Windows keyboard shortcuts

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts List – Keyboard Shortcut Combinations

One of the most useful Windows keyboard shortcuts is [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[ESC]. This opens the Windows Task Manager where you can end any program and see the performance of your computer in real time. ADDucation’s list of *Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcuts includes all the really useful PC keyboard combinations. They will save you time and increase your productivity in everyday use. Most people can use the Clipboard cut and paste keyboard shortcut. ADDucation’s Windows shortcuts cheatsheet take you to the next level. It includes all the useful Windows keyboard shortcuts. We’ve highlighted our favorites in bold in the second column.

How to Use Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Hold down the key in the first column
  • Press the key(s) in the second column

ADDucation Tips: Click column headings with arrows to sort windows keyboard shortcuts. Click the + icon to expand columns on tablets and mobiles. Resize browser to see more/less columns. Start typing in Filter table to find Windows shortcuts quickly.

Main Key + Combination Key(s) What this Windows keyboard shortcuts does Category Memory Aid
ALT Shows menu commands and which letters activate them in many programs. Windows feature.
ALT BACKSPACE Undo an action. Windows feature. Go BACK
ALT F4 Exit active program. Windows feature.
ALT TAB Cycle through programs by holding ALT and pressing TAB to cycle through open tasks. Release to select application currently displayed. Navigation.
ALT any UNDERLINED LETTER Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter. Dialog Boxes.
CTRL A Select all items in documents or many other windows. Windows feature. A for ALL
CTRL ALT + DEL Switch User / Task Manager / Sign out. Windows feature.
CTRL ARROW DOWN Go to next line break. Text editing.
CTRL ARROW LEFT Move cursor to beginning of previous word. Navigation.
CTRL ARROW LEFT + BACKSPACE Delete word to the left of cursor. Text Editing.
CTRL ARROW RIGHT Move cursor to beginning of next word. Navigation.
CTRL ARROW UP Go to previous line break (paragraph). Text editing.
CTRL B Bold. Text editing. B for BOLD
CTRL C Copy selected item(s). Windows feature. C for COPY
CTRL DEL Delete word to the right of cursor. Text editing.
CTRL DOWN ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph. Text editing.
CTRL END Go to end of document or page. Navigation.
CTRL F Search. Search. F for FIND
CTRL F4 Close active document. Windows feature.
CTRL H Search and replace. Search.
CTRL HOME Go to start of document / top of page. Navigation. No place like HOME
CTRL I Italic. Text editing. I for ITALICS
CTRL Left Mouseclick Select multiple items in many programs. Windows feature.
CTRL MOUSE SCROLL WHEEL Change the size of the current display in many programs. Display.
CTRL N Create a new file in many programs. Windows feature. N for NEW
CTRL O Open file in many programs. Windows feature. O for OPEN
CTRL R Refresh the active window. Display. R for REFRESH
CTRL SHIFT + ARROW KEY Select a block of text. Text editing.
CTRL SHIFT + ESC Open Task Manager directly. Windows feature.
CTRL U Underline in many programs. Text editing. U for UNDERLINE
CTRL UP ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph. Text editing.
CTRL V Insert in many programs. Windows feature. V like a funnel
CTRL X Cut the selected item in many programs. Windows feature. X like scissors
CTRL Y Repeat last action. Windows feature. Y for YAYY – Again!
CTRL Z Undo an action. Windows feature. Z like Zzzz (I was sleeping!)
DEL Delete selected item in many programs. Windows feature.
END Go to end of line. Text editing.
ENTER Replaces clicking mouse for many selected commands. Dialog Boxes.
ESC Cancel the current task. Windows feature.
F1 Display help in many programs. Windows feature.
F2 Rename selected item in many programs. Windows feature.
F4 Display the items in the active list. Dialog Boxes.
F5 Refresh active window in many programs. Display.
F11 Maximize active window in many programs. Display.
FN ARROW LEFT Go to start of line. Text editing.
FN ARROW RIGHT Go to end of line. Text editing.
HOME Go to start of line in many programs. Text editing.
PAGE DOWN Move cursor down length of viewport. Text editing.
PAGE UP Move cursor up length of viewport. Text editing.
POS1 Jump to beginning of sentence or page in many programs. Text editing.
PRINT Take a screenshot. Windows feature. PRINT like PHOTO
SHIFT ARROW UP / DOWN Select text. Text editing.
SHIFT DELETE Delete item without first moving to Recycle Bin. Windows feature.
SHIFT (When inserting CD/DVD Prevent automatic playing. Windows feature.
SPACE Select check box if active option is a check box. Dialog boxes.
TAB Move through options in many programs. Dialog boxes.
WIN ARROW DOWN Minimize window when restored. Display. Down with you, screen!
WIN ARROW UP Maximize window when restored. Display. Up with you, screen!
WIN B Switch to program displaying message in notification area. Navigation.
WIN D Show the desktop. Display. D for DESKTOP
WIN C Access the charm bar in Windows. Windows.
WIN E Open Windows Explorer / Computer. Windows feature. E for EXPLORER
WIN F Open Windows Search. Search. F for FIND
WIN HOME Minimize all OTHER windows. Display.
WIN I Access Settings in Windows. Windows.
WIN K Access Devices in Windows. Windows.
WIN L Lock Windows keyboard or computer. Windows feature. L for LOCK
WIN LEFT ARROW Maximize window to screen left – compare and contrast 2 documents in seconds. Display. Go left screen!
WIN M Minimize all windows. Display. M for MINIMIZE
WIN P Open Presentation Display Mode. Display. P for PRESENTATION
WIN Q Windows Search. Search. QUERY
WIN R Open Run dialog box. Windows feature. R for RUN
WIN RIGHT ARROW Maximize the window to the right side of the screen – write & research the Internet at the same time. Display. Go right screen!
WIN SHIFT + LEFT / RIGHT ARROW Move active window from one monitor to another & back again. Display.
WIN SHIFT + M Restore minimized windows. Display.
WIN U Open Ease of Access Center. Access.
WIN X Open Windows Tools menu. Windows feature.
WIN Open or close Start menu. Navigation.

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