Basic Computer Knowledge: Computer Keyboard Shortcuts Keys


Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item.

Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item.

Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item.

Ctrl + Z: Undo an action.

Ctrl + Y: Redo an action.

Ctrl + A: Select all items in a document.

Ctrl + D (or Delete): Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.

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 + Shift with an arrow key: Select a block of text.

Ctrl + Esc: Open Start.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + Shift: Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available.

Ctrl + F: Select the search box.

Ctrl + N: Open a new window.

Ctrl + W: Close the active window.

Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel: Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons.

Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new folder.

Shift + Any arrow key: Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document.

Shift + Delete: Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.

Esc: Stop or leave the current task.

Alt + Tab: Switch between open apps.

Alt + F4: Close the active item, or exit the active app.

Alt + PrtScn: Take a screenshot of your whole screen.

Alt + F8: Show your password on the sign-in screen.

Alt + D: Select the address bar.

Alt + P: Display the preview panel.

Alt + Enter: Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item.

Alt + Right arrow: View the next folder.

Alt + Up arrow:

(Alt + Left arrow) or Backspace: View the previous folder.

End: Display the bottom of the active window.

Home: Display the top of the active window.

F11: Maximize or minimize the active window.

Num Lock + asterisk (*): Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

Num Lock + plus (+): Display the contents of the selected folder.

Num Lock + minus (-):s Collapse the selected folder.