Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Time is very precious. In this Busy world, completing work quickly is very important. Especially people who use PC/Computer, need to be really fast. They should know most of Keyboard Shortcut Keys ( i.e HotKeys ) which will save lots of their time. Here is a Complete List of hotkeys for windows that can be used in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 versions.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Using Shortcuts on Keyboard is very easy. You just need to press some Combinations of Keys on your Computer which performs respected actions by your Windows Operating System.

Keyboard Shortcuts Windows 10

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Keyboard Shortcuts with Windows key

  • Windows / Ctrl + Esc Opens the Start menu
  • Windows + E: Opens the File Explorer
  • Windows + R: launches the Run command
  • Windows + F: opens the Search command
  • Windows + CTRL + F : Search for computers
  • Windows + F1: opens the Windows help window whatever the application
  • Windows + L: locks the current session
  • Windows + U: opens the utility manager (Windows XP and 2000)
  • Windows + X: for Vista or Seven laptop: opens the mobility center.
  • Windows + Pause: Opens the System Information Panel
  • Windows + M / Windows key + D: Minimizes all windows and displays the desktop
  • Windows + Shift + M: restore reduced windows
  • Windows + TAB: switches between windows – Flip3D (Under Vista or Seven only): Next Window
  • Windows + Shift + TAB: switch between windows – Flip3D (Vista only): Previous window
  • Windows + CTRL + TAB: freezes the permutator of the Flip3D windows (use the arrows to choose a window and confirm with the Enter key)
  • Windows + P: toggles the display for external screens (Windows 7)

Keyboard Shortcuts with Alt key

  • Alt + F4 : Closes the current window or program
  • Alt + the underlined letter in a menu name: opens the corresponding menu (ex: Alt + F opens the File menu)
  • Alt + Space Bar : Displays the context menu of the current window
    • ALT + Space Bar + U : Reduces the current window
    • ALT + Space bar + N : enlarge the current window
    • ALT + Spacebar + R : restores the current window
    • ALT + Spacebar + F : Closes the current window
  • Alt + Print Screen : screenshot of the current window
  • Alt + Enter : opens the property window of the selected folder / file
  • Alt + SHIFT (or Alt Gr + SHIFT ): Toggle QWERTY / QWERTY keyboard modes
  • ALT + TAB : switch between windows – classic: Next window
  • ALT + Shift + TAB : switch between windows – classic: Previous window
  • ALT + CTRL + TAB : freezes the classic window switch (use the arrows to choose a window and confirm with the Enter key)
  • ALT + ESC : browse the windows in their order of opening

Keyboard Shortcuts with CTRL key

  • CTRL + Alt + Delete / CTRL + Shift + ESC : Opens Task Manager
  • CTRL while dragging an item to copy the selected item
  • CTRL + SHIFT by dragging an item creates a shortcut to the selected item.
  • CTRL + F4 : Closes the active document when using a program to open several documents simultaneously

Function keys

These are Common hot keys on keyboard which perform a Default Action by your Windows.

  • F1 : Get help in Windows 10
  • F2 : Rename a file
  • F3 : file search
  • F5 : refresh the display
  • F10 : activate the menu bar in the active program
  • Back Back (key above the Enter key): Go back to the previous level in Windows Explorer
  • Shift while dragging an element: move the selected element
  • Print Screen : Copy of the entire screen
  • Shift (or Shift ) + Delete : delete a file directly without going through the trash
  • Shift + F10 : replaces the right click
  • To prevent the CD from playing automatically, press when inserting on Shift
  • ESC : cancel the action in progress

Windows Shortcuts For file management but also for all Softwares

  • Ctrl + A : select all
  • Ctrl + B : Organize Internet Favorites
  • Ctrl + C : copy
  • Ctrl + F : allows you to search for text in the file or simply in the internet browser
  • Ctrl + H : replace text
  • Ctrl + N : create a new file / open a new window
  • Ctrl + O : open a document
  • Ctrl + P : print
  • Ctrl + S : save
  • Ctrl + V : paste
  • Ctrl + W : close the current window (= Alt + F4)
  • Ctrl + X : cut
  • Ctrl + Y : repeat the last action that was canceled
  • Ctrl + Z : cancel the last action

For word processing software

  • Ctrl + G or Ctrl + B in English: bold the selected text
  • Ctrl + U : underlines the selected text
  • Ctrl + I : italicizes the selected text
  • Capitalize with emphasis  ΠÔ
    • Tiny., Type the accent
    • Shift., Type the letter
  • Tab (left): moves the entire selection of a tab to the right
  • Shift + Tab (Left): Moves the entire selection of a tab to the left
  • CTRL + Home : return to the beginning of the open document
  • CTRL + End : Go to end of open document
  • CTRL + RIGHT : Return the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
  • CTRL + LEFT : return the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
  • CTRL + DOWN : Return the insertion point to the beginning of the following paragraph
  • CTRL + UP : Return the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
  • CTRL + SHIFT with one of the arrow keys: highlight a block of text
  • SHIFT + one of the arrow keys: select multiple items in a window or desktop or select text in a document

Hot Keys on Keyboard For Word

  • Ctrl + Shift + N : Normalizes the selected text
  • Ctrl + Shift + 1 / Ctrl + Alt + 1 in English: puts in Title 1 the paragraph where is the cursor of the mouse
  • Ctrl + Shift + 2 / Ctrl + Alt + 2 in English: puts in Title 2 the paragraph where is the cursor of the mouse
  • Ctrl + Shift + 3 / Ctrl + Alt +3 in English: puts in Title 3 the paragraph where is the cursor of the mouse
  • Select a word or a group of words then Shift + F3 : change of the case

Hotkeys For Excel

You can also use computer shortcuts in Excel as well.

  • F2 : edit a cell. Use the keyboard directly to edit the content
  • Ctrl + $ : copies the cell above the selection and is in edit mode

Computer Shortcut Keys For Internet Explorer

  • Back Back (key above the Enter key): return to the previous page
  • Ctrl + B : Organize Internet Favorites
  • Ctrl + D : add the current page to Favorites
  • Ctrl + E : open the Search function
  • Ctrl + F : search in the current page
  • Ctrl + H : open the history of visited websites
  • Ctrl + N : open a new page identical to the previous one
  • Ctrl + T : open a new tab (Valid also under Firefox)
  • Ctrl + Q : mosaic display of the active window tabs
  • Ctrl + Tab , Alt + D or F6 : select the address bar
  • CTRL + Enter : add www. and .com around the entered text
  • Shift + click on the link: open a link in a new window
  • F11 : Switch between Full Screen mode and Normal mode of the current window.
  • Alt + Home (Up Arrow Left): Opens the Start Page

Hotkeys For Windows Media Player

  • ALT + 1 (2 or 3): zoom in by 50% (successively 100% or 200%)
  • ALT + Enter: switch to full screen
  • Escape: exit full-screen mode
  • ALT + Left Arrow: Go back in the navigation history
  • ALT + Right Arrow: Move forward in the navigation history
  • CTRL + 1: Switch to full screen
  • CTRL + 2: Switch to appearance mode
  • CTRL + B : previous (element or chapter)
  • CTRL + F : next (element or chapter)
  • CTRL + H : enable / disable random play
  • CTRL + T : enable / disable repetition
  • CTRL + M : show / hide classic menus (menu bar)
  • CTRL + N : create a new selection
  • CTRL + O : open a file
  • CTRL + P : play / pause
  • CTRL + S : stop reading CTRL + S
  • CTRL + U: specify a URL or path of a file
  • CTRL + Shift + C : enable / disable captions and subtitles
  • F2: Rename the selected item
  • F3: add media files to the library
  • F5: update information
  • F6: increase the size of the cover
  • Shift + F6: reduce the size of the cover
  • F7: Turn off the volume
  • F8: decrease the volume
  • F9: increase the volume

Keyboard Shortcuts for full-screen mode

  • Right arrow: advance of the element in reading
  • Left arrow: return of the item in reading
  • CTRL + Right Arrow: fast forwarding of the reading item
  • CTRL + Left Arrow: fast return of the item in playback
  • CTRL + Shift + Right Arrow : Slow advance of the reading item
  • CTRL + Shift + Left Arrow : Slow return of the item in play

So, friends, These are the most used and popular Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts that can be used on other versions of Microsoft Windows. I hope you use all these Computer Shortcuts Windows 10 regularly Which improves your Productivity and Save Lots of your efforts. Stay Tuned to Windows Call for more Interesting Updates on Windows OS.