Windows have several shortcuts that you can use to save time. So the next time you are typing away on the keyboard, use these shortcuts instead of reaching for the mouse. If you like using the mouse, there are some shortcuts to expand the usefulness of the mouse. Learning these shortcuts can make you more productive and more efficient. Most applications (and OSes) have their own specific shortcuts, but this only covers shortcuts native to the Windows OS.

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.

Accessibility shortcuts
Press SHIFT five times, Toggles StickyKeys on and off
Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds, Toggles FilterKeys on and off
Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds, Toggles ToggleKeys 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 off
Windows Shortcuts

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)
ALT+double clickDisplays properties
ALT+DOWN ARROWOpens a drop-down list box
ALT+ENTEROpen the properties for the selected object
ALT+F4Quit program
ALT+F4Closes the current window
ALT+F6Switch 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)
ALT+SPACEDisplays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
ALT+TABSwitch between open programs
ALT+TABSwitch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
ALT+underlined letter in dialog box itemMove to the corresponding item
ALT+underlined letter in menuOpens the menu
Application keyDisplays a shortcut menu for the selected item
BACKSPACESwitch to the parent folder
CTRL+ASelect all the items in the current window
CTRL+ESCOpens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
CTRL+ESCOpen Start menu
CTRL+ESC or ESCSelects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
CTRL+F4Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
CTRL+GOpens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only)
CTRL+SHIFT+ESCOpens Windows Task Manager
CTRL+SHIFT+TABMove through the property tabs in reverse
CTRL+TABSwitch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
CTRL+TABMove through the property tabs
CTRL+Windows Logo+FFind computer
CTRL+Windows Logo+TABMoves focus from Start, to the Quick Lauuch 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)
CTRL+ZUndo the last command
ENTEREquivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
ESCEquivalent to clicking the Cancel button
F1Starts Windows Help
F2Rename object
F3Find all files
F4Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer)
F5Refreshes the current window.
F6Moves among panes in Windows Explorer
F10Activates menu bar options
LEFT ARROWCollapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent
Numeric Keypad *Expands everything under the current selection
Numeric Keypad +Expands the current selection
Numeric Keypad -Collapses the current selection.
RIGHT ARROWExpands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child
SHIFTPress and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
SHIFT+click+Close buttonFor folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders
SHIFT+DELETEDeletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+DELETEDelete item permanently
SHIFT+DELETEDelete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+double clickRuns the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
SHIFT+right clickDisplays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
SHIFT+TABMove to the previous control in the dialog box
SHIFT+Windows Logo+MUndo minimize all
SPACEBARIf the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
TABMove to the next control in the dialog box
Windows LogoStart menu
Windows Logo+BreakSystem Properties dialog box
Windows Logo+DMinimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
Windows Logo+EWindows Explorer
Windows Logo+FFind files or folders
Windows Logo+F1Help
Windows Logo+LLock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)
Windows Logo+MMinimize all
Windows Logo+RRun dialog box
Windows Logo+TABCycle through taskbar buttons

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows
Keyboard Shortcuts
List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP

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