Common Windows Shortcuts

   Posted September 13, 2003 by David Kirk in Windows

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Common Windows Shortcuts and Combinations

CTRL-X – Cut
CTRL-C – Copy
CTRL-V – Paste
CTRL-Z – Undo
CTRL-Y – Redo
CTRL-A – Select All
CTRL-S – Save
CTRL-F – Find
CTRL-N – New (including opening a new browser window)
CTRL-P – Print
CTRL-W – Close Window/Document
CTRL-O – Open Window/Document

F1 – Help menu
F2 – Rename a selected object
F5 – Refresh
F10 – Toggles between menu bar and main window
ALT – Toggles between menu bar and main window
F10-Shift – Opens the context menu (similar to right click)

ALT-F4 – Quit a program/close a window
ALT-TAB – Cycles through open windows
CTRL-ESCAPE – Displays the Start menu
TAB – Tab forward through a form
SHIFT-TAB – Tab backwards through a form

WIN(alone) – Opens the Start Menu
WIN-F – Opens the Find Window
WIN-R – Opens the Run Window
WIN-E – Opens Windows Explorer
WIN-D – Minimize all open programs / showing all open programs.
WIN-Pause/Break – Opens System Properties
WIN-TAB – Cycles through items on the task bar without opening window.
WIN-M – Minimizes all windows
WIN-SHIFT-M – Undo minimize all windows
WIN-CTRL-F – Display Find: Computer


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