Windows 10 tips, tricks and search shortcut cheat sheet.


Windows 10 always provides the best user interface to it’s users to make it easier to navigate on the operating system. One of the best and the most used operating systems in the world is windows 10.

The operating system offers easier way of navigating and locating files, folders and programs using the search method.

There are tricks and tips involved that will enable you to easily locate any file you are looking for on your computer.

Using windows search is the easiest way of locating your files on the computer without having to go through many processes just to locate on file.

All you need to do is to open the windows search by pressing the windows key on the keyboard or clicking on the built in search button on the taskbar.

Cortana is also another alternative way of searching for files on your computer and also on the internet. Just hit windows + Q to open Cortana.

The table below displays the cheat sheet of windows search and some other tricks and tips that is useful.

Basic Windows 10 and Cortana Search


Open Start menu search bar
Windows + S OR
Windows + Q
Open Cortana search bar in text mode
Down Arrow Select result below
Up Arrow Select result above
Right Arrow Select option to the right
Left Arrow Select option to the left
Enter Open selected item
Esc Close search menu
Narrow Down Local Cortana Search
Apps: Search within Apps
Documents: Search within Documents
Videos: Search within Videos
Folders: Search within Folders
Music: Search within Music
Settings: Search within Settings
Photos: Search within Photos
Mail: Search within your Outlook email inbox
People: Search within People
Cortana Web Search Tools
Web: Search the internet
Paris weather Get weather information
Sydney time Get time zone information
Define: “technology” Find word definitions
Facebook stock Get stock market information
Donald Trump age Find facts about public figures
50usd to eur Convert currencies
5in to mm Convert measuring units
74f to c Convert temperatures
86/2*10 Perform math calculations
DAL1439 Track flight status
red sox score Find current sports scores
food near me Find local restaurants
Cortana Voice Command Search
Windows + C Open Cortana in voice command mode
Say “Hey Cortana” Open Cortana in voice command mode
Find document (file name) Find a specific file
Find photos from January 2018 Find photos from a specific time
Open (app name) Open a specific app
Search the web for Lenovo laptops Search the internet for a specific term
What’s the tallest mountain in the world? Find facts on the internet
Find restaurants near me Search the internet for local restaurants
What’s the time in Paris? Find time zone information
Show me the latest news Display the latest news headlines
What’s the weather? Find local weather information
Find showtimes near me Find local movie showtimes
What’s 2+2? Perform math calculations
What’s 13 pounds in ounces? Perform measurement conversions
Basic File Explorer Search
Windows + E Open File Explorer
Ctrl + F OR
Ctrl+E OR
Place cursor in the search bar
Ctrl + L OR
Alt + D
Place cursor in the address bar
Up Arrow Select result above
Down Arrow Select result below
Right Arrow Select result to the right
Left Arrow Select result to the left
Enter Open selected file
Backspace OR
Alt+ Left Arrow
Return to previous page
Alt + Right Arrow Go to next page
Alt + Up Arrow Return to the folder that the current file or folder is in
Esc Clear search or address bar
File Explorer Advanced Query Syntax Search
store:desktop Limit your search to the desktop
store:files Limit your search to Files
store:outlook Limit your search to Outlook
store:oe Limit your search to Outlook Express
*.file_extension Search for a files with a specific extension
kind:everything Search all file types
kind:communications Search communication files
kind:contacts Search contacts
kind:email Search emails
kind:im Search instant messaging conversations
kind:meetings Search meetings
kind:tasks Search tasks
kind:notes Search notes
kind:documents Search documents
kind:text Search text documents
kind:spreadsheets Search spreadsheet files
kind:presentations Search presentation files
kind:music Search music files
kind:pics Search picture files
kind:videos Search video files
kind:folders Search folders
kind:favorites Search favorites
kind:programs Search program files
date:today, date:tomorrow, date:yesterday Search for items with a specific date
modified:last week Search for items by modification date
size:>40, size:<40 Search for items by size
File Explorer Search Using Boolean Operators
Keyword 1 NOT keyword 2 Results with keyword 1 but not keyword 2
Keyword 1 OR keyword 2 Results with keyword 1 or keyword 2
Keyword 1 Results with the exact phrase “keyword 1”
(Keyword 1 keyword 2) Results with keyword 1 and keyword 2 in any order



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