Windows keyboard shortcuts

Desktop and Explorer - Dialog boxes


Desktop and Explorer

Alt + F4 Closes active application
Alt + Double-click Displays object properties
Alt + Enter Displays object properties or switches between full screen DOS and windowed DOS
Alt + Print screen Copies snapshot of desktop into clipboard
Alt + Space bar Opens active window sytem menu
Alt + M Minimizes all windows when focus on Taskbar
Alt + Tab Opens the coolswitch Tasklist
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Inser Copy
Ctrl + G GoTo
Ctrl + N New
Ctrl + O Open
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + V or Shift + Inser Paste
Ctrl + W Closes active window
Ctrl + X or Shift + Del Cut
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Alt + Del Opens the Tasklist and in Windows NT/2K, also opens the logon dialog box
Ctrl + Left click + Drag Copy a file
Ctrl + Shift + Left click + Drag Create a shortcut
F1 Help
F2 Rename
F3 Find
F4 Opens list in combo boxes
F5 Refreshes display
F6 Switches between the different sections of the Explorer window
F10 Swithces to menu mode
Backspace Opens parent folder
Shift + Alt + F4 Closes active window as well as all parents
Shift + Double-click Open as ... for a file, Explorer for a folder
Shift + F10 or Shift + Right click Opens object context menu
Shift + Print screen Copies snapshot of current window into clipboard
Shift + Restart Does a Windows 95/98 quick restart
Shift + Del Deletes a file without storing it in the Recycle Bin
Windows ou Ctrl + Esc Start Menu
Windows + Ctrl + F Find a computer
Windows + E Explorer
Windows + F Find
Windows + M Minimizes all windows even if focus is not on Taskbar
Windows + Pause/Attn System Properties
Windows + R Run
Windows + Shift + M Undo minimize all windows
Windows + Tab Switches between Taskbar buttons

Dialog boxes

Ctrl + Tab Moves to next tab from left to right
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Moves to next tab from right to left
Tab Moves to next item in tab from left to right
Shift + Tab Moves to next item in tab from right to left
Space bar Ticks or unticks a checkbox
Alt + Arrow up Closes a combo list
Alt + Arrow down Opens a combo list
Arrows Selects item in list, checkbox option, menu option
Enter Validates current button


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