Windows Shortcut keys

Here are some of day-to-day use shortcuts for MS Windows:

If you don’t have Windows key in your keyboard visiting this previous post for other windows shortcut keys might be more useful.

Windows Key – START Menu

Windows Key+ Pause Break – System Properties

Windows Key+R – RUN Window

Windows Key+L – Locks Computer


Windows Key+F – SEARCH

Windows Key+D – Minimize or Restore All Windows

Windows Key+Pause Break+M – Undo Minimize All Windows

Windows Key+ U -Utility Manager

Windows Key+F1 – Help & Support

Windows Key+E – Windows Explorer

Ctrl+C – Copy Highlighted Text

Ctrl+X – Cut Highlighted Text

Ctrl+V – Paste

Ctrl+x – Select All

Ctrl+z – Undo

Shift+Delete – Permanently Delete (bypasses Recycle Bin*)

Ctrl+Alt+Delete – Task Manager

If you want to see all the XP shortcut keys you can visit the official MS website here.

Alt + Tab Switch between open applications

Alt + Shift + Tab Switch backwards between open applications

Alt + Print Screen Create screen shot for current program

Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot/Windows® task manager

Ctrl + Esc Bring up start menu

Alt + Esc Switch between applications on taskbar

F2 Rename selected icon

F3 Start find from desktop

F4 Open the drive selection when browsing

F5 Refresh contents

Alt + F4 Close current open program

Ctrl + F4 Close window in program

Ctrl + Plus Key Automatically adjust widths of all columns in Windows Explorer

Alt + Enter Open properties window of selected icon or program

Shift + F10 Simulate right-click on selected item

Shift + Del Delete programs/files permanently

Holding Shift During Boot Boot safe mode or bypass system files

Holding Shift During Boot When putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing


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