Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows

Basic Shortcuts

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + F File menu options in current program.
Alt + E Edit options in current program
F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.

 

Windows Key

Shortcut Keys Description
WINKEY Pressing the Windows key alone will open Start.
WINKEY + F1 Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + D Brings the desktop to the top of all other windows.
WINKEY + M Minimizes all windows.
WINKEY + SHIFT + M Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D.
WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer.
WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.
WINKEY + F Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
WINKEY + CTRL + F Display the search for computers window.
WINKEY + R Open the run window.
WINKEY + Pause/ Break key Open the system properties window.
WINKEY + U Open Utility Manager.
WINKEY + L Lock the computer.

 

Advanced Shortcuts

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + Tab Switch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + Tab Switch backwards between open applications.
Alt + double-click Display the properties of the object you double-click on. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties.
Ctrl + Tab Switches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Same as above but backwards.
Alt + Print Screen Create a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl + Print Screen Creates a screen shot of the entire screen
Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot the computer and/or bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Immediately bring up the Windows task manager.
F1 Activates help for current open application.
F2 Renames selected Icon.
F3 Starts find from desktop.
F5 Refresh Contents to where you were on the page.
Shift + F10 Simulates right-click on selected item.
Alt + F4 Closes Current open program.
Ctrl + F4 Closes Window in Program.
Alt + Enter Opens properties window of selected icon or program.
Shift + Del Delete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
Holding Shift When putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing.
Enter Activates the highlighted program.
Alt + Down arrow Display all available options on drop down menu.