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General Shortcut Keys


The following shortcut keys are a kind of standard in Windows system and in the most Windows applications.



1 Windows System Shortcut Keys
2 Editing Shortcut Keys
2.1 Movement Keys
2.2 Selection Keys
2.3 Deletion Keys
3 Shortcut Keys in Menus and Dialogs


1 Windows System Shortcut Keys


Below are the Microsoft Windows system-wide keyboard shortcuts that are available from within every Windows application.

Minimize all Windows: WINDOWS key+M

Open the Start Menu: WINDOWS key or CONTROL+ESCAPE

Open Windows Explorer: WINDOWS key+E

Open the Find: All Files Dialog Box: WINDOWS key+F

Open the Run Dialog Box: WINDOWS key+R

Open the System Properties Dialog Box: WINDOWS key+BREAK

Open the Find Computer Dialog Box: WINDOWS key+CONTROL+F 27

Open the Context Menu: APPLICATION key or SHIFT+F10

Cycle between the running applications: ALT+TAB

Open the application's Control Menu: ALT+SPACEBAR

Open the document's Control Menu: ALT+MINUS

Copy to Clipboard: CONTROL+C

Cut to Clipboard: CONTROL+X

Paste from Clipboard: CONTROL+V


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2 Editing Shortcut Keys


In all standard Edit Boxes as well as in the most word processing applications you can use following groups of keyboard shortcuts


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2.1 Movement Keys


Next character: RIGHT ARROW

Previous character: LEFT ARROW



Next line: DOWN ARROW

Previous line: UP ARROW

Next screen page: PAGE DOWN

Previous screen page: PAGE UP

Beginning of line: HOME

End of line: END

Beginning of file: CONTROL+HOME

End of file: CONTROL+END


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2.2 Selecting Keys

Select next character: SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW

Select previous character: SHIFT+LEFT ARROW

Select next word: SHIFT 29+CONTROL+RIGHT ARROW

Select previous word: SHIFT+CONTROL+LEFT ARROW

Select to the end of line: SHIFT+END

Select to the beginning of line: SHIFT+HOME

Select to the same hor. position in the next line: SHIFT+DOWN ARROW

Select to the same hor. position in the previous line: SHIFT+UP ARROW

Select to the end of paragraph: SHIFT+CONTROL+DOWN ARROW

Select to the beginning of paragraph: SHIFT+CONTROL+UP ARROW

Select to the end of file: SHIFT+CONTROL+END

Select to the beginning of file: SHIFT+CONTROL+HOME

Select all: CONTROL+A


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2.3 Deletion Keys

Delete next character: DELETE

Delete previous character: BACKSPACE

Delete selected text: DELETE

Undo an editing action: CONTROL+Z


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3 Shortcut Keys in Menus and Dialogs

Toggle Main Menu on/off: ALT

One Menu level up: ESCAPE

Move between Main Menu items: LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS

Move within a Pop-up Menu: UP and DOWN ARROWS

Activate a Menu item: ENTER

Next element in a Dialog Box: TAB

Previous element in a Dialog Box: SHIFT+TAB

Next element in a List: DOWN ARROW 31

Previous element in a List: UP ARROW

Toggle a Check Box on/off: SPACEBAR

Push a Button: SPACEBAR

Choose a Radio Button: ARROW keys

Cycle between several property sheets: CONTROL+TAB




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