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Basic PC shortcut keys Shortcut Keys Alt + F Alt + E F1 Ctrl + A Ctrl + X Shift + Del Ctrl + C Ctrl + Ins Ctrl

+ V Shift + Ins Home Ctrl + Home End Ctrl + End Shift + Home Shift + End Ctrl + Right arrow Description File menu options in current program. Edit options in current program Universal Help in almost every Windows program. Select all text. Cut selected item. Cut selected item. Copy selected item. Copy selected item Paste Paste Goes to beginning of current line. Goes to beginning of document. Goes to end of current line. Goes to end of document. Highlights from current position to beginning of line. Highlights from current position to end of line.

Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time. Moves one word to the right at a time.

Microsoft Word shortcut keys

Shortcut Keys Ctrl + A Ctrl + B Ctrl + C Ctrl + X Ctrl + P Ctrl + F Ctrl + I Ctrl + K Ctrl + U Ctrl + V Ctrl + Y Ctrl + Z Ctrl + L Ctrl + E Ctrl + R Ctrl + M Ctrl + Shift + F Ctrl + Shift + > Ctrl + ] Ctrl + Shift + < Ctrl + [

Description Select all contents of the page. Bold highlighted selection. Copy selected text. Cut selected text. Open the print window. Open find box. Italic highlighted selection. Insert link. Underline highlighted selection. Paste. Redo the last action performed. Undo last action. Aligns the line or selected text to the left of the screen. Aligns the line or selected text to the center of the screen. Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen. Indent the paragraph. Change the font. Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then increases font +2pts. Increase selected font +1pts. Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower, if above 12 decreases font by +2pt. Decrease selected font -1pts.

Microsoft Windows shortcut keys

Shortcut Keys Alt + Tab Alt + Shift + Tab Alt + double-click

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Description Switch between open applications. Switch backwards between open applications. Display the properties of the object you double-click on. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties. Switches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature. Same as above but backwards. Create a screen shot only for the program you are currently in. Reboot the computer and/or bring up the Windows task manager. Bring up the Windows Start menu. In Windows 3.x this would bring up the Task Manager. Switch Between open applications on taskbar. Activates help for current open application. Renames selected Icon.

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Ctrl + Shift + Tab Alt + Print Screen Ctrl + Alt + Del Ctrl + Esc

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Internet Explorer shortcut keys Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys in Microsoft Internet Explorer. See our main shortcut page if you're looking for other shortcut keys used in other programs. Shortcut Keys Alt + Left Arrow Backspace F5 F11 Esc Ctrl + (- or +) Ctrl + Enter Description Back a page. Back a page. Refresh current page, frame, or tab. Display the current website in full screen mode. Pressing F11 again will exit this mode. Stop page or download from loading. Increase or decrease the font size, pressing '-' will decrease and '+' will increase. Quickly complete an address. For example, type computerhope in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to get Add a Favorite for the page currently opened. Display available bookmarks. Open New browser window. Print current page / frame. Opens a new tab. Closes the currently selected tab. Moves through each of the open tabs. Moves down a page at a time. Moves up a page at a time. Display all previous text entered in a text box and/or available options on drop down menu.

Alt + Right Arrow Forward a page.

Ctrl + D Ctrl + I Ctrl + N Ctrl + P Ctrl + T Ctrl + F4 Ctrl + Tab Spacebar Shift + Spacebar Alt + Down arrow Question:

What are the F1 through F12 keys?

Answer: Commonly known as "function keys", F1 through F12 may have a variety of different uses or no use at all. Depending on the installed operating system and the software program currently open will change how each of these keys operate. A program is capable of not only using each of the function keys, but also combining the function keys with the ALT and/or CTRL keys, for example, Microsoft Windows users can press ALT + F4 to close the program currently active. Below is a short-listing of some of the common functions of the functions keys on computers running Microsoft Windows. As mentioned above not all programs support function keys and/or may perform different tasks then those mentioned below. If you are looking for more specific shortcut keys and function key examples we suggest seeing our shortcut key page. F1

Almost always used as the help key, almost every program will open the help screen when this key is pressed. Windows Key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and support center. Open the Task Pane.


In Windows commonly used to rename a highlighted icon or file. Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens a new document in Microsoft Word. Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.


Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows. Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.


Open find window. Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+) Alt + F4 will close the program currently active in Microsoft Windows.

Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.


In all modern Internet browsers pressing F5 will refresh or reload the page or document window. Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word. Starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.


Move the cursor to the Address bar in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.


Commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc. Shift + F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted. Turns on Caret browsing in Mozilla Firefox.


Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly use to get into Windows Safe Mode.


Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.


In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application. Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link.


Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.


Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.

Shift + F12 save the Microsoft Word document.

CApple Macintosh shortcut keys

Please note that not all of the below shortcut keys will work in all versions of Mac OS. Open Apple + Down Shift + Click Tab Shift + Tab Left arrow Right arrow Up arrow Down arrow Open Apple + ? Open Apple + E Opens the selected icon. Select the icon and add it to the set of those selected. Highlight the next icon inside the folder, in alphabetical order. Highlight the previous icon inside the folder, in alphabetical order. Used when viewing by icon to select the icon to the left of the one highlighted. Used when viewing by icon to select icon to the right of the one highlighted. Used to select the icon above the one currently highlighted. Used to select the icon below the one currently highlighted. Mac help Eject

Open Apple + Shift Used to direct the input focus to the desktop + Up Arrow level. Open Apple + M Open Apple + N Minimize window New finder window

Open Apple + Shirt New folder +N Open Apple + W Open Apple + C Open Apple + X Open Apple + V Open Apple + L Open Apple + R Close the current window. Copy the elected item to the clipboard. Cut the selected item. Paste item from the clipboard Make alias Show original item

trl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft FrontPage shortcut keys Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys in Microsoft FrontPage. See our main shortcut page if you're looking for other shortcut keys used in other programs. Shortcut Keys Ctrl + C Ctrl + X Ctrl + P Ctrl + K Ctrl + B Ctrl + I Ctrl + U Ctrl + L Ctrl + R Ctrl + E Ctrl + / Ctrl + S Ctrl + Tab Ctrl + Ins Ctrl + Enter Ctrl + Shift + B Ctrl + Shift + < Ctrl + Shift + > Ctrl + Del Ctrl + Backspace Alt + mouse double-click Description Copy selected text. Cut selected text. Paste selected text. Create a hyperlink. Bold highlighted selection. Italic highlighted selection. Underline highlighted selection. Left align the text. Right align the text. Center the text. Turn on or off the display of HTML tags. Save document. Switch between open web pages. Enter Line break. Move cursor above or below a table. Preview in web browser window. Decrease font size. Increase font size. Deletes word to right of cursor. Deletes word to left of cursor. View the properties of a selected item. For example, doing this on a table cell would display the properties for that cell.

Listing of computer keyboard keys

Number 101 Keyboard 104 Keyboard 8042 keyboard controller A ALT Any key Apostrophe Arrow keys Asterisk AT keyboard Azerty B Back quote Back slash Backspace key Bang Break Butterfly keyboard C Caps lock Caret Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Case sensitive Chiclet keyboard Colon Comma Command key Control keys CR CTRL D Dvorak keyboard E

End key Enhanced Keyboard Enter key ESC Exclamation mark F Forward slash Function keys G Greater than GT GWAM GWPM H HID Home key Home row keys Hotkey Hunt and peck Hyphen I Input device Input driver Insert key J Currently no listings K

Key Keyboard Keyboard buffer Keyboard controller Keyboard layout Keyboard repeat Keyboard shortcut Keyboard template Keycap Key in Keylogger Keypad L LT M Modifier key N Numeric keypad NUM Lock O Octothorpe P

Page Down key Page Up key Pause key PC/XT keyboard Period PGDN key PGUP key Pipe Plus Pound Print screen key Programmable function key PS/2 Q Quote QWERTY keyboard R Repeat rate S Scroll lock key Semicolon Shift clicking Shift key Shortcut key Single quote Spacebar SysRq T Tab Togglekeys Touch type TTY Tilde Type Typematic rate

U Underscore Unprintable character V Currently no listings W Wack WAM Whack White space Windows key Windows keyboard WPM Wrist rest WSAD keys X Currently no listings Y Currently no listings Z Currently no listings