Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts

Getting used to using your keyboard exclusively and leaving your mouse behind will make you much more efficient at performing any task on any Windows system. I use the following keyboard shortcuts every day:

  • Windows key + R = Run menu

This is usually followed by:

  • cmd = Command Prompt
  • iexplore + “web address” = Internet Explorer
  • compmgmt.msc = Computer Management
  • dhcpmgmt.msc = DHCP Management
  • dnsmgmt.msc = DNS Management
  • services.msc = Services
  • eventvwr = Event Viewer
  • dsa.msc = Active Directory Users and Computers
  • dssite.msc = Active Directory Sites and Services
  • Windows key + E = Explorer
  • ALT + Tab = Switch between windows
  • ALT, Space, X = Maximize window
  • CTRL + Shift + Esc = Task Manager
  • Windows key + Break = System properties
  • Windows key + F = Search
  • Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows
  • CTRL + C = copy
  • CTRL + X = cut
  • CTRL + V = paste

Also don’t forget about the “Right-click” key next to the right Windows key on your keyboard. Using the arrows and that key can get just about anything done once you’ve opened up any program.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • [Alt] and [Esc] Switch between running applications
  • [Alt] and letter Select menu item by underlined letter
  • [Ctrl] and [Esc] Open Program Menu
  • [Ctrl] and [F4] Close active document or group windows (does not work with some applications)
  • [Alt] and [F4] Quit active application or close current window
  • [Alt] and [-] Open Control menu for active document
  • [Ctrl] Lft., Rt. arrow Move cursor forward or back one word
  • [Ctrl] Up, Down arrow Move cursor forward or back one paragraph
  • [F1] Open Help for active application
  • Windows+M Minimize all open windows
  • Shift+Windows+M Undo minimize all open windows
  • Windows+F1 Open Windows Help
  • Windows+Tab Cycle through the Taskbar buttons
  • Windows+Break Open the System Properties dialog box

Accessibility shortcuts

  • Right SHIFT for eight seconds…….. Switch FilterKeys on and off.
  • Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN……. Switch High Contrast on and off.
  • Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK……. Switch MouseKeys on and off.
  • SHIFT……. five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.
  • NUM LOCK…… for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

Explorer shortcuts

  • END……. Display the bottom of the active window.
  • HOME……. Display the top of the active window.
  • NUM LOCK+ASTERISK……. on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
  • NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.
  • NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
  • LEFT ARROW…… Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder.
  • RIGHT ARROW……. Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder.
  • Type the following commands in your Run Box (Windows Key + R) or Start Run
  • devmgmt.msc = Device Manager
  • msinfo32 = System Information
  • cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
  • ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
  • mmc = Microsoft Management Console
  • excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)
  • msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)
  • powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)
  • winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)
  • frontpg = Microsoft FrontPage (If Installed)
  • notepad = Notepad
  • wordpad = WordPad
  • calc = Calculator
  • msmsgs = Windows Messenger
  • mspaint = Microsoft Paint
  • wmplayer = Windows Media Player
  • rstrui = System Restore
  • netscp6 = Netscape 6.x
  • netscp = Netscape 7.x
  • netscape = Netscape 4.x
  • waol = America Online
  • control = Opens the Control Panel
  • control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog

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