Devesh Prabhu/ September 2, 2017/ Windows, Microsoft/ 0 comments

After years of extensive and exhaustive keyboard usage, I've learned that keyboard shortcuts are the best thing that you can learn.  I’m betting that you would have likely noticed this as well. Microsoft released Windows 10 and many have made the switch. Many people still have not made the switch, and are still using Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8/8.1. Memorizing keyboard shortcuts may intimidate you at first, but it is very important to know that not all shortcuts are necessary.

You just have to learn the most important ones. This alone will help you in a great way. Learning keyboard shortcuts will improve your Windows 10 knowledge. It will also help you work quickly and get around Windows 10 more quickly, or any other OS for that matter.

Keyboard ShortcutRelative Action
General Keyboard Shortcuts
The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.
Press this keyTo do this
F1Display Help
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected item
Ctrl + XCut the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected item 
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Delete (or Ctrl + D)Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift + DeleteDelete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
F2Rename the selected item
Ctrl + Right ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word 
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph 
Ctrl + Up ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow keySelect a block of text
Shift with any arrow keySelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Ctrl with any arrow key + SpacebarSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + ASelect all items in a document or window
F3Search for a file or folder 
Alt + EnterDisplay properties for the selected item
Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active program
Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu for the active window 
Ctrl + F4Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Alt + TabSwitch between open items
Ctrl + Alt + TabUse the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheelChange the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key  + TabCycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+Windows logo key  + TabUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Alt + EscCycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop 
F4Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
Shift + F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl + EscOpen the Start menu
Alt + underlined letterDisplay the corresponding menu
Alt + underlined letterPerform the menu command (or other underlined command)
F10Activate the menu bar in the active program
Right ArrowOpen the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left ArrowOpen the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 (or Ctrl + R)Refresh the active window
Alt + Up ArrowView the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
EscCancel the current task
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Shift when you insert a CDPrevent the CD from automatically playing
Left Alt + ShiftSwitch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
Ctrl+ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
Right or Left Ctrl + ShiftChange the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages
Dialog box keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.
Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl + TabMove forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove back through tabs
TabMove forward through options
Shift + TabMove back through options
Alt + underlined letterPerform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
EnterReplaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
SpacebarSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keysSelect a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1Display Help
F4Display the items in the active list
BackspaceOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key
Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key  + PauseDisplay the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key  + DDisplay the desktop.
Windows logo key  + MMinimize all windows. 
Windows logo key  + Shift + MRestore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key  + EOpen Computer.
Windows logo key  + FSearch for computers (if you're on a network).
Windows logo key  + LLock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key  + ROpen the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key  + TCycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key  + numberStart the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift + Windows logo key  + numberStart a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl + Windows logo key  + numberSwitch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt + Windows logo key  + numberOpen the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key  + TabCycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl + Windows logo key  + TabUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl + Windows logo key  + BSwitch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key  + SpacebarPreview the desktop.
Windows logo key  + Up ArrowMaximize the window.
Windows logo key  + Left ArrowMaximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key  + Right ArrowMaximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key  + Down ArrowMinimize the window.
Windows logo key  + HomeMinimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key  + Shift + Up ArrowStretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key  + Shift + Left Arrow or Right ArrowMove a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key  + PChoose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key  + GCycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key  + UOpen Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key  + XOpen Windows Mobility Center.
Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl + NOpen a new window
Ctrl + WClose the current window
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder 
EndDisplay the bottom of the active window 
HomeDisplay the top of the active window
F11Maximize or minimize the active window
Ctrl + Period (.)Rotate a picture clockwise
Ctrl + Comma (,)Rotate a picture counter-clockwise 
Num Lock + Asterisk (*) on numeric keypadDisplay all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock + Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypadDisplay the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypadCollapse the selected folder
Left ArrowCollapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder 
Alt + EnterOpen the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt + PDisplay the preview pane
Alt + Left ArrowView the previous folder
BackspaceView the previous folder
Right ArrowDisplay the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder 
Alt + Right ArrowView the next folder 
Alt + Up ArrowView the parent folder 
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons 
Alt + DSelect the address bar
 Ctrl + E Select the search box
 Ctrl + F Select the search box
Taskbar keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with items on the desktop taskbar.
Press this keyTo do this
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen a program or quickly open another instance of a program
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen a program as an administrator
Shift + right-click a taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the program
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the group
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar buttonCycle through the windows of the group
Remote Desktop Connection on the desktop keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Remote Desktop Connection.
Press this keyTo do this
Alt + Page UpMove between apps from left to right
Alt + Page DownMove between apps from right to left
Alt + InsertCycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
Alt + HomeDisplay the Start menu.
Ctrl + Alt + BreakSwitch between a window and full screen 
Ctrl + Alt + EndDisplay the Windows Security   dialog box
Alt + DeleteDisplay the system menu.
Ctrl + Alt + Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypadPlace a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl + Alt + Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypadPlace a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
Note
Ctrl+Alt+Break and Ctrl+Alt+End are available in all Remote Desktop sessions, even when you've set up the remote computer to recognize Windows keyboard shortcuts.
Paint keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Paint.
Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl + NCreate a new picture
Ctrl + OOpen an existing picture
Ctrl + SSave changes to a picture
F12Save the picture as a new file
Ctrl + PPrint a picture
Alt + F4Close a picture and its Paint window
Ctrl + ZUndo a change
Ctrl + YRedo a change
Ctrl + ASelect the entire picture
Ctrl + XCut a selection
Ctrl + CCopy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + VPaste a selection from the Clipboard
Right ArrowMove the selection or active shape right by one pixel
Left ArrowMove the selection or active shape left by one pixel
Down ArrowMove the selection or active shape down by one pixel
Up ArrowMove the selection or active shape up by one pixel
EscCancel a selection
DeleteDelete a selection
Ctrl + BBold selected text
Ctrl + +Increase the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl + -Decrease the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel
Ctrl + UUnderline selected text
Ctrl + EOpen the Properties dialog box
Ctrl + WOpen the Resize and Skew dialog box
Ctrl + Page UpZoom in
Ctrl + Page DownZoom out
F11View a picture in full-screen mode
Ctrl + RShow or hide the ruler
Ctrl + GShow or hide gridlines
 F10 or Alt Display keytips
 Shift + F10 Show the current shortcut menu
 F1 Open Paint Help
WordPad keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with WordPad.
Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl + NCreate a new document
Ctrl + OOpen an existing document
Ctrl + SSave changes to a document
F12Save the document as a new file
Ctrl + PPrint a document
Alt + F4Close WordPad
Ctrl + ZUndo a change
Ctrl + YRedo a change
Ctrl + ASelect the entire document
Ctrl + XCut a selection
Ctrl + CCopy a selection to the Clipboard
Ctrl + VPaste a selection from the Clipboard
Ctrl + BMake selected text bold
Ctrl + IItalicize selected text
Ctrl + UUnderline selected text
Ctrl + =Make selected text subscript
Ctrl + Shift + =Make selected text superscript
Ctrl + LAlign text left
Ctrl + EAlign text center
Ctrl + RAlign text right
Ctrl + JJustify text
Ctrl + 1Set single line spacing
Ctrl + 2Set double line spacing
Ctrl + 5Set line spacing to 1.5
Ctrl + Shift + >Increase the font size
Ctrl + Shift + <Decrease the font size
Ctrl + Shift + AChange characters to all capitals
Ctrl + Shift + LChange the bullet style
Ctrl + DInsert a Microsoft Paint drawing
Ctrl + FFind text in a document
F3Find the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box
Ctrl + HReplace text in a document
 Ctrl + Left Arrow Move the cursor one word to the left
 Ctrl + Right Arrow Move the cursor one word to the right
 Ctrl + Up Arrow Move the cursor to the line above
 Ctrl + Down Arrow Move the cursor to the line below
 Ctrl + Home Move to the beginning of the document
 Ctrl + End Move to the end of the document
 Ctrl + Page Up Move up one page
 Ctrl + Page Down Move down one page
 Ctrl + Delete Delete the next word
 F10 Display keytips
 Shift + F10 Show the current shortcut menu
 F1 Open WordPad Help
Calculator keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Calculator.
Press this keyTo do this
Alt + 1Switch to Standard mode
Alt + 2Switch to Scientific mode
Alt + 3Switch to Programmer mode
Alt + 4Switch to Statistics mode
Ctrl + EOpen date calculations
Ctrl + HTurn calculation history on or off
Ctrl + UOpen unit conversion
Alt + CCalculate or solve date calculations and worksheets
F1Open Calculator Help
Ctrl + QPress the  M-  button
Ctrl + PPress the  M+  button
Ctrl + MPress the  MS  button
Ctrl + RPress the  MR  button
Ctrl + LPress the  MC  button
%Press the  %  button
F9Press the  +/–  button
/Press the  /  button
*Press the  *  button
+Press the  +  button
-Press the  –  button
RPress the  1/×  button
@Press the square root button
0–9Press the number buttons (0–9)
=Press the = button 
.Press the . (decimal point) button
BackspacePress the backspace button
EscPress the  C  button
DelPress the  CE  button
Ctrl + Shift + DClear the calculation history
F2Edit the calculation history
Up Arrow keyNavigate up in the calculation history
Down Arrow keyNavigate down in the calculation history
EscCancel editing the calculation history
EnterRecalculate the calculation history after editing
F3Select  Degrees  in Scientific mode
F4Select  Radians  in Scientific mode
F5Select  Grads  in Scientific mode
IPress the  Inv  button in Scientific mode
DPress the  Mod  button in Scientific mode
Ctrl + SPress the  sinh  button in Scientific mode
Ctrl + OPress the  cosh  button in Scientific mode
Ctrl + TPress the  tanh  button in Scientific mode
(Press the  (  button in Scientific mode
)Press the  )  button in Scientific mode
 N Press the  ln  button in Scientific mode
 ; Press the  Int  button in Scientific mode
 S Press the  sin  button in Scientific mode
 O Press the  cos  button in Scientific mode
 T Press the  tan  button in Scientific mode
 M Press the  dms  button in Scientific mode
 P Press the  pi  button in Scientific mode
 V Press the  F-E  button in Scientific mode
 X Press the  Exp  button in Scientific mode
 Q Press the  x^2  button in Scientific mode
 Y Press the  x^y  button in Scientific mode
 # Press the  x^3  button in Scientific mode
 L Press the  log  button in Scientific mode
 ! Press the  n!  button in Scientific mode
 Ctrl + Y Press the  y√x  button in Scientific mode
 Ctrl + B Press the  3√x  button in Scientific mode
 Ctrl + G Press the  10x  button in Scientific mode
 F5 Select  Hex  in Programmer mode
 F6 Select  Dec  in Programmer mode
 F7 Select  Oct  in Programmer mode
 F8 Select  Bin  in Programmer mode
 F12 Select  Qword  in Programmer mode
 F2Select  Dword  in Programmer mode 
 F3 Select  Word  in Programmer mode
 F4 Select  Byte  in Programmer mode
 K Press the  RoR  button in Programmer mode
 J Press the  RoL  button in Programmer mode
 < Press the  Lsh  button in Programmer mode
 > Press the  Rsh  button in Programmer mode
 % Press the  Mod  button in Programmer mode
 (Press the  (  button in Programmer mode
 Press the  )  button in Programmer mode
 | Press the  Or  button in Programmer mode
 ^ Press the  Xor  button in Programmer mode
 ~ Press the  Not  button in Programmer mode
 & Press the  And  button in Programmer mode
 A–FPress the  A – F  buttons in Programmer mode
 Spacebar Toggles the bit value in Programmer mode
 A Press the  Average  button in Statistics mode
 Ctrl + A Press the  Average Sq  button in Statistics mode
 S  Press the  Sum  button in Statistics mode
Ctrl+S  Press the  Sum Sq  button in Statistics mode
 T  Press the  S.D.  button in Statistics mode
 Ctrl+T  Press the  Inv S.D.  button in Statistics mode
 D Press the  CAD  button in Statistics mode
Windows Journal keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Journal.
Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl + NStart a new note 
Ctrl + OOpen a recently used note
Ctrl + SSave changes to a note 
Ctrl + Shift + VMove a note to a specific folder
Ctrl + PPrint a note
Alt + F4Close a note and its Journal window
Ctrl + ZUndo a change
Ctrl + YRedo a change
Ctrl + ASelect all items on a page
Ctrl + XCut a selection
Ctrl + CCopy a selection to the Clipboard
 Ctrl + V Paste a selection from the Clipboard
 Esc Cancel a selection
 Delete Delete a selection
 Ctrl + F Start a basic find
 Ctrl + G Go to a page
 F5 Refresh find results
 F5 Refresh the note list
 F6 Toggle between a note list and a note
 Ctrl + Shift + C Display a shortcut menu for column headings in a note list
F11  View a note in full-screen mode
 F1 Open Journal Help
Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.
Press this keyTo do this
Alt + CDisplay the Table of Contents
Alt + NDisplay the Connection Settings menu
F10Display the Options menu
Alt + Left ArrowMove back to the previously viewed topic
Alt + Right ArrowMove forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
Alt + ADisplay the customer support page
Alt + HomeDisplay the Help and Support home page
HomeMove to the beginning of a topic
EndMove to the end of a topic
Ctrl + FSearch the current topic
Ctrl + PPrint a topic
 F3Move the cursor to the search box

 

 

 

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