Windows Computer A to Z Shortcut Key list with PDF

In the Computer world, a keyboard shortcut is a combination of one or more command to execute a particular action. These shortcuts are really helpful to execute a sequence of operation in one or two steps.

With the help of Windows Shortcut keys, you can easily perform a complex task/function in simple steps especially in Microsoft programs like MS Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. Windows Shortcut keys are also known as Hotkeys. I know that we all are using some shortcut keys for cut, copy and paste but there are many hidden and New Shortcut keys which can help your effort and increase productivity. In my experience, it takes time to remember all the keys but with regular use and practice you will easily execute/remember any Hotkey with its functionality. At the end of the list, I am also going to tell you that How you can create your own shortcut keys.

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I have divided Windows Hotkeys in different groups according to their functions:

Windows Shortcut Keys

Alt + Tab Switch between open programs
Windows Key + R Opens the Run menu
Windows Key + E Opens Explorer
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximize current window
Windows Key + Break Opens system properties
Windows Key + F Opens search for files and folders or Open Feedback Hub in WIN 10
Windows Key + D Hide/display the desktop
Alt + Esc Switch between programs in the order they were opened
Alt + Letter Select menu item by underlined letter
Ctrl + F4 Close active document
Ctrl + Esc Open Start menu
Alt + F4 Quit active application or close the current window
F1 Open Help menu for an active application
Ctrl + Up or Down Arrow Move cursor forward or back one paragraph
Ctrl + Left or Right Arrow Move cursor forward or back one word
Alt + Space  Open menu for the active program
Windows + F1 Open Windows Help and Support
Shift + Windows Key + M Restore windows that were minimized with the previous keystroke
Windows Key + M Minimize all windows on Desktop
Windows + Tab Open Task view
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock Switch Mouse keys on and off
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScr Switch High Contrast on and off
Hold Num Lock for five seconds Switch Toggle keys on and off
Press Shift five times Switch Sticky keys on and off

General Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

F1 Open any program Help
Ctrl + C Copy the selected item
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift+Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Z Undo last action
Ctrl + Y Redo last action
Ctrl + D Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin (Permanent Delete)
F2 Rename the selected item
Ctrl + Right Arrow Move the cursor at the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left Arrow Move the cursor at the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down Arrow Move the cursor at the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up Arrow Move the cursor at the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
Shift with arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Ctrl with any arrow key + Space Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + A Select all items in a document or window
F3 Search for a file or folder
Alt + Enter Display properties for the selected item
Alt + F4 Close the active item or exit the active program
Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Ctrl + F4 Close the active document
Alt + Tab Switch between open items
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key + Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Alt + Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4 Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
Shift + F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl + Esc Open the Start menu
Alt + underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
Alt + underlined letter Perform the menu command
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
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
F5 (or Ctrl+R) Refresh the active window
Alt + Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Esc Cancel the current task/ Escape the current task
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Left Alt + Shift Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
Ctrl + Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
Right or Left Ctrl + Shift Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

Microsoft Excel Shortcut Keys

F2 Edit the active cell
F5 Displays the Go To box
F7 Open the Spelling dialogue box to check a selected range
F11 Create a chart of data in the current range in a separate sheet
Alt + Shift + F1 Insert a new worksheet
Ctrl + Shift + Colon (:) Enter the current time
Ctrl + Semicolon (;) Enter the current date
Alt + Shift + F1 Insert a new worksheet
Ctrl + A Select all content in the worksheet
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection
Ctrl + K Open the Insert hyperlink dialogue box
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
Ctrl + P Brings up the print dialog box
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Page Up Move to the previous sheet in a workbook
Ctrl + Page Down Move to next sheet in a workbook
Ctrl + Tab Switch to next tab in the dialogue box
Ctrl + Arrow Key Move to the edge of the current data region in a worksheet
Ctrl + Space Select an entire column in a worksheet
Shift + Space Select an entire row in a worksheet
Ctrl + F9 Minimize a workbook window to an icon
Ctrl + F6 Switch to the next workbook window when multiple are open
Ctrl + F10 Maximize a selected workbook window
Ctrl + Shift + ! Apply the Number format
Ctrl + Shift + # Apply the Date format
Ctrl + Shift + % Apply the Percentage format
Ctrl + Shift + ^ Apply the Exponential format
Ctrl + Shift + @ Apply the Time format

Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys

Ctrl + A Selects all in the current document
Ctrl + B Bold text
Ctrl + C Copies the item or text
Ctrl + D Displays the Font dialogue box
Ctrl + E Switch a paragraph between the center and left
Ctrl + F Displays the Find dialog box to search the current document
Ctrl + G Displays the Go To dialog box to search for a specific location
Ctrl + H Displays the Replace dialogue box
Ctrl + I Italicize text
Ctrl + J Switch a paragraph between the justified and left alignment
Ctrl + K Create a hyperlink
Ctrl + L Left align a paragraph
Ctrl + M Indent a paragraph from the left
Ctrl + N Create a new document
Ctrl + O Opens a new document
Ctrl + P Prints a document
Ctrl + R Switch the alignment of a paragraph between left and right
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + U Underlines text
Ctrl + V Pastes
Ctrl + X Cuts
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action
Ctrl + Z Undo the last action
Ctrl and F2 Select Print Preview command
Ctrl and Enter Insert a page break
Ctrl and F4 Closes the active window
Ctrl and F6 Opens the next window if multiple are open


F1 Use the Office assistant
F2 Move text or image
F3 Insert an auto text entry
F4 Perform the last action again
F5 Displays the Go To dialogue box
F6 Go to the next frame
F7 Launch the Spell Checker
F8 Extend the current selection
F9 Search or Open Start menu
F10 Show KeyTips
F11 Go to the next field / Decrease Brightness in some Models
F12 Open Save As
Shift + F1 Review text formatting
Shift + F2 Copy selected text
Shift + F3 Change the case style of the selected text
Shift + F4 Perform a Find or Go To action again
Shift + F5 Move to a previous revision
Shift + F6 Go to the previous frame
Shift + F7 Choose the Thesaurus command
Shift + F8 Shrink the selection
Shift + F9 Switch between a field code and its result
Shift + F10 Display a shortcut menu
Shift + F11 Go to the previous field
Shift + F12 Choose the Save command
ALT + F1 Go to the next field
CTRL + F2 Choose the print preview command
CTRL + F4 Close the Window
CTRL + F5 Restore the document window size
CTRL + F6 Go to the next window
CTRL + F7 Choose the move command
CTRL + F8 Choose the size command
CTRL + F9 Insert an empty field
CTRL + F10 Maximize the document window
CTRL + F11 Lock a field
CTRL + F12 Choose the Open command
CTRL + ALT + F1 Display Microsoft system information
CTRL + ALT + F2 Choose the open command (file menu)
CTRL + SHIFT + F5 Edit a bookmark
CTRL + SHIFT + F6 Go to the previous window
CTRL + SHIFT + F7 Update linked information in a word source document
CTRL + SHIFT + F8 Extend a selection or block
CTRL + SHIFT + F9 Unlink a field
CTRL + SHIFT + F10 Activate the ruler
CTRL + SHIFT + F11 Unlock a field
CTRL + SHIFT +F12 Choose the print command

Windows System Command List

You can use this Windows System Command using RUN DIALOGUE BOX (Windows Key + R)

excel Microsoft Excel
notepad Notepad
wordpad WordPad
calc Calculator
mspaint Microsoft Paint
control Opens the Control Panel
msmsgs Windows Messenger
temp Open Temporary file Folder
msinfo32 System Information
cleanmgr Disk Cleanup
ntbackup Backup or Restore Wizard
powerpnt Microsoft PowerPoint
rstrui System restore
services.msc Services

Desktop Connection keyboard Hotkeys/Shortcuts

Alt + Page Up Move between programs from left to right.
Alt + Page Down Move between programs from right to left.
Alt + Insert Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
Alt + Home Display the Start menu.
Ctrl + Alt + Break Switch between a window and full screen.
Ctrl + Alt + End Display the Windows Security dialog box.
Alt + Delete Display the system menu.
Ctrl + Alt + Minus Sign (-) or Alt+PrtScn Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard.
Ctrl + Alt + Plus Sign (+) or PrtScn Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard

Chrome Browser Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Chrome in Windows
Chrome Browser Command Output
Ctrl + N
Open new window
Ctrl + T
Open new tab
Ctrl + Shift + T
Reopen the last closed tab
Ctrl + Tab
Move to next tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Move to previous tab
Alt + Left Arrow
Open previous page in the browsing history
Alt + Right Arrow
Open next page in the browsing history
Ctrl + W
Close current tab
Alt + F4
Close current window
Ctrl + Shift + O
Open Bookmarks Manager
Ctrl + H
Open History page
Ctrl + J
Open Downloads page
Ctrl + F
Open Find Bar
Ctrl + P
Print current page
Ctrl + S
Save current page
Ctrl + D
Save current page as a bookmark
Reload current page
Toggle full-screen mode

Chrome Browser Keyboard Shortcuts for MacOS

Actually, Windows and Mac have different output for different Shortcut keys which are as follows:

Chrome in MacOS
Chrome Command Output in Mac
Command + N
Open new window.
Command + T
Open new tab.
Command + Shift + T
Reopen the last closed tab.
Command + Option + Right Arrow
Move to next tab.
Command + Option + Left Arrow
Move to previous tab.
Command + [
Open previous page in browsing history.
Command + ]
Open next page in browsing history.
Command + W
Close current tab.
Command + Shift + W
Close current window.
Command + Option + B
Open Bookmarks Manager.
Command + Y
Open History page.
Command + Shift + J
Open Downloads page.
Command + F
Open Find Bar.
Command + P
Print current page.
Command + S
Save current page.
Command + R
Reload current page.
Command + D
Save current page as a bookmark.

So in the starting of the post, I mention that I will provide you with steps to make your own shortcut. The steps are as follows:

  • In the first step, you need to Open the folder or directory that contains the program you wish to create a shortcut for.
  • Now Right click on the program and click Create Shortcut. This will create a shortcut.
  • Once the above steps have been completed, you can copy this shortcut and paste it anywhere to execute this program.
  • Now to assign Keys for your shortcut =>> Right-click the shortcut and click Properties and then Click on the Shortcut tab.
  • Click in the Shortcut key box and press a letter. For example, if you press “b”, the shortcut key will automatically be made to Ctrl + Alt + B and that will act as your Shortcut Key. Isn’t it very easy?

So, Guys This is the list of Windows Shortcut keys. To collect a few shortcuts I referred many manual and research on online directories. Let me know If I miss anyone or also point out if any shortcut keys are wrong in the description.

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