Here’s a complete list of keyboard shortcuts used in Windows. Most of them also work under other operating systems.
ALT + F4: Close the active item, or exit the active app.
ALT + ESC: Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened.
ALT + ENTER: Display properties for the selected item.
ALT + PAGE UP: Move up one screen.
ALT + PAGE DOWN: Move down one screen.
ALT + TAB: Switch between open apps (except desktop apps).
CTRL + F4: Close the active document.
CTRL + A: Select all items in a document or window.
CTRL + R or F5: Refresh the active window.
CTRL + RIGHT ARROW: Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL + LEFT ARROW: Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
CTRL + DOWN ARROW: Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.
CTRL + UP ARROW: Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
CTRL + ALT + TAB: Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps.
CTRL + ARROW + SPACEBAR: Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop.
CTRL + ESC: Open the Start screen.
CTRL + SHIFT + ESC: Open Task Manager.
SHIFT + ARROW: Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
SHIFT + DELETE: Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.
Windows key shortcuts.
Win + B: Set focus in the notification area.
Win + C: Open Charms.
Win + D: Display and hide the desktop.
Win + E: Open File Explorer.
Win + F: Open the Search charm and search for files.
Win + L: Lock your PC or switch users.
Win + M: Minimize all windows.
Win + O: Lock device orientation.
Win + P: Choose a presentation display mode.
Win + R: Open the Run dialog box.
Win + UP ARROW: Maximize the window.
Win + DOWN ARROW: Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window.
Win + LEFT ARROW: Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen.
Win + RIGHT ARROW: Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen.
Win + HOME: Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).
Win + SPACEBAR: Switch input language and keyboard layout.
File explorer shortcuts.
ALT + D: Select the address bar.
CTRL + E: Select the search box.
CTRL + F: Select the search box.
CTRL + N: Open a new window.
CTRL + W: Close the current window.
CTRL + mouse scroll wheel: Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons.
CTRL + SHIFT + E: Display all folders above the selected folder.
CTRL + SHIFT + N: Create a new folder.
ALT + P: Display the preview pane.
ALT + ENTER: Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item.
ALT + RIGHT ARROW: View the next folder.
ALT + UP ARROW: View the folder that the folder was in.
ALT + LEFT ARROW: View the previous folder.
F1: Brings up a Help window in many applications, including browsers, Microsoft Office and others.
F2: Renames a selected object.
F3: Opens search box in browsers.
F4: Displays the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer (Windows XP).
F5: Updates the active Window. Useful to refresh a displayed page in a browser.
F6: Cycles through the screen elements in a window.
F7: Turn on/off Caret Mode (Firefox). Performs Spell and Grammar check (MS Word).
F8: Extend selection (MS Office).
F9: Updates fields (MS Office).
F10: Activates menu bar options.
F11: Toggles between full screen and normal display in browsers.
F12: Opens Save as dialog (MS Office).
Do you know of any hotkeys we might have missed?