How to Rearrange Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows 10

Task view interface on Windows 10.

Organizing your workspace in Windows 10 can sometimes seem tedious with your mouse. Fortunately, you can use many keyboard shortcuts to toggle, snap, minimize, maximize, move, or resize windows.

Switch between Windows

Windows 10 includes a practical shortcut often called the “task selector”. It allows you to use your keyboard to quickly switch between active windows. Just press Alt + Tab at any time, and the thumbnails of all open windows will appear on your screen.

Four thumbnails of windows open in the Windows 10 task selector.

To cycle through the choices, hold down the Alt key and press Tab until the window you want is highlighted. Release the two keys and the window will be brought to the foreground.

You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Tab to open the task selector. Then use the arrow keys to select the desired window and press Enter.

The most sophisticated way to switch between windows is the task view. It takes up more of the screen and displays larger previews of all open windows. To open the task view, press Windows + Tab.

Four windows open in the task view on Windows 10.

From there, use the arrow keys to select the window you want to display, then press Enter. The window you selected is brought to the front.

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Minimize and maximize

It is easy to minimize or maximize a window using only your keyboard. Minimization hides a window from view, while maximization maximizes the window so that it occupies the largest possible area on the screen. You can also minimize all windows simultaneously to see the desktop.

Use the following shortcuts:

Minimize the current window: Windows + down arrow.
Maximize the current window: Windows + up arrow.
Minimize all windows: Windows + M.
Minimize all windows and display the desktop: Windows + D. (It works on stubborn windows, as well).
Minimize all windows except the current window: Windows + Home.
Restore all minimized windows: Windows + Shift + M.

You can also enlarge a window without fully maximizing it. If you want to stretch the height (but not the width) of the current window to the top and bottom of the screen, press Windows + Shift + Up arrow. Note that this shortcut does not work if the window is hung in the quarter-view position that we cover below.

Align windows on halves or quarters

If you’re juggling multiple windows and want to use keyboard shortcuts to organize them precisely on the screen, you’re in luck! It is easy to position two windows in two perfect halves, or four quartered windows on the screen.

First, press Alt + Tab or use your mouse to focus on the window you want to reposition. From there, decide which part of the screen you want this window to occupy.

You can then use the following shortcuts to position two windows in half:

Enlarge on the left: Windows + left arrow.
Enlarge right: Windows + right arrow.

Two windows, each filling half the screen in Windows 10.

To position four windows in quarters (each will fill 1/4 of the screen), you can use a sequence of two shortcuts. These sequences assume that the window has not already been hung on the left or right half of the screen.

Here’s how:

Upper left quarter: Windows + Left arrow, then Windows + Up arrow.
Lower left quarter: Windows + Left arrow, then Windows + Down arrow.
Upper right quarter: Windows + Right arrow, then Windows + Up arrow.
Lower right quarter: Windows + Right arrow, then Windows + Down arrow.

Four windows, each filling a quarter of the screen in Windows 10,

Move a window with precision

You can use your keyboard to move a particular window to a certain location on the screen. First, press Alt + Tab to choose the window you want to move.

When the window is selected, press Alt + Space to open a small menu in the upper left corner. Press the arrow key to select “Move”, then press enter.

Use the arrow keys to move the window to the desired location on the screen, then press Enter.

This trick works even if the the window you want to move is hidden and you can’t find it with your mouse.

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Moving windows between screens

If you use multiple monitors and you have extended your desktop between them, you can quickly move the active window between views. To do this, press Windows + Shift + Left or + Right arrow.

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Checklist for window management

Here’s a handy cheat sheet of everything we’ve covered above. Practice them, and you’ll be a window ninja in no time:

Alt + Tab: Open the task selector.
Windows + Tab: Open the task view.
Windows + down arrow: Minimize the window.
Windows + up arrow: Maximize the window.
Windows + M: Minimize all windows.
Windows + D: Show the desktop.
Windows + Home: Minimize all windows except the active window.
Windows + Shift + M: Restore all minimized windows.
Windows + Shift + Up arrow: Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows + left arrow: Maximize the window on the left side of the screen.
Windows + right arrow: Maximize the window on the right side of the screen.
Windows + Shift + Left or right arrow: Move a window from one monitor to another.

If you want even more keyboard shortcut magic, check out this additional information shortcuts for Windows 10, as well as some for web browsers, and text editing.

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