Keystroke Function


 Win Icon + E Opens Windows Explorer

+ Pause/Break Opens the System Properties dialog box

+ U Opens the Utility Manager

+ R Opens the Run… prompt

+ F Opens the Search for Files and Folder window

+ Alt + F Opens the Search for Computer window

+ M minimize all windows

Shift + + M maximize all windows (after minimizing them)

+ D minimizes all windows to the desktop, and then restores all Windows

+ L Lock Computer

Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens the Windows Task Manager

Alt + F4 (in a program) Closes the program

Alt + F4 (from desktop) Opens the Windows Shutdown/Restart dialog box

Alt + Enter Opens the Properties page of a selected item

Shift + Insert CD/DVD Inserts a CD/DVD without triggering Auto play or Auto run

Shift + Delete permanently deletes an item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)

Alt + Tab Switch between open programs Right-click + drag a file Brings up a menu to copy, move, or create a shortcut F5 (or Ctrl + R) Refresh Internet Explorer page, or refresh any other window


Ctrl + A Select All

Ctrl + C Copy

Ctrl + X Cut

Ctrl + V Paste

Ctrl + Z Undo

Ctrl + P Print


Make your own custom keystroke for a program Right-click on the icon of a program or shortcut; go to Properties; click on the Shortcut tab; enter your custom keystroke combination in the "Shortcut key" field (it will only let you assign key combos that aren’t already taken)