Intro

A shortcut key can be accessed directly. EG: CTRL+S.

An access key is usually tied to some graphical element. Access keys generally come in two types:

  • Menu access keys are usually accessed by pressing and releasing ALT, this highlights the first pull down menu of the active form. From there any pull down menu can be accessed by pressing its corresponding underlined letter. Sub-menu items can be accessed by pressing its corresponding underlined letter.
  • Command button access keys are usually accessed by pressing and holding ALT and then the underlined letter of any desired button of the active form.

RIGHT CLICK also provides quick access to options. The shortcut key for RIGHT CLICK is SHIFT+F10.

Windows OS Shortcuts

F1
Opens Windows' Help
F10 or ALT
Activates Menu Bar option. To open the appropriate menu, use ARROW KEYS or press the corresponding underlined letter in the menu
SHIFT+F10 or APPLICATION KEY
Display Context Menu of selected item, i.e. just like right clicking an item. On some keyboards, a right-click is available on the keyboard (it looks like an arrow cursor over an drop down list).
CTRL+ESC
Open the Start Menu. Use the ARROW KEYs to navigate. Great if you have no mouse available.
CTRL+ESC, ESC
Selects Start Menu. Use TAB to select different Toolbars on the Taskbar.
(hold SHIFT at startup)
Skips items in startup group
(hold SHIFT when CD is inserted)
Disables the CD's auto-play
ALT+TAB
Switch to the next task ( running application). Hold down ALT and press TAB to cycle thru the task-switching window.
ALT+ESC
Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
ALT+SPACEBAR
Opens the System Menu of the current non-MDI (Multi Document Interface) window or the parent MDI window, i.e. just like clicking on the icon upper left of the window. Note that the "Move" and "Size" accessed from the System Menu uses the arrow keys.
ALT+-
Display System Menu of a child MDI window, ie just like clicking on the icon on the upper left of the sub-window
ALT+F4
Close the current non-MDI (Multi Document Interface) window or the parent MDI window
CTRL+F4
Close the current child MDI window
F6 or SHIFT+F6
Move through the Panes of a window
CTRL+F6 or CTRL+SHIFT+F6
Move through the child MDI windows
ALT+F6
Switch between multiple windows of the same program. EG: Switching between a document and a Find dialog box.
PRINT SCREEN
Copy an image of the entire screen
ALT+PRINT SCREEN
Copy an image of the active window
Perform action on multiple windows at once.
You can click one of the windows in the taskbar, then hold down CTRL while you CLICK the others. This should select all the windows you want to close. Now, release CTRL and RIGHT CLICK one of the selected window icons. This is particularly good for closing multiple windows.

Windows OS Dialog Box Shortcuts

TAB or SHIFT+TAB
Move through the controls
SPACEBAR
If current control is a button, then this will click button. If current control is a checkbox, then this will toggle it. If current control is an option button, then this will select it.
ENTER
Click the current button
ESC
Click the Cancel button
CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move through the Property Tabs

Windows Explorer and Folder Shortcuts

* on numeric keypad 
Expand everything in current selection
+ on numeric keypad 
Expand the current selection
- on numeric keypad 
Collapse the current selection
RIGHT ARROW
Expand the current selection if not expanded, otherwise got to the first child
LEFT ARROW
Collapse the current selection if not expanded, otherwise got to the parent
F4
Select the Address, Go To, or Look In Menu.
BACKSPACE
Switch to the Parent Folder.
SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK on an icon
Provides the option to "Open with..."

Windows WIN Shortcuts

This is that little button that looks like the Windows logo.

WIN
Display or hide the Start menu.
WIN+F1
Help
WIN+F7
Spell check
WIN+TAB
Cycle through taskbar buttons. Similar to but different from ALT+TAB
WIN+BREAK
Display System Properties dialog box
WIN+D
Desktop, i.e. minimize/un-minimize all
WIN+F
Find file or folders
WIN+CTRL+F
Find computer
WIN+E
Opens the Windows Explorer
WIN+L
Change users in Win XP.
WIN+M
Minimize all but the current one. In my experience this has never worked as it's supposed to --instead it has always worked more like WIN+D.
WIN+SHIFT+M
Undo minimize all
WIN+R
Run. Running cmd is one of the quickest ways to a command line in Windows.

General Windows and Application Shortcuts

F1
Help
F2
Rename an object
F3 or CTRL+F
Find
F5
Refresh view
ENTER or RETURN
Open selected item
ALT+ENTER
View Property Sheet of selected item
CTRL+A
Select all
CTRL+C
Copy
drag file
Moves a file
CTRL while dragging file
Copy a file instead of moving it
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging file
Create a shortcut to the file
SHIFT+DEL
Delete file without putting it into the Recycle Bin
CTRL+DEL
Delete one word to the left.
CTRL+BACKSPACE
Delete one word to the right.
CTRL+G
Go to
CTRL+H
Replace
CTRL+N
New document
CTRL+P
Print
CTRL+S
Save
CTRL+X
Cut
CTRL+P
Paste
CTRL+Z
Undo
SHIFT+CTRL+Z or CTRL+Y
Redo
CTRL+ARROW KEY
Scroll without moving the selection
ALT+NNN on numeric pad
The three digit decimal number entered inputs a character from ECS and translates to ANSI in 9X or Unicode in NT. See also Character Sets Shortcuts.
ALT+0NNN on numeric pad
The zero and three digit decimal number entered is converted to its ANSI character equivalent in 9X or Unicode in NT. See also Character Sets Shortcuts.
SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK on a file
Exposes Open with... on the pop-up list.

App Shortcuts

Excel

CTRL+TAB
Switch between different open files.
CTRL+PAGE UP or CTRL+PAGE DOWN
Switch between worksheets.
CTRL+:
Enter today's date.
SCROLL LOCK
Keeps the cursor in the current cell as you navigate by pressing PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, UP ARROW, etc.

Internet Explorer

For more see http://www.wugnet.com/tips/topicdisp.asp?topic=ie.

  • IE address bar:
    • To search from the Address bar: type go, find, or ? followed by a word or phrase, and then press ENTER.
    • CTRL+ENTER adds "www" and ".com" to your entry.
    • CTRL+ARROW KEYs moves the cursor to the next logical break (i.e. a . or a  /)
  • CTRL+SCROLL WHEEL. Changes font size in IE 5+.
  • ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE. Same as back button.
  • ALT+RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT+BACKSPACE. Same as forward button.
  • SPACEBAR. Same as page down.
  • SHIFT+SPACEBAR. Same as page up.
  • CTRL+N. Opens new browser window.
  • RIGHT CLICK on Favorite and set its shortcut key for quick access from Windows.
  • CTRL+D. Adds current site as a Favorite.

Miscellany

  • RIGHT CLICK on a dll provides the option to register it.


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