Keyboard Shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7

(Most apply to other Windows operating systems also) 

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Press this key 

To do this 

F1

Display Help

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl+X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl+Z

Undo an action

Ctrl+Y

Redo an action

Delete (or Ctrl+D)

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Shift+Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

F2

Rename the selected item

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+A

Select all items in a document or window

F3

Search for a file or folder

Alt+Enter

Display properties for the selected item

Alt+F4

Close the active item, or exit the active program

Alt+Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Ctrl+F4

Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Alt+Tab

Switch between open items

Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between open items

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of icons on the desktop

Windows logo key  +Tab

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Ctrl+Windows logo key  +Tab

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Alt+Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F4

Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer

Shift+F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Ctrl+Esc

Open the Start menu

Alt+underlined letter

Display the corresponding menu

Alt+underlined letter

Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)

F10

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 (or Ctrl+R)

Refresh the active window

Alt+Up Arrow

View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

Esc

Cancel the current task

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

Open Task Manager

Shift when you insert a CD

Prevent the CD from automatically playing

Left Alt+Shift

Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled

Ctrl+Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled

Right or Left Ctrl+Shift

Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

 

Windows Key  shortcuts

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key 

Open or close the Start menu.

Windows logo key +Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows logo key +D

Display the desktop.

Windows logo key +M

Minimize all windows.

Windows logo key +Shift+M

Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Windows logo key +E

Open Computer.

Windows logo key +F

Search for a file or folder.

Ctrl+Windows logo key  +F

Search for computers (if you're on a network).

Windows logo key +L

Lock your computer or switch users.

Windows logo key +R

Open the Run dialog box.

Windows logo key +T

Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows logo key +number

Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift+Windows logo key +number

Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key +number

Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows logo key+number

Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows logo key +Tab

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows logo key  +Tab

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows logo key  +B

Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.

Windows logo key +Spacebar

Preview the desktop.

Windows logo key +Up Arrow

Maximize the window.

Windows logo key +Left Arrow

Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.

Windows logo key +Right Arrow

Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.

Windows logo key +Down Arrow

Minimize the window.

Windows logo key +Home

Minimize all but the active window.

Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow

Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow

Move a window from one monitor to another.

Windows logo key +P

Choose a presentation display mode.

Windows logo key +G

Cycle through gadgets.

Windows logo key +U

Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows logo key +X

Open Windows Mobility Center.

 

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Press this key 

To do this 

Ctrl+N

Open a new window

Ctrl+W

Close the current window

Ctrl+Shift+N

Create a new folder

End

Display the bottom of the active window

Home

Display the top of the active window

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

Ctrl+Period (.)

Rotate a picture clockwise

Ctrl+Comma (,)

Rotate a picture counter-clockwise

Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad

Display all subfolders under the selected folder

Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad

Display the contents of the selected folder

Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad

Collapse the selected folder

Left Arrow

Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder

Alt+Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

Alt+P

Display the preview pane

Alt+Left Arrow

View the previous folder

Backspace

View the previous folder

Right Arrow

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Alt+Right Arrow

View the next folder

Alt+Up Arrow

View the parent folder

Ctrl+Shift+E

Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Alt+D

Select the address bar

Ctrl+E

Select the search box

Ctrl+F

Select the search box

 

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with items on the taskbar.

Press this key 

To do this 

Shift+Click on a taskbar button

Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program

Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button

Open a program as an administrator

Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button

Show the window menu for the program

Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button

Show the window menu for the group

Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button

Cycle through the windows of the group

 

 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows XP

To

Press

Set focus on a notification.

Windows Key+B

View properties for the selected item.

ALT+ENTER

Displays the properties of the selected object.

ALT+Enter

Cycle through items in the order they were opened.

ALT+ESC

"Close the active item, or quit the active program.

ALT+F4

Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.

ALT+SPACEBAR

Display the System menu for the active window.

ALT+SPACEBAR

Switch between open items.

ALT+TAB

Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option in a dialog box.

ALT+Underlined letter

Display the corresponding menu.

ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons in a dialog box.

Arrow keys

View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

BACKSPACE

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box in a dialog box.

BACKSPACE

Copy selected item.

CTRL while dragging an item

Select all.

CTRL+A

Copy.

CTRL+C

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Display the Start menu.

CTRL+ESC

Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.

CTRL+F4

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.

CTRL+LEFT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

Create shortcut to selected item.

CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item

Highlight a block of text.

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys

Move backward through tabs in a dialog box.

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Move forward through tabs in a dialog box.

CTRL+TAB

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.

CTRL+UP ARROW

Paste.

CTRL+V

Search for computers.

CTRL+Windows Key+F

Cut.

CTRL+X

Undo.

CTRL+Z

Delete.

DELETE

Display the bottom of the active window.

END

Carry out the command for the active option or button in a dialog box.

ENTER

Cancel the current task.

ESC

Display Help in a dialog box.

F1

Activate the menu bar in the active program.

F10

Rename selected item.

F2

Search for a file or folder.

F3

Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

F4

Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.

F4

Refresh the active window.

F5

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F6

Display the top of the active window.

HOME

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

LEFT ARROW

Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.

F4

Refresh the active window.

F5

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F6

Display the top of the active window.

HOME

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

LEFT ARROW

Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.

F4

Refresh the active window.

F5

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F6

Display the top of the active window.

HOME

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

LEFT ARROW

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

Menu key

Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)

Collapse the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)

Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.

RIGHT ARROW

Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.

RIGHT ARROW

Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.

F4

Refresh the active window.

F5

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F6

Display the top of the active window.

HOME

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

LEFT ARROW

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

Menu key

Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)

Collapse the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)

Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.

RIGHT ARROW

Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.

RIGHT ARROW

Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Switch StickyKeys on and off.

SHIFT five times

Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.

SHIFT with any of the arrow keys

Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.

SHIFT+DELETE

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

SHIFT+F10

Move backward through options in a dialog box.

SHIFT+TAB

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box in a dialog box.

SPACEBAR

Move forward through options in a dialog box.

TAB

Carry out the corresponding command.

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu

Display or hide the Start menu.

Windows Key

Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.

Windows Key+ L

Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows Key+BREAK

Show the desktop.

Windows Key+D

Open My Computer.

Windows Key+E

Search for a file or folder.

Windows Key+F

Display Windows Help.

Windows Key+F1

Minimize all windows.

Windows Key+M

Open the Run dialog box.

Windows Key+R

Restores minimized windows.

Windows Key+Shift+M

Opens Utility Manager.

Windows Key+U

    
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