Keyboard shortcuts in Windows

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Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse. Click an option below, and it'll open to display a table of related shortcuts:

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item.

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy the selected item.

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste the selected item.

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action.

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps.

Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app.

Windows logo key  + L

Lock your PC.

Windows logo key  + D

Display and hide the desktop.

F2

Rename the selected item.

F3

Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.

F4

Display the address bar list in File Explorer.

F5

Refresh the active window.

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F10

Activate the Menu bar in the active app.

Alt + F8

Show your password on the sign-in screen.

Alt + Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened.

Alt + underlined letter

Perform the command for that letter.

Alt + Enter

Display properties for the selected item.

Alt + Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window.

Alt + Left arrow

Go back.

Alt + Right arrow

Go forward.

Alt + Page Up

Move up one screen.

Alt + Page Down

Move down one screen.

Ctrl + F4

Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time).

Ctrl + A

Select all items in a document or window.

Ctrl + D (or Delete)

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.

Ctrl + R (or F5)

Refresh the active window.

Ctrl + Y

Redo an action.

Ctrl + Right arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word.

Ctrl + Left arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.

Ctrl + Up arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps.

Alt + Shift + arrow keys

When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified.

Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys

When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder.

Ctrl + arrow keys

Resize the Start menu when it's open.

Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop.

Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text.

Ctrl + Esc

Open Start.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available.

Ctrl + Spacebar

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off.

Shift + F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document.

Shift + Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.

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.

Esc

Stop or leave the current task.

PrtScn

Take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard. 

Note

  • You can change this shortcut so it also opens  screen snipping, which lets you edit your screenshot. Select Start  > Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard, and turn on the toggle under Print Screen shortcut.

Use PrtScn key to open screen snipping

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key 

Open or close Start.

Windows logo key  + A

Open Action center.

Windows logo key  + B

Set focus in the notification area.

Windows logo key  + C

Open Cortana in listening mode.

Notes

  • This shortcut is turned off by default. To turn it on, select Start  > Settings  > Cortana, and turn on the toggle under Let Cortana listen for my commands when I press the Windows logo key + C.

  • Cortana is available only in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn't available or is turned off, you can still use search.

Windows logo key  + Shift + C

Open the charms menu.

Windows logo key  + D

Display and hide the desktop.

Windows logo key  + Alt + D

Display and hide the date and time on the desktop.

Windows logo key  + E

Open File Explorer.

Windows logo key  + F

Open Feedback Hub and take a screenshot.

Windows logo key  + G

Open Game bar when a game is open.

Windows logo key  + H

Start dictation.

Windows logo key  + I

Open Settings.

Windows logo key  + J

Set focus to a Windows tip when one is available.

When a Windows tip appears, bring focus to the Tip.  Pressing the keyboard shortcuts again to bring focus to the element on the screen to which the Windows tip is anchored.

Windows logo key  + K

Open the Connect quick action.

Windows logo key  + L

Lock your PC or switch accounts.

Windows logo key  + M

Minimize all windows.

Windows logo key  + O

Lock device orientation.

Windows logo key  + P

Choose a presentation display mode.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Q

Open Quick Assist.

Windows logo key  + R

Open the Run dialog box.

Windows logo key  + S

Open search.

Windows logo key  + Shift + S

Take a screenshot of part of  your screen.

Windows logo key  + T

Cycle through apps on the taskbar.

Windows logo key  + U

Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows logo key  + V

Open the clipboard. 

Note

  • To activate this shortcut, select Start  > Settings  > System  > Clipboard, and turn on the toggle under Clipboard history.

Windows logo key  + Shift + V

Cycle through notifications.

Windows logo key  + X

Open the Quick Link menu.

Windows logo key  + Y

Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.

Windows logo key  + Z

Show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode.

Windows logo key  + period (.) or semicolon (;)

Open emoji panel.

Windows logo key  + comma (,)

Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows logo key  + Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + F

Search for PCs (if you're on a network).

Windows logo key  + Shift + M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop.

Windows logo key  + number

Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.

Windows logo key  + Shift + number

Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + number

Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows logo key  + Alt + number

Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Shift + number

Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator.

Windows logo key  + Tab

Open Task view.

Windows logo key  + Up arrow

Maximize the window.

Windows logo key  + Down arrow

Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window.

Windows logo key  + Left arrow

Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen.

Windows logo key  + Right arrow

Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen.

Windows logo key  + Home

Minimize all except the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).

Windows logo key  + Shift + Up arrow

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows logo key  + Shift + Down arrow

Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width.

Windows logo key  + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow

Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another.

Windows logo key  + Spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Spacebar

Change to a previously selected input.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Enter

Turn on Narrator.

Windows logo key  + Plus (+)

Open Magnifier.

Windows logo key  + forward slash (/)

Begin IME reconversion.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + V

Open shoulder taps.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Shift + B

Wake PC from blank or black screen

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy the selected text.

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste the selected text.

Ctrl + M

Enter Mark mode.

Alt + selection key

Begin selection in block mode.

Arrow keys

Move the cursor in the direction specified.

Page up

Move the cursor by one page up.

Page down

Move the cursor by one page down.

Ctrl + Home (Mark mode)

Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer.

Ctrl + End (Mark mode)

Move the cursor to the end of the buffer.

Ctrl + Up arrow

Move up one line in the output history.

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move down one line in the output history.

Ctrl + Home (History navigation)

If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the top of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the left of the cursor in the command line.

Ctrl + End (History navigation)

If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the command line. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the right of the cursor in the command line.

Press this key

To do this

F4

Display the items in the active list.

Ctrl + Tab

Move forward through tabs.

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Move back through tabs.

Ctrl + number (number 1–9)

Move to nth tab.

Tab

Move forward through options.

Shift + Tab

Move back through options.

Alt + underlined letter

Perform the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter.

Spacebar

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box.

Backspace

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons.

Press this key

To do this

Alt + D

Select the address bar.

Ctrl + E

Select the search box.

Ctrl + F

Select the search box.

Ctrl + N

Open a new window.

Ctrl + W

Close the active window.

Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons.

Ctrl + Shift + E

Display all folders above the selected folder.

Ctrl + Shift + N

Create a new folder.

Num Lock + asterisk (*)

Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

Num Lock + plus (+)

Display the contents of the selected folder.

Num Lock + minus (-)

Collapse the selected folder.

Alt + P

Display the preview panel.

Alt + Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item.

Alt + Right arrow

View the next folder.

Alt + Up arrow

View the folder that the folder was in.

Alt + Left arrow

View the previous folder.

Backspace

View the previous folder.

Right arrow

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder.

Left arrow

Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in.

End

Display the bottom of the active window.

Home

Display the top of the active window.

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key  + Tab

Open Task view.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + D

Add a virtual desktop.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Right arrow

Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Left arrow

Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left.

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + F4

Close the virtual desktop you're using.

Press this key

To do this

Shift + click a taskbar button

Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app.

Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar button

Open an app as an administrator.

Shift + right-click a taskbar button

Show the window menu for the app.

Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar button

Show the window menu for the group.

Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button

Cycle through the windows of the group.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key  + I

Open settings.

Backspace

Go back to the settings home page.

Type on any page with search box

Search settings.

Additional keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse. Click an option below, and it'll open to display a table of related shortcuts:

The following table contains common keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps

Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app

Windows logo key  + L

Lock your PC or switch accounts

Windows logo key  + D

Display and hide the desktop

The following table contains new keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Windows.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key  + start typing

Search your PC

Ctrl + plus (+) or Ctrl + minus (-)

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Ctrl + scroll wheel

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Windows logo key‌  + C

Open the charms

In an app, open the commands for the app

Windows logo key  + F

Open the Search charm to search files

Windows logo key  + H

Open the Share charm

Windows logo key  + I

Open the Settings charm

Windows logo key  + K

Open the Devices charm

Windows logo key‌  + O

Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

Windows logo key‌  + Q

Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within an open app (if the app supports app search)

Windows logo key + S

Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web

Windows logo key‌  + W

Open the Search charm to search settings

Windows logo key‌  + Z

Show the commands available in the app

Note: You can also see some settings and options by going to the Settings charm when the app is open.

Windows logo key‌  + spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout

Windows logo key‌  + Ctrl + spacebar

Change to a previously selected input

Windows logo key‌  + Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

Windows logo key‌  + Ctrl + Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

Windows logo key‌  + Shift + Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

Windows logo key‌  + Shift + period (.)

Snaps an app to the left

Windows logo key‌  + period (.)

Cycle through open apps

Esc

Stop or exit the current task

Windows logo key‌  + Ctrl + Shift + B

Wake PC from black or blank screen

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts in Windows.

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

F2

Rename the selected item

F3

Search for a file or folder

F4

Display the address bar list in File Explorer

F5

Refresh the active window

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F10

Activate the Menu bar in the active app

Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app

Alt + Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

Alt + underlined letter

Perform the command for that letter

Alt + Enter

Display properties for the selected item

Alt + Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Alt + Left arrow

Back

Alt + Right arrow

Forward

Alt + Page Up

Move up one screen

Alt + Page Down

Move down one screen

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)

Ctrl + F4

Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Ctrl + A

Select all items in a document or window

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl + D (or Delete)

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Ctrl + R (or F5)

Refresh the active window

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl + Y

Redo an action

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action

Ctrl + plus (+) or Ctrl + minus (-)

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Ctrl + Right arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl + Left arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl + Up arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps

Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text

Ctrl + Esc

Open Start

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager

Ctrl + Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available

Ctrl + Spacebar

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off

Shift + F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Shift + Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

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

Esc

Stop or leave the current task

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key .

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key + F1

Open Windows Help and Support

Windows logo key

Display or hide the Start screen

Windows logo key  + B

Set focus in the notification area

Windows logo key‌  + C

Open the Charms

Windows logo key  + D

Display and hide the desktop

Windows logo key  + E

Open File Explorer

Windows logo key  + F

Open the Search charm and search for files

Windows logo key  + H

Open the Share charm

Windows logo key  + I

Open the Settings charm

Windows logo key  + K

Open the Devices charm

Windows logo key  + L

Lock your PC or switch people

Windows logo key  + M

Minimize all windows

Windows logo key  + O

Lock device orientation

Windows logo key  + P

Choose a presentation display mode

Windows logo key  + Q

Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)

Windows logo key  + R

Open the Run dialog box

Windows logo key  + S

Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web

Windows logo key  + T

Cycle through apps on the taskbar

Windows logo key  + U

Open Ease of Access Center

Windows logo key  + V

Cycle through notifications

Windows logo key  + Shift + V

Cycle through notifications in reverse order

Windows logo key  + X

Open the Quick Link menu

Windows logo key  + Z

Show the commands available in an app

Note: You can also see some settings and options by going to the Settings charm when the app is open.

Windows logo key  + ,

Temporarily peek at the desktop

Windows logo key  + Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + F

Search for PCs (if you're on a network)

Windows logo key  + Shift + M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop

Windows logo key  + number

Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.

Windows logo key  + Shift + number

Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + number

Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key  + Alt + number

Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Shift + number

Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator

Windows logo key  + Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

Windows logo key  + Shift + Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + B

Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area

Windows logo key  + Up arrow

Maximize the window

Windows logo key  + Down arrow

Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window

Windows logo key  + Left arrow

Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen

Windows logo key  + Right arrow

Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen

Windows logo key  + Home

Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)

Windows logo key  + Shift + Up arrow

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

Windows logo key  + Shift + Down arrow

Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width

Windows logo key  + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow

Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another

Windows logo key  + Spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Spacebar

Change to a previously selected input

Windows logo key  + Enter

Open Narrator

Windows logo key  + Shift + period (.)

Cycle through open apps

Windows logo key  + period (.)

Cycle through open apps

Windows logo key  + /

Initiate IME reconversion

Windows logo key   + Alt + Enter

Open WindowsMedia Center

Windows logo key   + plus (+) or minus (-)

Zoom in or out using Magnifier

Windows logo key  + Esc

Exit Magnifier

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that you can use in dialog boxes.

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

F4

Display the items in the active list

Ctrl + Tab

Move forward through tabs

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Move back through tabs

Ctrl + number (number 1–9)

Move to nth tab

Tab

Move forward through options

Shift + Tab

Move back through options

Alt + underlined letter

Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

Spacebar

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Backspace

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

Press this key

To do this

Alt + D

Select the address bar

Ctrl + E

Select the search box

Ctrl + F

Select the search box

Ctrl + N

Open a new window

Ctrl + W

Close the current window

Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Ctrl + Shift + E

Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl + Shift + N

Create a new folder

Num Lock + asterisk (*)

Display all subfolders under the selected folder

Num Lock + plus (+)

Display the contents of the selected folder

Num Lock + minus (-)

Collapse the selected folder

Alt + P

Display the preview pane

Alt + Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

Alt + Right arrow

View the next folder

Alt + Up arrow

View the folder that the folder was in

Alt + Left arrow

View the previous folder

Backspace

View the previous folder

Right arrow

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Left arrow

Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in

End

Display the bottom of the active window

Home

Display the top of the active window

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with items on the desktop taskbar.

Press this key

To do this

Shift + click a taskbar button

Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app

Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar button

Open an app as an administrator

Shift + right-click a taskbar button

Show the window menu for the app

Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar button

Show the window menu for the group

Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button

Cycle through the windows of the group

Press this key

To do this

Alt + Page Up

Move between apps from left to right

Alt + Page Down

Move between apps from right to left

Alt + Insert

Cycle through apps in the order that they were started

Alt + Home

Display the Start screen

Ctrl + Alt + Break

Switch between a window and full screen

Ctrl + Alt + End

Display the Windows Security dialog box

Ctrl + Alt + Home

In full-screen mode, activate the connection bar

Alt + Delete

Display the system menu

Ctrl + Alt + minus (-) on the numeric keypad

Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+Print Screen on a local PC)

Ctrl + Alt + plus (+) on the numeric keypad

Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Print Screen on a local PC)

Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.

Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.

Press this key

To do this

F3

Move the cursor to the search box

F10

Display the Options menu

Home

Move to the beginning of a topic

End

Move to the end of a topic

Alt + Left arrow

Move back to the previously viewed topic

Alt + Right arrow

Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic

Alt + Home

Display the Help and Support home page

Alt + A

Display the customer support page

Alt + C

Display the Table of Contents

Alt + N

Display the Connection Settings menu

Ctrl + F

Search the current topic

Ctrl + P

Print a topic

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for rearranging modern apps.

Note: Keep the Windows logo key pressed down continuously while you're rearranging apps, from the moment you enter rearrange mode and through all the various rearrange commands. When you're done rearranging, release your finger from the Windows logo key to select the current arrangement.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key  + . (period)

Enter rearrange mode and select apps or dividers across monitors

Windows logo key  + left arrow

Move app divider left

Windows logo key  + right arrow

Move app divider right

Windows logo key  + up arrow

Maximize app

Windows logo key  + down arrow

Close app

Windows logo key  + Esc

Exit rearrange mode

Additional keyboard shortcuts

Notes: 

  • Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020

  • We recommend you move to a Windows 10 PC to continue to receive security updates from Microsoft.

  • Learn more

 

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse. Click an option below, and it'll open to display a table of related shortcuts:

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action

Ctrl + Y

Redo an action

Delete (or Ctrl + D)

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Shift + Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

F2

Rename the selected item

Ctrl + Right Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl + Left Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl + Down Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl + Up Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Ctrl with any arrow key + Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl + A

Select all items in a document or window

F3

Search for a file or folder

Alt + Enter

Display properties for the selected item

Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active program

Alt + Spacebar

Open 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

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between open items

Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of icons on the desktop

Windows logo key  Picture of the Windows logo key + Tab

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Tab

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Alt + Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F4

Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer

Shift + F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Ctrl + Esc

Open the Start menu

Alt + underlined letter

Display the corresponding menu

Alt + underlined letter

Perform the menu command (or other underlined 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 (or Ctrl + R)

Refresh the active window

Alt + Up Arrow

View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

Esc

Cancel the current task

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager

Shift when you insert a CD

Prevent the CD from automatically playing

Left Alt + Shift

Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled

Ctrl+Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled

Right or Left Ctrl + Shift

Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + Tab

Move forward through tabs

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Move back through tabs

Tab

Move forward through options

Shift + Tab

Move back through options

Alt + underlined letter

Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

Enter

Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands

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

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key

Open or close the Start menu.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + D

Display the desktop.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + M

Minimize all windows.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Shift + M

Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + E

Open Computer.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + F

Search for computers (if you're on a network).

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + L

Lock your computer or switch users.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + R

Open the Run dialog box.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + T

Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + number

Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift+Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + number

Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + number

Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + number

Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Tab

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Tab

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + B

Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Spacebar

Preview the desktop.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Up Arrow

Maximize the window.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Left Arrow

Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Right Arrow

Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Down Arrow

Minimize the window.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Home

Minimize all but the active window.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Shift + Up Arrow

Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + Shift + Left Arrow or Right Arrow

Move a window from one monitor to another.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + P

Choose a presentation display mode.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + G

Cycle through gadgets.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + U

Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key + X

Open Windows Mobility Center.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + N

Open a new window

Ctrl + W

Close the current window

Ctrl + Shift + N

Create a new folder

End

Display the bottom of the active window

Home

Display the top of the active window

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

Ctrl + Period (.)

Rotate a picture clockwise

Ctrl + Comma (,)

Rotate a picture counter-clockwise

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 the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder

Alt + Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

Alt + P

Display the preview pane

Alt + Left Arrow

View the previous folder

Backspace

View the previous folder

Right Arrow

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Alt + Right Arrow

View the next folder

Alt + Up Arrow

View the parent folder

Ctrl + Shift + E

Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Alt + D

Select the address bar

Ctrl + E

Select the search box

Ctrl + F

Select the search box

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with items on the desktop taskbar.

Press this key

To do this

Shift + click a taskbar button

Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program

Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar button

Open a program as an administrator

Shift + right-click a taskbar button

Show the window menu for the program

Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar button

Show the window menu for the group

Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button

Cycle through the windows of the group

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Remote Desktop Connection.

Press this key

To do this

Alt + Page Up

Move between apps from left to right

Alt + Page Down

Move between apps from right to left

Alt + Insert

Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.

Alt + Home

Display the Start menu.

Ctrl + Alt + Break

Switch between a window and full screen

Ctrl + Alt + End

Display the Windows Securitydialog box

Alt + Delete

Display the system menu.

Ctrl + Alt + Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad

Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).

Ctrl + Alt + Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad

Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).

Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

Note: Ctrl+Alt+Break and Ctrl+Alt+End are available in all Remote Desktop sessions, even when you've set up the remote computer to recognize Windows keyboard shortcuts.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Paint.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + N

Create a new picture

Ctrl + O

Open an existing picture

Ctrl + S

Save changes to a picture

F12

Save the picture as a new file

Ctrl + P

Print a picture

Alt + F4

Close a picture and its Paint window

Ctrl + Z

Undo a change

Ctrl + Y

Redo a change

Ctrl + A

Select the entire picture

Ctrl + X

Cut a selection

Ctrl + C

Copy a selection to the Clipboard

Ctrl + V

Paste a selection from the Clipboard

Right Arrow

Move the selection or active shape right by one pixel

Left Arrow

Move the selection or active shape left by one pixel

Down Arrow

Move the selection or active shape down by one pixel

Up Arrow

Move the selection or active shape up by one pixel

Esc

Cancel a selection

Delete

Delete a selection

Ctrl + B

Bold selected text

Ctrl + +

Increase the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel

Ctrl + -

Decrease the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel

Ctrl + U

Underline selected text

Ctrl + E

Open the Properties dialog box

Ctrl + W

Open the Resize and Skew dialog box

Ctrl + Page Up

Zoom in

Ctrl + Page Down

Zoom out

F11

View a picture in full-screen mode

Ctrl + R

Show or hide the ruler

Ctrl + G

Show or hide gridlines

F10 or Alt

Display keytips

Shift + F10

Show the current shortcut menu

F1

Open Paint Help

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with WordPad.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + N

Create a new document

Ctrl + O

Open an existing document

Ctrl + S

Save changes to a document

F12

Save the document as a new file

Ctrl + P

Print a document

Alt + F4

Close WordPad

Ctrl + Z

Undo a change

Ctrl + Y

Redo a change

Ctrl + A

Select the entire document

Ctrl + X

Cut a selection

Ctrl + C

Copy a selection to the Clipboard

Ctrl + V

Paste a selection from the Clipboard

Ctrl + B

Make selected text bold

Ctrl + I

Italicize selected text

Ctrl + U

Underline selected text

Ctrl + =

Make selected text subscript

Ctrl + Shift + =

Make selected text superscript

Ctrl + L

Align text left

Ctrl + E

Align text center

Ctrl + R

Align text right

Ctrl + J

Justify text

Ctrl + 1

Set single line spacing

Ctrl + 2

Set double line spacing

Ctrl + 5

Set line spacing to 1.5

Ctrl + Shift + >

Increase the font size

Ctrl + Shift + <

Decrease the font size

Ctrl + Shift + A

Change characters to all capitals

Ctrl + Shift + L

Change the bullet style

Ctrl + D

Insert a Microsoft Paint drawing

Ctrl + F

Find text in a document

F3

Find the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box

Ctrl + H

Replace text in a document

Ctrl + Left Arrow

Move the cursor one word to the left

Ctrl + Right Arrow

Move the cursor one word to the right

Ctrl + Up Arrow

Move the cursor to the line above

Ctrl + Down Arrow

Move the cursor to the line below

Ctrl + Home

Move to the beginning of the document

Ctrl + End

Move to the end of the document

Ctrl + Page Up

Move up one page

Ctrl + Page Down

Move down one page

Ctrl + Delete

Delete the next word

F10

Display keytips

Shift + F10

Show the current shortcut menu

F1

Open WordPad Help

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Calculator.

Press this key

To do this

Alt + 1

Switch to Standard mode

Alt + 2

Switch to Scientific mode

Alt + 3

Switch to Programmer mode

Alt + 4

Switch to Statistics mode

Ctrl + E

Open date calculations

Ctrl + H

Turn calculation history on or off

Ctrl + U

Open unit conversion

Alt + C

Calculate or solve date calculations and worksheets

F1

Open Calculator Help

Ctrl + Q

Press the M- button

Ctrl + P

Press the M+ button

Ctrl + M

Press the MS button

Ctrl + R

Press the MR button

Ctrl + L

Press the MC button

%

Press the % button

F9

Press the +/– button

/

Press the / button

*

Press the * button

+

Press the + button

-

Press the button

R

Press the 1/× button

@

Press the square root button

0–9

Press the number buttons (0–9)

=

Press the = button

.

Press the . (decimal point) button

Backspace

Press the backspace button

Esc

Press the C button

Del

Press the CE button

Ctrl + Shift + D

Clear the calculation history

F2

Edit the calculation history

Up Arrow key

Navigate up in the calculation history

Down Arrow key

Navigate down in the calculation history

Esc

Cancel editing the calculation history

Enter

Recalculate the calculation history after editing

F3

Select Degrees in Scientific mode

F4

Select Radians in Scientific mode

F5

Select Grads in Scientific mode

I

Press the Inv button in Scientific mode

D

Press the Mod button in Scientific mode

Ctrl + S

Press the sinh button in Scientific mode

Ctrl + O

Press the cosh button in Scientific mode

Ctrl + T

Press the tanh button in Scientific mode

(

Press the ( button in Scientific mode

)

Press the ) button in Scientific mode

N

Press the ln button in Scientific mode

;

Press the Int button in Scientific mode

S

Press the sin button in Scientific mode

O

Press the cos button in Scientific mode

T

Press the tan button in Scientific mode

M

Press the dms button in Scientific mode

P

Press the pi button in Scientific mode

V

Press the F-E button in Scientific mode

X

Press the Exp button in Scientific mode

Q

Press the x^2 button in Scientific mode

Y

Press the x^y button in Scientific mode

#

Press the x^3 button in Scientific mode

L

Press the log button in Scientific mode

!

Press the n! button in Scientific mode

Ctrl + Y

Press the y√x button in Scientific mode

Ctrl + B

Press the 3√x button in Scientific mode

Ctrl + G

Press the 10x button in Scientific mode

F5

Select Hex in Programmer mode

F6

Select Dec in Programmer mode

F7

Select Oct in Programmer mode

F8

Select Bin in Programmer mode

F12

Select Qword in Programmer mode

F2

Select Dword in Programmer mode

F3

Select Word in Programmer mode

F4

Select Byte in Programmer mode

K

Press the RoR button in Programmer mode

J

Press the RoL button in Programmer mode

<

Press the Lsh button in Programmer mode

>

Press the Rsh button in Programmer mode

%

Press the Mod button in Programmer mode

(

Press the ( button in Programmer mode

)

Press the ) button in Programmer mode

|

Press the Or button in Programmer mode

^

Press the Xor button in Programmer mode

~

Press the Not button in Programmer mode

&

Press the And button in Programmer mode

A–F

Press the AF buttons in Programmer mode

Spacebar

Toggles the bit value in Programmer mode

A

Press the Average button in Statistics mode

Ctrl + A

Press the Average Sq button in Statistics mode

S

Press the Sum button in Statistics mode

Ctrl+S

Press the Sum Sq button in Statistics mode

T

Press the S.D. button in Statistics mode

Ctrl+T

Press the Inv S.D. button in Statistics mode

D

Press the CAD button in Statistics mode

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Journal.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl + N

Start a new note

Ctrl + O

Open a recently used note

Ctrl + S

Save changes to a note

Ctrl + Shift + V

Move a note to a specific folder

Ctrl + P

Print a note

Alt + F4

Close a note and its Journal window

Ctrl + Z

Undo a change

Ctrl + Y

Redo a change

Ctrl + A

Select all items on a page

Ctrl + X

Cut a selection

Ctrl + C

Copy a selection to the Clipboard

Ctrl + V

Paste a selection from the Clipboard

Esc

Cancel a selection

Delete

Delete a selection

Ctrl + F

Start a basic find

Ctrl + G

Go to a page

F5

Refresh find results

F5

Refresh the note list

F6

Toggle between a note list and a note

Ctrl + Shift + C

Display a shortcut menu for column headings in a note list

F11

View a note in full-screen mode

F1

Open Journal Help

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.

Press this key

To do this

Alt + C

Display the Table of Contents

Alt + N

Display the Connection Settings menu

F10

Display the Options menu

Alt + Left Arrow

Move back to the previously viewed topic

Alt + Right Arrow

Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic

Alt + A

Display the customer support page

Alt + Home

Display the Help and Support home page

Home

Move to the beginning of a topic

End

Move to the end of a topic

Ctrl + F

Search the current topic

Ctrl + P

Print a topic

F3

Move the cursor to the search box

Additional keyboard shortcuts

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