Printable Windows 10 Cheat Sheet Released By Microsoft

Windows 10 has been out for a decent amount of time now, allowing users plenty of hours to spend figuring out all the little nuances, secrets and shortcuts that Microsoft’s latest operating system has to offer. But I wonder, how well do you really know your new Windows 10? Have you figured out all the shortcuts, hotkeys, and secrets? Well if you haven’t, or you just simply don’t have the time or desire to give it a go, then I have some good news for you! Microsoft has officially released a cheat sheet that you can download and print which contains each and every shortcut there is.

42 Shortcuts

Now even though Microsoft already offers users online documentation on keyboard shortcuts, the page’s format can be a little hard to dig through. Thankfully, Microsoft now offers an offline version in Word .DOCX format. Not only is this format easier to read and browse but it is also more convenient. By being able to print out the shortcut sheet you can have it right there with you in physical form instead of having to switch between screens on the online version.

All in all, there are 42 shortcuts. Most of them deal with window management, the Start Menu, the Task View, and Cortana. What you need to remember, though, is that this list only includes Windows key shortcuts and does not include shortcuts involving Ctrl or Alt. However, Microsoft failed to do a decent job of formatting the new document. For instance, there is a massive header that takes up half of the first page. As a result, what should have been a one-page document turns into a three-page document. This is hardly the ideal formatting of something you want to print or view on a single screen.

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The good news is that with a simple edit you can delete the header, causing everything to fit on two pages. When you view the document in the “Multiple Pages” mode, you have the ability to see the full list of shortcuts on a single screen. If you want to grab the official, unmodified version of the document you can do so directly from Microsoft’s website — since Microsoft took down their Word .DOCX link, here is their online version. Simply follow the link to the page and click on the download button. Once you’ve done this you can edit as you see fit.

Update 9/20: Here is the entire printable list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10

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Working With Words

Ctrl+Left Arrow – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.

Ctrl+Right Arrow – Move cursor to the beginning of next word

Ctrl+Backspace – Delete the previous word.

Ctrl+Delete – Delete the next word.

Ctrl+Up Arrow – Move the cursor to the beginning of the paragraph.

Ctrl+Down Arrow – Move the cursor to the end of the paragraph.


Mac Users: Use the Option key instead of the Ctrl key.


Moving the Cursor

The Ctrl key can be combined with the Home and End keys.

Home – Move the cursor to the beginning of the current line.

End – Move the cursor to the end of the current line.

Ctrl+Home – Move the cursor to the top of the text entry field.

Ctrl+End – Move the cursor to the bottom of the text entry field.

Page Up – Move cursor up a frame.

Page Down – Move cursor down a frame.


Selecting Text

All of the above shortcuts can be combined with the Shift key to select text.

Shift+Left or Right Arrow Keys – Select characters one at a time.

Shift+Up or Down Arrow Keys – Select lines one at a time.

Shift+Ctrl+Left or Right Arrow Keys – Select words – keep pressing the arrow keys to select additional words.

Shift+Ctrl+Up or Down Arrow Keys – Select paragraphs.

Shift+Home – Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the current line.

Shift+End – Select the text between the cursor and the end of the current line.

Shift+Ctrl+Home – Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the text entry field.

Shift+Ctrl+End – Select the text between the cursor and the end of the text entry field.

Shift+Page Down – Select a frame of text below the cursor.

Shift+Page Up – Select a frame of text above the cursor.

Ctrl+A – Select all text.

You can use several of these shortcuts to fine-tune your selected text. For example, you could press Shift+End to select the text to the end of the current line, and then press Shift+Down to select the line below it.



You can speed up text-editing by using the Ctrl keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste the text.

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+Insert – Copy selected text.

Ctrl+X, Shift+Delete – Cut selected text.

Ctrl+V, Shift+Insert – Paste text at the cursor.

Ctrl+Z – Undo.

Ctrl+Y – Redo.



Formatting shortcuts only work if the application or website you are using supports text formatting. If you have text selected, the shortcut will apply the formatting to your selected text. If you do not have text selected, the shortcut will toggle the associated formatting option.

Ctrl+B – Bold.

Ctrl+I – Italic.

Ctrl+U – Underline.



These function keys are common to most text-editing applications. If you use them in your web browser, you will open your browser’s associated dialogs.

Ctrl+F – Find. This opens the find dialog in most applications to search for text — I have even seen it work in some applications that did not have a Find option in their menus.

F3 – Find next.

Shift+F3 – Find previous.

Ctrl+O – Open.

Ctrl+S – Save.

Ctrl+N – New document.

Ctrl+P – Print.

These keys work in most applications, but are particularly useful in text editors:

Alt – Activate the application’s menu bar. You can use the arrow keys to select a menu option and the Enter key to activate it.

Alt+F – Open File menu.

Alt+E – Open Edit menu.

Alt+V – Open View menu.

This is important because Microsoft has added a lot of new Windows key shortcuts with the release of Windows 10. These new shortcuts are extremely important if you want to snap programs side-by-side on a single monitor, manage multiple displays, or even balance multiple Virtual Desktops. Simply taking the few minutes to print or save these shortcuts could save you loads of time in the future, even if you end up having to do a little editing first.

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