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Common Windows Keystrokes

Most of these keystrokes or 'keyboard shortcuts' can be used in most programs on every version of Windows since Windows 95. Find out more in my 'Doing away with the Mouse' tutorial; and if you have time have a look at my review of the specialist QPointer Keyboard access software. If you want to print this page it's very printer friendly and if you are having any trouble don't forget you can ask me!

Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

General:

Get Help

F1

Open the Start menu

WINDOWS KEY or CTRL+ESC

Open Windows Explorer

WINDOWS KEY+E

Open Run Dialog

WINDOWS KEY+R

Find File or Folder from Desktop

F3

Minimize All Applications

WINDOWS KEY+M

Switch between open applications

ALT+TAB

Quit the active application

ALT+F4

For Windows and Menus:

Open the application control menu

ALT+SPACE BAR

Move to the Menubar in application

ALT

Move to the toolbar in (some) applications ALT, CTRL+TAB

Choose a Menu item

ENTER

Move between menus

ALT, ARROW KEYS

Cancel or close a menu

ESC

Cancel or close a cascading menu

AlT

Open a child window control menu

ALT+DASH

Close a child window

CTRL+F4

Open the applications menu

APPLICATIONS KEY or SHIFT+F1 0

For Dialogs:

Move through dialog controls

TAB

Move backward through dialog controls

SHIFT+TAB

Move to another page

Ctrl+TAB

Reverse direction through pages

Ctrl+SHIFT+TAB

Select or deselect in List view

SPACEBAR or Ctrl+SPACEBAR

Toggle a check box on/off

SPACEBAR

For Reading Text:

Move One Character Left

LEFT ARROW

Move One Character Right

RIGHT ARROW

Move One Word Left

CTRL+LEFT ARROW

Move One Word Right

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

Move to Beginning of Line

HOME

Move to End of Line

END

Move One Paragraph Up

CTRL+UP ARROW

Move One Paragraph Down

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Scroll up one screen

PAGE UP

Scroll down one screen

PAGE DOWN

Move to beginning

CTRL+HOME

Move to end

CTRL+EN D

For Editing Text:

Copy

CTRL+C

Cut

CTRL+X

Paste

CTRL+V

Undo

CTRL+Z

Delete current character

DELETE

Delete prior character

BACKSPACE

Select One Character Left

SHIFT+LEFT ARROW

Select One Character Right

SHIFT+RIGHTARROW

Select One Word Left

CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW

Select One Word Right

CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW

Select to Beginning of Line

SHIFT+HOME

Select to End of Line

SHIFT+END

Select to beginning

CTRL+SHIFT+HOME

Select to end

CTRL+SHIFT+EN D

Select ALL

CTRL+A

For Windows Explorer:

 

Delete files

DELETE

Rename a file or folder

F2

Open Properties for Selected File or Folder

ALT+ENTER

Refresh a window

F5

Switch between windows

F6 or TAB

Go up one Level

BACKSPACE

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