Monday, October 31, 2011

Microsoft Windows shortcut keys

Microsoft Windows shortcut keys

Below is a listing of all the major Windows shortcut keys and the versions of Microsoft Windows they are supported in. See the computer shortcut page if you are looking for other shortcut keys or the how to navigate Windows using a keyboard page for steps on using the keyboard to navigate Windows.
Shortcut Keys3.x9xMENT2KXPVista7Description
Alt + TabXXXXXXXXSwitch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + TabXXXXXXXXSwitch backwards between open applications.
Alt + double-click
XXXXXXXDisplay the properties of the object you double-click on. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties.
Ctrl + TabXXXXXXXXSwitches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature.
Ctrl + Shift + TabXXXXXXXXSame as above but backwards.
Alt + Print ScreenXXXXXXXXCreate a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl + Print Screen    XXXXCreates a screen shot of the entire screen
Ctrl + Alt + DelXXXXXXXXReboot the computer and brings up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc    XXXXImmediately bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + EscXXXXXXXXBring up the Windows Startmenu. In Windows 3.x this would bring up the Task Manager.
Alt + Esc
XXXXXXXSwitch Between open applications on taskbar.
F1XXXXXXXXActivates help for current open application.
F2XXXXXXXXRenames selected Icon.
XXXXXXXStarts find from desktop.
XXXXXXXOpens the drive selection when browsing.
XXXXXXXRefresh Contents to where you were on the page.
Ctrl + F5      XXRefreshes page to the beginning of the page.
F10XXXXXXXXActivates menu bar.
Shift + F10
XXXXXXXSimulates right-click on selected item.
XXXXXXXSelect a different location to browse in the Windows Explorertoolbar.
Alt + F4XXXXXXXXCloses Current open program.
Ctrl + F4XXXXXXXXCloses Window in Program.
XXXXXXXMove cursor to different Windows Explorer pane.
Alt + Space barXXXXXXXXDrops down the window control menu.
Ctrl + (the '+' key on thekeypad)

XXXXXXAutomatically adjust the widths of all the columns in Windows explorer
Alt + Enter
XXXXXXXOpens properties window of selected icon or program.
Alt + Space bar XXXXXXXOpen the control menu for the current window open.
Shift + Del
XXXXXXXDelete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
Holding ShiftXXXXXXXXBoot Safe Mode or by pass system files as the computer is booting.
Holding Shift
XXXXXXXWhen putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing.
EnterXXXXXXXXActivates the highlighted program.
Alt + Down arrow
XXXXXXXDisplay all available options ondrop down menu.
* (on thekeypad)
XXXXXXXExpands all folders on the currently selected folder or drive in Windows Explorer.
+ (on the keypad)
XXXXXXXExpands only the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.
- (on the keypad)
XXXXXXXCollapses the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.
Windows key keyboard shortcuts
Below is a listing of Windows keys that can be used on computers running a Microsoft Windows operating system and using a keyboard with a Windows key. In the below list of shortcuts, the Windows key is represented by "WINKEY".
Shortcut KeysDescription
WINKEYPressing the Windows key alone will open Start.
WINKEY + F1Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + F3Opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
WINKEY + DBrings the desktop to the top of all other windows.
WINKEY + MMinimizes all windows.
WINKEY + SHIFT + MUndo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D.
WINKEY + EOpen Microsoft Explorer.
WINKEY + TabCycle through open programs through the taskbar.
WINKEY + FDisplay the Windows Search / Find feature.
WINKEY +CTRL + FDisplay the search for computers window.
WINKEY + ROpen the run window.
WINKEY + Pause / Break keyOpen the system properties window.
WINKEY + UOpen Utility Manager.
WINKEY + LLock the computer and switch users if needed (Windows XP and above only).
WINKEY + PQuickly change between monitor display types. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + LEFT ARROWShrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the left side for side by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + RIGHT ARROWShrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the right side for side by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + UP ARROWWhen in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to full size. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + DOWN ARROWMinimizes the screen.  Also, when in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to a minimized size. (Windows 7 only)

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