Windows operating system shortcut keys.

Most commonly used windows operating system shortcut keys.

Press this key
To do this
Ctrl + X
Cut the selected item
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)
Copy the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)
Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Z
Undo an action
Alt + Tab
Switch between open apps
Alt + F4
Close the active item, or exit the active app
Windows logo key  + L
Lock your PC
Windows logo key  + D
Display and hide the desktop
F2
Rename the selected item
F3
Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4
Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5
Refresh the active window
F6
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10
Activate the Menu bar in the active app
Alt + F8
Show your password on the sign-in screen
Alt + Esc
Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
Alt + underlined letter
Perform the command for that letter
Alt + Enter
Display properties for the selected item
Alt + Spacebar
Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Left arrow
Go back
Alt + Right arrow
Go forward
Alt + Page Up
Move up one screen
Alt + Page Down
Move down one screen
Ctrl + F4
Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time)
Ctrl + A
Select all items in a document or window
Ctrl + D (or Delete)
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + R (or F5)
Refresh the active window
Ctrl + Y
Redo an action
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 + Alt + Tab
Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
Alt + Shift + arrow keys
When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys
When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder
Ctrl + arrow keys
Resize the Start menu when it’s open
Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar
Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key
Select a block of text
Ctrl + Esc
Open Start
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Open Task Manager
Ctrl + Shift
Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
Ctrl + Spacebar
Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
Shift + F10
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Shift with any arrow key
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document
Shift + Delete
Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
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
Esc
Stop or leave the current task