Best Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Keyboard Shortcuts (Microsoft Windows):

  •  ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
  •  ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
  •  ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
  •  ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
  •  ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
  •  ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
  •  ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
  •  ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
  •  BACKSPACE (View the folder onelevel up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  •  CTRL+C (Copy)
  •  CTRL+X (Cut)
  •  CTRL+V (Paste)
  •  CTRL+Z (Undo)
  •  CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
  •  CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
  •  CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
  •  CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
  •  CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
  •  CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
  •  CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
  •  CTRL+A (Select all)
  •  CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents opensimultaneously)
  •  CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
  •  DELETE (Delete)
  •  ESC (Cancel the current task)
  •  F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  •  F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
  •  F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
  •  F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  •  F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
  •  F5 key (Update the active window)
  •  LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
  •  RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
  •  SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
  •  SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
  •  SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROMinto the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)


Dialog Box – Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
  • ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
  • BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)
  • CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
  • ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
  • F1 key (Display Help)
  • F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
  • SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
  • SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
  • TAB (Move forward through the options)


Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
  • END (Display the bottom of the active window)
  • HOME (Display the top of the active window)
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
  • NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
  • NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
  • NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
  • Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
  • SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
  • Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
  • Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
  • Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
  • Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
  • Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
  • Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
  • Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restorethe minimized windows)
  • Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
  • Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
  • Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
  • Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

MMC Console keyboard shortcuts:

  • ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for theselected item)
  • CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)
  • CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
  • CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
  • F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  • F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
  • F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
  • SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)


Remote Desktop Connection Navigation:

  • ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
  • ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
  • ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
  • ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
  • ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
  • CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
  • CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
  • CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
  • CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place asnapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboardand provide the same functionality aspressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)


Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
  • CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
  • CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
  • CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
  • CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
  • CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
  • CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
  • CTRL+W (Close the current window)
  • CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
  • CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
  • CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)

2 thoughts on “Best Keyboard Shortcut Keys”

  1. Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys that work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.

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