Microsoft Windows shortcut keys
How to navigate Windows using a keyboard?
Alt + Tab: Switch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + Tab: Switch backwards between open applications.
Alt + double-click: Display the properties of the object you double-click on.
Ctrl + Tab: Switches between program groups or document windows in applications that support this feature.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Same as above but backwards.
Alt + Print Screen: Create a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl + Print Screen: Creates a screen shot of the entire screen.
Ctrl + Alt + Del: Reboot the computer and brings up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Immediately bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Esc: Bring up the Windows Start menu.
Alt + Esc: Switch Between open applications on taskbar.
F1: Activates help for current open application.
F2: Renames selected Icon.
F3: Starts find from desktop.
F4: Opens the drive selection when browsing.
F5: Refresh Contents to where you were on the page.
Ctrl + F5: Refreshes page to the beginning of the page.
F10: Activates menu bar.
Shift + F10: Simulates right-click on selected item.
F4: Select a different location to browse in the Windows Explorer toolbar.
Alt + F4: Closes Current open program.
Ctrl + F4: Closes Window in Program.
F6: Move cursor to different Windows Explorer pane.
Alt + Space bar: Drops down the window control menu.
Ctrl + (the '+' key on the keypad): Automatically adjust the widths of all the columns in Windows explorer.
Alt + Enter: Opens properties window of selected icon or program.
Alt + Space bar: Open the control menu for the current window open.
Shift + Del: Delete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
Holding Shift: Boot Safe Mode or by pass system files as the computer is booting.
Holding Shift: When putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing.
Enter: Activates the highlighted program.
Alt + Down arrow: Display all available options on drop down menu.
* (on the keypad): Expands all folders on the currently selected folder or drive in Windows Explorer.
+ (on the keypad): Expands only the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.
- (on the keypad): Collapses the currently selected folder in Windows Explorer.
Windows key keyboard shortcuts:
WINKEY: Pressing the Windows key alone will open Start.
WINKEY + F1: Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + F3: Opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
WINKEY + D: Brings the desktop to the top of all other windows.
WINKEY + M: Minimizes all windows.
WINKEY + SHIFT + M: Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D.
WINKEY + E: Open Microsoft Explorer.
WINKEY + Tab: Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.
WINKEY + F: Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
WINKEY + CTRL + F: Display the search for computers window.
WINKEY + R: Open the run window.
WINKEY + Pause / Break key: Open the system properties window.
WINKEY + U: Open Utility Manager.
WINKEY + L: Lock the computer and switch users if needed.
WINKEY + P: Quickly change between monitor display types. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + LEFT ARROW: Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the left side for side by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + RIGHT ARROW: Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the right side for side by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + UP ARROW: When in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to full size. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + DOWN ARROW: Minimizes the screen. Also, when in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to a minimized size. (Windows 7 only)