The complete guide to Windows 7 Shortcut Keys

There's been a lot of talk recently about use use of shortcut keys in Windows 8, primarily because 90+% of the people who will be using that OS for the next few year won't have access to a touch screen.

What this has brought home though is just how many people still reply on the old shortcut keys, and I'm not just talking about Ctrl+X/C/V here.

With this in mind I thought I'd publish here the definitive list of all Windows 7 shortcut keys as taken from my Microsoft Press book, Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out.

General Shortcut Keys

To do thisPress this key
Copy selected icon(s)CTRL+C
Cut selected icons(s)CTRL+X
Paste cut or copied text or item(s) to
current folder
Undo your most recent actionCTRL+Z
Delete selected icon(s) to Recycle BinDELETE or DEL
Delete selected icons(s) without moving to Recycle BinSHIFT+DELETE
Rename selected icon(s)F2
Extend selection through additional iconsSHIFT+any
arrow key
Select all items in a document or windowCTRL+A
Search for a file or folderF3
Display properties for selected iconALT+ENTER
Close program in the active windowALT+F4
Open the shortcut menu for the active
Close the active document in multiple
document program
Show Flip 3D~WS+TAB
Switch between open programsALT+TAB
Cycle through open programs in the order
they were opened
Cycle through screen elements on the
desktop or in a window
Display the shortcut menu for the
selected item
Open/close the Start menuCTRL+ESC or ~WS
Open menu or perform menu commandALT+underlined letter
View menu bar in active programF10 or Alt
Move left or right in menu bar¬ and ®
Move up or down in menu­ and ¯
Select highlighted menu commandENTER
Refresh the active windowF5
View the folder one level up Windows
Cancel the current taskESC
Open Task ManagerCTRL+SHIFT+ESC
Copy dragged item to destinationCTRL+drag
Move dragged item to destinationCTRL+SHIFT+drag

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

Choose option with underlined letterALT+letter
Select a button if the active option is a
group of option buttons
Arrow keys
Open a folder one level up if a folder is
selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Go to previous tabCTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Go to next tabCTRL+TAB
Same as clicking OKENTER
Same as clicking CancelESC
HelpF1 key
Display the items in the active listF4 key
Move to previous optionSHIFT+TAB
Select or deselect the check boxSPACEBAR
Move to next optionTAB

Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Collapse the selected folder– on numeric keypad
Display all the subfolders under selected
* on numeric keypad
Select or collapse parent folder¬
Expand current folder or move to next
Display the contents of the selected
+ on numeric keypad
Display the bottom of the active windowEND
Display the top of the active windowHOME
Open selected folder in new instanceSHIFT+Double-Click

Ease of Access Keyboard Shortcuts

Open Ease ofAccessCenter~WS+U
Switch the MouseKeys either on or offLEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast either on or offLEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN
Switch the ToggleKeys either on or offNUM LOCK for five seconds
Switch FilterKeys either on or offRIGHT SHIFT for eight seconds
Switch the StickyKeys either on or offSHIFT five times

Windows Help Shortcut Keys

To do thisPress this key
Open Windows Help and SupportF1 or ~WS+F1
Display the Table of ContentsALT+C
Display the Connection Settings menuALT+N
Display the Options menuF10
Move back to the previously viewed topicALT+¬
Move forward to the next (previously
viewed) topic
Display the customer support pageALT+A
Display the Help home pageALT+HOME
Move to the beginning of a topicHOME
Move to the end of a topicEND
Search the current topicCTRL+F
Print a topicCTRL+P
Move to the Search boxF3

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

Display or hide the Start menu~WS
Lock the computer~WS+L
Display the System Properties dialog box~WS+BREAK
Show the desktop~WS+D
Open Computer folder~WS+E
Search for file or folder~WS+F
Search for computersCTRL+~WS+F
Display Windows Help~WS+F1
Minimize all the windows~WS+M
Restore all minimized windows~WS+SHIFT+M
Open the Run dialog box~WS+R
Show Flip 3D~WS+TAB
Open Ease ofAccessCenter~WS+U

Text Navigation and Editing Shortcuts

Move cursor down one line¯®
Move cursor left one character¬
Move cursor right one character®¯
Move cursor up one line­
Delete character to left of cursorBACKSPACE
Move cursor to start of next paragraphCTRL+¯®
Move cursor to start of previous
Move cursor to start of previous wordCTRL+¬
Move cursor to start of next wordCTRL+®¯
Select allCTRL+A
Copy to ClipboardCTRL+C
Copy the selected text to destinationCTRL+drag
Select to end of paragraphCTRL+SHIFT+®
Select to end of wordCTRL+SHIFT+Æ
Select to beginning of wordCTRL+SHIFT+¬
Select to beginning of paragraphCTRL+SHIFT+­
Select to end of documentCTRL+SHIFT+END
Select to top of documentCTRL+SHIFT+HOME
Paste Clipboard contents to cursor
Cut to ClipboardCTRL+X
Undo last actionCTRL+Z
Delete selected text or character at
Cancel the current taskESC
Select to character in line aboveSHIFT+­
Select to character in line belowSHIFT+¯®
Select character to leftSHIFT+¬
Select character to rightSHIFT+®¯
Select from cursor to hereSHIFT+Click
Select to end of lineSHIFT+END
Select to beginning of lineSHIFT+HOME
Select text down one screenSHIFT+PAGE DOWN
Select text up one screenSHIFT+PAGE UP

Windows Character Map Shortcut Keys

­Move up one row
¯Move down one row
¬Move to the left or to the end of the
previous line
®Move to the right or to the beginning of
the next line
CTRL+ENDMove to the last character
CTRL+HOMEMove to the first character
ENDMove to the end of the line
HOMEMove to the beginning of the line
PAGE DOWNMove down one screen at a time
PAGE UPMove up one screen at a time
SPACEBARSwitch between Enlarged and Normal modes

Microsoft Internet Explorer Shortcuts

To do thisPress this
Add “www.” to the beginning and “.com” to
the end of text in address bar
Add the current page to favoritesCTRL+D
Click the Information barSPACEBAR
Close current tab (or the current window
if tabbed browsing is disabled)
Close other tabsCTRL+ALT+F4
Close Print PreviewALT+C
Close the current window (if you have
only one tab open)
Copy selection to ClipboardCTRL+C
Display a list of addresses you’ve typedF4
Display a shortcut menu for a linkSHIFT+F10
Display first page to be printedALT+HOME
Display last page to be printedALT+END
Display next page to be printedALT+¯
Display previous page to be printedALT+¬
Display zoom percentagesALT+Z
Find on this pageCTRL+F
Go to home pageALT+HOME
Go to selected linkENTER
Go to the next pageALT+¯
Go to the previous pageALT+¬ or BACKSPACE
Go to the Toolbar Search boxCTRL+E
Move back through the items on a Web
page, the address bar, or the links bar
Move back through the list of
AutoComplete matches
Move backward between frames (if tabbed
browsing is disabled)
Move focus to the Information barALT+N
Move forward through frames and browser
elements (if tabbed browsing is disabled)
Move forward through the items on a Web
page, the address bar, or the links bar
Move forward through the list of
AutoComplete matches
Move selected item down in the Favorites
list in the Organize Favorites dialog box
Move selected item up in the Favorites
list in the Organize Favorites dialog box
Move the cursor left to the next
punctuation in the address bar
Move the cursor right to the next
punctuation in the address bar
Move to the beginning of the pageHOME
Move to the end of the pageEND
Open a new tab in the foregroundCTRL+T
Open a new tab in the foreground from the
address bar
Open a new Web site or pageCTRL+O
Open a new windowCTRL+N
Open FavoritesCTRL+I
Open FeedsCTRL+J
Open HistoryCTRL+H
Open links in a new background tabCTRL+click
Open links in a new foreground tabCTRL+SHIFT+click
Open search query in a new tabALT+ENTER
Open the Organize FavoritesCTRL+B
Page SetupALT+U
Paste Clipboard contentsCTRL+V
Print the current page or active frameCTRL+P
Refresh the current Web pageF5
Refresh the current Web page regardless
of timestamp
Save the current pageCTRL+S
Scroll down a line¯
Scroll down a pagePAGE DOWN
Scroll up a line­
Scroll up a pagePAGE UP
Select all items on the current Web pageCTRL+A
Select frames to print in framed Web siteALT+F
Select the text in the address barALT+D
Set printing options and print the pageALT+P
Stop downloading a pageESC
Switch between tabsCTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Switch to a specific tab numberCTRL+n (where n is a number between 1 and
Switch to the last tabCTRL+9
Toggle between full-screen and regular
Toggle Quick Tabs on or offCTRL+Q
Type the number of the page you want
Zoom in 10 percentCTRL+PLUS SIGN
Zoom out 10 percentCTRL+MINUS SIGN
Zoom to 100 percentCTRL+0
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  1. Mark McC said on September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The Natural Keyboard list only seems to have Windows XP shortcuts.

    Windows 7 also allows:

    WS+UP – Maximize window
    WS+SHIFT+UP – Maximize window only vertically
    WS+DOWN – Minimize window
    WS+LEFT/RIGHT – Aero Snap window to left/right
    WS+SHIFT+LEFT/RIGHT – Move window between monitors
    WS+HOME – Minimize all windows except the current one (same as Aero Shake)
    WS+[1-0] on main keyboard – Activate or launch corresponding pinned taskbar icon.
    WS+G – Bring desktop gadgets to front
    WS+P – Open projector/monitor swticher

    There’s probably a few more still waiting to be discovered.

  2. tony said on September 30, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I find that alt-F4 does not always work, esp for microsoft office under XP. I have used alt-F4 since forever!!!

  3. KRS said on October 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Probably a dumb question, but you use non-keyboard characters in this shortcut list, including:

    How do I enter these? I assume WS is the Windows key, but does ~ mean the keyboard tilde or something else, and if so what?


  4. Rob said on August 13, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I find that the keyboard has become a series of shortcuts. Every letter I hit becomes a command… For example, I hit the “h” key and it brings up the history box. I did not access this feature intentionally, and I don’t know how to turn it on and off (other than restarting the whole computer). I cannot find the easy answer on the microsoft instructional pages…

  5. Sharon said on September 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I would love to disable some of the hotkeys in Win7 but can’t figure out how to do it. Specifically, the “select all” combo of Ctrl + A. I hit those keys accidently all the time, and the next key I hit deletes everything I just typed. It’s seriously driving me crazy!

    Any help on this would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  6. Thepyshcoste said on March 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    To the “General Shortcut Keys” I have one to add:

    Create shortcut of selected item(s) in destination : Alt+drag

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