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Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Windows

Speed up your outputs by using these shortcuts.
Practice is the key to success. Good Luck!



Ctrl + A

Select All

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item to the clipboard

Ctrl + C

Copy the selected item to the clipboard

Ctrl + V

Paste the selected item from the clipboard

Ctrl + Z

Undo the last action

Ctrl + S

Save the File / additional contents

Ctrl + Esc

Open Start Menu

Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Reboot computer

Ctrl + Drag

Copy selected item (quick copy)

Ctrl + Shift + Drag

Create shortcut to selected item


Displays Help Information


Rename selected item


Find (search for a file or folder)


Open Combo Box (Windows Explorer)


Refresh the active window


Cycle through screen items or on desktop


Delete item to Recycle Bin

Shift + Delete

Delete permanently (no item to Recycle Bin)

Shift + F10

Open Taskbar/Desktop Properties (active window)

Alt + Enter

View Properties for the selected item

Alt + F4

Closes the active application window

Alt + Spacebar

Opens the shortcut menu for the active window

Alt + Tab

Switch between open items

Alt + Print Screen

Snapshot of Active Window (copy to clipboard)

Print S creen

Snapshot of Current Screen (copy to clipboard)

Windows Key

Display or hide the Start Menu

Windows Key + Break

System Properties

Windows Key + D

Show the Desktop

Windows Key + E

Open My Computer/ Windows Explorer

Windows Key + F

Opens Search Window

Windows Key + M

Minimizes all open windows

Windows Key + R

Open the Run dialog box


Cancel current task / Close the open dialogue box

Alt or F10

Select the first menu item in the active window


Switch to next menu item in the active window

Down Arrow Key

To open menu in the active window


Compiled & Tested by: Muhammad Ajmal Beig Naz
Principal, Pentium Graphics Center & Training Institute

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