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  • Published 02 Mar 2018

    Keyboard shortcuts, we all use plenty of them, but here is a list of the most popular ones:

    Keyboard shortcuts, we all use plenty of them, but here is a list of the most popular ones:

    Whether we’re using our computers in work or at home, we want to complete tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here we have compiled a list of some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts available to you while you’re working on your PC. Once you’ve used them a couple of times they’ll become second nature. Never again will you be frantically searching through menus to perform these everyday actions. Enjoy!

    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 + X – Cut

    CTRL + V – Paste

    CTRL + Z – Underline

    CTRL + B – Bold

    CTRL + U – Underline

    CTRL + I – Italic

    CTRL + Z – Undo the last command

    CTRL + Y – Redo the last undo command (not all apps)

    CTRL + A – Select all the items in the current window

    Mouse click/keyboard combinations

    SHIFT + right click – Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands

    SHIFT + double click – Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)

    ALT + double click – Displays properties

    SHIFT + DELETE – Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

    General keyboard-only commands

    F1 – Starts Windows Help

    F10 – Activates menu bar options

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

    CTRL + ESC – Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)

    CTRL + SHIFT + ESC – Opens Windows Task Manager

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

    ALT + SPACE – Displays the main window’s System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, 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 – Opens the menu

    ALT + F4 – Closes the current window

    CTRL + F4 – Closes the current tab

    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)

    Shell objects and general folder / Windows Explorer shortcuts

    For a selected object:

    F2 – Rename object

    F3 – Find all files

    SHIFT + DELETE – Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin

    ALT + ENTER – Open the properties for the selected object

    To copy a file

    Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.

    To create a shortcut

    Press and hold down CTRL + SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

    General folder/shortcut control

    F4 – Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer)

    F5 – Refreshes the current window.

    F6 – Moves among panes in Windows Explorer

    BACKSPACE – Switch to the parent folder

    SHIFT + click + Close button – For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders

    Windows Explorer

    RIGHT ARROW – Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child

    LEFT ARROW – Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent

    Accessibility shortcuts

    Press SHIFT five times – Toggles StickyKeys on and off

    Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds – Toggles FilterKeys on and off

    Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds – Toggles ToggleKeys on and off

    Left ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK – Toggles MouseKeys on and off

    Left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN – Toggles high contrast on and off

    Microsoft Natural Keyboard keys

    Windows Logo – Start menu (Start screen on Windows 8 / 8.1)

    Windows Logo + R – Run dialog box

    Windows Logo + M – Minimize all

    SHIFT + Windows Logo + M – Undo minimize all

    Windows Logo + E – Windows Explorer

    Windows Logo + F – Find files or folders

    Windows Logo + D – Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop

    Windows Logo + TAB – Cycle through taskbar buttons (or Windows Store Apps on Windows 8 / 8.1)

    Windows Logo + Break – System Properties dialog box

    Application key – Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item

    Dialog box keyboard commands

    TAB  – Move to the next control in the dialog box

    SHIFT + TAB – Move to the previous control in the dialog box

    SPACEBAR – If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.

    ENTER – Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)

    ESC – Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button

    ALT + underlined letter in dialog box item – Move to the corresponding item