Keyboard Shortcuts - Windows

Keyboard shortcuts are really helpful to do work speedily with the help of these short keys. They just don’t get the work done quickly, but also improves the efficiency

Below are compiled list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows.

Note: Some of the shortcuts given below may not work for versions below Windows 8. 

General Shortcuts
    F1 - Display Help
    F2 - Rename the selected item
    F3 - Search for a file or folder
    F4 - Display the address bar list in File Explorer
    F5 - Refresh the active window
    F6 - Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
    F10 - Activate the Menu bar in the active app
    ALT + F4 - Close the active item, or exit the active app
    ALT + ESC - Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
    ALT + underlined letter in menus and dialog box options - Perform the command for that letter
    ALT + ENTER - Display properties for the selected item
    ALT + SPACEBAR - Open the shortcut menu for the active window
    ALT + LEFT ARROW - Back
    ALT + RIGHT ARROW - Forward
    ALT + PAGE UP - Move up one screen
    ALT + PAGE DOWN - Move down one screen
    ALT + TAB - Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)
    CTRL + F4 - Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
    CTRL + A - Select all items in a document or window
    CTRL + C or CTRL + INSERT - Copy the selected item
    CTRL + D / DELETE - DELETE the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
    CTRL + R or F5 - Refresh the active window
    CTRL + V or SHIFT + INSERT - Paste the selected item
    CTRL + X - Cut the selected item
    CTRL + Y - Redo an action
    CTRL + Z - Undo an action
    CTRL + + or CTRL + – - Zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
    CTRL + mouse scroll wheel - Change the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large NUMBER of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
    CTRL + RIGHT ARROW - Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
    CTRL + LEFT ARROW - Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
    CTRL + DOWN ARROW - Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
    CTRL + UP ARROW - Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
    CTRL + ALT + TAB - Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
    CTRL + ARROW + SPACEBAR - Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
    CTRL + SHIFT + ARROW - Select a block of text
    CTRL + ESC - Open the Start screen
    CTRL + SHIFT + ESC - Open Task Manager
    CTRL + SHIFT - Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
    CTRL + SPACEBAR - Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
    SHIFT + F10 - Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
    SHIFT + ARROW - Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
    SHIFT + DELETE - Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
    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
    ESC - Stop or leave the current task
 


Windows Key Shortcuts
    Win - Display or hide the Start screen 
    Win + F1 - Open Windows Help and support
    Win + B - Set focus in the notification area
    Win + C - Open Charms
    Win + D - Display and hide the desktop
    Win + E - Open File Explorer
    Win + F - Open the Search charm and search for files
    Win + H - Open the Share charm
    Win + I - Open the Settings charm
    Win + K - Open the Devices charm
    Win + L - Lock your PC or switch people
    Win + M - Minimize all windows
    Win + O - Lock device orientation
    Win + P - Choose a presentation display mode
    Win + Q - Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)
    Win + R - Open the Run dialog box
    Win + S - Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web
    Win + T - Cycle through apps on the taskbar
    Win + U - Open Ease of Access Center
    Win + V - Cycle through notifications
    Win + SHIFT + V - Cycle through notifications in reverse order
    Win + W - Open the Search charm and search for settings
    Win + X - Open the Quick Link menu
    Win + Z - Show the commands available in the app
    Win + , - Temporarily peek at the desktop
    Win + PAUSE - Display the System Properties dialog box
    Win + CTRL + F - Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)
    Win + SHIFT + M - Restore minimized windows on the desktop
    Win + (NUMBER 1-9) - Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, it switches to that app.
    Win + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9) - Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Win + CTRL + (NUMBER 1-9) - Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Win + ALT + (NUMBER 1-9) - Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
    Win + CTRL + SHIFT + (NUMBER 1-9) - Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
    Win + TAB - Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
    Win + CTRL + TAB - Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
    Win + SHIFT + TAB - Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
    Win + CTRL + B - Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
    Win + UP ARROW - Maximize the window
    Win + DOWN ARROW - Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
    Win + LEFT ARROW - Maximize the app or desktop window to the LEFT side of the screen
    Win + RIGHT ARROW - Maximize the app or desktop window to the RIGHT side of the screen
    Win + HOME - Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)
    Win + SHIFT + UP ARROW - Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
    Win + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW - Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
    Win + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW - Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
    Win + SPACEBAR - Switch input language and keyboard layout
    Win + CTRL + SPACEBAR - Change to a previously selected input
    Win + ENTER - Open Narrator
    Win + SHIFT + . - Cycle through open apps
    Win + . - Cycle through open apps
    Win + / - Initiate IME reconversion
    Win + ALT + ENTER - Open WindowsMedia Center
    Win + +/- - Zoom in or out using Magnifier
    Win + ESC - Exit Magnifier 











Dialog Box Shortcuts

    F1 - Display Help
    F4 - Display the items in the active list
    CTRL + TAB - Move forward through tabs
    CTRL + SHIFT + TAB - Move back through tabs
    CTRL + (NUMBER 1-9) - Move to nth tab
    TAB - Move forward through options
    SHIFT + TAB - Move back through options
    ALT + underlined letter in menus and dialog box options - Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
    SPACEBAR - Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
    BACKSPACE - Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
    ARROW Keys - Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

File Explorer (Windows Explorer) Shortcuts

    ALT + D - Select the address bar
    CTRL + E - Select the search box
    CTRL + F - Select the search box
    CTRL + N - Open a new window
    CTRL + W - Close the current window
    CTRL + mouse scroll wheel - Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
    CTRL + SHIFT + E - Display all folders above the selected folder
    CTRL + SHIFT + N - Create a new folder
    NUM LOCK + * - Display all subfolders under the selected folder
    NUM LOCK + + - Display the contents of the selected folder
    NUM LOCK + – - Collapse the selected folder
    ALT + P - Display the preview pane
    ALT + ENTER - Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
    ALT + RIGHT ARROW - View the next folder
    ALT + UP ARROW - View the folder that the folder was in
    ALT + LEFT ARROW - View the previous folder
    BACKSPACE - View the previous folder
    RIGHT ARROW - Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
    LEFT ARROW - Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in
    END - Display the bottom of the active window
    HOME - Display the top of the active window
    F11 - Maximize or minimize the active window

Taskbar Shortcuts

    SHIFT + Click a Taskbar Button - Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app
    CTRL + SHIFT + Click a Taskbar Button - Open an app as an administrator
    SHIFT + Right-Click a Taskbar Button - Show the window menu for the app
    SHIFT + Right-Click a grouped Taskbar Button - Show the window menu for the group
    CTRL + Click a grouped Taskbar Button - Cycle through the windows of the group

 
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