Windows keyboard shortcuts overview

Use shortcut keys as an alternative to the mouse when working in Windows. You can open, close, and navigate the Start menu, desktop, menus, dialog boxes, and Web pages using keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts may also make it easier for you to interact with your computer.

Click a heading, or press TAB to highlight a heading, and then press ENTER.

General keyboard shortcuts

PressTo

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.

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu

Carry out the corresponding command.

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 into the CD-ROM drive

Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Press

To

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.

Natural keyboard shortcuts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts with a Microsoft Natural Keyboard or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key () and the Application key ().

Press

To

Display or hide the Start menu.

+BREAK

Display the System Properties dialog box.

+D

Show the desktop.

+M

Minimize all windows.

+Shift+M

Restores minimized windows.

+E

Open My Computer.

+F

Search for a file or folder.

CTRL+ +F

Search for computers.

+F1

Display Windows Help.

+ L

Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.

+R

Open the Run dialog box.

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

+U

Open Utility Manager.

Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Press

To

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK

Switch MouseKeys on and off.

SHIFT five times

Switch StickyKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

+U

Open Utility Manager.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Press

To

END

Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME

Display the top of the active window.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)

Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)

Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)

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.

Note

You must associate a password with your user account to secure it from unauthorized access. If you do not have a password associated with your user account, pressing the +L will not prevent other users from accessing your account information.

Some keyboard shortcuts may not work if StickyKeys is turned on in Accessibility Options.

If you are connected to Windows through Microsoft Terminal Services Client, some shortcuts have changed. For more information, see the online documentation for Terminal Services Client.

Related Topics

Common tasks: Accessibility Options

Accessibility Options overview

Turn on StickyKeys

Change StickyKeys options

Utility Manager overview

Specify shortcut keys

Control Panel accessibility options

Accessibility Wizard

Turn Fast User Switching on or off

Create a user password

Fast User Switching

Create a password for a user account

Turn Fast User Switching on or off



© 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy & Cookies