Microsoft Windows shortcut keys

Sunday, March 29, 2009

  • Alt + Tab: Switch between open applications.
  • Alt + Shift + Tab: Switch backwards between open applications.
  • Alt + double-click: Display the properties of the object you double click on. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties.
  • Ctrl + Tab: Switches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Same as above but backwards.
  • Alt +Print Screen: Create a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del: Reboot the computer and/or bring up the Windows task manager.
  • Ctrl + Esc: Bring up the Windows start menu. In Windows 3.x this would bring up the Task Manager.
  • Alt + Esc: Switch Between open applications on taskbar.
  • F1: Activates help for current open application.
  • F2: Renames selected Icon.
  • F3: Starts find from desktop.
  • F4: Opens the drive selection when browsing.
  • F5: Refresh Contents.
  • F6: Move cursor to different Windows Explorer pane.
  • F10: Activates menu bar.
  • Shift + F10: Simulates right-click on selected item.
  • Alt + F4: Closes Current open program.
  • Ctrl + F4: Closes Window in Program.
  • Alt + Enter: Opens properties window of selected icon or program.
  • Shift + Del: Delete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
  • Holding Shift: Boot Safe Mode or by pass system files as the computer is booting.
  • Enter: Activates the highlighted program.


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