WINDOWS Key shortcuts

  • Windows-E to open Windows Explorer
  • Windows-F to open Find
  • Windows-M to minimize all open windows
    (or Shift + Windows + M to undo this command)
  • Windows-R to open the Run window
  • Windows-F1 to open Help
  • Windows-Tab to cycle through the Taskbar buttons
  • Windows-Break to open the System Properties dialog box


Note: Some keyboards have a Windows key, and some don't. If yours doesn't, you can create one using the Keyboard Remap Kernel Toy. Point your browser to: Windows 95 Kernel Toys Set and click the Windows 95 Keyboard Remap link. Once you've downloaded and installed this utility, open the Control Panel, double-click Keyboard and select the Remap tab. Under Right-Hand Side, select the key you want to transform-such as Right Alt-in the left-hand box. Then, in the right-hand box, select Windows. Click OK, and your Right Alt key now functions as a Windows key

Other Shortcut Keys:

ALT-Double click left mouse button opens the Properties window

PRINT SCREEN copies screen to the clipboard

ALT-Print Screen copies active window to the clipboard

ALT-F4 closes the active window

ALT-TAB switches between the currently running programs

SHIFT-DEL permenently deletes a file by bypassing the Recycle Bin

Holding SHIFT during start-up prevents items in the Startup folder from running

F1 accesses online help from most programs

F3 from the Desktop or Explorer starts the Find: All Files applet

CTRL-ESC initiates the Start Menu

ALT-SPACE initiates the control menu of active window

CTRL-Z undoes a previous action

F10 activates the menu selections, File, Edit, etc.

CTRL-A Select all

CTRL-C copy highlighted test, data, or image

CTRL-X cut highlighted test, data, or image

CTRL-V paste into a document or location

CTRL-Z Un-does the last action