110+ Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Windows to Improve Your Productivity

In Computer Skills, Hardware Skills
Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys

If you are using a Windows computer, you can use your keyboard to enter functions into your system by pressing shortcut keys. Each operating system has different shortcut keys, but here we specifically will list some important Windows shortcut keys to improve your productivity in operating your computer.

A computer keyboard is one of the main parts of computer hardware that is primarily used to enter text into your computer. Almost all activities in front of the computer wouldn’t be quickly done without knowing the quick typing technique. But besides of quick typing technique, there are even hundreds frequently used keyboard shortcut keys which you need to recognize so that you can improve your productivity.

Your keyboard certainly contains A to Z letter buttons letters, 0 to 9 number buttons, and special characters, and keys for particular functions. Those are common keyboard keys which you would probably be knowing their functions. But there are also hundreds of shortcut keys that each of them will be able to execute a certain command. All of them are really helpful to improve your productivity. You will mostly need them especially in a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document processing.

Commonly, the layouts of all keyboard types or brands are quite similar. But you may find out that there are a few keys differences on laptops’ keyboards. Every laptop manufacturer creates a built-in keyboard that contains its factory shortcut keys. In which they could be different from one brand to another brand.

Key Groups on a Standard Computer Keyboard

Almost all keyboards follow the standard keyboard layout and keys placement. But due to the limited width, laptops are commonly don’t have a numeric keypad which consists of number keys and other calculation functions. The following are the eight key groups that you can find on a standard computer keyboard.

  • Character keys: A left side group of keys starts from A to Z, 0 to nine, and special characters.
  • Modifier Keys: Shift, Ctrl, and Alt.
  • Enter and Editing Keys: Enter, Backspace, Insert and Delete.
  • System and GUI Keys: Esc, Windows start menu, PrtSC (Print Screen)/SysRq (System Request), and Pause/Break.
  • Navigation Keys: ←, ↑, →, ↓, Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down.
  • Function Keys: A group of keys from F1 to F12.
  • Numeric Keypad: A left side group of keys starts from 0 to 9 and some calculation functions.
  • Lock Keys: Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, and Num Lock

Standard Computer Keyboard Key Groups

The each of the function keys from F1 to F12 specifically commands a certain task within a certain software program. So, what they do may depend on what you are doing on your computer at the time. In which, a shortcut may include only a single key or two combination keys. But some software applications may include up to three combination keys to perform a particular shortcut.

Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys

1.Ctrl + ASelect All
2.Ctrl + BBold
3.Ctrl + CCopy
4.Ctrl + DFont Options and Settings
5.Ctrl + ECenter Alignment
6.Ctrl + FFind
7.Ctrl + GGo to
8.Ctrl + HReplace
9.Ctrl + IItalic
10. Ctrl + JJustify Alignment
11.Ctrl + KInsert Hyperlink
12.Ctrl + LLeft Alignment
13.Ctrl + MIncrease Indent
14.Ctrl + NNew
15.Ctrl + OOpen
16.Ctrl + PPrint
17.Ctrl + QNormal Size
18.Ctrl + RRight Alignment
19.Ctrl + SSave/Save As
20.Ctrl + THanging Indent
21.Ctrl + UUnderline
22.Ctrl + VPaste
23.Ctrl + WClose
24Ctrl + XCut
25.Ctrl + YRedo
26.Ctrl + ZUndo
27.Ctrl + 1Single Spacing
28.Ctrl + 2Double Spacing
29.Ctrl + 51,5 lines
30.Ctrl + Esc Start menu
31.F1Help function for Ms. Word.
32.F2Renaming a file
33.F3Auto-text command
34.F4Repeat the previous command.
35.F5Find, Replace, or Goto.
36.F6Float Panel/Other Panel
37.F7Checking for misspelling words.
38.F8Initial highlighting command / to select text or object.
39.F9Update Field (Mail Merge).
40.F10Menu activating
41.F11Enter the next field (Mail Merge).
42.F12Activating "Save as" dialog window.
43.EscCancel a command or dialog window.
44.EnterPerform a selection or end a paragraph.
45.TabMove a text according to the existing tab mark on its horizontal ruler.
46.WindowsActivating the Windows Start menu.
47.ShortcutActivating a shortcut at the cursor position.
48.DeleteDelete 1 character at the right side of the cursor / delete selected file(s).
49.BackspaceDelete 1 character at the left side of the cursor.
50.InsertInsert a character at the cursor position.
51.HomeMove the cursor to the beginning of the line
52.EndMove the cursor to the end of the line.
53.Page UpScroll the screen or page up.
54.Page DownScroll the screen or page down.
55.↑ (Up)Move the cursor 1 line up.
56.↓ (Down)Move the cursor 1 line down.
57.← (Left)Move the cursor 1 character left.
58.→ (Right)Move the cursor 1 character right.
59.Num Lock OnActivate the function of number keys and mathematical operators on the numeric keypad.
60.Num Lock OnThe navigation key functions on.
61.Shift + F10Open the shortcuts menu just like right clicking.
62.AltActivating the keys which each of them has no key button combination and only available at the menu bar.
63.Shift + DeletePermanently delete selected items without reserving them
in the Recycle Bin.
64.Ctrl + →Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.
65.Ctrl + ←Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
66.Ctrl + ↓Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.
67.Ctrl + ↑Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
68.Alt + F4Close an active item or exit an active program.
69.Alt + EnterDisplays the properties of a selected object.
70.Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu for an active window.
71.Ctrl + F4Close active documents on programs that allow you to run some documents at the same time.
72.Alt + TabSwitch between running items.
73.Alt + EscCycle through running items orderly which have been opened.
74.Ctrl + Shift + TabMove backward through tabs.
75.Shift + TabMoves backward through the options.
76.CtrlPress Ctrl while dragging an item (Copying a selected item).
77.Ctrl + ShiftPress Ctrl + Shift while dragging an item to create a shortcut to the selected item.
78.Ctrl + Shift + An Arrow KeySelect text to be highlighted / blocked per word.
79.Shift + An Arrow KeySelect more than one items in a window or desktop, or select the text in the document per character.
80.Alt + EnterDisplay the properties of a selected object.
81.Alt + a menu underlined letterDisplaying the menu option.
82.Windows + BreakDisplay the System Properties dialog box.
83.Windows + DDisplay desktop
84.Windows + MDisplay all windows
85.Windows + Shift + MRestoring the minimized window.
86.Windows + EOpen "My Computer"
87.Windows + FSearch for a file of folder
88.Ctrl + Windows + FSearch for a computer.
89.Windows + F1Display Windows help.
90.Windows + LLock keyboard
91.Windows + ROpen the Run dialog.
92.Windows + UOpen Utility Manager
93.Right Shift (press it for 8 seconds)Switch keys filter on or off.
94.Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScSwitch High Contrast on or off.
95.Left Alt + Left Shift + Num LockSwitch Mouse Buttons on or off.
96.Press Shift 5 timesSwitch sticky keys on or off.
97.Press Num Lock as long as 5 secondsSwitch Toggle keys on or off.
98.Num Lock + *Display all sub-folders that exist under the selected folder.
99.Num Lock + +Display the content of a selected folder.
100.Num Lock + -Collapse the selected folder.
101.Alt + -Display all active windows.
102.Ctrl + F10Maximize an active window.
103.Ctrl + F5Restore an active window.
104.Ctrl + Alt + EndOpen the Ms. Windows Security dialog.
105.Alt + Page UpSwitch between programs from left to right.
106.Alt + Page DownSwitch between programs from right to left.
107.Alt + InsertCycle through the last used programs.
108.Alt + HomeDisplay Start Menu
109.Ctrl + Alt + BreakEnter full screen mode.
110.Alt + DeleteDisplay Windows menu
111.Ctrl + Alt + -Make a snapshot of an active window on the Terminal server clipboard (this is equivalent to Print Screen on a local computer)
112.Ctrl + Alt + +Make a snapshot of all active windows on the Terminal server clipboard (this is equivalent to Alt + Print Screen on a local computer)
113.PrtSc + Active printerPrint the snapshot of an active window.
114.Alt + PrtSc + Active printerPrint all active windows.
115.Shift + F3 (1 time)Change the first letter to uppercase.
116.Shift + F3 (2 times)Change all selected letters to uppercase.
117.Shift + F3 (3 times)Change all selected letters to lowercase.

Meanwhile, here Windows combination shortcut keys are divided into seven groups. You can use each of those groups to support your productivity in doing a certain kind of job. In which, all of the listed shortcuts below have been included in the table above.

Common Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Windows Task Manager.
  • Ctrl + Esc: Switch between Windows UI and desktop.
  • Alt + Tab: Switch between open programs.
  • Shift + Delete: Permanently deletes items using File Explorer (not stored in Recycle Bin).
  • F10: Enables menu bar option.
  • F1: Displays help (Help) for the application that is being opened.

Shortcuts for Editing

  • Ctrl + A: Selects all items in the active window.
  • Ctrl + B: Bold.
  • Ctrl + C: Copy.
  • Ctrl + I: Italic.
  • Ctrl + X: Cut.
  • Ctrl + V: Paste.
  • Ctrl + U: Underline.
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo.

Shortcuts for User Interface

  • Windows + B, D, M, or T: Desktop.
  • Windows + C: Charm.
  • Windows + E: File Explorer.
  • Windows + F: File.
  • Windows + H: Share.
  • Windows + I: Settings.
  • Windows + K: Device.
  • Windows + L: Lock Screen.
  • Windows + P: Second screen setting.
  • Windows + Q: Application.
  • Windows + R: Opening the Run dialog on the desktop.
  • Windows + U: Ease of Access Center.
  • Windows + W: Search Settings.
  • Windows + X: The Power User menu is displayed at the bottom-left corner.
  • Windows + Z: The toolbar below the All App button.
  • Windows + Enter: Run Narrator.

Shortcuts for File Explorer

  • F2: Rename selected object.
  • F3: Search all files.
  • F5: Refresh the active window.
  • F6 or Tab: Move between panels in File Explorer.
  • Alt + Enter: Open the Properties for the selected object.
  • Press and hold the Ctrl + Shift key when dragging a file to a desktop or a folder: Create a shortcut.

Accessibility Shortcuts

  • Press-hold Num lock for 5 seconds: Set ToggleKeys on and off.
  • Press shift 5 times: Set StickyKeys on and off.
  • Press the left mouse button and hold down the right SHIFT key for 8 seconds: Set FilterKeys on and off.
  • Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock: Set MouseKeys on and off.
  • Left Alt+ left Shift + PrtSc: Set the High Contrast on and off.

Shortcuts for Desktop

  • Windows + F1: Accessing help (Help).
  • Windows + M: Minimize everything.
  • Windows + Tab: Switch between open applications.
  • Shift + Windows + M: Undo all minimized windows.
  • Ctrl+ Windows + F: Search for a computer.

Shortcuts for Dialog Box

  • Space: If the current control is a button, it will click the button. If the current control is a checkbox, it will fill/empty the checkbox. If the current control is an option, it will select that option.
  • Alt + the underlined letter in the dialog box: Towards or unlocking the item.
  • Tab: Move to the next control at the dialog box.
  • Shift + Tab: Move to the previous control at the dialog box.
  • Enter: This is equivalent to clicking a button.
  • Esc: This is equivalent to canceling button.

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