Mouse Controls and Keyboard Shortcuts (Desktop Mode)

  Mouse Keyboard
Open Action Centre (for notifications and settings)

Click on the Action Centre icon in the system tray (also known as the systray or notification area), in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Action Centre:
Windows key  +A

Windows key  +K

Windows key  +I

Share a screenshot to OneNote, email, or social media.   Windows key: 
Search (applications, settings, files, the Web)


Open Cortana in typing mode: Windows key  +Q

Open Cortana in listening mode: Windows key  +C

Open Start menu

Click on the Windows icon in the far bottom-left of the screen.

Windows key  

Press the same two keys to collapse the Start menu

Access commands and context menus

Right-click on an item to see commands and context menus that are specific to that item.

Use TAB or arrows keys to highlight an item, then press SPACEBAR or ENTER.
View open applications (Task View)

Click on the Task View icon on the Task Bar (at the bottom of your screen) to view thumbnails of all currently open applications, and a history of your activity.

To switch to a different application, simply click on it.

On a device with limited resources, having many applications open will slow down performance. Close unused applications by clicking on the ‘X’ in the top right-hand corner of the thumbnail.

Windows key  +TAB

Use AltTAB to switch between open applications.

Snap an application to use two applications side-by-side Grab the Title Bar of the application with your mouse pointer and drag it to the left-hand edge of the screen.  Drag the second application’s Title Bar to the right-hand edge of the screen.  
Make an application full-screen Grab the Title Bar of the application with your mouse pointer and drag it to the top edge of the screen or simply double-click on Title Bar.  
Lock the computer (show Lock Screen)  

Windows key  +L

or Ctrl-Alt-Del, then ‘Lock’

Show the desktop (‘peek’)

Click on the small area in the notification area in the bottom-right corner of your screen, to the right of the date and time.

Windows key  +D
Zoom in or out Many applications will allow you to zoom in and out using Ctrl-scrollwheel Windows key  + + [Plus key] to zoom in and Windows key  + – [Minus key] to zoom out
Close an application Click on the ‘X‘ in the top right-hand corner of the application. Alt-F4
Shut down Right-click the Start button and select ‘Shut down or sign out’.
  1. Windows key 
  2. Use TAB key to move to the power icon 
  3. Press spacebar
  4. Use the up and down arrows to move to ‘Shut down’
  5. Press Enter key
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