Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning common keyboard shortcuts can help to speed up routine computer actions and make your workflow more efficient.


Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

The Windows key has this picture on it: It's located between your CTRL & ALT keys. Hold down the "Windows" key and press:

M - Minimizes all windows

SHIFT + M - Undo minimize all windows

E - Opens Windows Explorer

D - Switches between minimizing all open programs and showing them all.

F - Opens the Find Window

R - Opens the Run Window

BREAK / PAUSE- Opens System Properties

TAB - Cycles through items on the task bar

Or just press the Windows key to open the Start menu.

General Shortcuts

ALT + F4 - Quit a program / Shut down

ALT + TAB - Hold down the ALT key and hit tab to cycle through open windows.

CTL + ESCAPE - Display the Start menu

SHIFT + TAB - Tab backwards through a form

CTRL + X - Cut

CTRL + C - Copy

CTRL + V - Paste

F1 - Help menu

CTRL + Z - Undo

SHIFT & Restart - To restart just windows and not your whole computer, hold down the shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen. Saves lots of time.

CRTL + TAB - Navigate tabs on a tabbed screen

File & Desktop Shortcuts

Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD - Prevents the CD from "autorunning"

If an item is selected:

CTRL while dragging a file - Copies the file

CTRL + SHIFT while dragging a file - Creates a shortcut to the file

SHIFT + DELETE - Deletes an item without sending it to the recycle bin.

ALT + ENTER - Display a file's properties.

F2 - To rename the file

In Windows Explorer:

LEFT ARROW - Collapse the current selection if it is expanded

NUM LOCK + MINUS SIGN (-) - Collapse the selected folder

RIGHT ARROW - Expand the current selection if it is collapsed -Or- Select the first subfolder

NUM LOCK - * Expand all folders below the current selection

NUM LOCK- PLUS SIGN (+) - Expand the selected folder

F6 - Switch between left and right panes

In My Computer:

BACKSPACE - View the folder one level up

ALT + RIGHT ARROW - Move forward to a previous view

ALT + LEFT ARROW -Move backward to a previous view


Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

The COMMAND key has this picture on it: It's located between the OPTION key and the SPACE BAR, and is also known as the APPLE key.

Hold down the COMMAND key and press:

H - Hide current window/application (very useful when working with many programs at a time)

OPTION + H - Hide all windows/applications except for the current one

O - Open file

S - Save file

SHIFT + S - Save as

P - Print

M - Minimize window

OPTION + M - Minimize all windows

W - Close current window

OPTION + W - Close all windows

Q - Quit current application

OPTION + ARROW KEYS - Scroll through/select open applications

Z - Undo

X - Cut

C - Copy

V - Paste

A - Select All

? - Open Mac Help (highly recommended for answers to any OSX questions)

In the Finder, hold down COMMAND and press:

N - New Finder window

SHIFT + N - New Folder

L - Make Alias (Shortcut) to selected file

F - Find

O - Open selected file

RIGHT ARROW - Expand folder (list view)

OPTION + RIGHT ARROW - Expand folder and nested subfolders (list view)

LEFT ARROW - Collapse folder (list view)

OPTION + LEFT ARROW - Open parent folder and close current window

DELETE - Move to Trash

SHIFT + DELETE - Empty Trash

In folder/file windows, hold down COMMAND and press:

1 - View as Icons

2 - View as List

3 - View as Columns

[ - Back

] - Forward

SHIFT + C - Open Computer

SHIFT + A - Open Applications Folder

For a complete list of Mac OSX Keyboard Shortcuts, click COMMAND - ? to open Mac Help, then do a search for "keyboard shortcuts"



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