Quickstart Guides

Windows Shortcut Keys

Updated 1 January 2014

Keystroke Outcome
Windows Logo Display or hide the Start menu
Windows Logo + BREAK Display the system properties dialog box
Windows Logo + D Display the desktop
Windows Logo + M Minimize all of the windows
Windows Logo + Shift + M Restore minimized windows
Windows Logo + E Open My Computer
Windows Logo + F Search for a file or folder
Ctrl + Windows Logo + F Search for computers
Windows Logo + F1 Lock the keyboard
Windows Logo + R Open the Run dialog box
Windows Logo + U Open Utility Manager
F1 Gives help on the active window or selected item
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 Update the active window
F6 Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop
Alt + F4 View the properties for the selected item
Ctrl + Esc Display the Start menu
Ctrl + F6 Opens the next document window in the active application
Tab Forward 1 item
Shift + Tab Backward 1 item
Alt + Tab Cycle through Windows
Ctrl + Tab Cycle through tabs/child windows