Windows Shortcut Keys by Category

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Some keyboard shortcuts may require Microsoft Natural® Keyboard or another compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key () and the Application key ().

 

 

System-Wide Shortcut Keys

 

Press

To

Display or hide the Start menu.

CTRL+ESC

Display or hide the Start menu (same as ).

CTRL+ALT+DELETE

Display Windows Security screen or Windows Task Manager.

+BREAK

Display the System Properties dialog box.

+D

Show the desktop.

+M

Minimize all windows.

+Shift+M

Restore minimized windows.

+E

Open My Computer by Windows Explorer.

+F

Search for a file or folder.

CTRL++F

Search for computers.

+F1

Display Windows Help.

+L

Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.

+R

Open the Run dialog box.

ALT+TAB(s)

Switch between open windows. While holding the ALT key down, you can press TAB several times to navigate through the system display of each previously used window.

ALT+SHIFT+TAB(s)

Similar to ALT+TAB(s), switch backward between open windows. You can switch between moving backward or forward by holding or releasing SHIFT key.

ALT+ESC(s)

Cycle the input focus through the windows in the order that they were opened; compare to ALT+TAB.

ALT+SHIFT+ESC(s)

Similar to ALT+ESC(s), cycle focus backward through windows. You can switch between moving backward or forward by holding or releasing the SHIFT key.

PRINTSCREEN

Copy an image of the screen.

ALT+PRINTSCREEN

Copy an image of the current window.

Left ALT+SHIFT

Switch input languages or keyboard layouts (available and configurable when the user installed multiple keyboard layouts through Regional and Language Options in Control Panel).

CTRL+SHIFT

Switch keyboard layouts or input languages (available and configurable when the user installed multiple keyboard layouts through Regional and Language Options in Control Panel).

CTRL or left ALT+SHIFT + ~, number (0~9), or grave accent key

Hot key for input languages (available and configurable when the user installed multiple keyboard layouts through Regional and Language Options in Control Panel).

+V

[Speech recognition] Toggle listening status of the microphone.

+C

[Speech recognition] Correct recognized text strings.

+T

[Speech recognition] Toggle between speech dictation mode.

+H

[Handwriting] Open or close handwriting pad.

+ number

Reserved for OEM use.

 

 

 

 

System-Wide Accessibility Options and Tools Shortcut Keys

Press

To

Holding right SHIFT for eight seconds

Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT + left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT + left SHIFT+NUM LOCK

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

SHIFT five times

Switch StickyKeys on and off.

Holding NUM LOCK for five seconds

Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

+U

Open Utility Manager.

 

General Shortcut Keys for Applications

Press

To

F1

Display Application Help.

SHIFT+F1

Display tips help (context-sensitive help) near the selected control.

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

SHIFT+F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item (same as  ).

CTRL+C

Copy selected items.

CTRL+X

Cut selected items.

CTRL+V

Paste, cut or copied items.

CTRL+Z

Undo the last action.

CTRL+Y

Redo the last action.

ESC

Cancel the current task.

DELETE

Delete selected items.

 

Navigation and Window Controls Shortcut Keys

Press

To

CTRL+F4

Close the active document in applications that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.

ALT+F4

Close the active item, or quit the active application.

CTRL+TAB

Moves to next pane or palette.

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Moves to previous pane or palette.

F6

Moves to next pane or palette (same as CTRL+TAB).

SHIFT+F6

Moves to previous pane or palette (same as CTRL+SHIFT+TAB).

CTRL+F6

Moves to next window in a group of related windows (or between MDI document windows).

CTRL+SHIFT+F6

Moves to previous window in a group of related windows (or between MDI document windows).

 

Menu Controls Shortcut Keys

Press

To

ALT+SPACE

Display shortcut menu for the active window.

ALT+"-" (Hyphen)

Display shortcut menu for the active child window (MDI application).

ALT

Activate the menu bar and enter menu mode.

F10

Activate the menu bar and enter menu mode (same as ALT).

ALT+(access keys on menu or dialog box selected)

Activate the menu bar and open corresponding menu to the access key.

Access key

[Menu mode] Carry out the corresponding command.

DOWN ARROW

[Menu mode] Open menu item, move to the one item below, or move to top of menu if focus is located in the bottom of the menu.

UP ARROW

[Menu mode] Move to the one menu item above, or move to the bottom if focus is located in the top of the menu.

RIGHT ARROW

[Menu mode] Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.

LEFT ARROW

[Menu mode] Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

 

Edit Box Shortcut Keys

Press

To

HOME

Move cursor to beginning of the line.

END

Move cursor to end of the line.

CTRL+A

Select all.

CTRL + RIGHT or LEFT ARROW

Move cursor to the beginning of the next or previous word.

CTRL + DOWN or UP ARROW

Move cursor to the beginning of the next or previous paragraph.

CTRL+HOME

Move cursor to the top of the document.

CTRL+END

Move cursor to the end of the document.

Holding SHIFT + cursor movement (arrow, HOME, or END keys)

Select or extend the selection.

Holding SHIFT + CTRL + Cursor movement

Select or extend the selection by words or block of text.

INSERT

Toggle the insertion mode.

 

 

Dialog Box and Common Controls Shortcut Keys

Note Arrow keys, PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN, HOME, and END keys for general navigation are omitted from the next table.

Control type

Press

To

General

TAB

Move forward through options.

 

SHIFT+TAB

Move backward through options.

Dialog box

ALT+access key

Select or carry out the corresponding command or control.

 

ENTER

Carry out the default command of the dialog box or command of the selected control.

 

SPACE

Toggle the selection status or carry out the selected option or control command.

 

Arrow keys

Move focus or selection in a group of controls or items.

Tab control

CTRL + TAB

Move forward through tabs.

 

CTRL + SHIFT+TAB

Move backward through tabs.

 

CTRL + PAGE DOWN

Move forward through tabs (same as CTRL+TAB).

 

CTRL + PAGE UP

Move backward through tabs (same as CTRL+SHIFT+TAB).

 

Arrow keys

Move between tabs when focusing on the control.

Combo box

F4

Display or hide the items in the active list.

 

ALT + DOWN or UP

Display or hide the items in the active list (same as F4).

 

Any printable key or keys

Moves the selection to the item matching prefix letters in the beginning of title. For more information, see Navigating by Matching Characters.

List view

SPACE

Locates new selection and anchor for the item.

 

SHIFT+SPACE

Extends the selection from anchor to the item.

 

CTRL+SPACE

Invoke additional selection or deselection and move the anchor to the selected item.

 

Arrow keys

Move focus and remove all selection and the anchor previously made.

 

CTRL+arrow keys

Move focus without move of selection or the anchor.

 

Any printable key or keys

Moves the selection to the item matching prefix letters in the beginning of the label. For more information, see Navigating by Matching Characters.

 

CTRL + "+" (numeric pad)

Adjusts the width of all columns to fit their contents.

Tree view

* (Numpad)

Display all sub-items under the selected item.

 

+ (Numpad)

Display sub-items directly under the selected item.

 

- (Numpad)

Collapse the items directly under the selected item group.

 

RIGHT ARROW

Display sub-items directly under the selected item (same as +).

 

LEFT ARROW

Collapse the selected item group and move focus to the group leaf root.

 

CTRL+UP ARROW

Scroll the view without change of the selection.

 

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Scroll the view without change of the selection.

 

Any printable key or keys

Moves the selection to the item matching prefix letters in the beginning of title. For more information, see Navigating by Matching Characters.

Date and time picker

F4

Display calendar below the control.

 

ALT+DOWN

Display calendar below the control.

 

ALT+UP

Hide calendar below the control.

 

PAGE UP

Move to next month in the calendar.

 

PAGE DOWN

Move to previous month in the calendar.

 

CTRL+PAGE UP

Move to next year in the calendar.

 

CTRL+PAGE DOWN

Move to previous year in the calendar.

Check box

SPACE

Toggles the selected option.

 

-

Clear the option.

 

+

Select the option.

Slider

Arrow keys

Move the slider to the next value. The direction can be reversed by selecting the slider control style LBS_DOWNISLEFT.

 

PAGE UP and DOWN

Move the slider to next value in specified incremental amount. The direction can be reversed by selecting the slider control style LBS_DOWNISLEFT.

 

Windows Explorer Shortcut Keys

Note The shortcut keys in the next table are presented only as examples and do not represent all of the available shortcut keys.

Press

To

F2

Rename selected item.

F3

Search for a file or folder.

F4

Display the Address bar list.

F5

Refresh the active window or reload document in the active window.

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Move to next page or folder viewed.

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Move to previous or folder viewed.

ALT+ENTER

View properties for the selected item.

SHIFT+DELETE

Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.

HOME

Display the top of the active window.

END

Display the bottom of the active window.

BACKSPACE

View the folder one level up.

 

Microsoft Office XP Shortcut Keys

Note The shortcut keys in the next table are presented only as examples and do not represent all of the available shortcut keys. A complete list of shortcut keys is provided in the online documentation of each Microsoft Office application.

Press

To

INSERT

Toggle the insertion mode.

F6

Move between task pane and the document window.

SHIFT+F6

Move backward between task pane and the document window.

CTRL+F6

Switch to next window, when more than one window is open.

CTRL+SHIFT+F6

Switch backward to next window, when more than one window is open.

CTRL+TAB

Move focus between menu and tool bars in menu mode.

F1

Displays the Assistant balloon (if Office Assistant is turned on).

ALT+SHIFT+F10

Displays the menu or message for a Smart Tag near the input focus.

CTRL + O

Opens the Open dialog box.

CTRL + N

Opens a new blank document.

CTRL + F

Opens the Find dialog box.

CTRL + P

Opens the Print dialog box.

CTRL + S

Saves the document that currently has the input focus.

CTRL + A

Select all.