Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs.
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your computer easier to use.
Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScn
Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock
Turn MouseKeys on or off
Shift five times
Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds
Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key+U
Open Utility Manager
The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.
Display Help in a dialog box
Delete the selected item permanently without moving it to the Recycle Bin
Rename the selected item
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key
Highlight a block of text
Shift with any arrow key
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Search for a file or folder
View properties for the selected item
Close the active item, or exit the active program
Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Switch between open items
Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Display the Start menu
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option in a dialog box
Alt+underlined letter in a menu name
Display the corresponding menu
Activate the menu bar in the active program
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 (or Ctrl+R)
Refresh the active window
View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Cancel the current task
Shift when you insert a CD
Prevent the CD from automatically playing
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.
Move forward through tabs
Move back through tabs
Move forward through options
Move back through options
Display the bottom of the active window
Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
Display the items in the active list
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key.
Windows logo key
Open or close the Start menu
Windows logo key+B
Set focus on a notification
Windows logo key+Ctrl+F
Search for computers
Windows logo key+Pause Break
Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key+D
Show the desktop.
Windows logo key+M
Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key+Shift+M
Restore minimized windows
Windows logo key+E
Windows logo key+F
Search for a file or folder.
Windows logo key+L
Lock your computer or switch users
Windows logo key+R
Open the Run dialog box.