Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer because you don't need to use the mouse as often.

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Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your computer easier to use.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

To do this

Turn Filter Keys on and off

Press this key

Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN)

To do this

Turn High Contrast on or off

Press this key

Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK

To do this

Turn Mouse Keys on or off

Press this key

SHIFT five times

To do this

Turn Sticky Keys on or off

Press this key

NUM LOCK for five seconds

To do this

Turn Toggle Keys on or off

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U
To do this

Open the Ease of Access Center

General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

F1

To do this

Display Help

Press this key

CTRL+C

To do this

Copy the selected item

Press this key

CTRL+X

To do this

Cut the selected item

Press this key

CTRL+V

To do this

Paste the selected item

Press this key

CTRL+Z

To do this

Undo an action

Press this key

CTRL+Y

To do this

Redo an action

Press this key

DELETE

To do this

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Press this key

SHIFT+DELETE

To do this

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

Press this key

F2

To do this

Rename the selected item

Press this key

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Press this key

CTRL+LEFT ARROW

To do this

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Press this key

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

To do this

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Press this key

CTRL+UP ARROW

To do this

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Press this key

CTRL+SHIFT with an arrow key

To do this

Select a block of text

Press this key

SHIFT with any arrow key

To do this

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Press this key

CTRL with any arrow key+SPACEBAR

To do this

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Press this key

CTRL+A

To do this

Select all items in a document or window

Press this key

F3

To do this

Search for a file or folder

Press this key

ALT+ENTER

To do this

Display properties for the selected item

Press this key

ALT+F4

To do this

Close the active item, or exit the active program

Press this key

ALT+SPACEBAR

To do this

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Press this key

CTRL+F4

To do this

Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Press this key

ALT+TAB

To do this

Switch between open items

Press this key

CTRL+ALT+TAB

To do this

Use the arrow keys to switch between open items

Press this key

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel

To do this

Change the size of icons on the desktop

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB
To do this

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

Press this key
CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB
To do this

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

Press this key

ALT+ESC

To do this

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

Press this key

F6

To do this

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

Press this key

F4

To do this

Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer

Press this key

SHIFT+F10

To do this

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Press this key

CTRL+ESC

To do this

Open the Start menu

Press this key

ALT+underlined letter

To do this

Display the corresponding menu

Press this key

ALT+underlined letter

To do this

Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)

Press this key

F10

To do this

Activate the menu bar in the active program

Press this key

RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

Press this key

LEFT ARROW

To do this

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

Press this key

F5

To do this

Refresh the active window

Press this key

ALT+UP ARROW

To do this

View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

Press this key

ESC

To do this

Cancel the current task

Press this key

CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

To do this

Open Task Manager

Press this key

SHIFT when you insert a CD

To do this

Prevent the CD from automatically playing

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

CTRL+TAB

To do this

Move forward through tabs

Press this key

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

To do this

Move back through tabs

Press this key

TAB

To do this

Move forward through options

Press this key

SHIFT+TAB

To do this

Move back through options

Press this key

ALT+underlined letter

To do this

Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

Press this key

ENTER

To do this

Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands

Press this key

SPACEBAR

To do this

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Press this key

Arrow keys

To do this

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

Press this key

F1

To do this

Display Help

Press this key

F4

To do this

Display the items in the active list

Press this key

BACKSPACE

To do this

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Microsoft keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use with Microsoft keyboards.

Press this key To do this
Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key
To do this

Open or close the Start menu

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +PAUSE
To do this

Display the System Properties dialog box

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D
To do this

Display the desktop

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M
To do this

Minimize all windows

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SHIFT+M
To do this

Restore minimized windows to the desktop

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E
To do this

Open Computer

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F
To do this

Search for a file or folder

Press this key
CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F
To do this

Search for computers (if you are on a network)

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L
To do this

Lock your computer or switch users

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R
To do this

Open the Run dialog box

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T
To do this

Cycle through programs on the taskbar

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB
To do this

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

Press this key
CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB
To do this

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SPACEBAR
To do this

Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G
To do this

Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U
To do this

Open Ease of Access Center

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X
To do this

Open Windows Mobility Center

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key with any number key
To do this
Open the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

CTRL+N

To do this

Open a new window

Press this key

END

To do this

Display the bottom of the active window

Press this key

HOME

To do this

Display the top of the active window

Press this key

F11

To do this

Maximize or minimize the active window

Press this key

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypad

To do this

Display all subfolders under the selected folder

Press this key

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypad

To do this

Display the contents of the selected folder

Press this key

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypad

To do this

Collapse the selected folder

Press this key

LEFT ARROW

To do this

Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder

Press this key

ALT+LEFT ARROW

To do this

View the previous folder

Press this key

RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Display the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Press this key

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

View the next folder

Press this key

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel

To do this

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Press this key

ALT+D

To do this

Select the Address bar

Windows Sidebar keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Sidebar.

Press this key To do this
Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SPACEBAR
To do this

Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar

Press this key
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G
To do this

Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

Press this key

TAB

To do this

Cycle through Sidebar controls

Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Photo Gallery.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

CTRL+F

To do this

Open the Fix pane

Press this key

CTRL+P

To do this

Print the selected picture

Press this key

ENTER

To do this

View the selected picture at a larger size

Press this key

CTRL+I

To do this

Open or close the Details pane

Press this key

CTRL+PERIOD (.)

To do this

Rotate the picture clockwise

Press this key

CTRL+COMMA (,)

To do this

Rotate the picture counter-clockwise

Press this key

F2

To do this

Rename the selected item

Press this key

CTRL+E

To do this

Search for an item

Press this key

ALT+LEFT ARROW

To do this

Go back

Press this key

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Go forward

Press this key

PLUS SIGN (+)

To do this

Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail

Press this key

MINUS SIGN (-)

To do this

Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail

Press this key

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel

To do this

Change the size of the picture thumbnail

Press this key

CTRL+B

To do this

Best fit

Press this key

LEFT ARROW

To do this

Select the previous item

Press this key

DOWN ARROW

To do this

Select the next item or row

Press this key

UP ARROW

To do this

Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail)

Press this key

PAGE UP

To do this

Previous screen

Press this key

PAGE DOWN

To do this

Next screen

Press this key

HOME

To do this

Select the first item

Press this key

END

To do this

Select the last item

Press this key

DELETE

To do this

Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin

Press this key

SHIFT+DELETE

To do this

Permanently delete the selected item

Press this key

LEFT ARROW

To do this

Collapse node

Press this key

RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Expand node

Press this key
Keyboard shortcuts for working with videos
Press this key

J

To do this

Move back one frame

Press this key

K

To do this

Pause the playback

Press this key

L

To do this

Move forward one frame

Press this key

I

To do this

Set the start trim point

Press this key

O

To do this

Set the end trim point

Press this key

M

To do this

Split a clip

Press this key

HOME

To do this

Stop and rewind all the way back to the start trim point

Press this key

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Advance to the next frame

Press this key

ALT+LEFT ARROW

To do this

Go back to the previous frame

Press this key

CTRL+K

To do this

Stop and rewind playback

Press this key

CTRL+P

To do this

Play from the current location

Press this key

HOME

To do this

Move the start trim point

Press this key

END

To do this

Move to the end trim point

Press this key

PAGE UP

To do this

Seek to nearest split point before the current location

Press this key

PAGE DOWN

To do this

Seek to nearest split point after the current location

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

ALT+C

To do this

Display the Table of Contents

Press this key

ALT+N

To do this

Display the Connection Settings menu

Press this key

F10

To do this

Display the Options menu

Press this key

ALT+LEFT ARROW

To do this

Move back to the previously viewed topic

Press this key

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

To do this

Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic

Press this key

ALT+A

To do this

Display the customer support page

Press this key

ALT+HOME

To do this

Display the Help and Support home page

Press this key

HOME

To do this

Move the to beginning of a topic

Press this key

END

To do this

Move to the end of a topic

Press this key

CTRL+F

To do this

Search the current topic

Press this key

CTRL+P

To do this

Print a topic

Press this key

F3

To do this

Move to the Search box