Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

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The Control Key:

  • CTRL + A = Select All

    The Control (aka “CTRL”) key
  • CTRL + B = Bold
  • CTRL + C = Copy
  • CTRL + I = Italics
  • CTRL + N = New
  • CTRL + P = Print
  • CTRL + R = Refresh the active window
  • CTRL + S = Save
  • CTRL + U = Underline
  • CTRL + V = Paste
  • CTRL + X = Cut
  • CTRL + Y = Redo or Repeat
  • CTRL + Z = Undo (My favorite!)
  • CTRL +F4 = Close the active document
  • CTRL +F5 = Refresh the active window
  • CTRL + Left arrow = Move cursor to beginning of previous word
  • CTRL + Right Arrow = Move cursor to beginning of next word
  • CTRL + Up Arrow = Move cursor to beginning of previous paragraph
  • CTRL + Down Arrow = Move Cursor to beginning of next paragraph
  • CTRL + ESC = Open the Start Menu

The Windows Key:

  • The Windows Logo Key all by itself will bring up the “Start” menu. You know, the icon you tap when you want to cleanly shut your machine down.
  • Windows Key  +  D will show you the Desktop.
  • Windows Key  +  E will bring up your Windows Explorer page so you can see how much space you have left on your machine and where all of your files are.
  • Windows Key  +  L will lock your screen. You’ll need to log in again, but all your open Windows will still be there.
  • Windows Key  +  M will minimize all of your open Windows. This is also known as the “Boss” key!
  • Windows Key  +  T will cycle through your running programs on the taskbar.
  • Windows Key  +  Space Bar will show your Desktop for as long as you press down the Windows key.
  • Windows Key  +  a number will bring up the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.  (Note that this is similar to the ALT+Tab shortcut in that it brings you to another Window.)
  • Windows Key  +  Tab will cycle through your open programs using 3D.  (Try that one.  It’s pretty cool!)
  • Windows Key  +  Home will minimize all your open windows except the one you’re currently working on.

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