure what the “F-” keys along the top of your keyboard actually do, save that F1 is “help.” F2 will allow you to rename the file or folder you’ve currently selected in Windows Explorer. Again, a keyboard shortcut in the event that you find yourself without a mouse.

F3: Another one that doesn’t technically fit under the umbrella of shortcut; hitting F3 will open up Windows Search.

F6: If you’ve a window open which displays multiple elements, hitting F6 will cycle between those elements. It doesn’t work so well with Chrome much of the time – it’s only able to cycle between the address bar and the bookmarks bar, in my experience.

F10: This one’s got a very simple purpose: it toggles the ‘file’ menu.

Ctrl+Shift+N:  Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer. The folder will be created in your current directory, and automatically named as “New Folder” when you first create it.

That’s pretty much it. Have any of you got any other useful commands you’d like to share?

Via How To Geek



  1. I know a lot of keyboard shortcuts, but the Ctrl-Shift-N one has eluded me all these years. Thanks!

  2. I have been using the left Alt key for ages to open the menu bar. Exactly the same as what F10 does. Ctrl-N opens as new window. Its content depends on what has the focus. If it is an Explorer window you get a new window having the same contents of whatever was open. In the desktop you get an Explorer window of the desktop. In Firefox you get a new window (not tab) with your home page. In Intenet Explorer you get a new window (not tab) with the current page. In Thunderbird you get a blank mail composing page, in MS Office applications you get a new window with a blank document…. you get my drift.

  3. Ctrl-F5 on Internet Explorer and Firefox refreshes the page but causes the browser to pull everything again from the server. Useful when a page does not load properly and F5 won’t help.

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