Short-Cut Keys

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Windows 95/98/ME/XP Standard Short-Cut Keys

Short-Cut Keys: Key Names

Keyboard Layout:

ESC Function Keys Misc Keys Numeric Keypad
Main Body of Keys - Character Keys Page Keys


Arrow (Cursor) Keys


Alt Key Alternate Key - Located on either side of the Spacebar.
Arrow (Cursor) Keys Used to move the cursor around on the screen.
Ctrl Key Control Key - Found at the bottom left and right of the main body of keys.
F Keys Function Keys - Most are preprogrammed, some can be user programmed for common shortcuts.
Menu Key Located below the right Shift key, this is the same as Right-Clicking with the mouse.
Numeric Keypad Used for typing in numbers quicker or with the Num Lock key off doubles as Arrow Keys.
Page Keys Insert, Home, Page Up, Delete, End, Page Down  Also found on the Numeric Keypad when Num Lock is off.
Windows Key Between the Ctrl and Alt keys, this key has many specific functions for Windows.

Common Program Short-Cut Keys:

[+]  This is used when keys are to be pressed simultaneously.
[-]   This is used when keys are to be pressed in succession.

Copy Ctrl+C Copies the currently highlighted item.
Cut Ctrl+X Removes the currently highlighted item to be Pasted elsewhere.
Paste Ctrl+V Pastes the Copied or Cut item to where the cursor is located.
Print Ctrl+P Prints the current document, page, image, etc. A few programs will print highlighted items.
Select All Ctrl+A Selects all the text on the current page or document.
Undo Ctrl+Z Undoes the last command performed.
New File Ctrl+N Creates a new file.
Open File Ctrl+O Opens an existing file.
Save Ctrl+S Saves current file.
Help! F1 Brings up the Help file for the currently open program.

In Menus when you see an underlined letter, rather then clicking on the item, press the letter.

Note: Many of the Common Program Short-Cut keys will also work in Windows.  As with any key command, practice, but becareful what you do.

Windows Short-Cut Keys:

Alt+F4 Closes the current program or window.
Ctrl+F4 Closes the current document or window inside the current program. (Not universal)
Alt+Tab Used for quick switching between programs or applications.
Alt+ESC Used for quick switching between system windows, error messages or question windows.
Window Opens up the Start Menu.
Ctrl+ESC Opens up the Start Menu.
Menu Opens a Context Menu, same as Right-Clicking with the mouse.
Alt+F10 Opens a Context Menu, same as Right-Clicking with the mouse.
Ctrl+Alt+Delete Press Once - Brings up the Close Program window.
Press Twice - Reboots the computer.
Ctrl+Shift+ESC Pressing this in Windows NT, 2000, 2003 or XP will open the Task Manager. From here individual programs and applications can be run or closed.
Alt-Space-n Minimizes current program to Task Bar.
Alt-Space-x Maximizes current program to full screen.
Alt-Space-r Restores window to normal size from a maximized window.
Alt Will give access to pull-down menus, use arrow keys to navigate menus.
Ctrl+a Selects all in the current window.
Ctrl+b Opens Organize Favorites in Internet Explorer ver 4.0 and up.
Windows+d Minimizes all open windows. Use also to undo this command.
Windows+e Opens Windows Explorer to browse computer contents.
Ctrl+f Opens Find program in current program, or Find Files in Windows.
Windows+f Opens Find File program.
Windows+m Minimizes all open windows.
Windows+Shift+m Undoes Windows+m command.
Windows+r Opens Run window.
Ctrl+w Closes active window.
F1 Help
F2 Allows for renaming files, icons or short-cuts to programs.
F3 Opens Find File. (at Desktop)
F5 Refreshes current window or web page.
F6 Moves between panes in a multi-pane window.
F10 Allows access to pulldown menus. Same as Alt key.
F11 In some parts of Windows, removes toolbars for larger viewing area.
Windows+Pause Opens up System Properties window.
Alt+Print Screen Captures current screen to clipboard....can then be pasted in to Paint program.

Having problems opening a file or program? Use your mouse or Arrow keys to select the item, press Enter.

If you Double-Left-Click too slowly with your mouse, Windows will assume you want to rename the item you clicked on.

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