Keyboard Shortcut keys for Microsoft windows XP, Vista and Seven


SHORTCUT KEYS FOR MICROSOFT WINDOWS



F8 (during boot) Holding F8 when booting displays the Windows Boot Menu

SHIFT (during boot) Holding SHIFT down when booting forces Windows into Safe Mode

CTRL + ALT + DEL Displays the Task Manager or Windows Security dialog box

ALT + TAB Static rotate forward between currently open applications

ALT + SHIFT + TAB Static rotate backward between currently open applications


WINDOWS KEY + TAB Live view rotate forward between currently open applications

WINDOWS KEY + SHIFT + TAB Live view rotate backward between currently open applications
Rotates through currently open applications in the order they were started

ALT + PRINT SCREEN Sends a screen shot of the current application to the Windows clipboard

CTRL + ESC Displays the Windows Start Menu (same as with the Windows Key)

CTRL + + (on numeric keypad) Resize column to size of longest item in Windows Explorer details view

SHIFT + * Opens folder currently selected in Windows Explorer and all sub-folders

F1 Displays the Help window for the current application

F2 Renames currently highlighted object

F3 Displays the Windows Search dialogue

F4 Positions cursor at the Address Bar in Windows & Internet Explorer

F5 Refreshes contents in Windows & Internet Explorer

ALT + F4 Closes current application

CTRL + F4 Closes currently open window in current application

CTRL + Z Reverses last made change(s) in current document or field

ALT + ENTER Opens the properties dialogue for the currently highlighted object

SHIFT + f10 Displays the context menu (same as with the Application Key or right mouse click

SHIFT + DEL Deletes objects directly, does not send them to the Recycle Bin

SHIFT (inserting CD/DVD) Holding SHIFT when inserting a CD or DVD prevents auto-play

SHIFT (selecting objects) Holding SHIFT down while selecting objects selects objects inclusively

CTRL (selecting objects) Holding CTRL down while selecting objects selects objects individually

WINDOWS KEY + D Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop (using this combination again restores all minimized windows)

WINDOWS KEY + TAB Cycles through open applications via the taskbar

WINDOWS KEY + E Starts Windows Explorer to browse local computer

WINDOWS KEY + Displays the Windows Search dialogue

WINDOWS KEY + CTRL + F Displays the Windows Search for Computers dialogue

WINDOWS KEY + F1 Displays the Microsoft Windows Help window

WINDOWS KEY + L Locks the computer

WINDOWS KEY + M Minimizes all open windows

WINDOWS KEY + SHIFT + M Restores all windows minimized using WINDOWS KEY + M

WINDOWS KEY + R Displays the Run dialogue window

WINDOWS KEY + U Displays the Windows Utility Manager

WINDOWS KEY + PAUSE Displays the Windows System Properties dialogue

SHORTCUT KEYS APPLICABLE FOR MOST WINDOWS APPLICATION


F1 Displays the current application’s Help window

CTRL + A Selects all text in current document

CTRL + B BOLD highlighted text

CTRL + I ITALICIZE highlighted text

CTRL + U UNDERLINE highlighted text

CTRL + X Cuts (deletes) all highlighted text

CTRL + C Copies all highlighted text to the Windows clipboard

CTRL + V Pastes contents of Windows clipboard into current document at cursor position 

CTRL + K Insert hyperlink

CTRL + P Displays the print dialogue

CTRL + Z Undo last action

CTRL + Y Repeat last action

ALT + E Opens the EDIT menu in the current application

ALT + F Opens the FILE menu in the current application

SHIFT + INS Pastes contents of Windows clipboard into current document

HOME Positions cursor at beginning of current line

CTRL + HOME Positions cursor at beginning of current document

END Positions cursor at end of current line

CTRL + END Positions cursor at end of current document

SHIFT + HOME Selects all text from current position to beginning of current line

SHIFT + END Selects all text from current position to end of current line

CTRL + LEFT ARROW Moves cursor to the left one word at a time

CTRL + RIGHT ARROW Moves cursor to the right one word at a time

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