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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Press this key  To do this
    F1 Display Help
    Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected item
    Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
    Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected item
    Ctrl + Z Undo an action
    Ctrl + Y Redo an action
    Delete (or Ctrl + D) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
    Shift + Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
    F2 Rename the selected item
    Ctrl + Right Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
    Ctrl + Left Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
    Ctrl + Down Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
    Ctrl + Up Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
    Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
    Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
    Ctrl with any arrow key + Spacebar Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
    Ctrl + A Select all items in a document or window
    F3 Search for a file or folder
    Alt + Enter Display properties for the selected item
    Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
    Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
    Ctrl + F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
    Alt + Tab Switch between open items
    Ctrl + Alt + Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
    Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
    Windows logo key 
    Picture of the Windows logo key
     + Tab
    Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
    Ctrl+Windows logo key 
    Picture of the Windows logo key
     + Tab
    Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
    Alt + Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
    F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
    F4 Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
    Shift + F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
    Ctrl + Esc Open the Start menu
    Alt + underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
    Alt + underlined letter Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
    F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
    Right Arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
    Left Arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
    F5 (or Ctrl + R) Refresh the active window
    Alt + Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
    Esc Cancel the current task
    Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
    Shift when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
    Left Alt + Shift Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
    Ctrl+Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
    Right or Left Ctrl + Shift Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages