Windows Shotcuts

Helps you move around your desktop pretty fast.


  • ALT- F4 – Quit a program / Shut down
  • ALT-TAB – Hold down the ALT key and hit tab to cycle through open windows.
  • CTL-ESCAPE – Display the Start menu
  • SHIFT – TAB – tab backwards through a form
  • CTRL – X – Cut
  • CTRL – C – Copy
  • CTRL – V – Paste
  • F1 – Help menu
  • CTRL – Z – Undo
  • SHIFT & Restart – To restart just windows and not your whole computer, hold down the shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen. Saves lots of time. (Not for XP)
  • CRTL-TAB – Navigate tabs on a tabbed screen


  • Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD – Prevents the CD from “autorunning”

If an item is selected:

  • CTRL while dragging a file – Copies the file
  • CTRL – SHIFT while dragging a file – Creates a shortcut to the file
  • SHIFT – DELETE – Deletes an item without sending it to the recycle bin.
  • ALT-ENTER – Display a file’s properties.
  • F2 – To rename the file

In Windows Explorer:

  • LEFT ARROW – Collapse the current selection if it is expanded
  • NUM LOCK-MINUS SIGN (-) – Collapse the selected folder
  • RIGHT ARROW – Expand the current selection if it is collapsed -Or- Select the first subfolder
  • NUM LOCK- * Expand all folders below the current selection
  • NUM LOCK- PLUS SIGN (+) – Expand the selected folder
  • F6 – Switch between left and right panes

In My Computer:

  • BACKSPACE – View the folder one level up
  • ALT- RIGHT ARROW – Move forward to a previous view
  • ALT- LEFT ARROW -Move backward to a previous view

For Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 7 (may work in older versions)

  • Open History Window – Ctrl+H
  • Reload – Ctrl+R
  • Back (previous page) – Alt+Left or Alt+Backspace
  • Forward (Next page) – Alt+Right Arrow
  • Stop – Esc
  • Home – Alt+Home
  • Go to Bottom of Page – End
  • Go to Top of Page – Home
  • New Window – Ctrl+N
  • Close Window- Ctrl+W
  • Go Up one Line – Up Arrow
  • Go Down One Line – Down Arrow
  • Full Screen (toggle) – F11
  • Find on Page – Ctrl+F
  • Add Current Page to Favorites – Ctrl+D
  • Print Current Page or Active Frame – Ctrl+P
  • Organize Favorites (IE)/ Manage Bookmarks (NS) – Ctrl+B
  • Maximize a Window – Alt+Space+x
  • Minimize a window­­- Alt+Space+N
  • Scroll page up – Alt+Up Arrow
  • Scroll page down – Alt+Down Arrow
  • Internet Explorer ONLY
  • Open Favorites Bar – Ctrl+I
  • Select text in address bar – Alt+D
  • A faster way to type in addresses with IE is to just type in the name of the site: Worldstart and hit CTRL + Enter. The “http://www . ” and “.com” will be added for you!

Netscape ONLY

  • Open / Close Sidebar Panel (toggle) – F9
  • Select text in Location Bar – Ctrl+L
  • Force Reload (not from Cache) – Ctrl+Shift+R
  • Zoom Text Smaller – Ctrl+- (minus)
  • Zoom text larger – Ctrl+= (plus sign)


The Windows key can be used in conjunction with other keys to act as a
keyboard shortcut for faster access to menu commands. Now, while the Alt key
tends to open program menus (ex: Alt+F opens the File menu and Alt+E opens
the Edit menu) and the Ctrl key performs actual operations (ex: Ctrl+C will
copy and Ctrl+V will paste), the Windows key will open various Windows

  • Win key + R will open the Start menu’s Run box
  • Win key + F will open the Start menu’s Find window
  • Win key + E will quickly launch Explorer
  • Win key + Pause/Break will open the System Properties window
  • Win key + M will Minimize all windows
  • Win key + Shift + M will undo Minimize all windows
  • Win key + D will switch between minimizing all open programs and showing them all
  • Win key + Tab will cycle through items on the taskbar
  • Win key by itself will open the Start menu

You can also open programs or folders on your desktop by pressing the
Windows key + the first letter of the program/folder/shortcut + Enter .
Sounds kinda tedious, but if you’re in a bind with your mouse, it can come
in quite handy.


Here’s a cool little arrow trick to try with word processing programs. Next
time you’re using your arrow keys to go from one area of a sentence to
another (left and right arrows), hold down your CTRL key. Instead of moving
one space at a time, you’ll go one word at a time.

If you’re using the up and down arrows to go from line to line, holding down
the CTRL key will make your cursor jump from paragraph to paragraph (well,
from carriage return to carriage return anyway).

One last thing, if you hold down the SHIFT key while you do this (i.e. hold
down SHIFT + CTRL at the same time), you select text as you arrow along.

I’ve tested this in MS Word and Wordpad, but it *should* work no matter what
word processing program you use.


Do you ever find yourself scrolling through a huge folder ? Well, if you
need to get to the beginning or the end quickly, just press Ctrl+Home . If
you want to get to the end, click Ctrl+End.

Hey, that’s not all!

This little trick works on more than just folders. If you use the Home key
in a word processor, it goes to the beginning of the line you’re currently
working on. If you hit the END key, it should head to the end of the current
line. If you pair Home & End up with the Ctrl key in a word processor, you
will be whisked away to the beginning or end of the document. Again, this
should work, but it depends on your word processor.

Speedup your work by using keyboard more and mouse less.

Useful Shortcut:

  • Start + M: Minimizes all open windows
  • Start + Shift + M: Maximizes All Windows
  • Start + E: Runs Windows Explorer
  • Start + R: Open the RUN Dialog Box
  • Start + F: Open the Search Results Dialog box
  • Start + CTRL + F: Opens the Search Results-Computer dialog Box (if the
  • computer is connected to a network)
  • Start + Pause (Break): Opens the System Properties Dialog Box

Windows System Key Combinations:

  • F1: Help
  • CTRL + ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT + TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT + F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT + DELETE: Delete item 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 shortcut menu containing alternative commands
  • 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 shortcut 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 or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
  • ALT + DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
  • ALT + TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-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) program
  • ALT + underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
  • ALT + F4: Closes the current window
  • 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 For a selected object:

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

Properties Control:

  • CTRL + TAB/CTRL + SHIFT + TAB: Move through the property tabs

Accessibility Shortcuts:

  • Press SHIFT five times: Toggles Sticky Keys on and off
  • Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles Filter Keys on and off
  • Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles Toggle Keys 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 Logo: Start menu
  • Windows Logo + R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo + M: Minimize all
  • SHIFT + Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
  • Windows Logo + F1: Help
  • Windows Logo + E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo + F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo + D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
  • CTRL + Windows Logo + F: Find computer
  • CTRL + Windows Logo + TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
  • Windows Logo + TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • Windows Logo + Break: System Properties dialog box
  • Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item

Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed:

  • Windows Logo + L: Log off Windows
  • Windows Logo + P: Starts Print Manager
  • Windows Logo + C: Opens Control Panel
  • Windows Logo + V: Starts Clipboard
  • Windows Logo + K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
  • Windows Logo + I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
  • Windows Logo + A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed)
  • Windows Logo + SPACEBAR: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys
  • Windows Logo + S: Toggles CAPS LOCK 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, this selects the option.
  • ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
  • ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button
  • ALT + underlined letter in dialog box item: Move to the corresponding item*

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