Everyone loves a faster way to do things in order to increase your productivity. Microsoft realized this when they added shortcut keys to Windows as well as their other software products. Most other software companies have shortcut keys within their products as well. And many of them are interchangeable between different programs

Windows has many built in shortcut key combinations that can be used instead of the mouse when working in Windows. These shortcuts allow you to do many things such as open, close, and navigate the Start menu, desktop, menus, dialog boxes, and web pages using only the keyboard. This comes in handy so you don't have to take your hands off the keyboard to do a simple task such as copy or paste some text.


Check out this list of Windows keyboard shortcuts and try some for yourself. They should be interchangeable with any version of Windows for the most part.

General Keyboard Shortcuts
Press
To
CTRL+C
Copy
CTRL+X
Cut
CTRL+V
Paste
CTRL+Z
Undo
DELETE
Delete
SHIFT+DELETE
Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
CTRL while dragging an item
Copy selected item
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
Create shortcut to selected item
F2
Rename selected item
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Highlight a block of text
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
CTRL+A
Select All
F3
Search for a file or folder
ALT+ENTER
View properties for the selected item
ALT+F4
Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+Enter
Displays the properties of the selected object
ALT+SPACEBAR
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window
CTRL+F4
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously
ALT+TAB
Switch between open items
ALT+ESC
Cycle through items in the order they were opened
F6
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
F4
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
SHIFT+F10
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
ALT+SPACEBAR
Display the System menu for the active window
CTRL+ESC
Display the Start menu
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
Display the corresponding menu
F10
Activate the menu bar in the active program
RIGHT ARROW
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
LEFT ARROW
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5
Refresh the active window
BACKSPACE
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
ESC
Cancel the current task
SHIFT when you insert a CD
Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Dialog box keyboard shortcuts
CTRL+TAB
Move forward through tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move backward through tabs
TAB
Move forward through options
SHIFT+TAB
Move backward through options
ALT+Underlined letter
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option
ENTER
Carry out the command for the active option or button
SPACEBAR
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1
Display Help
F4
Display the items in the active list
BACKSPACE
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
END
Display the bottom of the active window
HOME
Display the top of the active window
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*)
Display all subfolders under the selected folder
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+)
Display the contents of the selected folder
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN
(-) Collapse the selected folder
LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder
RIGHT ARROW
Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder

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