Keyboard shortcuts


Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to work with your PC, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other apps.

Most apps also provide accelerator keys that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Check the menus of apps for accelerator keys. If a letter of a word is underlined in a menu, it usually means you can press the Alt key and the underlined key together instead of clicking that menu item. When you’re using a touch keyboard, you can also see some shortcuts when you press the Ctrl key.

Pressing the Alt key in some apps, such as Paint and WordPad, shows commands that are labeled with additional keys that you can press to use them.

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Using Windows

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Top keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains common keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

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Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl+X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl+Z

Undo an action

Alt+Tab

Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)

Alt+F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app

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+L

Lock your PC or switch people

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+D

Display and hide the desktop

General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Windows.

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F1

Display Help

F2

Rename the selected item

F3

Search for a file or folder

F4

Display the address bar list in File Explorer

F5

Refresh the active window

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F10

Activate the Menu bar in the active app

Alt+F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app

Alt+Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

Alt+underlined letter

Perform the command for that letter

Alt+Enter

Display properties for the selected item

Alt+Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Alt+Left arrow

Back

Alt+Right arrow

Forward

Alt+Page Up

Move up one screen

Alt+Page Down

Move down one screen

Alt+Tab

Switch between open apps (except desktop apps)

Ctrl+F4

Close the active document (in apps that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Ctrl+A

Select all items in a document or window

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl+D (or Delete)

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Ctrl+R (or F5)

Refresh the active window

Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl+X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl+Y

Redo an action

Ctrl+Z

Undo an action

Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-)

Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

Ctrl+ mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of desktop icons or zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen

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+Alt+Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps

Ctrl+arrow key (to move to an item)+Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text

Ctrl+Esc

Open the Start screen

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

Open Task Manager

Ctrl+Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available

Ctrl+Spacebar

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off

Shift+F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Shift+Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

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

Esc

Stop or leave the current task

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key
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+F1

Open Windows Help and Support

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Display or hide the Start screen

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+B

Set focus in the notification area

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+C

Open the Charms

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+D

Display and hide the desktop

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+E

Open File Explorer

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+F

Open the Search charm and search for files

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+H

Open the Share charm

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+I

Open the Settings charm

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+K

Open the Devices charm

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+L

Lock your PC or switch people

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+M

Minimize all windows

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+O

Lock device orientation

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+P

Choose a presentation display mode

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+Q

Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)

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+R

Open the Run dialog box

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+S

Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web

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+T

Cycle through apps on the taskbar

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+U

Open Ease of Access Center

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+V

Cycle through notifications

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+Shift+V

Cycle through notifications in reverse order

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+W

Open the Search charm and search for settings

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+X

Open the Quick Link menu

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+Z

Show the commands available in the app

Note

  • You can also see some settings and options by going to the Settingscharm when the app is open.

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+,

Temporarily peek at the desktop

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+Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box

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+Ctrl+F

Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)

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+Shift+M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop

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+number

Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.

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+Shift+number

Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

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+Ctrl+number

Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

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+Alt+number

Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

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+Ctrl+Shift+number

Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator

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+Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

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+Ctrl+Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)

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+Shift+Tab

Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order

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+Ctrl+B

Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area

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+Up arrow

Maximize the window

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+Down arrow

Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window

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+Left arrow

Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen

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+Right arrow

Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen

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+Home

Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)

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+Shift+Up arrow

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

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+Shift+Down arrow

Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width

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+Shift+Left arrow or Right arrow

Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another

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+Spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout

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+Ctrl+Spacebar

Change to a previously selected input

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+Enter

Open Narrator

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+Shift+period (.)

Cycle through open apps

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+period (.)

Cycle through open apps

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+/

Initiate IME reconversion

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+Alt+Enter

Open WindowsMedia Center

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+plus (+) or minus (-)

Zoom in or out using Magnifier

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+Esc

Exit Magnifier

Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts

You can see shortcuts for Internet Explorer at Internet Explorer shortcuts.

For more info about using keyboard shortcuts in Windows, see the Getting around your PC tutorial.

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