Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Small Business

ShortCutsI cannot count the number of times that I have been in a rush and wished that there was a way to complete a task besides always relying on the mouse. Using Keyboard Shortcuts can save loads of time and therefore, increase productivity. Here are a few of the most useful Windows Keyboard Shortcuts available. Go ahead and give some of them a try, once you start to use them you will begin to wonder how you could have ever lived without.


Popular Hot Keys
Ctrl-Esc: Start Menu (Useful on some laptops that don’t have a Windows Key)
Ctrl-Shift-Esc: Open Task Manager
Ctrl-Tab: Change Child Window(i.e. Change to next tab in web browser
Alt-F4: Close Application/Window
Alt-Esc: Cycle through programs in the order that they were opened
Alt-Enter : Opens the properties for the selected object
Alt-Tab: Switch between open applications
Shift-F10: Alt-Menu (or Right-Click)
Shift-Delete: Permanently Delete (By passes Recycle Bin)
Home: Moves display to top of the active window
End: Moves display to bottom of the active window


Working with Text
Ctrl-A: Select all the items in the current window
Ctrl-C: Copy
Ctrl-V: Paste
Ctrl-X: Cut
Ctrl-Z: Undo


Function Keys
F1: Help
F2: Rename
F3: Search Menu
F5: Refreshes the current window


Windows Key Shortcuts
‘Win’ refers to the key with the Windows Logo on it.
Windows Key: Start Menu
Win-D: Show Desktop
Win-E: Windows Explorer
Win-F: Search or Find files
Win-R: Open Run dialog box
Win-L: Lock the computer
Win-Break: Opens the System Properties Dialog Box


Ryan McCafferty
Computing Concepts LLC

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When typing, CTRL-HOME goes to the beginning of the first line and CTRL-END goes to the last spot of the last line. Very useful when jumping around a large document.