F1 is the shortcut for Help. This is the most well known shortcut key.
F2 - in Explorer, will allow you to rename whatever is selected
F3 - Find: All Files - or find on the web in Internet Explorer.
F4 - Selects the address bar in Explorer / Internet Explorer.
F5 - Refresh - this works in Explorer and Internet Explorer. Handy if you need to hit refresh for a pop up window with no toolbar. You can just hit F5 instead!
F6 - Move between different panes in Explorer
F7 - In MS Word, this runs the spell checker
F10 - Selects the menus - a bit like ALT does when pressed by itself
F12 - In MS Word, this opens the Save As dialogue box
ALT - Selects a menu - so if you pressed ALT then arrow keys, it would drop that menu so you could navigate it - usually the File menu is highlighted.
ALT + Another key - Selects that menu. The underlined letter on each menu is the one that you must press with ALT to select it. ALT + F will select the file menu, ALT + H will select the Help menu. You don't need to press the + key, just hold down ALT, then press the letter, then release them both. When that menu comes up, you then either move up and down it with the arrow keys, and press ENTER when the option you want is selected, or you press the key for the underlined letter of the option that you want. Most programs, for example, would be exited by pressing ALT + F , then X.
ALT + ENTER - Properties of the selected object
ALT + F4 - Closes the current open Window.
ALT + SPACE - Drops down the little window menu that lets you Minimise / Maximise windows
ALT + TAB - Lets you switch between open applications
ALT + SHIFT + TAB - same again, but you move in reverse order through the applications. Handy if you have loads open, but pressed ALT - TAB once to many times and want to go back one!
BACKSPACE - In Explorer / Internet Explorer, this moves back one in the history.
CTRL + ALT + DEL - Reboots your computer. If you press it more than once. The first time you press it, it will bring up Close Program box.
CTRL + B - Bold (In word processors)
CTRL + END - Move to the end of a document or email
CTRL + ESC - Brings up the start menu.
CTRL + C - Copies whatever you have selected to the clipboard
CTRL + F - Find
CTRL + HOME - Move to the beginning of a document or email
CTRL + I - Italic (In word processors)
CTRL + N - New document / email
CTRL + O - Open
CTRL + P - Print
CTRL + S - Saves the open document
CTRL + SHIFT + HOME or CTRL + SHIFT + END - Depending on if you are at the beginning or the end of a document, these will select / deselect all the text in a document. If you want to select all the text, and are at the beginning at the moment, then press CTRL + SHIFT + END to select it all.
CTRL + SHIFT + Z - Redo last action
CTRL + U - Underlined (In word processors)
CTRL + V - Pastes whatever you have in the clipboard into your document.
CTRL + WINDOWS + TAB - Moves focus from Start Menu, to Quick Launch, To System Tray.
CTRL + X - Cuts your current selection - removes it, but sends it to the clipboard. (In word processors)
CTRL + Z - Undo last action
DEL - When a file is selected, this will delete it, sending it to the recycle bin.
ESC - Will cancel most things / close a dialogue box.
SHIFT + DEL - When a file is selected, that will delete the file PERMANENTLY, without sending it to the recycle bin.
SHIFT + END or SHIFT + HOME - Select whole line, depending on where cursor is.
SHIFT + F10 - brings up the right click menu for the selected object.
SHIFT + TAB - Moves to the previous button in a dialogue box.
TAB - Moves to the next button in a dialogue box. Hit space or enter to select it.
WINDOWS - Opens the start menu
WINDOWS + BREAK - Brings up the System Properties box
WINDOWS + E - open Explorer
WINDOWS + M - Minimize all
WNIDOWS + R - open the Run dialogue box
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