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Windows System Key Combinations

  • CTRL+ESC - Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB - Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4 - Quit program
  • SHIFT+DELETE - Delete items permanently

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 context menu containing alternative verbs.
  • 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 context 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, ESC - Selects the Start button. (Press TAB to select quick launch, the taskbar, system tray)
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW - Opens a drop-down list box.
  • ALT+TAB - Switch to another running application. Hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window.
  • Press down and hold the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the auto-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) application.
  • ALT+ - Opens the corresponding menu.
  • ALT+F4 - Closes the current window.
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW - Opens a drop-down list box.
  • 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

  • F2 - Rename object
  • F3 - Find: All Files
  • CTRL+X - Cut
  • CTRL+C - Copy
  • CTRL+V - Paste
  • SHIFT+DEL - Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin.
  • ALT+ENTER - Open the property sheet for the selected object.
  • To Copy a File - Press down and hold the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.
  • To Create a Shortcut - Press down and hold 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.

Property Sheet Control

  • CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB - Move through the property tabs.

Accessibility Shortcuts

  • Tap SHIFT 5 times - Toggles StickyKeys on and off.
  • Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for 8 seconds - Toggles FilterKeys on and off.
  • Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for 5 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 - Start Menu
  • WINDOWS+R - Run dialog box
  • WINDOWS+M - Minimize All
  • SHIFT+WINDOWS+M - Undo Minimize All
  • WINDOWS+F1 - Help
  • WINDOWS+E - Windows Explorer
  • WINDOWS+F - Find Files or Folders
  • WINDOWS+D - Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
  • CTRL+WINDOWS+F - Find Computer
  • CTRL+WINDOWS+TAB - 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
  • WINDOWS+TAB - Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • WINDOWS+BREAK - System Properties dialog box
  • Application key - Displays a context menu for the selected item

Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed

  • WINDOWS+L - Log off Windows
  • WINDOWS+P - Opens Print Manager
  • WINDOWS+C - Opens Control Panel
  • WINDOWS+V - Opens Clipboard
  • WINDOWS+K - Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
  • WINDOWS+I - Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
  • WINDOWS+A - Opens Accessibility Options(if installed)
  • WINDOWS+SPACEBAR - Displays the list of IntelliType Hotkeys
  • WINDOWS+S - Toggles the CAP LOCK key 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 button, this selects the option button.
  • ENTER - Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline).
  • ESC - Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button.
  • ALT+ - Select menu item.

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