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Usefull List of Windows XP Shortcut Keys

This is a list of useful shortcut keys for Windows XP. You can use these keys to save you some time when multitasking. I know it has help me get things done a lot faster.

Shortcut KeysAction/Result
Windows KeyOpens the Start menu
Windows Key + EOpens My Computer in Windows Explorer
Windows Key + Pause/BreakOpens the System Properties dialog box
Windows Key + UOpens the Utility Manager
Windows Key + ROpens the Run… prompt
Windows Key + FOpens the Search for Files and Folder window
Windows Key + Ctrl + FOpens the search for computers on the network
Windows Key + MMinimize all windows
Windows Key + Shift + MMaximize all windows (after minimizing them)
Windows Key + DMinimize all windows to the desktop, and then restore all Windows
Windows Key + LLock Computer
Windows Key + TabCycle through the open programs on the Taskbar
Windows Key + BSelects the first item in the System Tray; use the arrow keys to cycle through the items
Alt + TabSwitch between open programs
Alt + F4 (in a program)Closes the program
Alt + F4 (from desktop)Opens the Windows Shutdown/Restart dialog box
Alt + EnterOpens the Properties page of a selected item
Alt + EscCycle between open programs in the order that they were opened
Alt + SpacebarIn the active window, this brings up the corner dialog box for Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize, or Close
Shift + Insert CD/DVDInserts a CD/DVD without triggering Autoplay or Autorun
Shift + DeletePermanently deletes an item (rather than sending it to the Recycle Bin)
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpens the Windows Task Manager
Ctrl + drag an iconCopies that item
Ctrl + Shift + drag an iconCreates a shortcut for the item
Right-click + drag a fileBrings up a menu to copy, move, or create a shortcut
PrtScnTakes a screen shot of the entire screen
Alt + PrtScnTakes a screen shot of only the active Window; hit Paste in a photo program to edit and save the screen shot
F1Opens the Windows XP Help
F2Rename selected item
F3Opens Windows search for files and folders
F5 (or Ctrl + R)Refresh Internet Explorer page, or refresh any other window
F6Cycle through the different types of elements that can be selection on a screen or window
F10Selects the menu bar in the active program
Shift + F10For a selected item, this does the same thing as a right-click with the mouse
TabMove through the different elements on a page or the fields in a form
Shift + TabMove backward through the different elements on a page or the fields in a form>/td>
Ctrl + ASelect All
Ctrl + CCopy
Ctrl + XCut
Ctrl + VPaste
Ctrl + ZUndo
Ctrl + YRedo
Ctrl + PPrint
Ctrl + OOpen
Ctrl + EscOpens the Start menu
Ctrl + BackspaceDeletes the entire word to the left
Ctrl + DeleteDeletes the entire word to the right
Ctrl + Right arrowMoves the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left arrowMoves the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrowMoves the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up arrowMoves the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keysHighlight a block of text
Click Shift 5 timesTurns StickyKeys on or off
Hold down the right Shift key for 8 secondsTurns FilterKeys on or off
Hold down Num Lock for 5 secondsTurns ToggleKeys on or off
Make your own custom keystroke for a programRight-click on the icon of a program or shortcut; go to Properties; click on the Shortcut tab; enter your custom keystroke combination in the “Shortcut key” field (it will only let you assign key combos that aren’t already taken)