List of Keyboard shortcut keys for Windows

Microsoft Windows and windows compatible application shortcut keys for you to use while you type on your computer keyboard. These keyboard shortcuts will make multi-tasking, typing, and using Microsoft Windows even faster for you when typing and running commands like CTRL+C (Copy). Some of these shortcuts might also work on Ubuntu Linux and other Linux based Keyboards since Linux and Windows uses the same type of keyboard in most cases.

Microsoft OS short cut keys.


Windows System Key Combinations

CTRL+ESC - Open Start menu
ALT+TAB - Switch between open programs
ALT+F4 - Quit program
SHIFT+DELETE - Delete items permanently

Windows Program Key Combinations

CTRL+C - Copy
CTRL+X - Cut
CTRL+V - Paste
CTRL+A-Sellect ALL
CTRL+Z - Undo
CTRL+B - Bold
CTRL+U - Underline
CTRL+I - Italic

Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier Combinations for Shell Objects

SHIFT+RIGHT CLICK - Displays a context menu containing alternative verbs.
SHIFT+DOUBLE CLICK - Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu).
ALT+DOUBLE CLICK - Displays properties.
SHIFT+DELETE - Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin.

General Keyboard-Only Commands

F1 - Starts Windows Help.
F10 - Activates menu bar options.
SHIFT+F10 - Opens a context menu for the selected item. This is the same as right-clicking an object.
CTRL+ESC - Opens the Start menu. Use the ARROW keys to select an item.
CTRL+ESC, ESC - Selects the Start button. (Press TAB to select quick launch, the taskbar, system tray)
ALT+DOWN ARROW - Opens a drop-down list box.
ALT+TAB - Switch to another running application. Hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window.
Press down and hold the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the auto-run feature.
ALT+SPACE - Displays the main window's System menu. From the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window.
ALT+- (ALT+hyphen) - Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu. From the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window.
CTRL+TAB - Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) application.
ALT+ - Opens the corresponding menu.
ALT+F4 - Closes the current window.
ALT+DOWN ARROW - Opens a drop-down list box.
CTRL+F4 - Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window.
ALT+F6 - Switch between multiple windows in the same program. For example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window.
Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts
F2 - Rename object
F3 - Find: All Files
CTRL+X - Cut
CTRL+C - Copy
CTRL+V - Paste
SHIFT+DEL - Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin.
ALT+ENTER - Open the property sheet for the selected object.
To Copy a File - Press down and hold the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.
To Create a Shortcut - Press down and hold CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

General Folder/Shortcut Control

F4 - Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer).
F5 - Refreshes the current window.
F6 - Moves among panes in Windows Explorer.
CTRL+G - Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only).
CTRL+Z - Undo the last command.
CTRL+A - Select all the items in the current window.
BACKSPACE - Switch to the parent folder.
SHIFT+CLICK - Close Button For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders.
Windows Explorer Tree Control
Numeric Keypad * - Expands everything under the current selection.
Numeric Keypad + - Expands the current selection.
Numeric Keypad - - Collapses the current selection.
RIGHT ARROW - Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child.
LEFT ARROW - Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent.
Property Sheet Control
CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB - Move through the property tabs.
Accessibility Shortcuts
Tap SHIFT 5 times - Toggles StickyKeys on and off.
Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for 8 seconds - Toggles FilterKeys on and off.
Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds - Toggles ToggleKeys on and off.
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK - Toggles MouseKeys on and off.
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN - Toggles High Contrast on and off.

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Keys

WINDOWS - Start Menu
WINDOWS+R - Run dialog box
WINDOWS+M - Minimize All
SHIFT+WINDOWS+M - Undo Minimize All
WINDOWS+E - Windows Explorer
WINDOWS+F - Find Files or Folders
WINDOWS+D - Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
CTRL+WINDOWS+F - Find Computer
CTRL+WINDOWS+TAB - Moves focus from Start, to Quick Launch bar, to System Tray. Use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on Quick Launch bar and System Tray
WINDOWS+TAB - Cycle through taskbar buttons
WINDOWS+BREAK - System Properties dialog box
Application key - Displays a context menu for the selected item
Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed
WINDOWS+L - Log off Windows
WINDOWS+P - Opens Print Manager
WINDOWS+C - Opens Control Panel
WINDOWS+V - Opens Clipboard
WINDOWS+K - Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
WINDOWS+A - Opens Accessibility Options(if installed)
WINDOWS+SPACEBAR - Displays the list of IntelliType Hotkeys
WINDOWS+S - Toggles the CAP LOCK key on and off
Dialog Box Keyboard Commands
TAB - Move to the next control in the dialog box.
SHIFT+TAB - Move to the previous control in the dialog box.
SPACEBAR - If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option button, this selects the option button.
ENTER - Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline).
ESC - Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button.
ALT+ - Select menu item.


Another one I use sometimes when windows freezes or if i need to see what programs are running is CTRL+ALT+DEL

Internet Explorer Shortcut Keys

There are just a few keyboard shortcuts I use in Internet Explorer religiously. Those include:

CTRL-ENTER: This is my favorite. When typing in the URL of a website, you can skip the "www" and the ".com". For example, in the address box, enter google, then CTRL-ENTER and low and behold, the address turns into

CTRL-F: Find on the page. Looking for a specific word, use CTRL-F.

CTRL-N: opens a new Internet Explorer Window.

ALT-LeftArrow & ALT-RightArrow: Simulates the Explorer Back and Forward button. Quite handy.

Microsoft includes a number of other Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts, but I can never seem to remember them. Maybe you can. Here is the complete list.

To do this Press this key
Display Internet Explorer Help or to F1
display context Help about an item in
a dialog box

Toggle between full-screen and other F11
views in the browser

Move forward through the items on a TAB
Web page, the Address box, or the
Links box

Move through the items on a Web page, SHIFT+TAB
the Address box, or the Links box

Go to your Home page ALT+HOME

Go to the next page ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Go to the previous page ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE

Display a shortcut menu for a link SHIFT+F10

Move forward between frames CTRL+TAB or F6

Move back between frames SHIFT+CTRL+TAB

Scroll toward the beginning of a UP ARROW

Scroll toward the end of a document DOWN ARROW

Scroll toward the beginning of a PAGE UP
document in larger increments

Scroll toward the end of a document PAGE DOWN
in larger increments

Move to the beginning of a document HOME

Move to the end of a document END

Find on this page CTRL+F

Refresh the current Web page F5 or CTRL+R

Refresh the current Web page, even if CTRL+F5
the time stamp for the Web version and
your locally stored version are the same

Stop downloading a page ESC

Go to a new location CTRL+O or CTRL+L

Open a new window CTRL+N

Close the current window CTRL+W

Save the current page CTRL+S

Print the current page or active frame CTRL+P

Activate a selected link ENTER

Open the Search box CTRL+E

Open the Favorites box CTRL+I

Open the History box CTRL+H

In the History or Favorites boxes, CTRL+click
open multiple folders


Avant browser short cuts

Theses are the keyboard shortcuts that can be used with Avant Browser. There may be some missing, if you find any, please add them.

Key(s) Function
ALT + Enter Automatically adds http://www. and .net
ALT + Home Navigates the active window to your homepage
ALT + Left Navigates the active window back one step in the history
Alternative: Backspace

ALT + Right Navigates the active window forward one step in the history
Alternative: Shift + Backspace

CTRL + D Add the active window to the favorites
CTRL + Enter Automatically adds http://www. and .com
CTRL + F Shows the Find dialog for the active window
CTRL + L Shows the Find dialog for opening a link
CTRL + N Opens a new browser window
CTRL + O Shows the "open file" dialog
CTRL + P Prints the active window
CTRL + Q Quick search keywords in the address box
CTRL + S Shows the "Save As" dialog
CTRL + Down Select the next browser window
Alternative: CTRL + Tab

CTRL + F4 Closes the active browser window
Alternative: CTRL + W

CTRL + Click When holding the CTRL key, your new window will be opened in the background.
CTRL + Shift + F4 Closes all browser windows
Alternative: CTRL + Shift + W

CTRL + Up Select the previous browser window
Alternative: CTRL + Shift + Tab

ESC Stop loading the active browser window
F1 Shows this help file
F3 Finds the next occurence of a word or phrase in the current page
F5 Refresh the active browser window
Alternative: CTRL + R

F6 Set focus to the address bar
Alternative: ALT + D

F7 Displays the previous browser window
F8 Displays the next browser window
F11 Toggles full-screen mode on/off
F12 Toggles full-desktop mode on/off
Shift + ESC Stop loading all browser windows
Shift + F5 Refresh all browser windows
Alternative: CTRL + Shift + R

Shift + Click Hold down the Shift key when opening a link, favorite, history recent, or address item, to open it in a new browser window.
Shift + CTRL + Click Hold down the Shift key when opening a link, favorite, history recent, or address item, to open it in a new browser window in the background.

Note: Other keyboard shortcuts are abvailable to select menu items, and are indicated by an underscore ( _ ) character. For example, to select the File menu, you would hold the ALT key and press F


Winamp keyboard shortcut list from winamp media player help file.

Key Action
F1 Open Help
Ctrl+F1 About Box
Ctrl+A Toggle Always on Top (N/A in playlist editor and media library)
Ctrl+Alt+A Toggle always on top (playlist editor)
Ctrl+W Toggle Windowshade mode (main window, unless in playlist editor)
Ctrl+D Toggle Doublesize Mode
Ctrl+E Toggle Easymove (only applicable in classic skins)
Ctrl+T Toggle Time Display Mode
Alt+W Toggle Main Window
Alt+E Toggle Playlist Editor
Alt+G Toggle Graphical Equalizer
Alt+V Toggle Video Window
Alt+L Toggle Media Library
Ctrl+Tab Cycle through different Winamp windows
Alt+S Go to Skin selection
Ctrl+P Go to Preferences
Alt+F Open Main Menu
Alt+K Configure current visualization plug-in
Ctrl+Sh+K Start/stop current visualization plug-In
Ctrl+K Open visualization plug-in section of preferences
Ctrl+J Jump to time in current track
J or Keypad . Open jump-to-file box
Ctrl+Alt+N Spawn new Winamp instance
Alt+M Minimize Winamp
Ctrl+H Show recently played files/streams (History 

******* Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts *******

Key Action
R Toggle Repeat
S Toggle Shuffle

Alt+3 Current file info box/tag editor

(playback controls)
Z Previous Track
X Play/Restart/Unpause
C Pause/Unpause
V Stop
Shift+V Stop with Fadeout
Ctrl+V Stop after current track
B Next Track
L Open/Play File
Ctrl+L Open/Play location
Shift+L Open/Play Directory

Left Arrow Rewind 5 seconds
Right Arrow Fast-forward 5 seconds
Up Arrow Turn Volume Up
Down Arrow Turn Volume Down

Keypad 1 Jump Ten Songs Back
Keypad 6 Next Track
Keypad 5 Play/Restart/Unpause
Keypad 4 Previous Track
Keypad 3 Jump Ten Songs Forward
Keypad 7 Rewind 5 seconds
Keypad 9 Fast-forward 5 seconds
Keypad 8 Turn Volume Up
Keypad 2 Turn Volume Down
Keypad 0 Open/Play File
Ctrl+Keypad 0 Open/Play location
Insert Open/Play Directory

******* Playlist Window Keyboard Shortcuts *******

Key Action
R Toggle Repeat
S Toggle Shuffle

(file io)
L Add File
Ctrl+L Add Location
Shift+L Add Directory
Ctrl+N New (Clear) Playlist
Ctrl+O Open (Load) Playlist
Ctrl+S Save Playlist
Alt+3 View/Edit Track Info for selected track(s)
Ctrl+E Edit Selected Track Filename(s)
Ctrl+Keypad 0 Add Location
Insert Add Directory

(playlist manipulation)
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+I Invert Selection
Delete Remove Selected Files from Playlist
Ctrl+Delete Crop Playlist
Ctrl+Sh+Del Clear Playlist (same as Ctrl+N)

Alt+Down Arrow Move Selected Files Down
Alt+Up Arrow Move Selected Files Up

Down Arrow Move Cursor Down
Up Arrow Move Cursor Up
Enter Play Selected File
End Jump to End of List
Home Jump to Start of List
Page Up Move up by a fifth of a page
Page Down Move down by a fifth of a page

Alt+Delete Remove missing files from playlist

(playlist sorting)
Ctrl+Sh+1 Sort Playlist by Title
Ctrl+Sh+2 Sort Playlist by File Name
Ctrl+Sh+3 Sort Playlist by File Path and Name
Ctrl+R Reverse Playlist
Ctrl+Sh+R Randomize Playlist

Most main window playback controls also work in the playlist editor.

******* Equalizer Keyboard Shortcuts (Classic skins only) *******

Key Action
1 - 0 Increase EQ bands 1-10
Q - P Decrease EQ bands 1-10
` Increase EQ Preamp
TAB Decrease EQ Preamp
N Toggle EQ Enabled
A Toggle EQ Auto-Loading
S Open Presets Menu