Windows Keyboard Shortcuts


Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

To Press
Set focus on a notification. Windows Key+B
View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER
Displays the properties of the selected object. ALT+Enter
Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC
“Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Display the System menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Switch between open items. ALT+TAB
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option in a dialog box. ALT+Underlined letter
Display the corresponding menu. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons in a dialog box. Arrow keys
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. BACKSPACE
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box in a dialog box. BACKSPACE
Copy selected item. CTRL while dragging an item
Select all. CTRL+A
Copy. CTRL+C
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Display the Start menu. CTRL+ESC
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Create shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
Highlight a block of text. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Move backward through tabs in a dialog box. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move forward through tabs in a dialog box. CTRL+TAB
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Paste. CTRL+V
Search for computers. CTRL+Windows Key+F
Cut. CTRL+X
Undo. CTRL+Z
Delete. DELETE
Display the bottom of the active window. END
Carry out the command for the active option or button in a dialog box. ENTER
Cancel the current task. ESC
Display Help in a dialog box. F1
Activate the menu bar in the active program. F10
Rename selected item. F2
Search for a file or folder. F3
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. Menu key
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW
Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. Menu key
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW
Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Switch StickyKeys on and off. SHIFT five times
Prevent the CD from automatically playing. SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. SHIFT+F10
Move backward through options in a dialog box. SHIFT+TAB
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box in a dialog box. SPACEBAR
Move forward through options in a dialog box. TAB
Carry out the corresponding command. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
Display or hide the Start menu. Windows Key
Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain. Windows Key+ L
Display the System Properties dialog box. Windows Key+BREAK
Show the desktop. Windows Key+D
Open My Computer. Windows Key+E
Search for a file or folder. Windows Key+F
Display Windows Help. Windows Key+F1
Minimize all windows. Windows Key+M
Open the Run dialog box. Windows Key+R
Restores minimized windows. Windows Key+Shift+M
Opens Utility Manager. Windows Key+U
 
Shortcut Keys Description
WINKEY Pressing the Windows key alone will open Start.
WINKEY + F1 Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + F3 Opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
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 and switch users if needed (Windows XP and above only).
WINKEY + P Quickly change between monitor display types. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + LEFT ARROW Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the left side for side by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + RIGHT ARROW Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the right side for side by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + UP ARROW When in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to full size. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + DOWN ARROW Minimizes the screen.  Also, when in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to a minimized size. (Windows 7 only)
Others

I still wonder why there is still no shortcut to create a new folder. So, this is actually not a keyboard shortcut, but a trick shortcut.

  • Alt – goes to the menu
  • F – Selects “File” beside “Edit”
  • W – Selects “New”
  • F – Selects “Folder”.
  • Windows Logo + E – Open computer

You know that windows logo button between Ctrl and Alt on the bottom left of the keyboard? If you press Windows Logo + E, it will open the computer.

  • No, not automatically disassemble the computer and unscrew it,  but open the window where you will see the disk drives and the CD Rom.
  • Windows Logo + D – Show desktop; minimize all windows

You know when you have so many windows open, and you need to go to the desktop to open a program?

  • You don’t need to minimize every single window one by one again. Just press Windows Logo + D and you will arrive on the desktop.
  • Tab – Go to next text area

When filling forms on the web, especially username and password forms, this goes extremely handy.

  • When logging in, after typing the username, just hit “Tab” and tada! – you are at the password form without touching the mouse!
  • Typing name of file you’re looking for – Locating file

Lets say you are in a folder called ‘Pictures’ and you want to locate a file photo called “mejumping.jpg”, just type “mejum…”. Usually you don’t need to type the file’s entire name – just some of its first letters will do.

  • Ctrl + Click – Individually selecting multiple files

Lets say you are on a folder with lots of photos. You only want to select your good photos. How? Click a good photo. Then, Ctrl + click another good photo. Next, Ctrl + click another good photo!

See? It doesn’t unselect the previous files but adds the next files you have clicked to the selection!

  • Shift + Click – Select files from one end to another

You are on a photo page.. again. And now, you want to select photos from “PICT1209” to “PICT1281”. How? Click “PICT1209”. Then Shift + Click “PICT1281”.

Tada! You have selected all the photos between “PICT1209” and “PICT1281”!

  • Alt + Double click – View file properties

If you want to view the properties of a file, don’t need to Right Click >> Properties. Just hit Alt + Double Click and the properties will appear right before your eyes!

  • Windows Logo + 1, 2, or 3…–Launch quick launch items

If you have items in your Quick Launch (the part on the right of the Start button), here is a very nice way to quickly launch the quick launch.

If you want to launch quick launch item #1, hit Win + 1. Item #2? Win + 2. And so on and on and on… until item number 9.

Increase Volume Tremendously in VLC Media Player

Do you have a movie to watch but the volume is too soft? Well, here is a very simple and easy way to increase volume on computer with VLC media player.

  1. Open your video using VLC media player.
  2. Click on the video on the screen.
  3. Using your scroll wheel, scroll up until the volume goes to 400%.
  4. Still too soft? Want more boostage? Alright!
  5. On the Menu, click “Tools” and then click “Effects and Filters”.
  6. Check “Enable” and push the first slide bar to the MAX!

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