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Windows 10 Tips And Tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 is chalked full of very helpful keyboard shortcuts, seemingly more so than any of its predecessors. The following is a list of keyboard shortcuts and combinations that can really help to accelerate your speed and use of applications and features.

Window Commands
Minimize All: Win + M
Toggle Desktop: Win + D
Peek Desktop: Win + ,
Maximize Window: Win + Up
Minimize Window: Win + Down
Pin Window Left: Win + Left
Pin Window Right: Win + Right
Next Window: Alt + Tab
Previous Window: Shift + Alt + Tab

System Commands
System Shutdown: Win + X, U, U
System Signout: Win + X, U, I
System Restart: Win + X, U, R
Lock System: Win + L
Control Panel: Win + X,  P
System Information: Win + Pause
Device Manager: Win + X, M
Task Manager: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Run Dialog: Win + R
File Explorer: Win + E
Search: Win + S
Action Center: Win + A
Project: Win + P
System Settings: Win + I
Windows Ink: Win + W
Share: Win + H
Game Bar: Win + G
Feedback Hub: Win + F
Magnifier Zoom In: Win + +
Magnifier Zoom Out: Win + –
View All Windows: Win + Tab
OS Screenshot: Win + Print Screen

Taskbar Items
Items that have been pinned to the taskbar can be launched using:

Win + {position number}

Where {position number} is the numbered position from left to right.  For example, if you would like to launch the first application pinned to your task bar you would use the following command:

Win + 1

Windows 10 BASH: Tips and Tricks

I’ve been using the Windows 10 BASH shell for quite a while now forcing myself to get used to it. Along the way I’ve figured out a few working arounds for features such as sshfs and simple copy paste commands. First, the copy paste. When I first started using the Windows BASH shell I found it very frustrating when trying the copy and paste using the CTRL-C and CTRL-V commands. As any Linux user will tell you, these are kill commands and it doesn’t really make sense to use them. However, I did find another set of commands which work much better, here they are.

COPY: Select text, hit ENTER.
PASTE: Right click

So much easier than trying to fiddle with CTRL commands which are sometimes working and sometimes not.

Now let’s talk about sshfs, at the time of this writing FUSE support was not part of the Windows 10 BASH shell. There is/was however a petition to get it introduced, if it’s still not included and you would like to help, vote it up using the link below.

Windows 10 BASH FUSE Support

So, how did I get something similar to sshfs working, simple I put together a couple of shell scripts that utilize rsync and here’s the gist.  Basically what we want is a way to pull all the files we want to modify locally, use an editor to modify files and when the files are modified, push them back up to the server.  To do this, I created 3 BASH shell scripts named “pull”, “push” and “watcher”.  First the pull script, this script performs an incremental rsync pulling the remote files locally into a directory of your choosing.  The “pull” file looks like this:

rsync -au --progress user@someserver:/path/to/remote/directory /path/to/local/directory


The above requires that you pass change the “user@someserver” to your actual username and server name.  Also, the “/path/to/remote/directory” and “/path/to/local/directory” need to be changed to your specific files.  For my specific needs, I used something similar to the following:

root@myserver:/var/www/html/zf /mnt/c/Users/Jason/Documents/zf

You’ll noticed I have the end point of the rsync specified under the standard Windows file system, this is so I can use a native Windows editor (LightTable in my case) to edit the files.

Next, let’s look at the “push” file.  The “push” file looks like this:

rsync -au --progress /path/to/local/directory user@someserver:/path/to/remote/directory


The above is very similar to the “pull” file, just in reverse. This will do an incremental push only for files that have changed.

Lastely let’s look at the “watcher” file:

while ./pull && ./push;do : ;done


The above file continually attempts to do an incremental rsync push until you kill it (Ctrl-C). After you’ve customized the above files to your liking, all you need to do is execute a pull then execute the watcher, and you’ll have yourself a poor man’s sshfs.

user@computer:$ ./watcher


As an optimization approach, you can also add –exclude directives to the “pull” file which will ignore files and directories, for example:

rsync -au --progress --exclude .svn --exclude .git user@someserver:/path/to/remote/directory /path/to/local/directory

Getting Windows 10 Home Remote Desktop Working

Windows 10 Home edition by default will not allow you to have inbound remote desktop connections.  Regardless of any settings you may find to the contrary, turning off your firewall, etc. there will just not be anything you can do directly at the user level to enable it.  All is not lost however, there is a very simple fix that you can apply to enable this functionality.

First download RDPWrap at: https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap/releases

You want to download the release which takes a form like “RDPWrap-v1.6.zip” for example.

Next, unpack the zip file to a directory and find the file entitled “install.bat”, right click and choose “Run as Administrator”, grant the permission when prompted and let the batch file run its course.

After the installation completes, execute the file “RDPCheck” and ensure that the “Wrapper state”, “Service state” and “Listener state” status are all green.  If they are, then you’re good to go, change whatever configuration settings you would like and remote in.


If you find that any of the status states are red, such as the “Listener state” for example, ensure that your firewall is not blocking by turning your firewall off just for a quick test and try the “RDPCheck” again.  If you still find that there is a status issue, file the file “update.bat”, right click and choose “Run as Administrator”, grant the permission when prompted and let the batch file run its course.  Once the update has completed, try running the “RDPCheck” check again, you should be good to go.