Articles Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts (Full List)

Published on August 11th, 2016 | by James

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Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts (Full List)

The biggest advantages of using the keyboard shortcuts are you can complete any job easily and quickly. It can save your  valuable time and effort. Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternate way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse. So, Here is a complete list of Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts (2016).

Windows 7 General Keyboard Shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts Action
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
Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Left arrow Go back
Alt + Right arrow Go forward
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen
Alt + Page Down Move down one screen
Ctrl + F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
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

 

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts:

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

 

File Explorer keyboard shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts Action
Ctrl + N Open a new window
Ctrl + W Close the current window
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
End Display the bottom of the active window
Home Display the top of the active window
F11 Maximize or minimize the active window
Ctrl + Period (.) Rotate a picture clockwise
Ctrl + Comma (,) Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
Num Lock + Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock + Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder
Left Arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
Alt + Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt + P Display the preview pane
Alt + Left Arrow View the previous folder
Backspace View the previous folder
Alt + Right Arrow View the next folder
Alt + Up Arrow View the parent folder
Ctrl + Shift + E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Alt + D Select the address bar
Ctrl + E Select the search box
Ctrl + F Select the search box

 

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts Action
Ctrl + Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move back through tabs
Tab Move forward through options
Shift + Tab Move back through options
Alt + underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Enter Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 Display Help
F4 Display the items in the active list
Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

 

Remote Desktop Connection on the desktop keyboard shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts Action
Alt + Page Up Move between apps from left to right
Alt + Page Down Move between apps from right to left
Alt + Insert Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in
Alt + Home Display the Start menu
Ctrl + Alt + Break Switch between a window and full screen
Ctrl + Alt + End Display the Windows Security dialog box
Alt + Delete Display the system menu
Ctrl + Alt + Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer)
Ctrl + Alt + Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer)
Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program
Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program
Note:

Ctrl+Alt+Break and Ctrl+Alt+End are available in all Remote Desktop sessions, even when you’ve set up the remote computer to recognize Windows keyboard shortcuts.

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts Action
Shift + click a taskbar button Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar button Open a program as an administrator
Shift + right-click a taskbar button Show the window menu for the program
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar button Show the window menu for the group
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button Cycle through the windows of the group

 

References:

Microsoft Support

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