Windows keyboard short-cuts everyone should know!
There are hundreds of short-cut keyboard combinations and when you start to learn them , they can really help you save a lot of time!
Many of them are also transferable meaning, for example, some that work with MS Word may also work with Photoshop.
CTRL+C and CTRL+V are very common and widely supported short-cuts for copy and paste, but most people know these already. below, however, are a lot short-cuts you probably didn’t know!
- CTRL+TAB – Move forward through tabs.
- CTRL+SHIFT+TAB – Move backward through tabs.
- TAB – Move forward through options.
- SHIFT+TAB – Move backward through options.
- ALT+Underlined letter – Carry out the corresponding command or select
the corresponding option.
- ENTER – Carry out the command for the active option or button.
- SPACEBAR – Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check
- Arrow keys – Select a button if the active option is a group of option
- F1 – Display Help.
- F4 – Display the items in the active list.
- BACKSPACE – Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the
Save As or Open dialog box.
- CTRL+C – Copy.
- CTRL+X – Cut.
- CTRL+V – Paste.
- CTRL+Z – Undo.
- CTRL+Y – Redo
- DELETE – Delete.
- SHIFT+DELETE – Delete selected item permanently without placing the item
in the Recycle Bin.
- CTRL while dragging an item – Copy selected item.
- CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item – Create shortcut to selected item.
- F2 – Rename selected item.
- CTRL+RIGHT ARROW – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next
- CTRL+LEFT ARROW – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the
- CTRL+DOWN ARROW – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next
- CTRL+UP ARROW – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the
- CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys – Highlight a block of text.
- SHIFT with any of the arrow keys – Select more than one item in a window
or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
- CTRL+A – Select all.
- F3 – Search for a file or folder.
- ALT+ENTER – View properties for the selected item.
- ALT+F4 – Close the active item, or quit the active program.
- ALT+Enter – Displays the properties of the selected object.
- ALT+SPACEBAR – Opens 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.
- ALT+ESC – Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
- F6 – Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
- F4 – Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
- SHIFT+F10 – Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
- ALT+SPACEBAR – Display the System menu for the active window.
- CTRL+ESC – Display the Start menu.
- ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name – Display the corresponding menu.
- Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu – Carry out the
- 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 – Refresh the active window.
- BACKSPACE – View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows
- ESC – Cancel the current task.
- SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive – Prevent the CD from
- Windows Key – Display or hide the Start menu. Windows Key +BREAK –
Display the System Properties dialog box.
- Windows Key +D – Show the desktop.
- Windows Key +M – Minimize all windows.
- Windows Key +Shift+M – Restores minimized windows.
- Windows Key +E – Open My Computer.
- Windows Key +F – Search for a file or folder.
- CTRL+ Windows Key +F – Search for computers.
- Windows Key +F1 – Display Windows Help.
- Windows Key + L – Lock your computer if you are connected to a network
domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.
- Windows Key +R – Open the Run dialog box.
- Windows Key +U – Open Utility Manager.