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] which 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 which will save you time and increase your productivity in everyday use. Most people use (at least) the Clipboard cut and paste keyboard shortcuts but ADDucation’s Windows shortcuts cheat sheet 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 doesCategoryMemory Aid
ALTShows menu commands and which letters activate them in many programsWindows Feature
ALTBACKSPACEUndo an actionWindows FeatureGo BACK!
ALTF4Exit active programWindows Feature
ALTTABCycle through programs by holding ALT and pressing TAB to cycle through open tasks. Release to select application currently displayedNavigation
ALTany UNDERLINED LETTERPerform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letterDialog Boxes
CTRLASelect all items in documents or many other windowsWindows FeatureA for ALL
CTRLALT + DELSwitch User / Task Manager / Sign outWindows Feature
CTRLARROW DOWNGo to next line breakText Editing
CTRLARROW LEFTMove cursor to beginning of previous wordNavigation
CTRLARROW LEFT + BACKSPACEDelete word to the left of cursorText Editing
CTRLARROW RIGHTMove cursor to beginning of next wordNavigation
CTRLARROW UPGo to previous line break (paragraph)Text Editing
CTRLBBoldText EditingB for BOLD
CTRLCCopy selected item(s)Windows FeatureC for COPY
CTRLDELDelete word to the right of cursorText Editing
CTRLDOWN ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraphText Editing
CTRLENDGo to end of document or pageNavigation
CTRLFSearchSearchF for FIND
CTRLF4Close active documentWindows Feature
CTRLHSearch and replaceSearch
CTRLHOMEGo to start of document / top of pageNavigationNo place like HOME
CTRLIItalicText EditingI for ITALICS
CTRLLeft MouseclickSelect multiple items in many programsWindows Feature
CTRLMOUSE SCROLL WHEELChange the size of the current display in many programsDisplay
CTRLNCreate a new file in many programsWindows FeatureN for NEW
CTRLOOpen file in many programsWindows FeatureO for OPEN
CTRLRRefresh the active windowDisplayR for REFRESH
CTRLSHIFT + ARROW KEYSelect a block of textText Editing
CTRLSHIFT + ESCOpen Task Manager directlyWindows Feature
CTRLUUnderline in many programsText EditingU for UNDERLINE
CTRLUP ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraphText Editing
CTRLVInsert in many programsWindows FeatureV like a funnel
CTRLXCut the selected item in many programsWindows FeatureX like scissors
CTRLYRepeat last actionWindows FeatureY for YAYY – Again!
CTRLZUndo an actionWindows FeatureZ like Zzzz (I was sleeping!)
DELDelete selected item in many programsWindows Feature
ENDGo to end of lineText Editing
ENTERReplaces clicking mouse for many selected commandsDialog Boxes
ESCCancel the current taskWindows Feature
F1Display help in many programsWindows Feature
F2Rename selected item in many programsWindows Feature
F4Display the items in the active listDialog Boxes
F5Refresh active window in many programsDisplay
F11Maximize active window in many programsDisplay
FNARROW LEFTGo to start of lineText Editing
FNARROW RIGHTGo to end of lineText Editing
HOMEGo to start of line in many programsText Editing
PAGE DOWNMove cursor down length of viewportText Editing
PAGE UPMove cursor up length of viewportText Editing
POS1Jump to beginning of sentence or page in many programsText Editing
PRINTTake a screenshotWindows FeaturePRINT like PHOTO
SHIFTARROW UP / DOWNSelect textText Editing
SHIFTDELETEDelete item without first moving to Recycle BinWindows Feature
SHIFT(When inserting CD/DVDPrevent automatic playingWindows Feature
SPACESelect check box if active option is a check boxDialog Boxes
TABMove through options in many programsDialog Boxes
WINARROW DOWNMinimize window when restoredDisplayDown with you, screen!
WINARROW UPMaximize window when restoredDisplayUp with you, screen!
WINBSwitch to program displaying message in notification areaNavigation
WINDShow the desktopDisplayD for DESKTOP
WINCAccess the charm bar in Windows 8Windows 8
WINEOpen Windows Explorer / ComputerWindows FeatureE for EXPLORER
WINFOpen Windows SearchSearchF for FIND
WINHOMEMinimize all OTHER windowsDisplay
WINIAccess Settings in Windows 8Windows 8
WINKAccess Devices in Windows 8Windows 8
WINLLock Windows keyboard or computerWindows FeatureL for LOCK
WINLEFT ARROWMaximize window to screen left – compare and contrast 2 documents in secondsDisplayGo left screen!
WINMMinimize all windows.DisplayM for MINIMIZE
WINPOpen Presentation Display ModeDisplayP for PRESENTATION
WINQWindows SearchSearchQUERY
WINROpen Run dialog boxWindows FeatureR for RUN
WINRIGHT ARROWMaximize the window to the right side of the screen – write & research the Internet at the same timeDisplayGo right screen!
WINSHIFT + LEFT / RIGHT ARROWMove active window from one monitor to another & back againDisplay
WINSHIFT + MRestore minimized windowsDisplay
WINUOpen Ease of Access CenterAccess
WINXOpen Windows Tools menuWindows Feature
WINOpen or close Start menuNavigation
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