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Chapter 5. Organizing Files and Folders > Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Tables 5.3 and 5.4 list keyboard shortcuts for the desktop, My Computer, Windows Explorer, and other programs. (Table 5.1 in “Exploring Your Computer” earlier in this chapter contains additional Explorer-specific shortcuts.)

Table 5.3. General Keyboard Shortcuts
ToPress
Show the top of the active window or folder listHome
Show the bottom of the active window or folder listEnd
CopyCtrl+C (Edit > Copy)
CutCtrl+X (Edit > Cut)
PasteCtrl+V (Edit > Paste)
UndoCtrl+Z (Edit > Undo)
DeleteDelete
Delete the selected item permanently, bypassing the Recycle Bin (use only if you’re sure)Shift+Delete
Copy the selected itemCtrl while dragging item
Create a shortcut to the selected itemCtrl+Shift while dragging item
Rename the selected itemF2
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next wordCtrl+right arrow
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous wordCtrl+left arrow
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraphCtrl+down arrow
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraphCtrl+up arrow
Highlight a block of textCtrl+Shift+arrow key
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a documentShift+arrow key
Select all contentsCtrl+A
Search for a file or folderF3
Show the properties of the selected objectAlt+Enter
Close the active item or quit the active programAlt+F4
Open the shortcut menu for the active windowAlt+spacebar
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open at the same timeCtrl+F4
Switch among open windowsAlt+Tab
Cycle through windows in the order in which they were openedAlt+Esc
Cycle through window panes or desktop elementsF6
Show the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows ExplorerF4
Toggle full-screen mode on and offF11
Show the shortcut menu for the selected itemShift+F10
Show the Start menuCtrl+Esc
Show a menuAlt+underlined letter in the menu name
Carry out a menu commandUnderlined letter in the command name on an open menu
Activate the menu bar in the active programF10
Open the next menu to the right or open a submenuRight arrow
Open the next menu to the left or close a submenuLeft arrow
Refresh the active windowF5
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows ExplorerBackspace
Cancel the current taskEsc
Prevent the CD from playing automaticallyShift when you insert a CD into the CD drive



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