Mouse and keyboard: What's new in Windows

Most of what you know about using a mouse and keyboard with Windows has stayed the same, especially in the desktop. Here are some ways to use both new and familiar Windows features with a mouse and with keyboard shortcuts.

To do this With a mouse With a keyboard
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Get back to the Start screen.

With a mouse

Click the Start button in the bottom-left corner.

With a keyboard
Press the Windows logo key Windows key.
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Open the charms (Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings).

With a mouse

Point to the top-right or bottom-right corner to see the charms (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the charms appear, move up or down the edge and click the one you want.

Illustration of opening the charms with a mouse
With a keyboard
All charms:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+C
Search charm:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+S
Share charm:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+H
Start charm:
Windows logo key Windows logo key
Devices charm:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+K
Settings charm:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+I
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Search your PC (applications, settings and files), the web or within an application.

With a mouse
Tap or click the Search button The Search button on the Start screen.

You can also point to the top-right corner (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the charms appear, move down the edge, click Search, then enter your search term.

If you want to see a list of all the applications on your PC, click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner of the Start screen.

With a keyboard

If you’re on the Start screen, start typing your search term.

Open the Search charm:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+S
Search within the application you have open:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+Q
Search settings:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+W
Search files:
Windows logo key Windows logo key+F
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Get to commands and context menus in an application.

With a mouse

Right-click within the application, then click the command you want. Or right-click an item to see the options specific to that item.

Illustration of viewing application commands

With a keyboard
Within an application: Windows logo key Windows logo key+Z
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Switch between open applications.

With a mouse

To switch to your most recently used application, point to the top-left corner (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the previous application appears, click the corner.

To switch to a different application, point to the top-left corner and then move down the edge. When the other applications appear, click the one you want.

Illustration of switching apps

With a keyboard
Windows logo key Windows logo key+Tab: switches between applications and the desktop

Alt+Tab: Switches between all applications, including desktop applications

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Use up to four applications side by side.

Notes:

  • The Start screen can't be used side by side with another application.

  • Your screen resolution must be at least 1024 x 768 to have multiple windows and applications on your screen at the same time. To check this setting, open the Settings charm, click Change PC settings, click PC and devices, then click Display.

With a mouse

Drag your application from the top of the screen and place it on the left or right side. Then, go to the Start screen and click another application.

If you already have two apps open side by side, you can insert the app on the left, right, or middle, or replace one of the currently open apps.

You can also point to the top-left corner and then move the pointer down to see a list of applications you've recently used. Click and drag the app to insert it.

Illustration of switching apps

With a keyboard
Windows logo key Windows logo key+Full stop , then Left or Right Arrow
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Open the desktop.

With a mouse

Go to the Start screen, then click the Desktop tile.

With a keyboard
Windows logo key Windows logo key+D
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Zoom in or out on Start.

With a mouse
On Start, click the icon Summary view icon in the bottom-right corner or Ctrl+mouse wheel to zoom out. Click anywhere to zoom back in.
With a keyboard

Ctrl+Plus sign to zoom in

Ctrl+Minus sign to zoom out

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Show the title bar on a Windows Store app.

With a mouse

Point to the top of the app.

With a keyboard

(No keyboard command.)

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Close an application.

With a mouse

Point to the top of the screen, then click the Close button in the title bar.

You can also close applications you've used recently by pointing to the top-left corner and then moving down the edge. Right-click the one you want, then click Close.

With a keyboard
Windows logo key Windows logo key+Down Arrow
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Show the taskbar on the Start screen.

With a mouse

Point to the bottom edge. (If you've moved your taskbar to another edge, point there.)

With a keyboard
Windows logo key Windows logo key+T selects the first application on the taskbar.
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Shut down your PC.

With a mouse
If there's a Power icon Power icon on your Start screen, tap or click it, then tap or click Shut down.

You can also point to the bottom-right corner (try moving the mouse pointer so far into the corner that it disappears). When the charms appear, move up the edge, then click Settings. Click Power, then choose a shut-down option.

With a keyboard
  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del.

  2. Use the Tab key to move to the Power icon, then press Enter. A list of shut-down options appears.

  3. Use the up or down arrow keys to get to the option you want.

  4. Press Enter.

To learn about how to do similar tasks using touch, see Touch: swipe, tap and beyond. For more information about getting around Windows, see the Getting around tutorial.

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