Thursday, September 4, 2008

The BIG Keyboard Shortcut List

What is the allure of keyboard shortcuts? Do they really save time? Why bother since my mouse is permanently attached to my hand?
I like to use keyboard shortcuts, especially if someone is watching me, because they make me look like a pro. With just a few keystrokes I can leave a mouser spinning his wheel! Whatever your motivation, here's a big list of keyboard shortcuts:


ALT- F4 - Quit a program / Shut down
ALT-TAB - Hold down the ALT key and hit tab to cycle through open windows.
CTL-ESCAPE - Display the Start menu
SHIFT - TAB - tab backwards through a form
CTRL - X - Cut
CTRL - C - Copy
CTRL - V - Paste
F1 - Help menu
CTRL - Z - Undo
SHIFT & Restart - To restart just windows and not your whole computer, hold down the shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen. Saves lots of time. (Not for XP)
CRTL-TAB - Navigate tabs on a tabbed screen


Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD - Prevents the CD from "auto running"
If an item is selected:
CTRL while dragging a file - Copies the file
CTRL - SHIFT while dragging a file - Creates a shortcut to the file
SHIFT - DELETE - Deletes an item without sending it to the recycle bin.
ALT-ENTER - Display a file's properties.
F2 - To rename the file
In Windows Explorer:
LEFT ARROW - Collapse the current selection if it is expanded
NUM LOCK-MINUS SIGN (-) - Collapse the selected folder
RIGHT ARROW - Expand the current selection if it is collapsed -Or- Select the first subfolder
NUM LOCK- * Expand all folders below the current selection
NUM LOCK- PLUS SIGN (+) - Expand the selected folder
F6 - Switch between left and right panes
In My Computer:
BACKSPACE - View the folder one level up
ALT- RIGHT ARROW - Move forward to a previous view
ALT- LEFT ARROW -Move backward to a previous view


For Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 7 (may work in older versions)

Open History Window Ctrl+H
Reload Ctrl+R
Back (Previous Page) lt +Left Arrow or Alt +Backspace
Forward (Next Page) Alt +Right Arrow
Stop Esc
Home Alt +Home
Go to Bottom of Page End
Go to Top of Page Home
New Window Ctrl +N
Close Window Ctrl +W
Go Up one Line Up Arrow
Go Down One Line Down Arrow
Full Screen (toggle) F11
Find on Page Ctrl +F
Add Current Page to Favorites Ctrl +D
Print Current Page or Active Frame Ctrl +P
Organize Favorites (IE)/ Manage Bookmarks (NS) Ctrl +B
Maximize a Window Alt +Space +x
Minimize a window Alt +Space +N
Scroll page up Alt +Up Arrow
Scroll page down Alt +Down Arrow

Internet Explorer ONLY

Open Favorites Bar Ctrl +I
Select text in address bar Alt +D
Force Reload (not from cache) Ctrl+F5

A faster way to type in addresses with IE is to just type in the name of the site:
World start and hit CTRL + Enter. The "http://www. " and ".com" will be added for you!

Netscape ONLY

Open / Close Sidebar Panel (toggle) F9
Select text in Location Bar Ctrl +L
Force Reload (not from Cache) Ctrl+ Shift+ R
Zoom Text Smaller Ctrl+- (minus)
Zoom text larger Ctrl+= (plus sign)


The Windows key can be used in conjunction with other keys to act as a keyboard shortcut for faster access to menu commands. Now, while the Alt key tends to open program menus (ex: Alt +F opens the File menu and Alt +E opens the Edit menu) and the Ctrl key performs actual operations (ex: Ctrl +C will copy and Ctrl +V will paste), the Windows key will open various Windows tools...

Win key + R will open the Start menu's Run box Win key + F will open the Start menu's Find window Win key + E will quickly launch Explorer Win key + Pause/Break will open the System Properties window Win key + M will Minimize all windows Win key + Shift + M will undo Minimize all windows Win key + D will switch between minimizing all open programs and showing them all Win key + Tab will cycle through items on the taskbar Win key by itself will open the Start menu

You can also open programs or folders on your desktop by pressing the Windows key + the first letter of the program/folder/shortcut + Enter. Sounds kinda tedious, but if you're in a bind with your mouse, it can come in quite handy.


Here's a cool little arrow trick to try with word processing programs. Next time you're using your arrow keys to go from one area of a sentence to another (left and right arrows), hold down your CTRL key. Instead of moving one space at a time, you'll go one word at a time.
If you're using the up and down arrows to go from line to line, holding down the CTRL key will make your cursor jump from paragraph to paragraph (well, from carriage return to carriage return anyway).
One last thing, if you hold down the SHIFT key while you do this (i.e. hold down SHIFT + CTRL at the same time), you select text as you arrow along.
I've tested this in MS Word and Wordpad, but it *should* work no matter what word processing program you use.

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through a huge folder? Well, if you need to get to the beginning or the end quickly, just press Ctrl+Home . If you want to get to the end, click Ctrl+End.

Hey, that's not all!
This little trick works on more than just folders. If you use the Home key in a word processor, it goes to the beginning of the line you're currently working on. If you hit the END key, it should head to the end of the current line. If you pair Home & End up with the Ctrl key in a word processor, you will be whisked away to the beginning or end of the document. Again, this should work, but it depends on your word processor.
Speedup your work by using keyboards more and mouse less.
Useful Shortcut: Start + M: Minimizes all open windows Start + Shift + M: Maximizes All Windows Start + E: Runs Windows Explorer Start + R: Open the RUN Dialog Box Start + F: Open the Search Results Dialog box Start + CTRL + F: Opens the Search Results-Computer dialog Box (if the computer is connected to a network) Start + Pause (Break): Opens the System Properties Dialog BoxWindows System Key Combinations:
F1: Help CTRL + ESC: Open Start menu ALT + TAB: Switch between open programs ALT + F4: Quit program SHIFT + DELETE: Delete item permanently
Windows Program Key Combinations:
CTRL + C: Copy CTRL + X: Cut CTRL + V: Paste CTRL + Z: Undo CTRL + B: Bold CTRL + U: Underline CTRL + I: Italic
Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier Combinations for Shell Objects:
SHIFT + right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands SHIFT + double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu) ALT + double click: Displays properties SHIFT + DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
General Keyboard-Only Commands:
F1: Starts Windows Help F10: Activates menu bar options SHIFT + F10: Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object CTRL + ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item) CTRL + ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu) ALT + DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box ALT + TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window) SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature ALT + SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window) ALT +- (ALT + hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI)child window's System menu (from the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window) CTRL + TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program ALT + underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu ALT + F4: Closes the current window CTRL + F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window ALT + F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed ALT + F6: switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)
Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts For a selected object:
F2: Rename object F3: Find all files CTRL + X: Cut CTRL + C: Copy CTRL + V: Paste SHIFT + DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin ALT + ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object To Copy a File: Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder. To Create a Shortcut: Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.
General Folder/Shortcut Control:
F4: Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer) F5: Refreshes the current window. F6: Moves among panes in Windows Explorer CTRL + G: Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only) CTRL + Z: Undo the last command CTRL + A: Select all the items in the current window BACKSPACE: Switch to the parent folder SHIFT + click + Close button: For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders
Windows Explorer Tree Control:
Numeric Keypad *: Expands everything under the current selection Numeric Keypad +: Expands the current selectionNumeric Keypad -: Collapses the current selection. RIGHT ARROW: Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child LEFT ARROW: Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent Properties Control:
CTRL + TAB/CTRL + SHIFT + TAB: Move through the property tabs Accessibility Shortcuts:
Press SHIFT five times: Toggles Sticky Keys on and off Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles Filter Keys on and off Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles Toggle Keys on and off Left ALT + left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off Left ALT + left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and offMicrosoft Natural Keyboard Keys: Windows Logo: Start menu Windows Logo + R: Run dialog box Windows Logo + M: Minimize all SHIFT + Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all Windows Logo + F1: Help Windows Logo + E: Windows Explorer Windows Logo + F: Find files or folders Windows Logo + D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop CTRL + Windows Logo + F: Find computer CTRL + Windows Logo + TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray) Windows Logo + TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons Windows Logo + Break: System Properties dialog box Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected itemMicrosoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed: Windows Logo + L: Log off Windows Windows Logo + P: Starts Print Manager Windows Logo + C: Opens Control Panel Windows Logo + V: Starts Clipboard Windows Logo + K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box Windows Logo + I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box Windows Logo + A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed) Windows Logo + SPACEBAR: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys Windows Logo + S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off

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