Keyboard shortcuts are a combination of simultaneous key strokes that perform certain actions which can be used as an alternative to using your mouse and can save you valuable time whilst working.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Air IT support


Some people find them easier to use than a mouse, especially when spending long stretches of time at their computer.

To save you memorising these key combinations the Air-IT Help Desk have compiled a sample of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts for windows.

You may want to bookmark this page for future reference.

General Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

To Do Shortcut Key
Open Help F1
Select all content in document, window or text box Ctrl+A
Search for file or folder F3 In Windows 7, you can also press the Windows logo key to open the Start menu and then type in the Search box
Rename file or folder Select file or folder, press F2, and then retype name
Find out when file or folder was created, by whom, and how big it is Select the file, then press Alt+Enter
Display Start Menu Ctrl+Esc In Windows 7, you can also press the Windows logo key
Select All Ctrl+A
Undo an action Ctrl+Z
Redo an action Ctrl+Y
Copy Ctrl+C
Cut Ctrl+X
Paste Ctrl+V
Capture a screen shot Alt+Print Screen, then press Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste.
Lock computer, switch users, log off, change password or start Task Manager Ctrl+Alt+Delete
Lock the computer Press the Windows logo key+L
Quit program or active window Alt+F4
Open shortcut menu for active window Alt+Spacebar
Scroll between open windows Alt+Tab, then hold down Alt while pressing Tab to reach the desired file or program
Scroll through items in order they were opened Alt+Esc
Scroll through screen elements in window or desktop F6
Display address bar list in my computer or windows explorer F4
Display start menu Ctrl+Esc
Activate menu bar in active program F10
Open next menu to right, or open sub-menu Right Arrow
Open next menu to left, or close sub-menu Left Arrow
Refresh Active Window F5
View folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer Backspace
Cancel current task Esc