Keyboard Shortcuts

10 December 2006 (updated)

A list of key combinations that can be used to perform special functions. By pressing or holding certain keyboard buttons together you can launch new windows, create shortcuts, and quickly copy and paste files.

  • Windows key - access Start menu
  • Windows key + Pause - open System Properties
  • Windows key + D - minimise/restore windows
  • Windows key + F - open Search window
  • Windows key + F1 - open Help and Support Center
  • Windows key + E - open Windows Explorer window
  • Windows key + M - minimise all windows
  • Windows key + TAB - move through open windows on Taskbar
  • Windows key + SHIFT + M - restore all windows
  • Hold CTRL while dragging - make a copy of selected item
  • Hold CTRL + SHIFT while dragging - make a shortcut to selected item
  • CTRL + ESC - open Start menu
  • CTRL + C - Copy
  • CTRL + X - Cut
  • CTRL + V - Paste
  • CTRL + A - Select All
  • CTRL + Z - Undo
  • CTRL + B - Bold highlighted text
  • CTRL + U - Underline highlighted text
  • CTRL + I - Italicise highlighted text
  • CTRL + Plus key - increase browser text size
  • CTRL + Minus key - decrease browser text size
  • CTRL + ALT + DELETE - open Task Manager
  • ALT + underlined letters in menus - open menu item
  • ALT + ENTER - show Properties of selected object
  • ALT + F4 - close current window or program
  • CTRL + F4 - close window within program
  • ALT + TAB - switch between open windows or programs
  • TAB - move forwards through control items or links in current window
  • SHIFT + TAB - move backwards through control items or links
  • ENTER - click selected control item or link
  • BACKSPACE - move up one folder level
  • HOME - go to start of current line or web page
  • END - go to end of current line or web page
  • CTRL + END - go to end of current document
  • PAGE UP - move up through current document or web page
  • PAGE DOWN - move down through current document or web page
  • PRINT SCREEN - take snapshot image of current screen
  • ALT + PRINT SCREEN - take snapshot image of current window
  • F2 - rename selected item
  • F5 - refresh current window or web page
  • F6 - move through window panes

Related Tips


Ask A Computer Expert

Ask your computer question and get an answer in minutes via e-mail from experts at Just Answer. Choose how much to pay and only pay if you like the answer.


Get more tips in your free Easy Computer Tips E-book

Most Popular Tips

Quick Tip

Create a web shortcut

Right-click on a web page in your browser and select Create Shortcut to place a shortcut link on your desktop.

more Quick Tips..

Software A - Z

Windows Live OneCare

Microsoft provide a PC care service called Windows Live OneCare.

Software A - Z

Computer Jargon Box

View our Computer Jargon page for explanations of common computer and internet terms used on this site.

computer jargon page