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Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

I often find myself explaining to customers shortcuts in Windows 7 and Vista that will make your life on the computer an easier task. A couple of clicks instead of numerous clicks to accomplish what you want and save time doing so. Feel free to print out the document and keep it nearby for a handy reference.

  • SHIFT when you insert a CD and or DVD – Prevent the CD and or DVD from automatically playing.
  • F1 Display Help.
  • WindowsLogoKey+R Open the run command box.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC Open Task Manager.
  • CTRL+C Copy the selected item.
  • ESC Cancel the current task.
  • CTRL+X Cut the selected item.
  • CTRL+V Paste the selected item.
  • ALT+UP ARROW View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer.
  • ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened.
  • WindowsLogoKey+TAB Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D.
  • ALT+TAB Switch between open items.
  • ALT+SPACEBAR Open the shortcut menu for the active window.
  • SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
  • ALT+ENTER Display properties for the selected item.
  • CTRL+ESC Open the Start menu.
  • SHIFT+DELETE Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.
  • ALT+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active window.
  • CTRL+ALT+TAB Use the arrow keys to switch between open items.
  • F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program.
  • F5 Refresh the active window.
  • CTRL+F4 Close the active document (only works with programs that allow you to have multiple documents open at the same time).
  • CTRL+WindowsLogoKey+TAB Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D.
  • RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
  • F2 Rename the selected item.
  • F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
  • F4 Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer.
  • LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
  • CTRL+Z Undo an action.
  • DELETE Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
  • CTRL+Y Redo an action.
  • CTRL+A Select all items in a document or window.
  • F3 Search for a file or folder.
  • SHIFT+any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
  • CTRL+any arrow key+SPACEBAR Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop.
  • 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+SHIFT with an arrow key Select a block of text.

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Activate the menu bar in the active program.