The complete list of Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts:

Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScn (or PrtScn) Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U
Open the Ease of Access Center

General keyboard shortcuts

F1 Display Help
Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert) Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl+Z Undo an action
Ctrl+Y Redo an action
Delete (or Ctrl+D) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
F2 Rename the selected item
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
Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl+A Select all items in a document or window
F3 Search for a file or folder
Alt+Enter Display properties for the selected item
Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
Alt+Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Ctrl+F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Alt+Tab Switch between open items
Ctrl+Alt+Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Alt+Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4 Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
Shift+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl+Esc Open the Start menu
Alt+underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
Alt+underlined letter Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
Right Arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left Arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 (or Ctrl+R) Refresh the active window
Alt+Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Esc Cancel the current task
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager
Shift when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Left Alt+Shift Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
Ctrl+Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
Right or Left Ctrl+Shift Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Move back through tabs
Tab Move forward through options
Shift+Tab Move back through options
Alt+underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Enter Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 Display Help
F4 Display the items in the active list
Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key
Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Pause
Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D
Display the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M
Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E
Open Computer.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F
Search for a file or folder.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F
Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L
Lock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R
Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +B
Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Spacebar
Preview the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Up Arrow
Maximize the window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Left Arrow
Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Right Arrow
Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Down Arrow
Minimize the window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Home
Minimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow
Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow
Move a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +P
Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G
Cycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U
Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X
Open Windows Mobility Center.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+W Close the current window
Ctrl+Shift+N Create a new folder
End Display the bottom of the active window
Home Display the top of the active window
F11 Maximize or minimize the active window
Ctrl+Period (.) Rotate a picture clockwise
Ctrl+Comma (,) Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder
Left Arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
Alt+Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt+P Display the preview pane
Alt+Left Arrow View the previous folder
Backspace View the previous folder
Right Arrow Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Alt+Right Arrow View the next folder
Alt+Up Arrow View the parent folder
Ctrl+Shift+E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Alt+D Select the address bar
Ctrl+E Select the search box
Ctrl+F Select the search box

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts

Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program
Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program as an administrator
Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button Show the window menu for the program
Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group
Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+ Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-)
Zoom in or out
Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl+Alt+F Switch to full-screen mode
Ctrl+Alt+L Switch to lens mode
Ctrl+Alt+D Switch to docked mode
Ctrl+Alt+I Invert colors
Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Ctrl+Alt+R Resize the lens
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+ Esc
Exit Magnifier

Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts

Alt+Page Up Move between programs from left to right.
Alt+Page Down Move between programs from right to left.
Alt+Insert Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
Alt+Home Display the Start menu.
Ctrl+Alt+Break Switch between a window and full screen.
Ctrl+Alt+End Display the Windows Security dialog box.
Alt+Delete Display the system menu.
Ctrl+Alt+Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl+Alt+Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).
Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

3 comments

  1. Hi,
    thank you very much for this little information.
    it would be recommanded to provide all of these shortcuts in pdf-format.

    Again multiple thanks for your help.

    kkh

  2. MARCH 14, 2012
    ALPHABETICAL ORDER (ALL) APRIL 17, 2015 by fred here.
    The complete list of Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts

    Alt+Page Up Move between programs from left to right.
    Alt+D Select the address bar
    Alt+Delete Display the system menu.
    Alt+Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
    Alt+Enter Display properties for the selected item
    Alt+Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
    Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
    Alt+Home Display the Start menu.
    Alt+Insert Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
    Alt+Left Arrow View the previous folder
    Alt+P Display the preview pane
    Alt+Page Down Move between programs from right to left.
    Alt+Right Arrow View the next folder
    Alt+Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
    Alt+Tab Switch between open items
    Alt+underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
    Alt+underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
    Alt+underlined letter Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
    Alt+Up Arrow View the parent folder
    Alt+Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
    Alt+Windows logo key +number Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
    Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
    Backspace View the previous folder
    Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
    Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
    Ctrl+A Select all items in a document or window
    Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
    Ctrl+Alt+Break Switch between a window and full screen.
    Ctrl+Alt+D Switch to docked mode
    Ctrl+Alt+End Display the Windows Security dialog box.
    Ctrl+Alt+F Switch to full-screen mode
    Ctrl+Alt+I Invert colors
    Ctrl+Alt+L Switch to lens mode
    Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
    Ctrl+Alt+Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).
    Ctrl+Alt+Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).
    Ctrl+Alt+R Resize the lens
    Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.
    Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
    Ctrl+Alt+Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
    Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert) Copy the selected item
    Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group
    Ctrl+Comma (,) Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
    Ctrl+Down Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
    Ctrl+E Select the search box
    Ctrl+Esc Open the Start menu
    Ctrl+F Select the search box
    Ctrl+F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
    Ctrl+Left Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
    Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
    Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
    Ctrl+N Open a new window
    Ctrl+Period (.) Rotate a picture clockwise
    Ctrl+Right Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
    Ctrl+Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
    Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
    Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program as an administrator
    Ctrl+Shift+E Display all folders above the selected folder
    Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager
    Ctrl+Shift+N Create a new folder
    Ctrl+Shift+Tab Move back through tabs
    Ctrl+Tab Move forward through tabs
    Ctrl+Up Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
    Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) Paste the selected item
    Ctrl+W Close the current window
    Ctrl+Windows logo key +B Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
    Ctrl+Windows logo key +F Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
    Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
    Ctrl+Windows logo key +number Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
    Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
    Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
    Ctrl+Y Redo an action
    Ctrl+Z Undo an action
    Delete (or Ctrl+D) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
    End Display the bottom of the active window
    Enter Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
    Esc Cancel the current task
    F1 Display Help
    F1 Display Help
    F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
    F11 Maximize or minimize the active window
    F2 Rename the selected item
    F3 Search for a file or folder
    F4 Display the items in the active list
    F4 Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
    F5 (or Ctrl+R) Refresh the active window
    F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
    Home Display the top of the active window
    Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
    Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScn (or PrtScn) Turn High Contrast on or off
    Left Alt+Shift Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
    Left Arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
    Left Arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
    Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off
    Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder
    Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder
    Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder
    Right Arrow Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
    Right Arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
    Right or Left Ctrl+Shift Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages
    Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
    Shift five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
    Shift when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
    Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
    Shift+Click on a taskbar button Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program
    Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
    Shift+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
    Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group
    Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button Show the window menu for the program
    Shift+Tab Move back through options
    Shift+Windows logo key +number Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
    Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
    Tab Move forward through options
    Windows logo key Open or close the Start menu.
    Windows logo key +D Display the desktop.
    Windows logo key +Down Arrow Minimize the window.
    Windows logo key +E Open Computer.
    Windows logo key +F Search for a file or folder.
    Windows logo key +G Cycle through gadgets.
    Windows logo key +Home Minimize all but the active window.
    Windows logo key +L Lock your computer or switch users.
    Windows logo key +Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
    Windows logo key +M Minimize all windows.
    Windows logo key +P Choose a presentation display mode.
    Windows logo key +Pause Display the System Properties dialog box.
    Windows logo key +R Open the Run dialog box.
    Windows logo key +Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
    Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another.
    Windows logo key +Shift+M Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
    Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
    Windows logo key +Spacebar Preview the desktop.
    Windows logo key +T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
    Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
    Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
    Windows logo key +U Open the Ease of Access Center
    Windows logo key +U Open Ease of Access Center.
    Windows logo key +Up Arrow Maximize the window.
    Windows logo key +X Open Windows Mobility Center.
    Windows logo key + Esc Exit Magnifier
    Windows logo key + Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-) Zoom in or out
    Windows logo key +number Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

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