Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 2000

To Press
Select a menu, or select or clear the check box by the letter underlined in the menu name. ALT+letter key, where the key is the underlined letter in a menu command
Undoes the last action (Undo command in Edit menu); use within a window. Note that not all actions, such as shutting down, can be undone. ALT+BACKSPACE or CTRL+Z
Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows. ALT+ENTER
Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar in the reverse direction; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows. ALT+SHIFT+ENTER
Display the properties of a selected item while working in a window. ALT+ENTER
Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows. ALT+ESC
Switch view from current application window to next open application window, including minimized windows on the taskbar in the reverse direction; press ESC more than once to switch through successive windows. ALT+SHIFT+ESC
Close the active application window. ALT+F4
Display Document menu from the leftmost icon on the main toolbar of the active document window. ALT+HYPHEN
Minimize all windows when taskbar has been selected. ALT+M
Copy the active window to the Windows Clipboard. ALT+PRINTSCREEN
Redo the previously undone action; works within a window. ALT+SHIFT+BACKSPACE
Open the menu of the leftmost icon on the main toolbar bar of the active window; this menu typically contains the following commands: Restore, Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize and Close. ALT+SPACEBAR
Close the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR+C
Minimize the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR+N
Restore the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR+R
Maximize the active window if it is minimized. ALT+SPACEBAR+X
Move from active application window to the previously used application window; to select an application from a list of the open applications, hold ALT down and press TAB more than once to move through the list from left to right. ALT+TAB
Move from active application window to the previously used application window; to select an application from a list of the open applications, hold ALT and SHIFT down and press TAB more than once to move through the list from right to left. ALT+SHIFT+TAB
Select the next icon with the specified name or initial letter while working on Desktop or Taskbar. Any printing character
Select the menu command with the underlined character (access key) on an open menu within the window. Any printing character
Select the next icon with the specified name or initial letter while working in Windows Explorer- Tree View; repeating the character selects successive items beginning with the same character. Any printing character
Move to the next item with the specified name or initial letter when working in dialog boxes. Use BACKSPACE to change; in a multiple selection list box, this command moves to an item without selecting it. Any printing character
Select the icon or taskbar button adjacent to starting point in the direction of the arrow while working on Desktop or Taskbar. ARROW KEY
Select the next item in the indicated direction while working in Windows explorer; add SHIFT to select or deselect additional items; add CTRL to move to the item without selecting it; in Details View there is only one column, so RIGHT and LEFT ARRO ARROW KEY
Expand view of everything under the current selection when working in Windows Explorer-Tree view. ASTERISK (on the numeric keypad)
Display the contents of the parent directory of an active directory while working in Windows Explorer; it may open a new window, depending on the options selected. BACKSPACE
Display the contents of the parent directory of an active directory while working in Windows Explorer-Tree View; it may open a new window, depending on the options selected. BACKSPACE
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer-TreeView. BACKSPACE
Select all the items in the active window (You also can choose Select All from the Edit menu.). CTRL+A
Display the Close Program dialog box in order to close active programs, or to shut down the entire computer system. CTRL+ALT+DELETE
Open the Windows NT Security dialog box to choose from the following options: Lock Workstation, Logoff, Shut Down, Change Password, Task Manager, and Cancel; if you are not logged on, command opens the logon dial CTRL+ALT+DELETE
Undo previous action taken within a window. CTRL+BACKSPACE
Copy selected item(s) to the Windows Clipboard when working in Windows Explorer. CTRL+C
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph within a window. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Copy a selected file to a folder by dragging the file to the folder. CTRL+DRAG A FILE
Display Windows Start menu. CTRL+ESC
Display Run dialog box after displaying Start menu. CTRL+ESC and then R
Display the Find All Files dialog box while working in Windows Explorer. CTRL+F or F3
Close the active document window. CTRL+F4
Go to the next document window in the active application. Add SHIFT to go to the previous document window. CTRL+F6
Go to the previous document window in the active application. CTRL+SHIFT+F6
Display the Go To Folder dialog box (You also can choose Go To from the Tools menu). CTRL+G
Copy the selected item(s) to the Clipboard. (You also can choose the Copy command from the Edit menu.). CTRL+INSERT OR CTRL+C
Move the cursor's position to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Open the New dialog box. CTRL+N
Display the Open dialog box (You also can choose the Open command from the File menu.). CTRL+O
Display the Print dialog box (You also can choose the Print command from the File menu). CTRL+P
Display next tab when working with a dialog box with multiple tabs. CTRL+PAGE DOWN or CTRL+TAB
Display the previous tab when working with a dialog box with multiple tabs. CTRL+PAGE UP or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move the cursor's position to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Open the Save dialog box (You also can choose the Save command from the File menu). CTRL+S
Highlight a selected block of text. CTRL+SHIFT+ANY ARROW KEY
Create a shortcut icon for a selected file in a selected place. CTRL+SHIFT+DRAG A FILE
Select the active item; use after moving with the CTRL key to select separate groups of items. CTRL+SPACEBAR
Deselect the active item; use after moving with the CTRL key to select separate groups of items. CTRL+SPACEBAR
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Paste a copied item(s) from the Clipboard into a selected location (You also can choose Paste from the Edit menu.). CTRL+V
Copy and remove the selected item(s) from their original location to the Clipboard. (You also can choose the Cut command from the Edit menu.). CTRL+X
Undo the last action; note: some actions, like Shutdown, cannot be undone (You also can choose Undo from the Edit menu.). CTRL+Z
Delete the selected item(s), or to delete the character to the right of the cursor; if items are files they will be moved to the Recycle Bin. DELETE
Delete the selected item(s), or to delete the character to the right of the cursor; if items are files they will be moved to the Recycle Bin. DELETE
Display the next or previous tab page in dialog boxes with tabs. DOWN ARROW or UP ARROW
Opens the selected menu when focus is on the menu title, but activates a menu item when focus is on a menu item. If the selected menu item is unavailable, ENTER closes the menu. ENTER
Open or display a selected item; it may open a new window, depending on the options you have selected. (You also can choose Open from the File menu.). ENTER
Close an open menu and return to the parent menu if there is one, or return to the menu title. If already at the menu title, return to position previous to activating the menu bar. ESC
Cancel the current task. ESC
Display Help information for the active object or the window as a whole. F1
Activate, or select, the main toolbar beginning with the first toolbar option on the left, usually File; after the first option is activated you can navigate through toolbar and menu options using the appropriate ARROW keys; press F10 or ALT again F10 or ALT
Rename a selected item (A bold rectangle appears around the title creating a text box, type the new name and press ENTER;Press ESC to cancel. Some icons on the desktop cannot be renamed). F2
Open the Find All Files dialog box. F3
Open the drop-down list box on the toolbar. Pressing F4 again moves the keyboard focus back to the previously used item. F4
Refresh the current window (You also can choose Refresh from the View menu.). F5
Move between active panes and the toolbar. F6 or TAB
Select the last item in the current list. END
Move to the first item in the current list without selecting it. CTRL+HOME
Move to the last item in the current list without selecting it. CTRL+END
Select the first item in the list and additional items below it. SHIFT+HOME
Select the last item in the current list and additional items above it. SHIFT+END
Select the first item on the tree, when working in Windows Explorer - Tree View. HOME
Select the highest setting in a dialog box with slide out menus. HOME
Select the lowest setting in a dialog box with slide out menus. END
Select the first item in a list box. HOME
Select the last item in a list box. END
Select the first item and additional items in an extended selection list box. SHIFT+HOME
Select the last item and additional items in an extended selection list box. SHIFT+END
Move to the first item in an extended selection list box without selecting it. In a multiple selection list box, this moves cursor without changing the selection. CTRL+HOME
Move to the last item in an extended selection list box without selecting it. In a multiple selection list box, this moves cursor without changing the selection. CTRL+END
Close a branch, or select the parent of the current item, when working in Windows Explorer - Tree View. LEFT ARROW
Switch the focus between menus on the menu bar in the direction of the arrow. If the original menu was open, the target menu is opened as well, and the first item in it gets the focus. LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW
Select the next lower setting in a dialog box with slide out menus. LEFT ARROW
Select the next lower setting in a dialog box with slide out menus. UP ARROW
Close everything under the current selection when working in Windows Explorer - Tree View. MINUS SIGN (on the numeric keypad)
Select a lower or higher setting when working in a dialog box with slide out menus, depending on the application; this is the equivalent of pressing an arrow key many times. PAGE DOWN
Select a lower or higher setting when working in a dialog box with slide out menus, depending on the application; this is the equivalent of pressing an arrow key many times. PAGE UP
In Windows Explorer, go the top item on the screen. Use a second time to select the item one screen above. PAGE UP
In Windows Explorer, go the bottom item on the screen. Use a second time to select the item one screen below. PAGE DOWN
In Windows Explorer, select additional items above an already selected item. SHIFT+PAGE UP
In Windows Explorer, select additional items below an already selected item. SHIFT+PAGE DOWN
In Windows Explorer, move to additional items above an already selected item, without selecting the additional items. CTRL+PAGE UP
In Windows Explorer, move to additional items below an already selected item, without selecting the additional items. CTRL+PAGE DOWN
In Windows Explorer Tree View, move to the top item on the screen. Use a second time to move up one screen. PAGE UP
In Windows Explorer Tree View, move to the bottom item on the screen. Use a second time to move down one screen. PAGE DOWN
In dialog boxes and combo boxes, move a selected item up one screen. PAGE UP
In dialog boxes and combo boxes, move a selected item down one screen. PAGE DOWN
In an extended selection list box, select additional items above an already selected item. SHIFT+PAGE UP
In an extended selection list box, select additional items below an already selected item. SHIFT+PAGE DOWN
In an extended selection list box, move to additional items above an already select item, without selecting the additional items. In a multiple selection list box, use to move without changing the selection. CTRL+PAGE UP
In an extended selection list box, move to additional items below an already select item, without selecting the additional items. In a multiple selection list box, use to move without changing the selection. CTRL+PAGE DOWN
In Windows Explorer, Tree view, expand everything under the current selection back to a previously opened state, or use to open only one level if it has not previously been opened. PLUS SIGN (on the numeric keypad)
Copy an image of the screen to the Windows Clipboard. PRINT SCREEN
In Windows Explorer, Tree view, open a branch, or select the first item in the branch. RIGHT ARROW
in dialog boxes with the slide out option, select the next highest setting. RIGHT ARROW
in dialog boxes with the slide out option, select the next highest setting. DOWN ARROW
Use with tabbed dialog boxes and when the focus is on a tab selector, to choose the next or previous tab in the current row and to display the page. RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW
Bypass the AutoPlay feature by holding the SHIFT key down while you insert a CD-ROM ; hold down the SHIFT key while Microsoft Word is loading to suppress the AutoExec macro. SHIFT
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop in the direction of the chosen ARROW KEY, or to select text within a document. SHIFT+ANY ARROW KEY
Delete selected item(s) immediately without moving the item(s) to the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
Display a shortcut menu that shows a list of commands relevant to the selected object. SHIFT+F10 or Application key (also the right mouse click)
In extended selection list box, move without changing the selection. You can then press CTRL+SPACEBAR or SHIFT+SPACEBAR to select additional items. The list box returns to normal operation when you press SHIFT+F8 a second time or switch to another SHIFT+F8
Paste copied items(s) from the Clipboard (You also can choose the Paste command from the Edit menu.). SHIFT+INSERT OR CTRL+V
Extend the selection to the current item; if you have already selected more than one item, it selects only the items from the first item you selected to the current item. SHIFT+SPACE
Extend the selection from the last selected item to the current item in an extended selection dialog box, combo box or list-box. SHIFT+SPACE
When typed alone, selects the current item if it is not already selected. Use after moving with the CTRL key to select separate groups of items. SPACE
Select or deselect the current item in an extended-selection list box. SPACEBAR or CTRL+SPACE
Move between the last selected icon on the desktop, the Start button on the taskbar, and the taskbar as a whole. There is no visual indication of the focus on the taskbar, but you can use the arrow keys to move between the taskbar buttons. You also TAB
Open a selected menu; DOWN ARROW selects the next command in the list. DOWN ARROW
Open a selected menu; UP ARROW selects the previous command in the list. UP ARROW
Select the next visible object above when working in Windows Explorer-Tree View. UP ARROW
Select the next visible object below when working in Windows Explorer-Tree View. DOWN ARROW
Select the previous item in a dialog box. UP ARROW
Select the next item in a dialog box. DOWN ARROW
In an extended selection list box, select additional items above an already selected item. SHIFT+UP ARROW
In an extended selection list box, select additional items below an already selected item. SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Move to additional items above a selected item without selecting the additional items. CTRL+UP ARROW
Move to additional items below a selected item without selecting the additional items. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Display Windows Help. WIN+F1
Opens the Start menu from the taskbar. When you use CTRL+ESC, you can press ESC again to place the keyboard focus on the Start button. When you use the Windows logo key, pressing ESC again closes the Start menu. Windows logo key or CTRL+ESC
Open the System Properties dialog box. (You also can choose the Systems item in Control Panel.). Windows logo key+BREAK
Open the Find Computer dialog box. (You also can choose the Computer command from the Find item in the Start menu.). Windows logo key+CTRL+F
Open the Windows Explorer. (You also can choose the Windows Explorer command from the Program item in the Start menu.). Windows logo key+E
Open the Find All Files dialog box. (You also can choose the Files Or Folders command from the Find item in the Start menu.). Windows logo key+F
Minimize all open windows. The keyboard focus goes to the least recently selected icon on the desktop. Windows logo key+M
Expand previously opened windows and return focus to the most recently used application. Windows logo key+M+SHIFT
This shortcut key is reserved for use by computer manufacturers. Windows logo key+number
Display the Run dialog box. (You also can choose the Run command in the Start menu.). Windows logo key+R
Select and cycle through the taskbar buttons. Windows logo key+TAB

More Information

Alternative keyboard layouts can be used by those who type with one hand or one finger.

More Keyboard Shortcuts can be found by searching the Help index of a Microsoft product. In Help, type "keyboard shortcuts" in the Answer Wizard or Index boxes, to get a list of keyboard shortcuts.