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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Microsoft Windows shortcut keys

General Windows keyboard shortcuts


Switch between open applications in all versions of Windows. Reverse the direction by pressing Alt+Shift+Tab at the same time.


Switches between program groups, tabs, or document windows in applications that support this feature. Reverse the direction by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Tab at the same time.


Display the properties of the object you double-click on in Windows 95 and later. For example, doing this on a file would display its properties.

Alt+Print Screen

Create a screenshot only for the active program window in all versions of Windows. For example, if you opened the calculator and pressed these shortcut keys, only the calculator window would be created as a screenshot. If just the Print Screen key is pressed the whole screen will be made into a screenshot.


Open the Windows option screen for locking computer, switching user, Task Manager, etc. in later versions of Windows. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del multiple times will reboot the computer.


Immediately bring up the Windows Task Manager in Windows 2000 and later.


Open the Windows Start Menu in most versions of Windows. In Windows 8 this opens the Start screen and in Windows 3.x this would bring up the Task Manager.


Switch between open applications on Taskbar in Windows 95 and later.


Drops down the window control menu for the currently open Windows program in Windows 95 and later.


Opens properties window of selected icon or program in Windows 95 and later.


Will delete any file or other object without throwing it into the Recycle Bin in Windows 95 and later.

Hold down the Shift key

When putting in an audio or data CD that uses Autoplay, holding down the Shift key will prevent that CD from playing

Windows function key shortcuts

Below is a listing of keyboard shortcuts that use the keyboard function keys. See our what are F1 through F12 keys page for a full listing of what function keys do with all other programs.


Activates help for current open application. If you're at the Windows Desktop, this will activate the help for Windows.


Renames a highlighted icon, file, or folder in all versions of Windows.


Starts find or search when at the Windows Desktop in all versions of Windows.


In Windows 95 and later, F4 opens the drive selection or address bar when browsing files in Windows Explorer.

Pressing Alt+F4 closes the current open program window without a prompt in all versions of Windows.

Pressing Ctrl+F4 closes the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows. Only works in programs that support multiple windows or tabs in the same program window.


While in Windows Explorer, F6 will move the cursor to different Windows Explorer pane or in Windows 7 browse available drives.


Pressing F8 over and over as the computer is booting will start the computer in Safe Mode.


Activates the File menu bar in all versions of Windows.

Simulates a right-click on selected item, which is useful if right-click is difficult or impossible using the mouse

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