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CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs ALT+F4: Quit program SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)
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Windows program key combinations
CTRL+C: Copy CTRL+X: Cut CTRL+V: Paste CTRL+Z: Undo CTRL+B: Bold CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic
Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects
SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands SHIFT+double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu) ALT+double click: Displays properties SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
General keyboard-only commands
F1: Starts Windows Help F10: Activates menu bar options SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item) CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu) CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the taskswitching window) SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window) ALT+- (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu (from the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window) CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu ALT+F4: Closes the current window
CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window ALT+F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)
Shell objects and general folder/Windows Explorer shortcuts
For a selected object: F2: Rename object F3: Find all files CTRL+X: Cut CTRL+C: Copy CTRL+V: Paste SHIFT+DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object To copy a file Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder. To create a shortcut Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.
General folder/shortcut control
F4: Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer) F5: Refreshes the current window. F6: Moves among panes in Windows Explorer CTRL+G: Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only) CTRL+Z: Undo the last command CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window BACKSPACE: Switch to the parent folder SHIFT+click+Close button: For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders
Windows Explorer tree control
Numeric Keypad *: Expands everything under the current selection Numeric Keypad +: Expands the current selection Numeric Keypad -: Collapses the current selection. RIGHT ARROW: Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child LEFT ARROW: Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent
CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB: Move through the property tabs
Press SHIFT five times: Toggles StickyKeys on and off Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on and off Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles ToggleKeys on and off Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and off
Microsoft Natural Keyboard keys
Windows Logo: Start menu Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box Windows Logo+M: Minimize all SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all Windows Logo+F1: Help Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop CTRL+Windows Logo+F: Find computer CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray) Windows Logo+TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item
Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType software installed
Windows Logo+L: Log off Windows Windows Logo+P: Starts Print Manager Windows Logo+C: Opens Control Panel Windows Logo+V: Starts Clipboard Windows Logo+K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box Windows Logo+I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box Windows Logo+A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed) Windows Logo+SPACEBAR: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys Windows Logo+S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off
Dialog box keyboard commands
TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the
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100 Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows)
By Hongkiat.com. Filed in How-To Guides, Windows Tips
Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only help you get the work done faster, but also more efficient. If your daily job rely heavily on using Windows, here are some 100+ Windows Keyboard Shortcuts you might want to check out. If there’s any nifty shortcuts we have missed, appreciate a heads up.
The General Shortcuts
We’ll kickoff the list with some really general shortcuts that you often used.
CTRL + C (Copy) CTRL + X (Cut) CTRL + V (Paste) CTRL + Z (Undo) Delete (Delete) Shift + Delete (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin) CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item) CTRL + Shift while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item) F2 key (Rename the selected item) CTRL + RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word) CTRL + LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word) CTRL + DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph) CTRL + UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph) CTRL + Shift with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text) Shift with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or
select text in a document)
CTRL + A (Select all) F3 key (Search for a file or a folder) Alt + Enter (View the properties for the selected item) Alt + F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program) Alt + Enter (Display the properties of the selected object) Alt + Spacebar (Open the shortcut menu for the active window) CTRL + F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open
Alt + Tab (Switch between the open items) Alt + ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened) F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop) F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer) Shift + F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item) Alt + Spacebar (Display the System menu for the active window) CTRL + ESC (Display the Start menu) Alt +Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program) RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu) LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu) F5 key (Update the active window) Backspace (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
ESC (Cancel the current task)
Shift when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from
Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL + Tab (Move forward through the tabs) CTRL + Shift + Tab (Move backward through the tabs) Tab (Move forward through the options) Shift + Tab (Move backward through the options) Alt +Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option) Enter (Perform the command for the active option or button) Spacebar (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
F1 key (Display Help) F4 key (Display the items in the active list) Backspace (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
Win (Display or hide the Start menu) Win +BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box) Win +D (Display the desktop) Win +M (Minimize all of the windows) Win + Shift +M (Restore the minimized windows) Win +E (Open My Computer) Win +F (Search for a file or a folder) CTRL + Win +F (Search for computers) Win +F1 (Display Windows Help) Win + L (Lock the keyboard)
Win +R (Open the Run dialog box) Win +U (Open Utility Manager)
Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
Right Shift for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off) Left Alt +left Shift + PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off) Left Alt +left Shift + NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
Shift five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off) NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off) Win + U (Open Utility Manager)
Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
END (Display the bottom of the active window) HOME (Display the top of the active window) NUM LOCK + * (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder) NUM LOCK + + (Display the contents of the selected folder) NUM LOCK + - (Collapse the selected folder) LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder) RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)
Shortcut Keys For Character Map
After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line) LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line) UP ARROW (Move up one row) DOWN ARROW (Move down one row) PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time) PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time) HOME (Move to the beginning of the line) END (Move to the end of the line) CTRL + HOME (Move to the first character) CTRL + END (Move to the last character) Spacebar (Switch between Enlarged and Nor mal mode when a character is selected)
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL + O (Open a saved console) CTRL + N (Open a new console) CTRL + S (Save the open console) CTRL + M (Add or remove a console item) CTRL + W (Close window/tab) F5 key (Update the content of all console windows) Alt + Spacebar (Display the MMC window menu) Alt + F4 (Close the console) Alt + A (Display the Action menu) Alt + V (Display the View menu) Alt + F (Display the File menu) Alt + O (Display the Favorites menu)
MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL + P (Print the current page or active pane) Alt + - (Display the window menu for the active console window) Shift + F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item) F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item) F5 key (Update the content of all console windows) CTRL + F10 (Maximize the active console window) CTRL + F5 (Restore the active console window) Alt + Enter (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item) F2 key (Rename the selected item) CTRL + F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this
shortcut closes the console)
Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
CTRL + Alt + END (Open the m*cro$oft Windows NT Security dialog box) Alt + PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right) Alt + PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left) Alt + INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order) Alt + HOME (Display the Start menu)
CTRL + Alt + BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen) Alt + Delete (Display the Windows menu) CTRL + Alt + - (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server
clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
CTRL + Alt + + (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard
and provide the same functionality as pressing Alt +PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
Internet Explorer Navigation
CTRL + B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box) CTRL + E (Open the Search bar) CTRL + F (Start the Find utility) CTRL + H (Open the History bar) CTRL + I (Open the Favorites bar) CTRL + L (Open the Open dialog box) CTRL + N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address) CTRL + O (Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL + L ) CTRL + P (Open the Print dialog box) CTRL + R (Update the current Web page) CTRL + W (Close the current window)
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