Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Don't reach for the mouse! Use the keyboard instead - it's quicker!


  • Ctrl plus C: Copy (select text first)
  • Ctrl plus X: Cut (select text first)
  • Ctrl plus V: Paste (place cursor first)
  • Ctrl plus Z: Undo (select text first)
  • Ctrl plus B: Bold (select text first)
  • Ctrl plus U: Underline (select text first)
  • Ctrl plus I: Italic (select text first)
  • Ctrl plus A: Select all the items in the current window
  • Ctrl plus P to bring up the Print dialogue box

Windows Logo Key Plus

  • Windows Logo: Start menu
  • Windows Logo plus M: Minimize all windows
  • Shift plus Windows Logo plus M: Undo minimize all windows
    • New! Even better! Windows Logo plus D to toggle between minimize all and open all
  • Windows Logo plus E: Open Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo plus F: Find files or folders
  • Window Logo plus L: Lock your workstation (log in again with network password)

New! In the Web Browser

  • Alt plus D to activate the address bar and enter a new URL
  • Backspace key instead of the Back button to go backwards to prior web page
  • F11 to toggle the full-screen view (hide the toolbars)
  • Ctrl plus N to open a new browser window


  • F1: Help files
  • Ctrl plus Esc: Open Start menu
  • Alt plus Tab: Switch between open programs (release keys to select)
  • Alt plus F4: Quit program
  • Shift plus Delete: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
  • Right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing Alternative commands
  • Alt plus Down Arrow: Opens a drop-down list box
  • Alt plus Tab: Switch to another running program (hold down the Alt key and then press the Tab key to view the task-switching window)
  • Alt plus underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
  • F5: Refreshes the current window
  • Alt plus D in a browser will activate the address field
  • Tab key: navigate through a form or dialogue box; Shift plus Tab moves backwards
  • Spacebar: toggles the check box in a form
  • Enter: Same as clicking the action button (the button with the outline)
  • Esc: Same as the Cancel button
  • Use the arrow keys on the keypad to scroll up and down pages
  • Alt plus PrintScreen will put a copy of the current, active window on the clipboard

These are my favorite shortcuts. Have others? Email the Employee Center!