Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Dramatically increase your productivity with the keyboard shortcut keys listed below. Try to memorize keys and you’ll be unstoppable!

Basic PC shortcut keys

  • Alt + F File menu options in current program.
  • Alt + E Edit options in current program
  • F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
  • Ctrl + A Select all text.
  • Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
  • Shift + Del Cut selected item.
  • Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
  • Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
  • Ctrl + V Paste
  • Shift + Ins Paste
  • Home Goes to beginning of current line.
  • Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
  • End Goes to end of current line.
  • Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
  • Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
  • Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
  • Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
  • Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.

General Windows Shortcut Keys

  • Shift while inserting the CD-ROM – Bypass AutoPlay when inserting a compact disc
  • Control + C – Copy a selected file
  • Shift + Delete – Delete an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
  • F3 or Windows Key + F – Launch the “find” tool of Windows
  • Application key – Display a selected item’s shortcut menu
  • F5 – Refresh the contents of a window
  • F2 – Rename an item
  • CONTROL + A – Select all items
  • ALT + ENTER – View an item’s properties

Mouse Shortcuts

  • Double click – Selects word
  • Triple click – Selects paragraph
  • Ctrl + Mouse wheel – Zooms in and out of document

Use of the Windows Key

  • Windows + Tab – Cycle through buttons on the taskbar
  • Windows + F – Display Find: All Files
  • Control + Windows Key + F or F3 – Display Find: Computer
  • Windows Key + F1 – Display Help
  • Windows Key + R – Display the Run command
  • Windows Key – Display the Start menu
  • Windows Key + E – Display Windows Explorer
  • Windows Key + D – Minimize or restore all windows
  • Shift + Windows Key +M – Undo minimize all windows
  • Windows Key + L – Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only)
  • Windows Key + Pause / Break key – Open the system properties window
  • Windows Key+ U – Open Utility Manager

Using shortcut keys in Windows

  • F10 or Alt – Activate the menu bar in programs
  • Alt – Close all currently opened menus and return to the application
  • Control + F4 – Close the current window.
  • Alt + F4 – Close the current window or quit a program
  • Control + C – Copy
  • Control + X – Cut
  • Delete Key – Delete
  • F1 – Display Help on current Dialog Box item
  • Alt + Spacebar – Display the current window’s system menu
  • Shift+F10 – Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  • Control + Escape – Display the Start menu
  • Alt + – (hyphen) – Display the system menu for MDI programs
  • Control + V – Paste
  • Hold down ALT while repeatedly pressing Tab – Switch to another window
  • Control + Z – Undo

Dialog Box Shortcut Keys

  • Escape – Cancel the current task
  • Spacebar – Check a checkbox
  • Spacebar – Push a button
  • Spacebar – Activate a selected button
  • Shift + Tab – Move backward through options
  • Control + Tab – Move forward through property sheets
  • Control + Shift + Tab – Move backward through property sheets
  • Tab – Move forward through options
  • Backspace – Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
  • F4 – Open the “Save As” Dialog Box
  • F5 – Refresh the Save As or Open dialog box