Windows Keyboard Shortcuts



Sometimes keyboard shortcuts/combinations can save time and some are very quick and easy. Here is a list of useful commands that can be executed on a Windows system using just a few keys on your keyboard and/or in conjunction with your mouse:

Windows System Key Combos

F1: Help

CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu

ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs

ALT+F4: Quit program

SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)

Windows Logo+E: Open Windows Explorer

Windows Logo+D: Show Desktop (minimizes all)

  • Keybd
  • WindowsD
  • WindowsE
  • WindowsF
  • WindowsL
  • WindowsR

Standard Windows program key combos

CTRL+B: Bold

CTRL+C: Copy

CTRL+I: Italic

CTRL+U: Underline


CTRL+V: Paste

CTRL+Z: Undo

Mouse and keyboard modifier combos

SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands

SHIFT+double left click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)

ALT+double left click: Displays properties