Keyboard Shortcuts

In today’s high speed and fast paced IT environment, it’s important to be able to work quickly, and efficiently. To do this, you should learn how to use both the keyboard and the mouse at the same time to do many tasks. This Page’s mission is to quickly show you these Windows XP Professional shortcuts, remind you of them or just give a handy chart for you to follow if you need a reference.

Desktop/Windows Explorer Shortcuts

Search for Files or FoldersF3
Drop down the Address/Location MenuF4
Delete Item without moving to Recycle BinShift–Delete
View Selected Item’s PropertiesAlt–Enter
Rename Selected FileF2
Keyboard equivalent to Right-Clicking with a mouseShift–F10
View the folder one level upBackspace
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktopF6

Windows Explorer Tree View

Expand current selection (or go to first child item)Right arrow
Expand everything under current selection* (on keypad)
Collapse current selection– (on keypad)
Expand current selection+ (on keypad)
Collapse current selection (or go to parent item)Left arrow
NOTE: If keypad keystrokes do not work turn Num lock on and try again.

Internet Explorer Shortcuts

Go to website without having to
type in http://www or .com
Enter only name of website (like google)
and press Ctrl–Enter
Refresh webpageF5 or Ctrl–R
Highlight Address line (to enter new website)F6 (or Alt–D)
Force Refresh a webpageCtrl-Refresh

Uses for Windows System Key

Lock Computer/Switch Users
(Windows XP only)
Windows Key–L
Search for Files or FoldersWindows Key–F
Open Run CommandWindows Key–R
Search for ComputersWindows Key–Ctrl–F
Minimize all windows and show DesktopWindows Key–D
(press again to re-open windows and go back)
Open Windows ExplorerWindows Key–E
Minimize all open windowsWindows Key–M (Windows Key–Shift–M will undo)
Cycle through taskbar buttonsWindows Key–Tab (press Spacebar or Enter to choose selected item)
Open System Properties dialog boxWindows Key–Pause/Break
Open Utility ManagerWindows Key–U

Working with Windows/Programs

Close ProgramAlt–F4 (sometimes Ctrl–Q also works)
Highlight First Menubar Item
(that typically is the File menu)
(you can then use arrows or letters to navigate)
Switch to Previous Document WindowCtrl–Shift–F6
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktopF6
Switch Windows/ProgramsAlt–Tab
(hold Alt, keep hitting Tab and release all keys to switch)
Switch to Next Document WindowCtrl–F6
Opens the shortcut menu for the active windowAlt–Spacebar
Close Current WindowCtrl–F4 (sometimes Ctrl–W also works)

Open/Save Dialog Boxes

Refresh ViewF5
Drop down the Location Menu (depending on cursor placement, may also open other menus like the File Name menu)F4
Go to parent folder (if focus is on view window)Backspace

Taking Screenshots (Copy Screen to Clipboard)

Capture Frontmost Window OnlyAlt–Print Screen
Capture Entire ScreenPrint Screen
Note: To use the screen capture: Go to your desired program (such as Photoshop) and Paste it into a document.

Shutdown/Startup Commands

Shut Down Windows XPPress Windows Key (don’t hold it down),
Then press U two times
Start Up in Safe ModeStart computer and press F8 at appropriate time. Choose Safe Mode.
Force Windows to Detect New Monitors (great for laptops!)F8 (haven’t been able to test myself)
Shut Down Windows 2000Press Windows Key (don’t hold it down),   Press U Press S (To choose Shut Down from menu) Press Enter


Bypass auto-run when inserting CDHold Shift while inserting CD
Start Windows HelpF1
Open the Start MenuCtrl–Esc (or Windows Key)