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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

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To Get

Windows XP - General

CTRL+A

Selects all the items in the active window

CTRL+C

Copies the item or items to the Clipboard and can be pasted using CTRL and V

CTRL+F

Displays the Find all files dialog box

CTRL+G

Displays the Go to folder dialog box

CTRL+N

Displays the New dialog box

CTRL+O

Displays the Open dialog box

CTRL+P

Displays the Print dialog box

CTRL+S

Displays the Save dialog box

CTRL+V

Pastes the copied item or items from the Clipboard

CTRL+X

Cuts the item or items selected to the Clipboard

CTRL+Z

Undoes the last action

CTRL+F4

Closes the active document or document window

CTRL+End Goes to end of document
CTRL+Home Goes to beginning of document
SHIFT-Home Highlights from current position to beginning of lin
SHIFT-End Highlights from current position to end of line

CTRL while dragging an item

Copy the selected item

CTRL+SHIFT with arrow keys

Highlight a block of text

CTRL+ESC

Display the Start menu

CTRL and F6

Opens the next document window in the active application

ESC Cancel the current task

 

ALT+ENTER

View the properties for the selected item

ALT+F4

Close the active item, or quit the active program

ALT+SPACEBAR

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

ALT+TAB

Switch between the open items

ALT+ESC

Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened

ALT+F File menu options in current program
ALT+E Edit options in current program

 

F1 key

Gives help on the active window or selected item

F2 key

Rename the selected item

F3 key

Search for a file or a folder

F4 key

Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer

F5 key

Update/refresh the active window

F6 key

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

F10 key

Activate the menu bar in the active program

SHIFT-F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

 

Windows Logo

Display or hide the Start menu

Windows Logo+PAUSE/BREAK

Display the System Properties dialog box

Windows Logo+D

Display the desktop

Windows Logo+M

Minimize all of the windows

Windows Logo+SHIFT+M

Restore the minimized windows

Windows Logo+E

Opens a new Explorer window

Windows Logo+F

Search for a file or a folder

CTRL+Windows Logo+F

Search for computers

Windows Logo+F1

Display Windows Help

Windows Logo+ L

Lock the keyboard

Windows Logo+R

Open the Run dialog box

Windows Logo+U

Open Utility Manager

Windows Logo+B Set focus on a notification
CTRL+Windows Logo+F Search for computers
TAB Cycles through all controls in the dialogue box
Alt plus the underlined letter of the menu name Jump to that menu
ALT and Space Display the window menu
SHIFT and F10 Display the context menu (as with right mouse button)
CTRL and left/right arrow keys To move the cursor left/right one word at a time
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
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 in a document
SHIFT and left/right arrow keys To select one letter at a time in the direction of the arrow key pressed
SHIFT-DELETE Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item Create a shortcut to the selected item
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off
MENU Key Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
NUM LOCK for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing
CTRL-ALT-DEL Reboots the computer – eventually. First, it'll tell you
what's hung up

Windows XP - Dialogue box

TAB

Move forward through the options

SHIFT+TAB

Move backward through the options

CTRL+TAB

Move forward through the tabs

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through the tabs

ALT+Underlined letter

Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option

ENTER

Perform the command for the active option or button

SPACEBAR

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

BACKSPACE

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows XP - Windows Explorer

END

Display the bottom of the active window

HOME

Display the top of the active window

NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*)

Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder

NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+)

Display the contents of the selected folder

NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-)

Collapse the selected folder

LEFT ARROW

Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder

RIGHT ARROW

Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder

F2 Rename file or folder
F3 Find
F4 Display the combo box
F5 Refresh
F6 Switches between panes in Windows Explorer
F10 Move focus to menu bar
SHIFT+F10 Context menu for selected item
CTRL-G Go to
SHIFT+ Closes this folder and all its parent folders
NUM+* Expands everything under selection
NUM+- Expands selection
NUM++ Collapses selection
Backspace Go to parent folder
ALT-ENTER Properties
ALT-Double Click Properties
SHIFT-Double-click Explore the object if it has an Explore command

Windows XP -  MS-Word

CTRL-B

Bold

CTRL-I

Italicise

CTRL-U

Underline

CTRL-L

Justify left

CTRL-R

Justify right

CTRL-E

Centre text

CTRL-[

Reduce text size

CTRL-]

Increase text size

CTRL-P

Print

CTRL-s

Save

 

 

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