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Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

September 2015

Whether you are working with General Folder, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Internet Explorer and Media Player, all the shortcuts are provided in this article.

The use of a Windows operating system can be made easier and quicker with the use of keyboard shortcuts and combinations of various keys. This article explains the shortcuts used for different applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Although many shortcuts are already well known, this article also provides an insight into those that are less commonly used. Needless to say, keyboard shortcuts reduce the time and effort of using the mouse while working.


This article lists the most common shortcuts used in a Windows operating system.
  • The keyboard shortcuts can be used in different ways, such as:
  • Navigation (running a new application, showing the desktop, locking the desktop, etc.)
  • Power management (shutting down the computer, restarting the computer, etc.)
  • Screenshots (Saving a screenshot, copying a screenshot, etc.)
  • Text editing (going to the start of line, going to the previous word, etc.)

Windows system

Windows Key will open the Start menu

Windows Key+Break will display the System Properties dialogue box

Windows Key+D will minimize the windows to show the Desktop

Windows Key+E will open Internet Explorer

Windows Key+F will open the Search option for files and folders

Windows Key+F+CTRL will open Search option for computer

Windows Key+F1 will display Help/Assistance option

Windows Key+L will lock your Desktop

Windows Key+M will minimize or restore all windows

Windows Key+R will open the RUN option

Windows Key+TAB will switch between open items

Windows Key+U: will open Utility Manager

ALT+ Hyphen will display the Multiple Document Interface child window's System menu

ALT+ ENTER will view the properties for the selected object

ALT+ ESC will cycle through the items in the order that they were opened

ALT+ F4 will close all the windows that are open

ALT+ SPACEBAR will display the System menu

ALT+TAB switch from one open program to another on your taskbar.

F1 used to request help/assistance

SHIFT If you press and hold down the SHIFT key while inserting a CD-ROM it will skip the automatic-run feature

SHIFT+DELETE will delete the file permanently

CTRL+ESC will open the Start Menu

In a General Folder and text programs

Ctrl + A will select all items

Ctrl + B will organize your Favorites in Internet Explorer

Ctrl + C will copy the selected item

Ctrl + F will open the Search options

Ctrl + H will allow you to replace some text

Ctrl + N will create a new folder

Ctrl + O will open a new document

Ctrl + P will print the selected document

Ctrl + S will save the current document

Ctrl + V will copy the selected item

Ctrl + W will close the current window

Ctrl + X will cut the current item

Ctrl + Y will repeat the last action that has been cancelled

Ctrl + Z will undo the last action

In a General Folder

F10 opens Menu Bar options

CTRL+F4 list the address menu paths

SHIFT+F10 opens right click shortcut menu

ALT+DOWN ARROW will open a drop-down list box

ALT+SPACE will list the window's System menu

ALT+Underlined Letter in Menu opens the menu

For a selected item in a folder

F2 used to rename the item

F3 opens the Search option

F5 will refresh the current folder

F6 will move along the panes in Windows Explorer

CTRL+ X cut an item

CTRL+ C copy an item

CTRL+ V paste an item

SHIFT+DELETE will delete this item permanently.

ALT+ENTER will open the properties option for the selected item.

CTRL+ G will open the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only)

CTRL+ A will select all the items in the current window

BACKSPACE will switch to the parent folder

For Microsoft Word

CTRL+ N will promptly open a Word document

CTRL+ O will open a previously saved Word document

CTRL+ W will close the current window without exiting Word

CTRL+ S will save the current document

CTRL+ P will promptly print the current document

CTRL+ Z will undo the last action

CTRL+ Y will restore an undone action

CTRL+ X will cut the selected text

CTRL+ C will copy the selected text

CTRL+ V will paste the selected text

CTRL+ A will select the whole document

CTRL+ F will search for a specific text in the current document

CTRL+ B will bold the selected text

CTRL+ I will put in italics the selected text

CTRL+ U will underline the selected text

For Microsoft Excel

CTRL+ N will promptly open an Excel document

CTRL+ O will open a previously saved Excel document

CTRL+ W will close the current window without exiting Excel

CTRL+ S will save the current document

CTRL+ P will promptly print the current document

CTRL+ Z will undo the last action

CTRL+ Y will restore an undone action

CTRL+ X will cut the selected text

CTRL+ C will copy the selected text

CTRL+ V will paste the selected text

CTRL+ A will select the whole document

CTRL+ F will search for a specific text in the current document

CTRL+ B will bold the selected text

CTRL+ I will put in italics the selected text

CTRL+ U will underline the selected text

F1 will prompt the Help option

F2 will edit the document

F3 will paste the name

F4 will repeat the last action

F5 will open the Go To option

F6 will switch to the next pane

F7 will launch the Spell Check option

F8 will allow the Extend Mode

F9 will recalculate all workbooks

F10 will activate the menu bar

F11 will open a new chart

F12 will save the document.

For Microsoft PowerPoint

F4 will repeat the last action

F5 will start a slide show

F6 will switch to the next pane in a clockwise way

CTRL+ EQUAL SIGN will apply a subscript formatting

CTRL+ ADDITION SIGN will apply a superscript formatting

CTRL+ BACKSPACE will delete a word

CTRL+ F will find a word/words in the text

CTRL+ K will insert a hyperlink

CTRL+ M will insert a slide

CTRL+ I will set the text into italics

CTRL+ D will copy the current slide

CTRL+ O will open a previously saved PowerPoint file

CTRL+ T will open a Font dialogue

CTRL+ Y will repeat last action

CTRL+ G to view guides

SHIFT+ ALT+ LEFT ARROW will promote a paragraph

SHIFT+ F3 will capitalize the text

SHIFT+ALT+ RIGHT ARROW will demote a paragraph

SHIFT+F6 will switch turn the previous pane anticlockwise

For Internet Explorer

F1 will display the Internet Explorer help

F11 will allow the full screen option

TAB KEY will enable you to move through the items, address bar and links on your webpage

ALT+HOME will go to your home page

ALT+LEFT ARROW will go to the previous page

SHIFT+F10 will display a shortcut menu for the link

CTRL+TAB will move forward between tabs

SHIFT+CTRL+TAB will move back between frames

UP ARROW KEY will scroll towards the beginning of the webpage

DOWN ARROW KEY will scroll towards the end of the webpage

PAGE UP will scroll by sections towards the beginning of the webpage

PAGE DOWN will scroll by sections towards the end of the webpage

HOME will move directly to the beginning of the webpage

END will move directly to the end of the webpage

CTRL+F will find some text on the page

F5 will refresh the current page

ESC will stop loading the page

CTRL+ N will open a new window

CTRL+ E will open the Search option in the Explorer bar

CTRL+ I will open the Favorites option in Explorer bar

CTRL+ H will open the History option in Explorer bar

For Windows Media Player

ALT + 1 (2 or 3) 50% zoom (100% or 200%)

ALT + Enter toggle full screen

Esc Exit from full screen

ALT + Left arrow take a step back in your navigation history

ALT + Right arrow move forward in your navigation history

CTRL + 1 switch to full screen

CTRL + 2 switch to skin mode

CTRL + B previous (item or chapter)

CTRL + F next (item or chapter)

CTRL + M toggle shuffle

CTRL + T toggle repeat

CTRL + M
show/hide the Classic Menus (menu bar)

CTRL + N create a new playlist

CTRL + O open file

CTRL + P Play/Pause

CTRL + S stop reading CTRL + S

CTRL + U specify a URL or file path

Ctrl + Shift + C enable/disable captions and subtitles

F2 rename selected item

F3 add media files to the library

F5 update information

F6 increase the size of the album cover

Shift + F6 reduce the size of the album cover

F7 disable volume

F8 decrease volume

F9 increase volume
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