Keyboard shortcuts

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.

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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+PrtScn

To do this

Turn High Contrast on or off

Press this key

Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock

To do this

Turn MouseKeys 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+U

To do this

Open Utility Manager

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 in a dialog box

Press this key

Ctrl+C

To do this

Copy

Press this key

Ctrl+X

To do this

Cut

Press this key

Ctrl+V

To do this

Paste

Press this key

Ctrl+Z

To do this

Undo

Press this key

Delete

To do this

Delete

Press this key

Shift+Delete

To do this

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

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

Highlight 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+A

To do this

Select all

Press this key

F3

To do this

Search for a file or folder

Press this key

Alt+Enter

To do this

View 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

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 items in the active list in a dialog box

Press this key

Menu key

To do this

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Press this key

Ctrl+Esc

To do this

Display the Start menu

Press this key

Alt+underlined letter

To do this

Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option in a dialog box

Press this key

Alt+underlined letter in a menu name

To do this

Display the corresponding menu

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 (or Ctrl+R)

To do this

Refresh the active window

Press this key

Backspace

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

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

End

To do this

Display the bottom of the active window

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

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key.

Press this key To do this
Press this key

Windows logo key

To do this

Open or close the Start menu

Press this key

Windows logo key+B

To do this

Set focus on a notification

Press this key

Windows logo key+Ctrl+F

To do this

Search for computers

Press this key

Windows logo key+Pause Break

To do this

Display the System Properties dialog box.

Press this key

Windows logo key+D

To do this

Show the desktop.

Press this key

Windows logo key+M

To do this

Minimize all windows.

Press this key

Windows logo key+Shift+M

To do this

Restore minimized windows

Press this key

Windows logo key+E

To do this

Open Computer

Press this key

Windows logo key+F

To do this

Search for a file or folder.

Press this key

Windows logo key+L

To do this

Lock your computer or switch users

Press this key

Windows logo key+R

To do this

Open the Run dialog box.