Most Popular Keyboard Shortcuts

Getting acclimated to application your keyboard alone and abrogation your abrasion abaft will accomplish you abundant added able at assuming any assignment on any Windows system.

Windows key + R = Run menu

This is usually followed by:

  • dhcpmgmt.msc = DHCP Management
  • dnsmgmt.msc = DNS Management
  • compmgmt.msc = Computer Management
  • Windows key + E = Explorer
  • dssite.msc = Active Directory Sites and Services
  • cmd = Command Prompt
  • eventvwr = Event Viewer
  • dsa.msc = Active Directory Users and Computers
  • iexplore + “web address” = Internet Explorer
  • services.msc = Services
  • ALT, Space, X = Maximize window
  • ALT + Tab = Switch between windows
  • CTRL + Shift + Esc = Task Manager
  • CTRL + C = copy
  • CTRL + X = cut
  • CTRL + V = paste
  • Windows key + F = Search
  • Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows
  • Windows key + Break = System properties

Also don’t overlook about the “Right-click” key next to the appropriate Windows key on your keyboard. Using the arrows and that key can get just about annihilation done already you’ve opened up any program.

  • [Alt] and [F4] Quit active application or close current window
  • [Alt] and [-] Open Control menu for active document
  • [Alt] and [Esc] Switch between running applications
  • [Alt] and letter Select menu item by underlined letter
  • [Ctrl] and [F4] Close active document or group windows (does not work with some applications)
  • [Ctrl] and [Esc] Open Program Menu
  • [Ctrl] Lft., Rt. arrow Move cursor forward or back one word
  • [Ctrl] Up, Down arrow Move cursor forward or back one paragraph
  • Windows+M Minimize all open windows
  • Windows+F1 Open Windows Help
  • Windows+Tab Cycle through the Taskbar buttons
  • Windows+Break Open the System Properties dialog box
  • Shift+Windows+M Undo minimize all open windows
  • [F1] Open Help for active application
  • Right SHIFT for eight seconds…….. Switch FilterKeys on and off.
  • SHIFT……. five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.
  • NUM LOCK…… for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys 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.

Type the following commands in your Run Box (Windows Key + R) or Start Run

  • calc = Calculator
  • msmsgs = Windows Messenger
  • mspaint = Microsoft Paint
  • wmplayer = Windows Media Player
  • rstrui = System Restore
  • devmgmt.msc = Device Manager
  • powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)
  • winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)
  • frontpg = Microsoft FrontPage (If Installed)
  • notepad = Notepad
  • msinfo32 = System Information
  • cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
  • ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
  • mmc = Microsoft Management Console
  • excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)
  • waol = America Online
  • control = Opens the Control Panel
  • control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog
  • msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)
  • wordpad = WordPad
  • netscp6 = Netscape 6.x
  • netscp = Netscape 7.x
  • netscape = Netscape 4.x
  • explorer shortcuts
  • NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
  • LEFT ARROW…… Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder.
  • RIGHT ARROW……. Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder.
  • END……. Display the bottom of the active window.
  • HOME……. Display the top of the active window.
  • NUM LOCK+ASTERISK……. on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
  • NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.

For Windows XP:

  • Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
  • Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
  • Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
  • Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
  • Highlight a block of text. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
  • Copy. CTRL+C
  • Cut. CTRL+X
  • Paste. CTRL+V
  • Undo. CTRL+Z
  • Delete. DELETE
  • Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
  • Copy selected item. CTRL while dragging an item
  • Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4
  • View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER
  • Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4
  • Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
  • Create shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
  • Rename selected item. F2
  • Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
  • Select all. CTRL+A
  • Search for a file or folder. F3
  • SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.
  • Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC
  • Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
  • Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4
  • Switch between open items. ALT+TAB
  • Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
  • Cancel the current task. ESC
  • Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. SHIFT+F10
  • Display the System menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
  • Display the Start menu. CTRL+ESC
  • Display the corresponding menu. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
  • Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
  • Refresh the active window. F5
  • View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. BACKSPACE
  • Carry out the corresponding command. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
  • Activate the menu bar in the active program. F10

If you accept a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, or any added accordant keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key , you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

  • Open Utility Manager. WIN Key+U
  • Restores minimized windows. WIN Key+Shift+M
  • Display Windows Help. WIN Key+F1
  • Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain. WIN Key+ L
  • Open the Run dialog box. WIN Key+R
  • Open My Computer. WIN Key+E
  • Display or hide the Start menu. WIN Key
  • Display the System Properties dialog box. WIN Key+BREAK
  • Show the desktop. WIN Key+D
  • Minimize all windows. WIN Key+M
  • Search for a file or folder. WIN Key+F
  • Search for computers. CTRL+WIN Key+F

shortcuts you can use with Windows Explorer:

  • Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
  • Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW
  • Display the bottom of the active window. END
  • Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
  • Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
  • Display the top of the active window. HOME
  • Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)

accessibility keyboard shortcuts:

  • Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
  • Open Utility Manager. WIN Key+U
  • Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
  • Switch StickyKeys on and off. SHIFT five times
  • Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
  • Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN