Microsoft Windows shortcut keys

by Nirmala 2010-04-30 10:39:23

Shortcut Keys3.x9598MENT2000XPVistaDescription
Alt + TabXXXXXXXXSwitch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + TabXXXXXXXXSwitch backwards between open applications.
Alt + double-clickXXXXXXXDisplay the properties of the object you double-click on. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties.
Ctrl + TabXXXXXXXXSwitches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature.
Ctrl + Shift + TabXXXXXXXXSame as above but backwards.
Alt + Print ScreenXXXXXXXXCreate a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl + Print Screen     XXXCreates a screen shot of the entire screen
Ctrl + Alt + DelXXXXXXXXReboot the computer and/or bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc        X XX Immediately bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + EscXXXXXXXXBring up the Windows Start menu. In Windows 3.x this would bring up the Task Manager.
Alt + EscXXXXXXXSwitch Between open applications on taskbar.
F1XXXXXXXXActivates help for current open application.
F2XXXXXXXXRenames selected Icon.
F3XXXXXXXStarts find from desktop.
F4XXXXXXXOpens the drive selection when browsing.
F5XXXXXXXRefresh Contents to where you were on the page.
Ctrl + F5       XRefreshes page to the beginning of the page.
F10XXXXXXXXActivates menu bar.
Shift + F10XXXXXXXSimulates right-click on selected item.
F4XXXXXXXSelect a different location to browse in the Windows Explorer toolbar.
Alt + F4XXXXXXXXCloses Current open program.
Ctrl + F4XXXXXXXXCloses Window in Program.
F6XXXXXXXMove cursor to different Windows Explorer
Alt + Space barXXXXXXXXDrops down the window control menu.
Ctrl + (the '+' key on the keypad)XXXXXXAutomatically adjust the widths of all the columns in Windows explorer
Alt + EnterXXXXXXXOpens properties window of selected icon or program.
Alt + Space bar XXXXXXXOpen the control menu for the current window open.
Shift + Del XXXXXXXDelete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
Holding ShiftXXXXXXXXBoot Safe Mode or by pass system files as the computer is booting.
Holding ShiftXXXXXXXWhen putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing.
EnterXXXXXXXXActivates the highlighted program.
Alt + Down arrowXXXXXXXDisplay all available options on drop down menu.
* (on the keypad)XXXXXXXExpands all folders on the currently selected folder or drive in Windows Explorer.
+ (on the keypad)XXXXXXXExpands only the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.
- (on the keypad)XXXXXXXCollapses the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.

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