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Shortcut keys for the Desktop - will not work in other applications.

Rename a file F2
Find a file F3
Delete a file or shortcut Del
Delete a file or shortcut and don't place in Recycle Bin Shift-Del
Bypass StartUp programs during boot Ctrl

Editing Text

Delete current word Ctrl-Del*
Delete to beginning of current word Ctrl-Backspace*
Delete current line Alt-Backspace*
Undo last edit Ctrl-Z*
Redo last edit Ctrl-Y*

Working with Applications

Exit an application Alt-F4
Close a crashed application/exit Windows Ctrl-Alt-Del
Help F1
Switch between currently running applications
... press until required application is selected ...
Maximise the current application Alt-Spacebar then X
Minimise the current application Alt-Spacebar then N

Working with Dialog Boxes
Most of these commands also work to move between and select browser links.

Move forward to next item Tab
Move back to previous item Shift-Tab
Move to previous dialog tab Ctrl-Shift-Tab
Move to next dialog tab Crtl-Tab
Select a dialog button Enter
Select a radio button or checkbox Spacebar
Cancel dialog box Esc
Drop down list of file locations F4*

Working with Windows

Display the Start Menu Ctrl-Esc
Access the Taskbar / Quicklaunch bar Ctrl-Esc then Esc then Tab
Access a selected Taskbar application Enter
Minimise all windows Ctrl-Esc then Esc then Alt-M
Right click / properties Shift-F10
or right Windows key

Browser Shortcuts
supported in both Navigator and Internet Explorer

Reload current page Crtl-R
Go back a page Alt-Left arrow
Go forward a page Alt-Right arrow

Common Document Operations

Save the current file Crtl-S*
Open an existing file Crtl-O*
Create a new file Crtl-N


Select all Crtl-A*
Copy Crtl-C
Cut Crtl-X
Paste Crtl-V




Windows In General

Key Combination

<Alt Tab> Jump to Previous Application
<Alt Tab, Tab, Tab....> Cycle through all of your active applications. Release ALT key to switch to selected app. In Windows 95, pressing <Esc> while holding ALT will cancel this process.
<Ctrl Esc> In Windows 95 opens the Start Menu, otherwise, brings up the Windows Task List.
<Alt + Underlined Letter>
(i.e. <Alt F> for the File Menu,
<Alt H> for the Help menu)
Open the menu that has the underlined letter. To select an item from the open menu, just press the key that corresponds to the underlined letter (i.e. P for Print). Note: When selecting an item from a open menu (such as P for Print) do not press the ALT key or the menu will close.
<Alt Spacebar> Open the current application's control menu (for minimize, maximize, close, etc.)
<Alt Hyphen> Open the document control menu for the current document (multi-document applications).
<Alt F4> Terminate the current application.
<Ctrl F4> Close the current document (multi-document applications).
<Ctrl F6> Jump to next open document in a multi-document application.
<PrintScreen> Send a bit-mapped copy of the screen to the clipboard. <Alt PrintScreen> sends a bitmap copy of the active application to the clipboard.

Dialog Boxes

Key Combination

<Esc> Leave Dialog without doing anything (same as clicking Cancel button).
<Enter> Invoke the function of the outlined Command Button (i.e.OK, Yes, No, etc.).
<Tab> Jump to next control in a dialog box.
<Shift Tab> Jump to previous control in a dialog box.
<Arrow Keys> Select a different choice on a set of radio buttons.
<F4> or <Alt DownArrow> Opens a drop down box.
<Spacebar> Turn a check box on or off or Selects an item in a list box.

Text Applications

Key Combination

<Ctrl Home> Jump to the top of the document.
<Ctrl End> Jump to the bottom of the document.
<PageUp> Scroll up one screen.
<PageDown> Scroll down one screen.
<Home> Jump to left end of the line.
<End> Jump to right end of the line.
<Ctrl RightArrow> Scroll forward a word at a time.
<Ctrl LeftArrow> Scroll back a word at a time.
<Shift + Movement key>

(movement keys include all of the above).

Highlight text for formatting, cut, copy, etc.


<Ctrl C> or <Ctrl Ins> Copy the highlighted text to the Windows Clipboard.
<Ctrl V> or <Shift Ins> Paste the highlighted text from the Windows Clipboard.
<Ctrl X> or <Shift Del> Cut (Remove) the highlighted text and place it in the Clipboard.
<Ctrl Z> or <Alt Bksp> Undo the previous action


General Windows keys - works throughout the whole system
F1 See Help on a selected item F10 Highlights File item
Shift+F10 Call up the "right-click
menu" for a selected item
Ctrl+Esc Bring up Start menu
Alt+Tab Switch to last window -
Tab again to cycle
Ctrl+X Cut highlighted item
Ctrl+C Copy highlighted item Ctrl+V Paste where cursor is
Del Delete highlighted item Ctrl+Z Undo last action
Shift while inserting CD-ROM
Bypass Autoplay
Alt+F4 Quit a program
Shift+ Open plus sign boxes Shift+ Close plus sign boxes
While on Desktop, My Computer, and Windows Explorer
F2 Rename highlighted item F3 Find box comes up
Ctrl+X,C,V Cut, copy, paste Shift+Del /B> Full delete
Alt+Enter Properties of highlighted item Alt+doubleclick Properties of highlighted item
Ctrl+drag Copies to where you release  
Control over folders and Windows Explorer
F4 Displays combo box F5 Refresh (show changes)
F6 Switch between panes Ctrl+Z Undo action
Ctrl+A Select all Backspace Go to parent folder
Shift+(close) Close all folders Ctrl+G Goto....
In Open/Save Common dialog boxes
F4 Drop down the location list F5 Refresh the view
If you have Windows Keys on your keyboard
Win+R Bring up Run window Win+M Minimize all windows
Shift+Win+M Undo Minimze Win+F1 Windows Help
Win+E Windows Explorer Win+F Find window
Ctrl+Win+F Find computer named? Win+Tab Cycle through taskbar
Win+Break System Properties Win Bring up Start Menu

If you need Accessibility keys, go to Control Panel and click on "Accessibility Options". An individual program may have its' shortcut keys listed in its' Help (most do), as well as showing them in the toolbar lists. To test that, open your word processor, then click on File. Notice the shortcut keys listed next to items that support them. Again, for a program you use a lot, you might want to make a list of the shortcut keys and post it where you can see it while using that program. Much faster than "mousing around", usually!


Windows System Key Combinations


Keyboard shortcut
Help F1
Open Start menu CTRL+ESC
Switch between open programs ALT+TAB
Switch to Taskbar's "next" open window ALT+ESC
Quit program ALT+F4
Delete items permanently - bypass Recycle Bin SHIFT+DELETE
Display Close Program dialog box CTRL+ALT+DELETE


Windows Program Key Combinations


Keyboard shortcut
Select all CTRL+A
Copy CTRL+C (or)
Paste CTRL+V (or)
Underline CTRL+U
Italic CTRL+I


Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier Combinations for Shell Objects


Keyboard/Mouse shortcut
Displays a context menu containing alternative verbs SHIFT+RIGHT-CLICK
Runs the alternate default command (the second menu item) SHIFT+DOUBLE-CLICK
Displays properties ALT+DOUBLE-CLICK


General Keyboard-Only Commands


Keyboard shortcut
Starts up Windows help F1
Activates menu bar options F10
Opens a context menu for the selected item - Same as right-click SHIFT+F10
Switch focus to menu commands (in any Explorer window) CTRL+F10
Opens the Start menu - Use the arrow keys to select an item CTRL+ESC
Selects the Start button - Press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu CTRL+ESC, ESC
Opens a drop-down list box ALT+DOWN-ARROW
Switch to another running application - Hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window ALT+TAB
Press down and hold the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the auto-start/play feature SHIFT
Displays the main window's System menu - From the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window. ALT+SPACEBAR
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. ALT+- (hyphen)
Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) application CTRL+TAB
Opens the corresponding menu ALT+(underlined letter in menu)
Closes the current window ALT+F4
Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window CTRL+F4
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 ALT+F6


Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts
(For a Selected Object)


Keyboard shortcut
Rename object F2
Find: All Files F3
Open the property sheet for the selected object ALT+ENTER
To copy the file: Press down and hold the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder
To create a shortcut to the file: Press down and hold CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder


General Folder/Shortcut Control


Keyboard shortcut
Selects the "Go To A Different Folder" box and moves the entries down in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer) F4
Refreshes the current window F5
Moves among panes in Windows Explorer F6
Opens the "Go To Folder" tool (Windows 95 Explorer only) CTRL+G
Switch to the parent folder BACKSPACE
For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders SHIFT+CLICK close button


Windows Explorer Tree Control


Keyboard shortcut
Expands everything under the current selection Numeric Keypad *
Expands the current selection Numeric Keypad +
Collapses the current selection Numeric Keypad -
Expands the current selection if it isn't, otherwise goes to the first child RIGHT ARROW
Collapses the current selection if it's expanded, otherwise goes to the parent LEFT ARROW


Property Sheet Control


Keyboard shortcut
Move through the property tabs (Forward) CTRL+TAB
Move through the property tabs (Backward) CTRL+SHIFT+TAB


Accessibility Shortcuts


Keyboard shortcut
Toggles StickyKeys on and off Tap SHIFT 5 times
Toggles FilterKeys on and off Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for 8 seconds
Toggles ToggleKeys on and off Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds
Toggles MouseKeys on and off Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK
Toggles High Contrast on and off Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN


Microsoft Natural Keyboard Keys


Keyboard shortcut
Start Menu WINDOWS
Run dialog box WINDOWS+R
Minimize All WINDOWS+M
Undo Minimize All SHIFT+WINDOWS+M
Windows Explorer WINDOWS+E
Find Files or Folders WINDOWS+F
Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop WINDOWS+D
Find Computer CTRL+WINDOWS+F
Moves focus from Start, to Quick Launch bar, to System Tray - Use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on Quick Launch bar and System Tray CTRL+WINDOWS+TAB
Cycle through Taskbar buttons WINDOWS+TAB
System Properties dialog box Application key Displays a context menu for the selected item WINDOWS+BREAK


Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed


Keyboard shortcut
Log off Windows WINDOWS+L
Opens Print Manager WINDOWS+P
Opens Control Panel WINDOWS+C
Opens Clipboard WINDOWS+V
Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box WINDOWS+K
Opens Mouse Properties dialog box WINDOWS+I
Opens Accessibility Options (if installed) WINDOWS+A
Displays the list of IntelliType Hotkeys WINDOWS+SPACEBAR
Toggles the CAP LOCK key on and off WINDOWS+S


Dialog Box Keyboard Commands


Keyboard shortcut
Move to the next control in the dialog box TAB
Move to the previous control in the dialog box SHIFT+TAB
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 button, this selects the option button SPACEBAR
Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline) ENTER
Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button ESC



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