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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

    This information is presented "as-is" because of variations in versions of Windows - from Windows 95, 95b, & 95c, Windows 98 & 98se, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Home & Professional, and now Windows XP, Home, Business, & Professional. The "Windows" key and the "Menu" key were not around before Windows 98 (and you must have a Windows keyboard to even have them now) so be aware of that little fact. Read through these and choose those that meet your needs. Good luck.


ALT or F10    Activate, or select, the main toolbar beginning with the first toolbar option on the left, usually File; after the first option is activated you can navigate through toolbar and menu options using the appropriate ARROW keys.
ALT+letter key    Opens a menu in an active window, or selects options in subsequent dialog boxes.
ALT+BACKSPACE or CTRL+Z    Undo the last action (Undo command in "Edit" menu); use within a window. Note that not all actions, such as shutting down, can be undone.
ALT+LEFT ARROW    Moves backward to a previously loaded page in a browser.
ALT+RIGHT ARROW    Moves forward to an already loaded page in a browser.
SHIFT+DOWN ARROW    In an extended selection list box, select additional items below an already selected item.
CTRL+UP ARROW    Move to additional items above a selected item without selecting the additional items.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW    Move to additional items below a selected item without selecting the additional items.
WIN+F1    Display Windows Help.
Windows logo key or CTRL+ESC    Opens the Start menu from the taskbar. When you use CTRL+ESC, you can press ESC again to place the keyboard focus on the Start button. When you use the Windows logo key, pressing ESC again closes the Start menu.
Windows logo key+BREAK    Open the System Properties dialog box. (You also can choose the Systems item in Control Panel.).
Windows logo key+CTRL+F    Open the Find Computer dialog box. (You also can choose the Computer command from the Find item in the Start menu.).
Windows logo key+E    Open the Windows Explorer. (You also can choose the Windows Explorer command from the Program item in the Start menu.).
Windows logo key+F    Open the Find All Files dialog box. (You also can choose the Files Or Folders command from the Find item in the Start menu.).
Windows logo key+M    Minimize all open windows. The keyboard focus goes to the least recently selected icon on the desktop.
Windows logo key+M+SHIFT    Expand previously opened windows and return focus to the most recently used application.
Windows logo key+number    (Note: This shortcut key is reserved for use by computer manufacturers.)
Windows logo key+R    Display the Run dialog box. (You also can choose the Run command in the Start menu.).
Windows logo key+TAB    Select and cycle through the taskbar buttons.
F1    Display Help information for the active object or the window as a whole.
F10 or ALT    Activate, or select, the main toolbar beginning with the first toolbar option on the left, usually File; after the first option is activated you can navigate through toolbar and menu options using the appropriate ARROW keys.
F2    Rename a selected item (A bold rectangle appears around the title creating a text box, type the new name and press ENTER. Press ESC to cancel.).
F3    Open the Find All Files dialog box.
F4    Open the drop-down list box on the toolbar. Pressing F4 again moves the keyboard focus back to the previously used item.
F5    Refresh the current window (You also can choose Refresh from the View menu.).
F6 or TAB    Move between active panes and the toolbar.
RIGHT ARROW    in dialog boxes with the slide out option, select the next highest setting.
DOWN ARROW    in dialog boxes with the slide out option, select the next highest setting.
RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW    Use with tabbed dialog boxes and when the focus is on a tab selector, to choose the next or previous tab in the current row and to display the page.
SHIFT    Bypass the AutoPlay feature by holding the SHIFT key down while you insert a CD-ROM ; hold down the SHIFT key while Microsoft Word is loading to suppress the AutoExec macro.
SHIFT+ANY ARROW KEY    Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop in the direction of the chosen ARROW KEY, or to select text within a document.
SHIFT+DELETE    Delete selected item(s) immediately without moving the item(s) to the Recycle Bin.
SHIFT+F10    or Application key (also the right mouse click) Display a shortcut menu that shows a list of commands relevant to the selected object.
SHIFT+F8    In extended selection list box, move without changing the selection. You can then press CTRL+SPACEBAR or SHIFT+SPACEBAR to select additional items. The list box returns to normal operation when you press SHIFT+F8 a second time or switch to another
CTRL+V or SHIFT+INSERT    Paste copied items(s) from the Clipboard (You also can choose the Paste command from the Edit menu.).
SHIFT+SPACE    Extend the selection to the current item; if you have already selected more than one item, it selects only the items from the first item you selected to the current item.
SHIFT+SPACE    Extend the selection from the last selected item to the current item in an extended selection dialog box, combo box or list-box.
SPACE   Check or Uncheck a box in a dialog box, or on a pdf form, or similar.
SPACEBAR or CTRL+SPACE    Selects or deselects the current item in an extended-selection list box.
TAB    Moves the focus between the last selected icon on the desktop, the Start button on the taskbar, and the taskbar as a whole. There is no visual indication of the focus on the taskbar, but you can use the arrow keys to move between the taskbar buttons. You also
ALT+ENTER    Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows.
ALT+SHIFT+ENTER    Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar in the reverse direction; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows.
ALT+ENTER    Display the properties of a selected item while working in a window.
ALT+ESC    Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows.
ALT+SHIFT+ESC    Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar in the reverse direction; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows.
ALT+F4    Closes the active application window.
ALT+HYPHEN    Displays Document menu from the leftmost icon on the main toolbar of the active document window.
ALT+M    Minimizes all windows when taskbar has been selected.
ALT+PRINTSCREEN    Copies the "active" window to the Windows Clipboard.
ALT+SHIFT+BACKSPACE    Redo the previously undone action; works within a window.
ALT+SPACEBAR    Opens the menu of the leftmost    icon on the main toolbar bar of the "active" window; this menu typically contains the following commands: Restore, Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize and Close.
ALT+SPACEBAR+C    Closes the "active" window.
ALT+SPACEBAR+N    Minimizes the "active" window.
ALT+SPACEBAR+R    Restores the "active" window.
ALT+SPACEBAR+X    Maximize the active window if it is minimized.
ALT+TAB    Move from active application window to the previously used application window; to select an application from a list of the open applications, hold ALT down and press TAB more than once to move through the list from left to right.
ALT+SHIFT+TAB    Move from active application window to the previously used application window; to select an application from a list of the open applications, hold ALT and SHIFT down and press TAB more than once to move through the list from right to left.
Any printing character    Selects the next icon with the specified name or initial letter while working on Desktop or Taskbar.
Any printing character    Selects the menu command with the underlined character (access key) on an open menu within the window.
Any printing character    Selects the next icon with the specified name or initial letter while working in Windows Explorer- Tree View; repeating the character selects successive items beginning with the same character.
Any printing character    Move to the next item with the specified name or initial letter when working in dialog boxes. Use BACKSPACE to change; in a multiple selection list box, this command moves to an item without selecting it.
ARROW KEY    Selects the icon or taskbar button adjacent to starting point in the direction of the arrow while working on Desktop or Taskbar.
ARROW KEY    Selects the next item in the indicated direction while working in Windows explorer; add SHIFT to select or deselect additional items; add CTRL to move to the item without selecting it; in Details View there is only one column, so RIGHT and LEFT ARROW
ASTERISK    (on the numeric keypad) Expand view of everything under the current selection when working in Windows Explorer-Tree view.
BACKSPACE    Display the contents of the parent directory of an active directory while working in Windows Explorer; it may open a new window, depending on the options selected.
BACKSPACE    Display the contents of the parent directory of an active directory while working in Windows Explorer-Tree View; it may open a new window, depending on the options selected.
BACKSPACE    View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer-TreeView.
CTRL+A    Selects all the items in the active window (You also can choose Select All from the Edit menu.).
CTRL+ALT+DELETE    Display the Close Program dialog box in order to close active programs, or to shut down the entire computer system.
CTRL+ALT+DELETE    Open the Windows NT Security dialog box to choose from the following options: Lock Workstation, Logoff, Shut Down, Change Password, Task Manager, and Cancel; if you are not logged on, command opens the logon dial
CTRL+BACKSPACE    Undo previous action taken within a window.
CTRL+C    Copies selected item(s) to the Windows Clipboard when working in Windows Explorer.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW    Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph within a window.
CTRL+DRAG A FILE     Copies a selected file to a folder by dragging the file to the folder.
CTRL+ESC    Display Windows Start menu.
CTRL+ESC and then R    Display the "Run" dialog box after displaying Start menu.
CTRL+F or F3    Display the "Find All Files" dialog box while working in Windows Explorer.
CTRL+F4    Closes the active document window.
CTRL+F6    Go to the next
    document window in the active application.
CTRL+SHIFT+F6    Go to the previous    document window in the active application.
CTRL+G    Display the "Go To Folder" dialog box (You also can choose Go To from the Tools menu).
CTRL+INSERT or CTRL+C    Copies    the selected item(s) to the Clipboard.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW    Moves the cursor's position to the beginning of the previous word.
CTRL+N    Open the "New" dialog box.
CTRL+O    Display the "Open" dialog box.
CTRL+P    Display the "Print" dialog box.
CTRL+PAGE DOWN or CTRL+TAB    Display next tab when working with a dialog box with multiple tabs.
CTRL+PAGE UP or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB    Display the previous tab when working with a dialog box with multiple tabs.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW    Move the cursor's position to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL+S    Opens the "Save" dialog box.
CTRL+SHIFT+ANY ARROW KEY    Highlight a selected block of text.
CTRL+SHIFT+DRAG A FILE    Create a shortcut icon for a selected file in a selected place.
CTRL+SPACEBAR    Select the active item; use after moving with the Ctrl key to select separate groups of items.
CTRL+SPACEBAR    Deselect the active item; use after moving with the Ctrl key to select separate groups of items.
CTRL+UP ARROW    Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
CTRL+V    Pastes a copied item(s) from the Clipboard into the active window at the cursor.
CTRL+X    Cuts the selected item(s) to the Windows Clipboard.
CTRL+Z    Undo the last action; note: some actions cannot be "undone".
DELETE    Delete the selected item(s) or delete the character to the right of the cursor, files are moved to the Recycle Bin.
DOWN ARROW or UP ARROW    Display the next or previous tab page in dialog boxes with tabs.
ENTER    Opens the selected menu when focus is on the menu title, but activates a menu item when focus is on a menu item. If the selected menu item is unavailable, ENTER closes the menu.
ENTER    Open or display a selected item; it may open a new window, depending on the options you have selected.
ESC    Close an open menu and return to the parent menu if there is one, or return to the menu title. If already at the menu title, return to position previous to activating the menu bar.
ESC    Cancel the current task.
END    Select the last item in the current list.
HOME+CTRL    Move to the first item in the current list without selecting it.
END+CTRL    Move to the last item in the current list without selecting it.
SHIFT+HOME    Select the first item in the list and additional items below it.
SHIFT+END    Select the last item in the current list and additional items above it.
HOME    Select the first item on the tree, when working in Windows Explorer - Tree View.
HOME    Select the highest setting in a dialog box with slide out menus.
END    Select the lowest setting in a dialog box with slide out menus.
HOME    Select the first item in a list box.
END    Select the last item in a list box.
SHIFT+HOME    Select the first item and additional items in an extended selection list box.
SHIFT+END    Select the last item and additional items in an extended selection list box.
HOME+CTRL    Move to the first item in an extended selection list box without selecting it. In a multiple selection list box, this moves cursor without changing the selection.
END+CTRL    Move to the last item in an extended selection list box without selecting it. In a multiple selection list box, this moves cursor without changing the selection.
LEFT ARROW    Close a branch, or select the parent of the current item, when working in Windows Explorer - Tree View.
LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW    Switch the focus between menus on the menu bar in the direction of the arrow. If the original menu was open, the target menu is opened as well, and the first item in it gets the focus.
LEFT ARROW    Select the next lower setting in a dialog box with slide out menus.
UP ARROW    Select the next lower setting in a dialog box with slide out menus.
MINUS SIGN    (on the numeric keypad) Close everything under the current selection when working in Windows Explorer - Tree View.
PAGE DOWN    Select a lower or higher setting when working in a dialog box with slide out menus, depending on the application; this is the equivalent of pressing an arrow key many times.
PAGE UP    Select a lower or higher setting when working in a dialog box with slide out menus, depending on the application; this is the equivalent of pressing an arrow key many times.
PAGE UP    In Windows Explorer, go the top item on the screen. Use a second time to select the item one screen above.
PAGE DOWN    In Windows Explorer, go the bottom item on the screen. Use a second time to select the item one screen below.
SHIFT+PAGE UP    In Windows Explorer, select additional items above an already selected item.
SHIFT+PAGE DOWN    In Windows Explorer, select additional items below an already selected item.
PAGE UP+CTRL    In Windows Explorer, move to additional items above an already selected item, without selecting the additional items.
PAGE DOWN+CTRL    In Windows Explorer, move to additional items below an already selected item, without selecting the additional items.
PAGE UP    In Windows Explorer Tree View, move to the top item on the screen. Use a second time to move up one screen.
PAGE DOWN    In Windows Explorer Tree View, move to the bottom item on the screen. Use a second time to move down one screen.
PAGE UP    In dialog boxes and combo boxes, move a selected item up one screen.
PAGE DOWN    In dialog boxes and combo boxes, move a selected item down one screen.
SHIFT+PAGE UP    In an extended selection list box, select additional items above an already selected item.
SHIFT+PAGE DOWN    In an extended selection list box, select additional items below an already selected item.
CTRL+PAGE UP    In an extended selection list box, move to additional items above an already select item, without selecting the additional items. In a multiple selection list box, use to move without changing the selection.
CTRL+PAGE DOWN    In an extended selection list box, move to additional items below an already select item, without selecting the additional items. In a multiple selection list box, use to move without changing the selection.
PLUS SIGN    (on the numeric keypad) In Windows Explorer, Tree view, expand everything under the current selection back to a previously opened state, or use to open only one level if it has not previously been opened.
PRINT SCREEN    Copy an image of the entire screen to the Windows Clipboard.
RIGHT ARROW    In Windows Explorer, Tree view, open a branch, or select the first item in the branch.
DOWN ARROW    Open a selected menu; DOWN ARROW selects the next command in the list.
UP ARROW    Open a selected menu; UP ARROW selects the previous command in the list.
UP ARROW    Select the next visible object above when working in Windows Explorer-Tree View.
DOWN ARROW    Select the next visible object below when working in Windows Explorer-Tree View.
UP ARROW    Select the previous item in a dialog box.
DOWN ARROW    Select the next item in a dialog box.
SHIFT+UP ARROW    In an extended selection list box, select additional items above an already selected item.
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