Windows 10: Hidden Windows Key Hotkeys

Discus and support Hidden Windows Key Hotkeys in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hi! I've been messing with Powertoys and discovered that Windows has a lot of hidden hotkeys used with the F13-F24 keys. I imagine they are a way for... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/BigDickEnterprise, Jun 8, 2021.

  1. Hidden Windows Key Hotkeys

    Hi! I've been messing with Powertoys and discovered that Windows has a lot of hidden hotkeys used with the F13-F24 keys. I imagine they are a way for the OS to easily call functionality without implementing new keys or whatever, especially useful on laptops. (For those who don't know, F13-F24 keys are just like F1-F12, but they aren't present on 99% of modern keyboards.)

    Anyway, most of these shortcuts can be accessed with other means, but a few are quite interesting. You can use PowerToys or AutoHotkey or anything you like to access these by remapping some available key combination to one of them.

    Win Ctrl F14 -- Narrator (as Win Ctrl Enter)

    Win F15 -- Takes screenshot (as Win PrtSc)

    Win F16 -- Slide to Shutdown -- opens drop-down menu allowing you to shut the computer down. I don't know if this menu can be accessed in any other way, I've never seen it before.

    F17 -- no key combinations?

    Win F18 -- opens Cortana (as Win C)

    Win F19 -- opens Snip&Sketch with full screen shot

    Win Ctrl F19 -- opens Ink Workspace (as Win W)

    Win F20 -- opens MS Whiteboard

    Win F21 -- opens Settings (as Win I)

    Win Ctrl F21 -- opens Connect (as Win K)

    Win Shift F21 -- opens Search (as Win S/Win Q)

    Win F22 -- opens Project (as Win P)

    F23 -- no key combinations?

    Win F24 -- takes screenshot (as Win PrtSc)

    Win Ctrl F24 -- disables the touchpad

    Bonus finding:

    If you press the 4 modifier keys at the same time (so Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Win), it acts as the so-called Office key that's present on some MS keyboards. It allows you to run office apps from anywhere. It has its own set of hotkeys:

    Office key alone (so Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Win) -- Office app

    Office+W -- Word

    Office+X -- Excel

    Office+P -- Powerpoint

    Office+O -- Outlook

    Office+D -- OneDrive in Explorer

    Office+L -- LinkedIn in browser (seriously?)

    Office+T -- Teams (opens in browser if not installed)

    Office+Y -- Yammer (opens in browser if not installed)

    Office+N -- OneNote

    I hope someone finds these useful! (especially the LinkedIn key, heh)

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  2. digibucc Win User

    Are custom hotkeys possible?


    it also works with media keys, such as mute. idk about mute mic specifically, but it's possible.

    are you sure Vent doesn't have a hotkey for it? like ctrl+shift+something? just assign that macro to a key in sharpkeys.
    digibucc, Jun 8, 2021
  3. Laptop hotkeys not working [windows10]

    I used this method and get solution for wifi keys problem on windows 10 on Me HCL laptop.

    I suggest you to try installing Hotkeys driver.

    Follow these steps after install the drivers check if that helps.

    • Download the keyboard drivers and hot fix (PHotkeys) driver from the manufacturer’s website.
    • Install driver on your system
    • Go to Path of installed driver Right-click on the driver setup file and click on ‘Troubleshoot comparability’.
    • On the ‘Test Compatibility settings for the program pop up windows’ open and click the box ‘Test the program’ Once this is done, check if the issue persists.
    bipinlimbasiya, Jun 8, 2021
  4. NogtTL Win User

    Hidden Windows Key Hotkeys

    Shortcuts/hotkeys for text suggestion

    I didn't found it official shortcut list, so I ask here.

    Are there are any shortcuts/hotkeys to

    • loop though text suggestions
    • insert the text suggestion
    NogtTL, Jun 8, 2021

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