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Keyboard Shortcuts and System Commands for Popular Programs

Updated on September 21, 2017
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What Is a Keyboard Shortcut?

In computing, a keyboard shortcut is a set of one or more keys that invoke a command in software or an operating system.

They are typically an alternate means for invoking commands that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, a mouse, or an aspect of the user interface. These shortcuts can expedite common operations by reducing input sequences to a few keystrokes.

These shortcuts can provide an easier and quicker method of using computer programs. These commands are commonly accessed by using the Alt ket (on PC computers), command key (on Apple computers), Ctrl, and Shift in conjunction with a single letter.

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Shortcut Keys in Microsoft Word

  • F1 key—Get help on a selected command or use the Office assistant.
  • SHIFT and F1 Key—Review text formatting.
  • F2 Key—Move text or image.
  • SHIFT + F2 Key—Copy text.
  • F3 Key—Insert an autotext entry.
  • SHIFT + F3 Key—Change the case of the selected text.
  • F4 Key—Perform last action again.
  • SHIFT + F4 Key—Perform a Find or Go To action again.
  • F5 Key—Displays the Go To dialogue box. You can also get to Find and Replace from here.
  • SHIFT + F5 Key—Move to a previous revision.
  • F6 Key—Go to the next frame or pane.
  • SHIFT + F6 Key—Go to the previous frame or pane.
  • F7 Key—Launch the Spell Checker.
  • SHIFT + F7 Key—Launch the Thesaurus.
  • F8 Key—Extend the current selection.
  • SHIFT + F8 Key—Shrink the current selection.
  • F9 Key—Refresh.
  • SHIFT + F9 Key—Switch between a field code and its result.
  • F10 Key—Show KeyTips.
  • SHIFT + F10 Key—Display a Shortcut Menu (same as right-clicking).
  • F11 Key—Go to the next field.
  • SHIFT + F11 Key—Go to the previous field.
  • F12 Key—Open Save As, equivalent to tools menu.
  • SHIFT + F12 Key—Save document, equivalent to tools menu.
  • CTRL and A—Selects all in the current document.
  • CTRL and B—Bold text.
  • CTRL and C—Copies the item or text.
  • CTRL and D—Displays the Font dialogue box.
  • CTRL and E—Switch a paragraph between center and left alignment.
  • CTRL and F—Displays the Find dialog box to search the current document.
  • CTRL and G—Displays the Go To dialog box to search for a specific location in the current document.
  • CTRL and H—Displays the Replace dialogue box.
  • CTRL and I—Italicize text.
  • CTRL and J—Switch a paragraph between justified and left alignment.
  • CTRL and K—Create a hyperlink.
  • CTRL and L—Left align a paragraph.
  • CTRL and M—Indent a paragraph from the left.
  • CTRL and N—Create a new document.
  • CTRL and O—Opens a new document.
  • CTRL and P—Prints a document.
  • CTRL and R—Switch the alignment of a paragraph between left and right.
  • CTRL and S—Saves a document.
  • CTRL and U—Underlines text.
  • CTRL and V—Pastes the copied item or text.
  • CTRL and X—Cuts the selected item or text.
  • CTRL and Y—Redo the last action.
  • CTRL and Z—Undo the last action.
  • CTRL and ENTER—Insert a page break.
  • CTRL and F2—Select Print Preview command.
  • CTRL and F4—Closes the active window.
  • CTRL and F6—Opens the next window if multiple are open.

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Windows Shortcut Keys

  • Windows key + R—Opens the Run menu.
  • Windows key + E—Opens Explorer.
  • ALT + Tab—Switch between open programs.
  • Windows key + up arrow—Maximize current window.
  • CTRL + Shift + Esc—Open Task Manager.
  • Windows key + Break—Opens system properties.
  • Windows key + F—Opens search for files and folders.
  • Windows key + D—Hide/display the desktop.
  • Alt + Esc—Switch between programs in order they were opened.
  • Alt + letter—Select menu item by underlined letter.
  • Ctrl + Esc—Open Start menu.
  • Ctrl + F4—Close active document (does not work with some applications).
  • Alt + F4—Quit active application or close current window.
  • Alt + SpacebarOpen menu for active program.
  • Ctrl + Lft. or Rt. arrow—Move cursor forward or back one word.
  • Ctrl + Up or Down arrow—Move cursor forward or back one paragraph.
  • F1—Open Help menu for active application.
  • Windows key + M—Minimize all windows.
  • Shift + Windows key + M—Restore windows that were minimized with previous keystroke.
  • Windows + F1—Open Windows Help and Support.
  • Windows + Tab—Open Task view.
  • Windows + Break—Open the System Properties dialog box.
  • Hold Right SHIFT key for eight seconds—Switch FilterKeys on and off.
  • Left ALT + Left SHIFT + Print Screen—Switch High Contrast on and off.
  • Left ALT + Left SHIFT + Num Lock—Switch Mouse keys on and off.
  • Press SHIFT five times—Switch Sticky keys on and off.
  • Hold Num Lock for five seconds—Switch Toggle keys on and off.

Explorer Shortcuts

  • END—Move to end of document.
  • HOME—Move to beginning of document.
  • Left arrow—Collapse current selection if it's expanded or select parent folder.
  • Right arrow—Display current selection if it's collapsed,or select first subfolder.

Internet Explorer Shortcut Keys

  • Alt + Left Arrow Back a page

  • Backspace Back a page

  • Alt + Right Arrow Forward a page

  • F5 Refresh current page, frame, or tab

  • F11 Display the current website in full screen mode. Pressing F11 again will exit this mode

  • Esc Stop page or download from loading

  • Ctrl + (- or +) Increase or decrease the font size, pressing '-' will decrease and '+' will increase

  • Ctrl + Enter Quickly complete an address. For example, type google in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to get http://www.google.com

  • Ctrl + D Add a Favorite for the page currently opened

  • Ctrl + I Display available bookmarks

  • Ctrl + N Open New browser window

  • Ctrl + P Print current page / frame

  • Ctrl + T Opens a new tab

  • Ctrl + F4 Closes the currently selected tab

  • Ctrl + Tab Moves through each of the open tabs

  • Spacebar Moves down a page at a time

  • Shift + Spacebar Moves up a page at a time

  • Alt + Down arrow Display all previous text entered in a text box and/or available options on drop down menu

System Commands

Type the following commands in your Run dialogue box (Windows Key + R) to run specific programs.

  • devmgmt.msc—Device Manager

  • msinfo32—System Information

  • cleanmgr—Disk Cleanup

  • ntbackup—Backup or restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)

  • mmc—Microsoft Management Console

  • excel—Microsoft Excel (if installed)

  • msaccess—Microsoft Access (if installed)

  • powerpnt—Microsoft PowerPoint (if installed)

  • winword—Microsoft Word (if installed)

  • frontpg—Microsoft FrontPage (if installed)

  • notepad—Notepad

  • wordpad—WordPad

  • calc—Calculator

  • msmsgs—Windows Messenger

  • mspaint—Microsoft Paint

  • wmplayer—Windows Media Player

  • rstrui—System restore

  • control—Opens the Control Panel

  • control printers Opens the printers dialogue box

  • cmd—Command Prompt

  • iexplore—Internet Explorer

  • compmgmt.msc—Computer Management

  • dhcpmgmt.msc—DHCP Management

  • dnsmgmt.msc—DNS Management

  • services.msc—Services

  • eventvwr—Event Viewer

  • dsa.msc—Active Directory Users and Computers

  • dssite.msc Active Directory Sites and Services

Mozilla Firefox Shortcut Keys

  • Alt + Left Arrow Back a page

  • Backspace Back a page

  • Alt + Right Arrow Forward a page

  • F5 Refresh current page, frame, or tab

  • F11 Display the current website in full screen mode. Pressing F11 again will exit this mode

  • Esc Stop page or download from loading

  • Ctrl + (- or +) — Increase or decrease the font size, pressing '-' will decrease and '+' will increase

  • Ctrl + Enter Quickly complete an address. For example, type google in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to get http://www.google.com

  • Shift + Enter Complete a .net instead of a .com address

  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter Complete a .org address

  • Ctrl + Shift + Del Open the Clear Data window to quickly clear private data

  • Ctrl + D Add a bookmark for the page currently opened

  • Ctrl + I Display available bookmarks

  • Ctrl + J Display the download window

  • Ctrl + N Open New browser window

  • Ctrl + P Print current page / frame

  • Ctrl + T — Opens a new tab

  • Ctrl + F4 Closes the currently selected tab

  • Ctrl + Shift + T Undo the close of a window

  • Ctrl + Tab Moves through each of the open tabs

  • Spacebar Moves down a page at a time

  • Shift + Spacebar Moves up a page at a time

  • Alt + Down arrow Display all previous text entered in a text box and/or available options on drop down menu

Microsoft Excel Shortcut Keys

  • 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
  • Ctrl + Page up Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel document
  • Ctrl + Page down Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel document
  • Ctrl + Tab Move between Two or more open Excel files
  • Alt + = Create a formula to add all of the above cells
  • Ctrl + ' — Insert the value of the above cell into cell currently 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

How to Create a Windows Shortcut Key

CREATE A SHORTCUT

  1. Open the folder or directory that contains the program you wish to create a shortcut for.
  2. Right-click on the program and click "Create Shortcut".
  3. This will create a shortcut named "Shortcut to <your program>" in the directory you are in. If you wish to rename this shortcut, right-click the file and click rename.
  4. Once the above steps have been completed, you can copy or cut this shortcut and paste it anywhere to execute this program.

ASSIGN SHORTCUT KEY TO THAT WINDOWS SHORTCUT

Once the shortcut has been created to assign a shortcut key to that Windows shortcut follow the below steps.

  1. Right-click the shortcut and click Properties.
  2. Click the Shortcut tab.
  3. Click in the Shortcut key box and press a letter. For example, if you press "p" the shortcut key will automatically be made Ctrl + Alt + P. Which means if saved when pressing Ctrl and Alt and "P" all at the same time will run that shortcut.

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