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If You Learn 10% Of These Keyboard Shortcuts, You’ll Double Your Productivity!

If You Learn 10% Of These Keyboard Shortcuts, You’ll Double Your Productivity!

Who needs a mouse anyway?




Here’s a complete list of keyboard shortcuts used in Windows. Most of them also work under other operating systems.

General shortcuts.

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.

Function keys.

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?

Nikita Skorobogatov






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