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All Microsoft Windows & Application Shortcuts

    This month's tips and tricks section is provided by Microsoft and covers all keyboard shortcuts available in windows and Microsoft applications. A printable version is available at the bottom of this page.

Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier
Combinations for Shell Objects

Key Result
SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK Displays a context menu containing alternative verbs.
SHIFT+DOUBLE CLICK Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu).
ALT+DOUBLE CLICK Displays properties.
SHIFT+DELETE Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin.

General Keyboard-Only Commands



F1 Starts Windows Help.
F10 Activates menu bar options.
SHIFT+F10 Opens a context menu for the selected item. This is the same as right-clicking an object.
CTRL+ESC   Opens the Start menu. Use the ARROW keys to select an item.
CTRL+ESC, ESC Selects the Start button. Press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu.
ALT+DOWN ARROW Opens a drop-down list box.
ALT+TAB Switch to another running application. Hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window.
SHIFT Press down and hold the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the auto-run feature.
ALT+SPACE Displays the main window's System menu. From the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window.
ALT + - (ALT+hyphen) Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu. From the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window.
CTRL+TAB Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) application.
ALT+underlined letter in menu Opens the corresponding menu.
ALT+F4 Closes the current window.
ALT+DOWN ARROW Opens a drop-down list box.
CTRL+F4 Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window.
ALT+F6 Switch between multiple windows in the same program. For example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window.

Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer
Shortcuts For a Selected Object:

Key Result
F2      Rename object
F3      Find All Files
CTRL+X      Cut
CTRL+C     Copy
CTRL+V     Paste
SHIFT+DEL Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin.
ALT+ENTER Open the property sheet for the selected object.
To Copy a File Press down and hold the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.
To Create a Shortcut Press down and hold CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

General Folder/Shortcut Control

Key Result
F4 Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer).
F5 Refreshes the current window.
F6 Moves among panes in Windows Explorer.
CTRL+G Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95
Windows Explorer only).
CTRL+Z Undo the last command.
CTRL+A Select all the items in the current window.
BACKSPACE Switch to the parent folder.
SHIFT+CLICK Close Button For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders.

Windows Explorer Tree Control

Key Result
Numeric Keypad * Expands everything under the current selection.
Numeric Keypad + Expands the current selection.
Numeric Keypad - Collapses the current selection.
RIGHT ARROW Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child.
LEFT ARROW Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent.
Property Sheet Control
CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move through the property tabs.

Accessibility Shortcuts

Key Result
Tap SHIFT 5 times Toggles StickyKeys on and off.
Press down & hold the right SHIFT key for 8 seconds Toggles FilterKeys on and off.
Press down & hold the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds Toggles ToggleKeys on and off.
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK Toggles MouseKeys on and off.
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN Toggles High Contrast on and off.

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Keys

Key Result
WINDOWS+R Opens the Run dialog box
WINDOWS+M Minimize All
SHIFT+WINDOWS+M Undo Minimize All
WINDOWS+F1 Opens Help
WINDOWS+E Opens Windows Explorer
WINDOWS+F Opens the Find Files or Folders
WINDOWS+D Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
CTRL+WINDOWS+F Find Computer
WINDOWS+TAB Cycle through taskbar buttons
WINDOWS+BREAK System Properties dialog box
Application key Displays a context menu for the selected item.

Microsoft Natural Keyboard
with IntelliType Software Installed

Key Result
WINDOWS + L Log off Windows
WINDOWS + P Opens Print Manager
WINDOWS + C Opens Control Panel
WINDOWS + V Opens Clipboard
WINDOWS + K Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
WINDOWS + I Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
WINDOWS + A Opens Accessibility Options(if installed)
WINDOWS + SPACEBAR Displays the list of IntelliType Hotkeys
WINDOWS + S Toggles the CAP LOCK key on and off

Dialog Box Keyboard Commands

Key Result
TAB Move to the next control in the dialog box.
SHIFT+TAB Move to the previous control in the dialog box.
SPACEBAR If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option button, this selects the option button.
ENTER Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline).
ESC Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button.
ALT+<underlined letter in dialog box item> Move to the corresponding item.

    Click Here for a plain text printable version of these shortcuts. Be forewarned, The printable version will require 3 pages, even with standard plain text.

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