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Windows Shortcuts

 
 

Overview

Common Tasks
Programs
Control Panel Items
Computer Administration Tools
Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts
General Keyboard Shortcuts


Common Tasks

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Result

calc Run Calculator
cmd Run Command Prompt
firefox Run Firefox (if installed)
iexplore Run Internet Explorer
winword Run Microsoft Word (if installed)
excel Run Microsoft Excel (if installed)
outlook Run Microsoft Outlook (if installed)
notepad Run Notepad
wordpad Run Wordpad
control panel Open Control Panel
%programfiles% Open Program Files folder
shutdown Shutdown Windows
shutdown -r Restart Windows
logoff Log Off Windows
regedit Registry Editor
taskmgr Task Manager
wupdmgr Windows Update Launches

Programs

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Result

charmap Character Map
chkdsk Check Disk Utility
clipbrd Clipboard Viewer
freecell Free Cell
mshearts Hearts Card
winchat Microsoft Chat
winmine Minesweeper
osk On Screen Keyboard
mstsc Remote Desktop
spider Spider Solitare
telnet Telnet Client
magnify Windows Magnifier

Control Panel Items

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Result

access.cpl Accessibility Controls
hdwwiz.cpl Add Hardware Wizard
appwiz.cpl Add/Remove Programs
control admintools Administrative Tools
wuaucpl.cpl Automatic Updates
timedate.cpl Date and Time
desk.cpl Display Properties
control folders Folders Properties
control fonts Fonts
fonts Fonts Folder
joy.cpl Game Controllers
inetcpl.cpl Internet Properties
control keyboard Keyboard Properties
control mouse Mouse Properties
control netconnections Network Connections
netsetup.cpl Network Setup Wizard
odbccp32.cpl ODBC Data Source Administrator
password.cpl Password Properties
telephon.cpl Phone and Modem Options
powercfg.cpl Power Configuration
control printers Printers and Faxes
printers Printers Folder
intl.cpl Regional Settings
sticpl.cpl Scanners and Cameras
wscui.cpl Security Center
mmsys.cpl Sounds and Audio
nusrmgr.cpl User Account Management
firewall.cpl Windows Firewall

Computer Administration Tools

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compmgmt.msc Computer Management
devmgmt.msc Device Manager
cleanmgr Disk Cleanup Utility
dfrg.msc Disk Defragment
diskmgmt.msc Disk Management
diskpart Disk Partition Manager
drwtsn32 Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting
verifier Driver Verifier Utility
eventvwr.msc Event Viewer
gpedit.msc Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)
secpol.msc Local Security Settings
lusrmgr.msc Local Users and Groups
perfmon Performance Monitor
rsop.msc Resultant Set of Policy
control schedtasks Scheduled Tasks
services.msc Services
fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
sysedit System Configuration Editor
msconfig System Configuration Utility
utilman Utility Manager
syskey Windows System Security Tool


Folder Variables
%appdata% Application Data Folder
%homedrive% Home Directory Drive
%homepath% Home Directory
%homeshare% Shared Home Directory
%temp% Temporary Folder
%systemdrive% Windows Root Drive
%windir% Windows Root Directory

Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts

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Result

Windows logo key Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key +Pause Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key +D Display the desktop.
Windows logo key +M Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key +Shift+M Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key +E Open Computer.
Windows logo key +F Search for a file or folder.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +F Search for computers (if you're on a network).
Windows logo key +L Lock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key +R Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key +T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key +number Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift+Windows logo key +number Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +number Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt+Windows logo key +number Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +B Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key +Spacebar Preview the desktop.
Windows logo key +Up Arrow Maximize the window.
Windows logo key +Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Down Arrow Minimize the window.
Windows logo key +Home Minimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key +P Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key +G Cycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key +U Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key +X Open Windows Mobility Center.

General Keyboard Shortcuts

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Result

F1 Display Help
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
Ctrl+Y Redo an action
Delete (or 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 first
F2 Rename the selected item
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
Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar 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 (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
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
Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to 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 (or other underlined 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
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager
Shift when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
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