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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