Keyboard Shortcut

Description

Windows + E

Windows Explorer

Windows + D

Show Desktop

Windows + B

Focuses selection to the first icon on the notification area, use arrow keys to navigate and Spacebar to select

Windows + F

Find Files and Folders (AKA Search)

Windows + Tab

3D-Flip cycles through your standard applications (only available for Vista versions with Aero enabled)

Windows + Ctrl + Tab

Launches 3D-Flip but stays on the desktop so that you can scroll in directions

Windows + M

Minimize all windows

Windows + Shift + M

Undo minimize all windows

Windows + R

Open Run window

Windows + Pause/Break

System Information

Windows + F1

Windows Help

Windows + U

Ease of Access

Windows + Spacebar

Displays Windows Sidebar (provided enabled)

Windows + L

Locks the computer (needs password to reactivate)

Windows + T

Tabs through applications on the taskbar

Ctrl + Shift + Escape

Launches the Task Manager

My daily work become faster after I've got used to the Windows shortcuts. Hopefully this list could help your life a lot easier too.


Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer because you don't need to use the mouse as often.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your computer easier to use.

Press this key

To do this

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Turn Filter Keys on and off

Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN)

Turn High Contrast on or off

Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK

Turn Mouse Keys on or off

SHIFT five times

Turn Sticky Keys on or off

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Turn Toggle Keys on or off

Windows logo key +U

Open the Ease of Access Center








General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

CTRL+C

Copy the selected item

CTRL+X

Cut the selected item

CTRL+V

Paste the selected item

CTRL+Z

Undo an action

CTRL+Y

Redo an action

DELETE

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 Picture of Windows logo key+TAB

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

CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+TAB

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows 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

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








Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Press this key

To do this

CTRL+TAB

Move forward through tabs

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Move back through tabs

TAB

Move forward through options

SHIFT+TAB

Move back through options

ALT+underlined letter

Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

ENTER

Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands

SPACEBAR

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

F1

Display Help

F4

Display the items in the active list

BACKSPACE

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








Microsoft keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use with Microsoft keyboards.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key

Open or close the Start menu

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+PAUSE

Display the System Properties dialog box

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+D

Display the desktop

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+M

Minimize all windows

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+SHIFT+M

Restore minimized windows to the desktop

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+E

Open Computer

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+F

Search for a file or folder

CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+F

Search for computers (if you are on a network)

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+L

Lock your computer or switch users

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+R

Open the Run dialog box

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+T

Cycle through programs on the taskbar

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+TAB

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

CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+TAB

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

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+SPACEBAR

Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+G

Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+U

Open Ease of Access Center

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+X

Open Windows Mobility Center

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo keywith any number key

Open the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.








Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

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

END

Display the bottom of the active window

HOME

Display the top of the active window

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

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 is expanded), or select the parent folder

ALT+LEFT ARROW

View the previous folder

RIGHT ARROW

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

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

View the next folder

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

ALT+D

Select the Address bar

 

 

Windows Sidebar keyboard shortcuts






The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Sidebar.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+SPACEBAR

Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+G

Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

TAB

Cycle through Sidebar controls








Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Photo Gallery.

Press this key

To do this

CTRL+F

Open the Fix pane

CTRL+P

Print the selected picture

ENTER

View the selected picture at a larger size

CTRL+I

Open or close the Details pane

CTRL+PERIOD (.)

Rotate the picture clockwise

CTRL+COMMA (,)

Rotate the picture counter-clockwise

F2

Rename the selected item

CTRL+E

Search for an item

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Go back

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Go forward

PLUS SIGN (+)

Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail

MINUS SIGN (-)

Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of the picture thumbnail

CTRL+B

Best fit

LEFT ARROW

Select the previous item

DOWN ARROW

Select the next item or row

UP ARROW

Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail)

PAGE UP

Previous screen

PAGE DOWN

Next screen

HOME

Select the first item

END

Select the last item

DELETE

Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin

SHIFT+DELETE

Permanently delete the selected item

LEFT ARROW

Collapse node

RIGHT ARROW

Expand node

 

Keyboard shortcuts for working with videos


J

Move back one frame

K

Pause the playback

L

Move forward one frame

I

Set the start trim point

O

Set the end trim point

M

Split a clip

HOME

Stop and rewind all the way back to the start trim point

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Advance to the next frame

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Go back to the previous frame

CTRL+K

Stop and rewind playback

CTRL+P

Play from the current location

HOME

Move the start trim point

END

Move to the end trim point

PAGE UP

Seek to nearest split point before the current location

PAGE DOWN

Seek to nearest split point after the current location

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts






The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.

Press this key

To do this

ALT+C

Display the Table of Contents

ALT+N

Display the Connection Settings menu

F10

Display the Options menu

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Move back to the previously viewed topic

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic

ALT+A

Display the customer support page

ALT+HOME

Display the Help and Support home page

HOME

Move the to beginning of a topic

END

Move to the end of a topic

CTRL+F

Search the current topic

CTRL+P

Print a topic

F3

Move to the Search box

 

Managing Windows

Alt+F4

Close the active window

Alt+Tab

Switch to previous active window

Alt+Esc

Cycle through all open windows

Win+Tab

Flip 3D [more info]

Ctrl+Win+Tab

Persistent Flip 3D

Win+T

Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)

Win+M

Minimize all open windows

Win+Shift+M

Undo all window minimization

Win+D

Toggle showing the desktop

Starting Programs

Win+1

Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar

Win+2

Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar

Win+n

Open the nth program on your Quick Launch bar

Win+U

Open the ease of access center

Win+F

Open the search window

Win+X

Open the Mobility Center

Win+E

Open Explorer

Win+R

Open the Run window [more info]

Win+B

Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)

Win+Pause

Open the System Properties portion from the Control Panel

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

Open Windows Task Manager

Logging In And Out

While the below shortcuts seem unwieldy because of their length, they're quite easy to remember once you try them out a few times. The → symbol stands for the right arrow key.

Win, →, →, →, Enter

Shutdown

Win, →, →, →, U

Shutdown

Win, →, →, →, R

Restart

Win, , Enter

Sleep

Win, →, →, →, W

Switch Users

Win+L

Locks computer

Viewing Folders With Explorer

Alt+

Go back

Alt+

Go forward

Alt+

Go up a directory

Alt+D

Move focus to address bar

Alt+D, Tab

Move focus to search bar

Alt+Enter

Open the Properties window of the current selection

Ctrl+Mousewheel

Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)