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General Shortcuts:

Press all keys at same time to use the following shortcuts:

 

Press

To

CTRL C

Copy.

CTRL X

Cut.

CTRL V

Paste.

CTRL Z

Undo.

DELETE

Delete.

SHIFT DELETE

Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.

CTRL while dragging an item

Copy selected item.

CTRL SHIFT while dragging an item

Create shortcut to selected item.

F2

Rename selected item.

CTRL RIGHT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.

CTRL LEFT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.

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 within a document.

CTRL A

Select all.

F3

Search for a file or folder.

ALT ENTER

View properties for the selected item.

ALT F4

Close the active item, or quit the active program.

ALT Enter

Displays the properties of the selected object.

ALT SPACEBAR

Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.

CTRL F4

Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.

ALT TAB

Switch between open items.

ALT ESC

Cycle through items in the order they were opened.

F6

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

F4

Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

SHIFT F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

ALT SPACEBAR

Display the System menu for the active window.

CTRL ESC

Display the Start menu.

ALT Underlined letter in a menu name

Display the corresponding menu.

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu

Carry out the corresponding command.

F10

Activate the menu bar in the active program.

RIGHT ARROW

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.

LEFT ARROW

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

F5

Refresh the active window.

BACKSPACE

View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

ESC

Cancel the current task.

SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive

Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

 

Dialog Box:

 

Press

To

CTRL TAB

Move forward through tabs.

CTRL SHIFT TAB

Move backward through tabs.

TAB

Move forward through options.

SHIFT TAB

Move backward through options.

ALT Underlined letter

Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option.

ENTER

Carry out the command for the active option or button.

SPACEBAR

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

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons.

F1

Display Help.

F4

Display the items in the active list.

BACKSPACE

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

 

Windows Logo Shortcuts:

 

Press

To

Logo Key

Display or hide the Start menu.

LogoKey BREAK

Display the System Properties dialog box.

LogoKey D

Show the desktop.

LogoKey M

Minimize all windows.

LogoKey Shift M

Restores minimized windows.

LogoKey E

Open My Computer.

LogoKey F

Search for a file or folder.

CTRL LogoKey F

Search for computers.

LogoKey F1

Display Windows Help.

LogoKey L

Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.

LogoKey R

Open the Run dialog box.

MenuKey

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

LogoKey U

Open Utility Manager.

 

Accessibility Options:

 

Press

To

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT Left SHIFT PRINT SCREEN

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT Left SHIFT NUM LOCK

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

SHIFT five times

Switch StickyKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

LogoKey U

Open Utility Manager.

  

Windows Explorer:

 

Press

To

END

Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME

Display the top of the active window.

NUMLOCK ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)

Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUMLOCK PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)

Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)

Collapse the selected folder.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

RIGHT ARROW

Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.

 

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