Windows Shortcut Keys

Here I am starting a list of key combination shortcuts that make using Windows easier. I’ll be adding more to it as time goes on, so check back and see what’s new. If you know of something that should be added that’s not on the list, please let me know! Now, on with the list!

Shortcut What it does
Alt + Double-Click Displays property sheet for the selected item
Alt + Enter Displays property sheet for the selected object
Alt + Hypen MDI window system menu
Alt + Print Screen Copies the selected window’s image to the Windows Clipboard
Alt + Space Window system menu
Ctrl + N New
Ctrl + O Open
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + F Find
Ctrl + A Select All
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Alt + Del (9x/ME) Task Manager
Ctrl + Alt + Del (XP/Vista) Displays LogOn screen including Lock Computer, Switch User, LogOff, Change a Password and Task Manager
Ctrl + Esc Opens the Start menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Task Manager
Print Screen Copies the full screen image to the Windows Clipboard
Shift Hold when loading disk to prevent AutoPlay application
Shift + Delete Bypass Recycle Bin and permanently delete
Shift + F10 Same as right-click
Shift + Right-Click Shows alternative commands for the selected object
Win + B Brings the system tray into focus
Win + D Show desktop (does Win+M PLUS hides all non-minimizable windows until you unfocus desktop)
Win + E Windows Explorer
Win + F Find Files/Folders
Win + G Task switch between Windows Sidebar gadgets
Win + L (9x/ME) Log off
Win + L Lock Computer/Switch Users if enabled
Win + M Minimize all
Win + R Run
Win + Space Focuses Windows Sidebar
Win + Tab (Pre-Vista)/Win+T (Vista) Taskbar Task Switch
Win + Tab (Vista+) 3D Task Switch
Win + U (Pre-Vista) Utilman.exe (Accessibility controls)
Win + U (Vista) Ease of Access Center
Windows Logo Opens the Start menu

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