Thursday, August 25, 2011

Windows Shortcut Keys

Below is a listing of all the major Windows shortcut keys
Shortcut KeysDescription
Alt + TabSwitch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + TabSwitch backwards between open applications.
Alt + double-clickDisplay the properties of the object you double-click on. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties.
Ctrl + TabSwitches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature.
Ctrl + Shift + TabSame as above but backwards.
Alt + Print ScreenCreate a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl + Print ScreenCreates a screen shot of the entire screen
Ctrl + Alt + DelReboot the computer and brings up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Shift + EscImmediately bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + EscBring up the Windows Start menu. In Windows 3.x this would bring up the Task Manager.
Alt + EscSwitch Between open applications on taskbar.
F1Activates help for current open application.
F2Renames selected Icon.
F3Starts find from desktop.
F4Opens the drive selection when browsing.
F5Refresh Contents to where you were on the page.
Ctrl + F5Refreshes page to the beginning of the page.
F10Activates menu bar.
Shift + F10Simulates right-click on selected item.
F4Select a different location to browse in the Windows Explorer toolbar.
Alt + F4Closes Current open program.
Ctrl + F4Closes Window in Program.
F6Move cursor to different Windows Explorer pane.
Alt + Space barDrops down the window control menu.
Ctrl + (the '+' key on the keypad)Automatically adjust the widths of all the columns in Windows explorer
Alt + EnterOpens properties window of selected icon or program.
Alt + Space barOpen the control menu for the current window open.
Shift + Del Delete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
Holding ShiftBoot Safe Mode or by pass system files as the computer is booting.
Holding ShiftWhen putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing.
EnterActivates the highlighted program.
Alt + Down arrowDisplay all available options on drop down menu.
* (on the keypad)Expands all folders on the currently selected folder or drive in Windows Explorer.
+ (on the keypad)Expands only the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.
- (on the keypad)Collapses the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.