General Shortcut Keyboard-only commands

General Shortcut Keyboard-only Commands

  • F1: Starts Windows Help
  • F10: Activates menu bar options
  • SHIFT + F10: Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object)
  • CTRL + ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
  • CTRL + ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
  • ALT + DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
  • ALT + TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
  • ALT + SPACE: Displays the main window’s System menu
  • ALT + – (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window’s System menu
  • CTRL + TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
  • ALT + underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
  • ALT + F4: Closes the current window
  • CTRL + F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
  • ALT + F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program