Keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. Some keyboard shortcuts require the user to press a single key or a sequence of keys one after the other. Other keyboard shortcuts require pressing and holding several keys simultaneously. Keyboard shortcuts may depend on the keyboard layout.

Keyboard Shortcut Keys For Windows

Keyboard shortcuts are a common aspect of most modern operating systems and associated software applications. Their use is pervasive enough that some users consider them an essential element of their routine interactions with a computer. Whether used as a matter of personal preference or for adaptive technology.

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There are various types of Keyboard shortcuts, so i have grouped them under the following Categories:

1. The General Shortcuts

  1. →CTRL + C =Copy
  2. →CTRL + X = Cut
  3. →CTRL + V = Paste
  4. →CTRL + Z = Undo
  5. →Delete = Delete
  6. →Shift + Delete = Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
  7. →CTRL while dragging an item = Copy the selected item
  8. →CTRL + Shift while dragging an item = Create a shortcut to the selected item
  9. →F2 key = Rename the selected item
  10. →CTRL + RIGHT ARROW =Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
  11. →CTRL + LEFT ARROW = Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
  12. →CTRL + DOWN ARROW = Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
  13. →CTRL + UP ARROW = Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
  14. →CTRL + Shift with any of the arrow keys =Highlight a block of text
  15. →Shift with any of the arrow keys = Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in  a document
  16. →CTRL + A = Select all
  17. →F3 key = Search for a file or a folder
  18. →Alt + Enter = View the properties for the selected item
  19. →Alt + F4 = Close the active item, or quit the active program
  20. →Alt + Enter = Display the properties of the selected object
  21. →Alt + Spacebar = Open the shortcut menu for the active window
  22. →CTRL + F4 = Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously
  23. →Alt + Tab = Switch between the open items
  24. →Alt + ESC =Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened
  25. →F6 key = Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop
  26. →F4 key = Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
  27. →Shift + F10 = Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  28. li>→Alt + Spacebar = Display the System menu for the active window
  29. →CTRL + ESC = Display the Start menu
  30. →Alt + Underlined letter in a menu name = Display the corresponding menu
  31. →Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu = Perform the corresponding command
  32. →F10 key = Activate the menu bar in the active program
  33. →RIGHT ARROW = Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
  34. →LEFT ARROW = Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
  35. →F5 key = Update the active window
  36. →Backspace = View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
  37. →ESC = Cancel the current task
  38. →Shift when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive = Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing.

2. Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. →CTRL + Tab = Move forward through the tabs
  2. →CTRL + Shift + Tab = Move backward through the tabs
  3. →Tab = Move forward through the options
  4. →Shift + Tab = Move backward through the options
  5. →Alt + Underlined letter = Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option
  6. →Enter = Perform the command for the active option or button
  7. →Spacebar = Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
  8. →Arrow keys =Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
  9. →F1 key = Display Help
  10. →F4 key = Display the items in the active list
  11. →Backspace = Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.

3. MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. →CTRL + P = Print the current page or active pane
  2. →Alt + - = Display the window menu for the active console window
  3. →Shift + F10 = Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item
  4. →F1 key = Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item
  5. →F5 key = Update the content of all console windows
  6. →CTRL + F10 = Maximize the active console window
  7. →CTRL + F5 = Restore the active console window
  8. →Alt + Enter = Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item
  9. →F2 key =Rename the selected item
  10. →CTRL + F4 = Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console.

4. Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

  1. →CTRL + Alt + END = Open the microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box
  2. →Alt + PAGE UP = Switch between programs from left to right
  3. →Alt + PAGE DOWN = Switch between programs from right to left
  4. →Alt + INSERT = Cycle through the programs in most recently used order
  5. →Alt + HOME = Display the Start menu
  6. →CTRL + Alt + BREAK = Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen
  7. →Alt + Delete = Display the Windows menu
  8. →CTRL + Alt + - = Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer
  9. →CTRL + Alt + + = Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing Alt + PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.

5. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. →Right Shift for eight seconds =Switch Filter Keys either on or off
  2. →Left Alt + left Shift + PRINT SCREEN = Switch High Contrast either on or off
  3. →Left Alt + left Shift + NUM LOCK = Switch the Mouse Keys either on or off
  4. li>→Shift five times = Switch the Sticky Keys either on or off li>→NUM LOCK for five seconds = Switch the Toggle Keys either on or off
  5. →Win + U = Open Utility Manager

6. Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. →Win = Display or hide the Start menu
  2. →Win + BREAK = Display the System Properties dialog box
  3. →Win + D = Display the desktop
  4. →Win + M = Minimize all of the windows
  5. →Win + Shift + M =Restore the minimized windows
  6. →Win + E =Open My Computer
  7. →Win + F =Search for a file or a folder
  8. →CTRL + Win + F = Search for computers
  9. →Win + F1 = Display Windows Help
  10. →Win + L = Lock the keyboard
  11. →Win + R = Open the Run dialog box
  12. →Win + U = Open Utility Manager

7. Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Main Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. →CTRL + O =Open a saved console
  2. →CTRL + N = Open a new console
  3. →CTRL + S = Save the open console
  4. →CTRL + M = Add or remove a console item
  5. →CTRL + W = Close window/tab
  6. →F5 key =Update the content of all console windows
  7. →Alt + Spacebar = Display the MMC window menu
  8. →Alt + F4 = Close the console
  9. →Alt + A = Display the Action menu
  10. →Alt + V = Display the View menu
  11. →Alt + F = Display the File menu
  12. →Alt + O = Display the Favorites menu.

8. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. →END = Display the bottom of the active window
  2. →HOME = Display the top of the active window
  3. →NUM LOCK + * = Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder
  4. →NUM LOCK + + = Display the contents of the selected folder
  5. →NUM LOCK + - = Collapse the selected folder
  6. →LEFT ARROW = Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder
  7. →RIGHT ARROW = Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder.

9. Shortcut Keys for Character Map

After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:

  1. →RIGHT ARROW = Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line
  2. →LEFT ARROW = Move to the left or to the end of the previous line
  3. →UP ARROW = Move up one row
  4. →DOWN ARROW = Move down one row
  5. →PAGE UP = Move up one screen at a time
  6. →PAGE DOWN = Move down one screen at a time
  7. →HOME = Move to the beginning of the line
  8. →END = Move to the end of the line
  9. →CTRL + HOME = Move to the first character
  10. →CTRL + END = Move to the last character
  11. →Spacebar = Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected

10. Internet Explorer Navigation

  1. →CTRL + B = Open the Organize Favorites dialog box
  2. →CTRL + E = Open the Search bar
  3. →CTRL + F = Start the Find utility
  4. →CTRL + H = Open the History bar
  5. →CTRL + I = Open the Favorites bar
  6. →CTRL + L = Open the Open dialog box
  7. →CTRL + N = Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address
  8. →CTRL + O = Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL + L
  9. →CTRL + P = Open the Print dialog box
  10. →CTRL + R = Update the current Web page
  11. →CTRL + W = Close the current window

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