Basic windows shortcut keys



ESC Cancel the current task
F1 Displays Help
F2 Rename selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu
SHIFT+CTRL+ESC Launches Task Manager
SHIFT when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
WIN Display or hide the Start menu

WIN+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box
WIN+D Minimizes all Windows and shows the Desktop
WIN+E Open Windows Explorer
WIN+F Search for a file or folder
WIN+F+CTRL Search for computers
WIN+L Locks the desktop
WIN+M Minimize or restore all windows
WIN+R Open the Run dialog box
WIN+TAB Switch between open items

Display the bottom of the active window. END

Display the top of the active window. HOME

Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)

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

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

Windows key + F = Search

Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows

ALT, Space, X = Maximize window

Shift+Windows+M Undo minimize all open windows



File management


CTRL+A Select all


CTRL+I Italics
CTRL+O Open an item
CTRL+U Underline
CTRL+V Paste
CTRL+F4 Close the active document
CTRL while dragging Copy selected item
Move forward through tabs. CTRL+TAB

Move backward through tabs. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Move forward through options. TAB

Move backward through options. SHIFT+TAB

ALT+- (ALT+hyphen) Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window
ALT+TAB Switch between open items
ALT+Underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer

cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup

excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)

msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)

powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)

winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)

notepad = Notepad

wordpad = WordPad

calc = Calculator

mspaint = Microsoft Paint

wmplayer = Windows Media Player

control = Opens the Control Panel

control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog

Command Prompt -cmd
Disk Partition Manager- diskpart
On Screen Keyboard- osk
Registry Editor- regedit
Registry Editor- regedit32

Shuts Down Windows- shutdown

System Configuration Editor- sysedit

System Configuration Utility- msconfig

Task Manager- taskmgr

Windows Magnifier- magnify

Wordpad- write