Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

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Most of these will work in any common version of Windows


  • Ctrl+A Select all items in a document or window
  • Ctrl+C Copy the selected item
  • Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
  • Ctrl+V Paste the selected item
  • Ctrl+Z Undo an action
  • Ctrl+Y Redo an action
  • Delete Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
  • Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
  • Ctrl+Right Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
  • Ctrl+Left Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
  • Ctrl+Down Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
  • Ctrl+Up Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
  • Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
  • Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
  • F2 Rename the selected item
  • F3 Opens the Search window to search for a file or folder
  • F4 Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
  • F5 Refreshes the active window
  • F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
  • F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
  • Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
  • Ctrl+F4 Closes the active document
  • Shift+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  • Windows Key + Tab Cycles through open programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D task switcher
  • Windows Key + M Minimizes all open windows
  • Alt+Tab Switch between open items
  • Ctrl+Alt+Tab Opens task switcher window & allows use of the arrow keys to switch between open programs
  • Esc Cancels the current task
  • Alt+Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
  • Ctrl+Esc Open the Start menu
  • Ctrl+Shift+Esc Opens the Task Manager
  • Alt+underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
  • Alt+underlined letter Performs the menu command (or other underlined command)
  • Alt+Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer


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