Ctrl + Win + Shift + B: The Ultimate Guide to Fixing Display Issues in Windows

👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 26 May 2023    📁 TECH

Ctrl + Win + Shift + B is a special shortcut in Windows that helps you to reset the video driver in Windows. It works if you have Windows 10 and later.

If you are experiencing any issues related to graphics such as black screen, flickering, or corrupted images then you can try pressing those keyboard combinations. These shortcuts send a signal to the video driver to restart.

flickering and black screen issue
fig. flickering and black screen issue


When you press these buttons, your screen may flash and turn black and you do not worry as it is just a process.

How does pressing Ctrl + Win + Shift + B affect the display in Windows?

This shortcut activates the display reset function for graphics. Essentially, it instructs Windows to refresh the graphics drivers. Upon pressing this keyboard combination, your screen will temporarily go black, indicating that the graphics reset process is underway. Subsequently, the screen will turn white, signaling the completion of the reset process.

If you have a problem with the graphics card then you may face the blue screen of death.

Does this keyboard combo impact other system functions or settings?

As they are only designed to reset your graphics driver and drivers related issues. It will not affect other system settings and functionality.

Does Ctrl + Win + Shift + B affect the running programs and games?

When you press these keyboard combinations then the screen goes black for a few seconds(1 to 3 seconds) during this time your work gets affected and after that, you can proceed with your work.

It does not close your running programs. But for safety, you can close your working tasks before performing them.

Does Ctrl + Win + Shift + B create data loss?

The answer to this is it does not create any data loss.

What are alternative methods to reset Graphics and Display?

Here are some of them you can try:

  1. Update Graphics Drivers.
  2. Restart your Computer
  3. Use Display Troubleshooting Options.
  4. Perform System Restore.
  5. Adjust Display Settings on your windows by adjusting and changing screen resolutions,
    orientation and scaling, etc.
Note that this is just a temporary and quick solution and if persists for a long time best is to update your graphics driver.Also Note that donot expect like this will adjust display settings or resolution.