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 DoShortcut Key
Open HelpF1
Select all content in document, window or text boxCtrl+A
Search for file or folderF3 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 folderSelect file or folder, press F2, and then retype name
Find out when file or folder was created, by whom, and how big it isSelect the file, then press Alt+Enter
Display Start MenuCtrl+Esc In Windows 7, you can also press the Windows logo key
Select AllCtrl+A
Undo an actionCtrl+Z
Redo an actionCtrl+Y
Capture a screen shotAlt+Print Screen, then press Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste.
Lock computer, switch users, log off, change password or start Task ManagerCtrl+Alt+Delete
Lock the computerPress the Windows logo key+L
Quit program or active windowAlt+F4
Open shortcut menu for active windowAlt+Spacebar
Scroll between open windowsAlt+Tab, then hold down Alt while pressing Tab to reach the desired file or program
Scroll through items in order they were openedAlt+Esc
Scroll through screen elements in window or desktopF6
Display address bar list in my computer or windows explorerF4
Display start menuCtrl+Esc
Activate menu bar in active programF10
Open next menu to right, or open sub-menuRight Arrow
Open next menu to left, or close sub-menuLeft Arrow
Refresh Active WindowF5
View folder one level up in My Computer or Windows ExplorerBackspace
Cancel current taskEsc