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Alt + F File menu options in current program.

Alt + E Edit options in current program


F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.

Microsoft Word shortcut keys


Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys in Microsoft Word. See our
main shortcut page if you're looking for other shortcut keys used in other
programs.

Shortcut Keys Description


Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + C Copy selected text.
Aligns the line or selected text to the center of the
Ctrl + E
screen.
Ctrl + F Open find box.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + J Aligns the selected text or line to justify the screen.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Aligns the line or selected text to the left of the
Ctrl + L
screen.
Ctrl + M Indent the paragraph.
Ctrl + P Open the print window.
Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the
Ctrl + R
screen.
Ctrl + T Create a hanging indent.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + V Paste.
Ctrl + X Cut selected text.
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + Shift + F Change the font.
Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then
Ctrl + Shift + >
increases font +2pts.
Ctrl + ] Increase selected font +1pts.
Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower, if
Ctrl + Shift + <
above 12 decreases font by +2pt.
Ctrl + [ Decrease selected font -1pts.
Ctrl + Shift + * View or hide non printing characters.
Ctrl + <left arrow> Moves one word to the left.
Ctrl + <right arrow> Moves one word to the right.
Ctrl + <up arrow> Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
Ctrl + <down arrow> Moves to the end of the paragraph.
Ctrl + Del Deletes word to right of cursor.
Ctrl + Backspace Deletes word to left of cursor.
Ctrl + End Moves the cursor to the end of the document.
Ctrl + Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl + Spacebar Reset highlighted text to the default font.
Ctrl + 1 Single-space lines.
Ctrl + 2 Double-space lines.
Ctrl + 5 1.5-line spacing.
Ctrl + Alt + 1 Changes text to heading 1.
Ctrl + Alt + 2 Changes text to heading 2.
Ctrl + Alt + 3 Changes text to heading 3.
Ctrl + F1 Open the Task Pane.
F1 Open Help.
Alt + Ctrl + F2 Open new document.
Ctrl + F2 Display the print preview.
Change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to
Shift + F3 lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of
every word.
Shift + Insert Paste.
F4 Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft
F5
Word.
Ctrl + Shift + F6 Opens to another open Microsoft Word document.
Spell and grammar check selected text and/or
F7
document.
Shift + F7 Runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
F12 Save as.
Shift + F12 Save.
Ctrl + Shift + F12 Prints the document.
Alt + Shift + D Insert the current date.
Alt + Shift + T Insert the current time.

In addition to the above shortcut keys users can also use their mouse as a
method of quickly do something commonly performed. Below some are
examples of mouse shortcuts.

Mouse shortcuts Description


Click, hold, and Selects text from where you click and hold to the point
drag you drag and let go.
Double-click If double-click a word, selects the complete word.
Double-clicking on the left, center, or right of a blank
Double-click line will make the alignment of the text left, center, or
right aligned.
Double-clicking anywhere after text on a line will set a
Double-click
tab stop.
Selects the line or paragraph of the text the mouse
Triple-click
triple-clicked.
Ctrl + Mouse
Zooms in and out of document.
wheel

Microsoft Windows shortcut keys


Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys in Microsoft Windows as well
as the versions of Microsoft Windows they're supported in. If you're looking
for shortcut keys or information about how to navigate Microsoft Windows
using your keyboard instead of the mouse see document CH000791. See our
main shortcut page if you're looking for other shortcut keys used in other
programs.

Shortcut
3.x 95 98 ME NT 2000 XP Vista Description
Keys
Alt + Tab Switch between open
X X X X X X X X
applications.
Alt + Shift Switch backwards
+ Tab X X X X X X X X between open
applications.
Alt + Display the properties of
double- the object you double-
click X X X X X X X click on. For example,
doing this on a file would
display its properties.
Ctrl + Tab Switches between
program groups or
X X X X X X X X document windows in
applications that support
this feature.
Ctrl + Shift Same as above but
X X X X X X X X
+ Tab backwards.
Alt + Print Create a screen shot only
Screen X X X X X X X X for the program you are
currently in.
Ctrl + Print Creates a screen shot of
X X X
Screen the entire screen
Ctrl + Alt + Reboot the computer
Del X X X X X X X X and/or bring up the
Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Shift Immediately bring up the
X X X
+ Esc Windows task manager.
Ctrl + Esc Bring up the Windows
Start menu. In Windows
X X X X X X X X
3.x this would bring up
the Task Manager.
Alt + Esc Switch Between open
X X X X X X X
applications on taskbar.
F1 Activates help for current
X X X X X X X X
open application.
F2 X X X X X X X X Renames selected Icon.
F3 X X X X X X X Starts find from desktop.
F4 Opens the drive selection
X X X X X X X
when browsing.
F5 Refresh Contents to where
X X X X X X X
you were on the page.
Ctrl + F5 Refreshes page to the
X
beginning of the page.
F10 X X X X X X X X Activates menu bar.
Shift + F10 Simulates right-click on
X X X X X X X
selected item.
F4 Select a different location
X X X X X X X to browse in the Windows
Explorer toolbar.
Alt + F4 Closes Current open
X X X X X X X X
program.
Ctrl + F4 Closes Window in
X X X X X X X X
Program.
F6 Move cursor to different
X X X X X X X
Windows Explorer pane.
Alt + Space Drops down the window
X X X X X X X X
bar control menu.
Ctrl + (the Automatically adjust the
'+' key on widths of all the columns
X X X X X X
the in Windows explorer
keypad)
Alt + Enter Opens properties window
X X X X X X X of selected icon or
program.
Alt + Space Open the control menu for
X X X X X X X
bar the current window open.
Shift + Del Delete programs/files
X X X X X X X without throwing them
into the recycle bin.
Holding Boot Safe Mode or by pass
Shift X X X X X X X X system files as the
computer is booting.
Holding When putting in an audio
Shift X X X X X X X CD, will prevent CD Player
from playing.
Enter Activates the highlighted
X X X X X X X X
program.
Alt + Down Display all available
arrow X X X X X X X options on drop down
menu.
* (on the Expands all folders on the
keypad) currently selected folder
X X X X X X X
or drive in Windows
Explorer.
+ (on the Expands only the currently
keypad) X X X X X X X selected folder in
Windows Explorer.
- (on the Collapses the currently
keypad) X X X X X X X selected folder in
Windows Explorer.

Windows key keyboard shortcuts

Below is a listing of Windows keys that can be used on computers running a


Microsoft Windows operating system and using a keyboard with a Windows
key. In the below list of shortcuts, the Windows key is represented by
"WINKEY".

Shortcut Keys Description


WINKEY Pressing the Windows key alone will open Start.
WINKEY + F1 Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + F3 Opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
WINKEY + D Brings the desktop to the top of all other windows.
WINKEY + M Minimizes all windows.
WINKEY + Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D.
SHIFT + M
WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer.
WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.
WINKEY + F Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
WINKEY + CTRL
Display the search for computers window.
+F
WINKEY + F1 Display the Microsoft Windows help.
WINKEY + R Open the run window.
WINKEY +
Pause / Break Open the system properties window.
key
WINKEY + U Open Utility Manager.
WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only).
Quickly change between monitor display types. (Windows 7
WINKEY + P
only)
WINKEY + LEFT Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the left side for side
ARROW by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the right side for side
RIGHT ARROW by side viewing. (Windows 7 only)
WINKEY + UP When in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes
ARROW the screen back to full size. (Windows 7 only)
Minimizes the screen. Also, when in the side by side
WINKEY +
viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to a
DOWN ARROW
minimized size. (Windows 7 only)

Microsoft Excel shortcut keys


Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys in Microsoft Excel. See our
main shortcut page if you're looking for other shortcut keys used in other
programs.

Shortcut Keys Description


F2 Edit the selected cell.
F5 Go to a specific cell. For example, C6.
F7 Spell check selected text and/or document.
F11 Create chart.
Ctrl + Shift + ; Enter the current time.
Ctrl + ; Enter the current date.
Alt + Shift + F1 Insert New Worksheet.
Shift + F3 Open the Excel formula window.
Shift + F5 Bring up search box.
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the worksheet.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + 5 Strikethrough highlighted selection.
Ctrl + P Bring up the print dialog box to begin printing.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + F9 Minimize current window.
Ctrl + F10 Maximize currently selected window.
Ctrl + F6 Switch between open workbooks / windows.
Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel
Ctrl + Page up
document.
Ctrl + Page Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel
down document.
Ctrl + Tab Move between Two or more open Excel files.
Alt + = Create a formula to sum all of the above cells
Insert the value of the above cell into cell currently
Ctrl + '
selected.
Ctrl + Shift + ! Format number in comma format.
Ctrl + Shift + $ Format number in currency format.
Ctrl + Shift + # Format number in date format.
Ctrl + Shift + % Format number in percentage format.
Ctrl + Shift + ^ Format number in scientific format.
Ctrl + Shift + @ Format number in time format.
Ctrl + Arrow key Move to next section of text.
Ctrl + Space Select entire column.
Shift + Space Select entire row.
Microsoft Excel shortcut keys
Below is a listing of all the major shortcut keys in Microsoft Excel. See our
main shortcut page if you're looking for other shortcut keys used in other
programs.

Shortcut Keys Description


F2 Edit the selected cell.
F5 Go to a specific cell. For example, C6.
F7 Spell check selected text and/or document.
F11 Create chart.
Ctrl + Shift + ; Enter the current time.
Ctrl + ; Enter the current date.
Alt + Shift + F1 Insert New Worksheet.
Shift + F3 Open the Excel formula window.
Shift + F5 Bring up search box.
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the worksheet.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + 5 Strikethrough highlighted selection.
Ctrl + P Bring up the print dialog box to begin printing.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + F9 Minimize current window.
Ctrl + F10 Maximize currently selected window.
Ctrl + F6 Switch between open workbooks / windows.
Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel
Ctrl + Page up
document.
Ctrl + Page Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel
down document.
Ctrl + Tab Move between Two or more open Excel files.
Alt + = Create a formula to sum all of the above cells
Insert the value of the above cell into cell currently
Ctrl + '
selected.
Ctrl + Shift + ! Format number in comma format.
Ctrl + Shift + $ Format number in currency format.
Ctrl + Shift + # Format number in date format.
Ctrl + Shift + % Format number in percentage format.
Ctrl + Shift + ^ Format number in scientific format.
Ctrl + Shift + @ Format number in time format.
Ctrl + Arrow key Move to next section of text.
Ctrl + Space Select entire column.
Shift + Space Select entire row.

Top 10 keyboard shortcuts everyone


should know
Using keyboard shortcuts can often cut the time it takes to do something on
a computer in half. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend
everyone memorize and use.

Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Copy the highlighted text or selected item.

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Paste the text or object that's in the clipboard.

Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y

Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it.
This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes.
Pressing Ctrl + Y would re-do the undo.

Ctrl + F

Open the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to
find text on the current page.

Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc

Quickly switch between open programs.


F1

Open help for the program you're in.

Ctrl + P

Print what's currently being viewed in programs such as Microsoft Word


or your Internet browser.

Ctrl + Left arrow / Right arrow

Move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time.
If you wanted to highlight one word at a time you can hold down Ctrl +
Alt and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a
time in that direction while highlighting each word.

Ctrl + Home / End

Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a document.

Page Up / Space bar and Page Down

Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one
page at a time in that direction. When browsing the Internet pressing
the space bar will also move the page down one page at a time.