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Simplify you life: keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Simplify you life: keyboard shortcuts for Windows

By  GB Blog Official 2016-10-21 1588 0

A list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows, including shortcuts for cut, copy, and more.

Windows system key combinations

F1: Help

CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu

ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs

ALT+F4: Quit program

SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)


Windows program key combinations

CTRL+C: Copy


CTRL+V: Paste

CTRL+Z: Undo

CTRL+B: Bold

CTRL+U: Underline

CTRL+I: Italic


Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects

SHIFT+right click: Display a shortcut menu containing alternative commands

SHIFT+double click: Run the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)

ALT+double click: Display properties

SHIFT+DELETE: Delete an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin


General keyboard-only commands

F1: Start Windows Help

F10: Activate menu bar options

SHIFT+F10: Open a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object

CTRL+ESC: Open the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)

CTRL+ESC or ESC: Select the Start button (press TAB to select the task-bar, or press SHIFT+F10 for  context menu)

CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Open Windows Task Manager

ALT+DOWN ARROW: Open a drop-down list box

ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)

SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature

ALT+SPACE: Display the main window's System menu (from the System menu you can restore, move, re-size, minimize, maximize, or close the window)

CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program

ALT+underlined letter in menu: Open the menu

ALT+F4: Close the current window

CTRL+F4: Close 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)

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