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Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Keyboard

The following tables summarize the standard Microsoft® Windows® shortcut key assignments.

The following shortcuts can be used by any program, but they must have the given meaning:

General shortcuts

KeyMeaning
F1Display context-sensitive Help.
Shift+F1Display context-sensitive Help (same as F1).
F2Rename the selected item.
F3Find next.
F5Refresh the active window.
F10Activate the menu bar in the active program.
Alt+EnterDisplay the Properties dialog box for the selected item.
Ctrl+ASelect all.
Ctrl+C, Ctrl+InsertCopy.
Ctrl+X, Ctrl+DeleteCut.
Ctrl+V, Shift+InsertPaste.
Ctrl+Y, Alt+Shift+BackspaceRedo.
Ctrl+Z, Alt+BackspaceUndo.
Ctrl+FOpen the Find dialog box.
Ctrl+HOpen the Replace dialog box.
Ctrl+NOpen a new blank document or the New dialog box.
Ctrl+OOpen the Open dialog box.
Ctrl+POpen the Print dialog box.
Ctrl+SSave the active document (normally without opening the Save As dialog box).
Shift+F10Display the context menu for the selected item.

Text formatting shortcuts

KeyMeaning
Ctrl+BBold
Ctrl+IItalic
Ctrl+UUnderline

The following shortcuts are standard for Windows controls. Custom controls should use shortcuts consistently.

List view shortcuts

KeyMeaning
HomeSelect first item.
EndSelect last item.
Ctrl+HomeMove focus to first item without selecting.
Ctrl+EndMove focus to last item without selecting.
Ctrl+Arrow keys+spacebarAllow discontinuous multiple selection of items.
Any printable key or keysMoves the selection to the item matching prefix letters in the beginning of the label.
Ctrl+Shift+left arrow, Ctrl+Shift+right arrowChange the column width.

Tree view shortcuts

Asterisk (*) on numeric keypadDisplay all sub-items under the selected item.
Plus sign (+) on numeric keypadDisplay the sub-items directly under the selected item.
Minus sign (-) on numeric keypadCollapse the items directly under the selected item group.
left arrowCollapse the current selection (if it is expanded) and move focus to the group leaf root.
right arrowDisplay the sub-items directly under the selected item (if it is collapsed).
Alt+left arrowView the previous group.
Alt+right arrowView the next group.
Ctrl+up arrowScroll the view without change of the selection.
Ctrl+down arrowScroll the view without change of the selection.
Any printable key or keysMoves the selection to the item matching prefix letters in the beginning of label.

Search box shortcuts

Ctrl+ESelect Search box.
Alt+EnterSearch for entered term using local search.
Shift+EnterSearch for entered term using Internet browser.
Ctrl+Shift+EnterLaunch a program elevated if used from the Start menu.

Other control shortcuts

F4, Alt+down arrow, Alt+up arrowDisplay or hide the items in the active drop-down list or combo box.
Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+Page DownCycle through the tab controls.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab, Ctrl+Page UpReverse cycle through the tab controls.
Ctrl+right arrowMove the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.
Ctrl+left arrowMove the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
Ctrl+Shift with any of the arrow keysSelect a block of text.
Alt+Shift+up arrowMove selected item up.
Alt+Shift+down arrowMove selected item down.

The following shortcuts are reserved for use by Windows:

Windows shortcuts

KeyMeaning
AltActivate or inactivate the menu bar.
Alt+EscCycle through items in the order they were opened.
Alt+Shift+EscCycle through items in the reverse order they were opened.
Alt+hyphenDisplay context menu for the active child window (multiple-document interface [MDI] application).
Application keyDisplay the context menu for the selected item.
Print ScreenCopy the entire screen image to the clipboard.
Alt+Print ScreenCopy the active window image to the clipboard.
Alt+spacebarDisplay the system menu for the active window.
Alt+TabCycle through open primary windows.
Alt+Shift+TabReverse cycle through open primary windows.
Ctrl+Alt+TabCycle through open primary windows without closing the menu.
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+TabReverse cycle through open primary windows without closing the menu.
Ctrl+EscDisplay the Start menu.
Ctrl+Shift+EscStart Task Manager.
Ctrl+Alt+DeleteDisplay the Windows security screen.
Shift+<click program on taskbar>Launch the program. (Windows 7)
Ctrl+Shift+<click program on taskbar>Launch the program elevated. (Windows 7)

Navigation shortcuts

Alt+F4Close the active window or program.
Ctrl+F4Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open).
Ctrl+Tab, F6Moves to next pane or palette within a program.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab, Shift+F6Moves to previous pane or palette within a program.
Ctrl+F6Moves to next window in a group of related windows (or between MDI document windows).
Ctrl+Shift+F6Moves to previous window in a group of related windows (or between MDI document windows).

Windows key shortcuts

Windows logo keyDisplay or hide the Start menu.
Windows logo key+left arrowDock active window to left half of screen (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+right arrowDock active window to right half of screen (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+up arrowMaximize active window (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+down arrowRestore/minimize active window (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+Shift+up arrowMaximize active window vertically, maintaining width (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+Shift+down arrowRestore/minimize active window vertically, maintaining width (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+Shift+left arrowMove window to monitor on the left. (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+Shift+right arrowMove window to monitor on the right. (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+spacebarTemporarily peek at the desktop. (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+PDisplay projection options. Use arrow keys to select option. (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+TMove focus to taskbar. (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+HomeMinimize all non-active windows (restore on second keystroke). (Windows 7)
Windows logo key+<number>Launch a new instance of the program located at the given position on the taskbar (Windows 7) or Quick Launch (Windows Vista). (Example: Windows logo key+1 to launch first program.)
Windows logo key+BSet focus in the notification area.
Windows logo key+BreakDisplay the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key+DShow the desktop (restore on second keystroke).
Windows logo key+EOpen Windows Explorer navigated to Computer.
Windows logo key+FSearch for a file or folder.
Windows logo key+Ctrl+FSearch for computers (if you are on a network).
Windows logo key+GCycle through Windows Desktop Gadgets.
Windows logo key+LLock your computer (if you're connected to a network domain), or switch users (if you're not connected to a network domain).
Windows logo key+MMinimize all windows.
Windows logo key+Shift+MRestore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key+ROpen the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key+spacebarBring Windows Desktop Gadgets to the front.
Windows logo key+TSet focus on the taskbar and cycle through programs.
Windows logo key+TabCycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D.
Windows logo key+Shift+TabReverse cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D.
Windows logo key+Ctrl+TabUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D.
Windows logo key+UOpen Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key+XOpen Windows Mobility Center.
Windows logo key+F1Launch Windows Help and Support.
Windows logo key, program name, EnterLaunch program.

Accessibility shortcuts

Left Alt+left Shift+Print ScreenToggle High Contrast on and off.
Left Alt+left Shift+Num LockToggle MouseKeys on and off.
Shift pressed five timesToggle StickyKeys on and off.
Holding right Shift for eight secondsToggle FilterKeys on and off.
Holding Num Lock for five secondsToggle ToggleKeys on and off.

The following shortcuts can be used by any program, but they should have a consistent meaning:

Windows Explorer shortcuts

KeyMeaning
F3 or Ctrl+FSearch for a file or folder.
F4Display the Address bar list.
Alt+DSelect the Address bar.
Alt+up arrowView the folder one level up.
Alt+left arrow or BackspaceGo back to previous location viewed.
Alt+right arrowGo forward to next location in viewed.
Alt+F4 or Ctrl+WClose the active item, or exit the active program.
Ctrl+D or DeleteDelete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
Shift+DeleteDelete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin.
Ctrl+NOpens current location in a new window.
Ctrl+Shift while dragging an itemCreate shortcut to selected item.
Left Alt+ShiftSwitch input languages or keyboard layouts (available and configurable when the user installed multiple keyboard layouts).
Ctrl+ShiftSwitch keyboard layouts or input languages (available and configurable when the user installed multiple keyboard layouts).
Ctrl or left Alt+Shift+~, number (0~9), or grave accent keyShortcut key for input languages (available and configurable when the user installed multiple keyboard layouts).
EscCancel the current task or search.

Windows Internet Explorer® shortcuts

General shortcuts

KeyMeaning
F11, Alt+EnterTurn Full Screen Mode on or off.
Ctrl+ASelect all items on the page.
Ctrl+FFind a word or phrase on a page.
Ctrl+LOpen the Open dialog box.
Ctrl+NOpen the current Web page in a new window.
Ctrl+PPrint the page.
Ctrl+plus signZoom in.
Ctrl+minus signZoom out.
Ctrl+0Zoom to 100 percent.
TabCycle through the Address Bar, Refresh button, Search box, and items on a Web page.

Navigation shortcuts

F5Refresh page.
Ctrl+F5Refresh page and the cache.
Alt+HomeGo to home page.
Alt+left arrowGo backward.
Alt+right arrowGo forward.
EscStop downloading page.

Favorites Center shortcuts

Ctrl+BOrganize Favorites.
Ctrl+DAdd current page to Favorites.
Ctrl+HOpen History.
Ctrl+Shift+HOpen History in pinned mode.
Ctrl+IOpen Favorites.
Ctrl+Shift+IOpen Favorites in pinned mode.
Ctrl+JOpen Feeds.
Ctrl+Shift+JOpen Feeds in pinned mode.

Tab shortcuts

Ctrl+left mouse buttonOpen link in new background tab.
Ctrl+Shift+left mouse buttonOpen link in new foreground tab.
Ctrl+F4, Ctrl+WClose tab (closes window if only one tab is open).
Ctrl+QOpen Quick Tab view that displays thumbnails of the tabs.
Ctrl+TOpen new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+QView list of open tabs.
Ctrl+TabSwitch to next tab.
Ctrl+Shift+TabSwitch to previous tab.
Ctrl+(number)Switch to the given tab number.

Address bar shortcuts

F4View list of previously typed addresses.
Alt+DSelect the Address bar.
Alt+EnterOpen the Web site address that is typed in the Address bar in new tab.
Ctrl+EnterAdd "http://www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of text in Address bar.
Ctrl+Shift+EnterAdd "http://www." to the beginning and the Web site address suffix you have specified to the end of text in the Address bar.

Search bar shortcuts

Alt+EnterOpen search results in new tab.
Ctrl+down arrowView list of search providers.
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