All Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows OS

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Using keyboard shortcuts are faster than using the mouse. Pressing Ctrl+P is faster than moving the mouse, then click on file menu, then moving the mouse to print and click on it.

The problem with keyboard shortcuts is that you don’t know which key combinations are used for what, and you did not train yourself to use them. So I collected all keyboard shortcuts used in Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11 in this one post. Train your hands to use these key combinations to familiarize yourself with them.

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All keyboard shortcuts in Windows OS 🔗

keyboard shortcutfunction / action
CTRL+CCopy
CTRL+XCut
CTRL+VPaste
CTRL+ZUndo
DELETE or DelDelete
SHIFT+DELETE or SHIFT+DelDelete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
CTRL while dragging an itemCopy the selected item
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an itemCreate a shortcut to the selected item
CTRL+RIGHT ARROWMove the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROWMove the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+DOWN ARROWMove the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROWMove the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keysHighlight a block of text (a.k.a select a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keysSelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document (a.k.a Highlight)
CTRL+ASelect all
ALT+ENTERView the properties for the selected item
ALT+F4Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAROpen the shortcut menu for the active window
CTRL+F4Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously
ALT+TABSwitch between the open items
ALT+ESCCycle through items in the order that they had been opened
SHIFT+F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESCDisplay the Start menu
BACKSPACEView the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
ESCCancel the current task
CTRL+TABMove forward through the tabs (tab windows)
CTRL+SHIFT+TABMove backward through the tabs
TABMove forward through the options
SHIFT+TABMove backward through the options
F1 keyDisplay Help
F3 keySearch for a file or a folder
F4 keyDisplay the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 keyUpdate the active window
F6 keyCycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop
WinKeyDisplay or hide the Start menu
WinKey+DDisplay the desktop
WinKey+MMinimize all of the windows
WinKey+SHIFT+MRestore the minimized windows
WinKey+EOpen My Computer / open file explorer
WinKey+FSearch for a file or a folder
WinKey+F1Display Windows Help
WinKey+LLock the session
WinKey+ROpen the Run dialog box
WinKey+UOpen Utility Manager or Ease of Access
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREENSwitch High Contrast either on or off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCKSwitch the Mouse Keys either on or off
SHIFT five timesSwitch the Sticky Keys either on or off
NUM LOCK for five secondsSwitch the ToggleKeys either on or off (NumPad)

Note : WinKey is the button on keyboard which has the Windows logo on it, which is located between alt key and ctrl key on the left half. It is also known as Super Key on Linux-based laptop.

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