ALT+SPACEBAR — opens control menu (like clicking on the symbol in the top left corner of a window, from which you select (perhaps using mouse, perhaps using arrow keys and enter) among restore, minimize, maximize, close, etc)
SPACEBAR — hitting this will finalize a selection of an item in a list or an icon on the screen that’s only half- selected, i.e., there’s a box around the name but full highlighting is not there. Also puts a checkmark or big dot in a little box or circle for you to check one of several options.
ENTER — will activate a selected item. Hitting Enter with a program icon selected will open the program. with a button highlighted, will activate the “button.” It appears highlighted from the heavier line around it, or it might look like a depressed button.
Hitting a letter key will take you to the first item in a dialogue box that begins with that letter. i.e., in open file dialogue box, hit w one or more times to go to the “Windows” folder in the list of stuff that appears on the C drive. This can save a whole lot of hand action.
CTRL+z — undo
CTRL+y — redo
CTRL+a — select all
CTRL+x — cut
CTRL+c — copy
CTRL+v — paste
CTRL+p — print
CTRL+s — save
CTRL+ALT+DEL — reboots the computer – eventually. First, it’ll tell you what’s hung up.
CTRL+esc — same as clicking on the “start button” in the taskbar area of the screen
ALT+F4 — shuts down the selected program.
TAB — Very Useful. Takes you from one field to another, one “button” to another, one icon to another etc.
SHIFT+TAB — it tabs you backward
HOME –- to beginning of line or far left of field or screen.
END — to end of line, or far right of field or screen.
CTRL+home — to the top
CTRL+END — to the bottom
PAGE UP — moves you up in your document or dialogue box by one page
PAGE DOWN — moves you down in your document or dialogue list by one page
ARROW KEYS — these will move you about the screen or dialogue box, or menu, not just a document. Modifier keys like CTRL and SHIFT when pressed at same time as arrow keys or page up and page down will perform selection and larger movements. For instance, CTRL+right arrow jumps to next word, and SHIFT+CTRL+RIGHT ARROW select the whole word.
ESC — to cancel, or get rid of something like box or window that popped up when you didn’t want it (or if you change your mind) etc.
ALT + the underlined letter in a menu item carries out the action.
SHIFT+F10 — like right click, brings up context menu
ALT+TAB — cycles through open applications
ALT+down arrow — opens up a “Drop down list” – those little arrows that sit next to fields in which you must make a choice, for instance in the “Look in” field of an “Open” dialogue box.
ALT+TAB — holding down the [ALT] and hitting tab cycles you through open applications.
Thus, to sign off Windows : CTRL+ESC, UP, ENTER, ENTER.
[Hot and Other Keys]
*General folder / Windows Explorer shortcuts for a selected object:
|CTRL+X, C, or V||Cut, Copy, or Paste|
|SHIFT+DELETE||Delete without putting file in Recycle Bin|
|CTRL+right-click||Put alternative verbs on the context menu (Open With)|
|SHIFT+double-click||Explore the object if it has an Explore command|
|CTRL+drag a file to a folder||Copy a file|
|CTRL+SHIFT+drag a file to the desktop or a folder||Create a shortcut|
|CTRL+ESC,ESC,TAB,SHIFT+F10||Open taskbar properties|
[General control over folders/Windows Explorer]
|F4 (Explorer)||Displays the combo box|
|F6||Switches between panes in Windows Explorer|
|BACKSPACE||Goes to the parent folder|
|SHIFT+||Closes this folder and all its parent folders|
[In Windows Explorer]
|Num*||Expands everything under selection|
|Num+ or Right arrow||Collapses selection|
|Right arrow||Expands current selection if it’s collapsed, otherwise goes to the first child.|
|Left arrow||Collapses current selection if it’s expanded, otherwise goes to the parent|
|CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB||Switches between Properties tabs|
[In Open/Save Common Dialog Boxes]
|F4||Drop down the location list|
|F5||Refresh the view|
|Backspace||Go to parent folder if focus is on view window|
[General Keyboard-Only Commands]
|F10||Goes to menu mode|
|SHIFT+F10||Context menu for selected item|
|CTRL+ESC||Brings up Start menu|
|CTRL+ESC, ESC||Focus on the Start button|
|ALT+TAB||Switch to the running program|
|SHIFT while inserting CD||Bypasses auto-run|
|Alt+M when focus is on taskbar||Minimizes all windows|
|Tap SHIFT 5 times||Toggles StickyKeys on/off|
|Hold down Right SHIFT for 8 seconds||Toggles FilterKeys on/off|
|Hold down NumLock for 5 seconds||Toggles ToggleKeys on/off|
|Left ALT+LEFT+SHIFT+NumLock||Toggles MouseKeys on/off|
|Left ALT+LEFT+SHIFT+PrintScreen||Toggles HighContrast on/off|
[MS Natural Keyboard]
|Shift-Win+M||Undo Minimize All|
|Win+F||Find Files or Folders|
|Win+Tab||Cycle through taskbar buttons|
|Win+Break||PSS Hotkey… (System properties)|